Spain Guide


Tenerife Accommodation

Tenerife offers a good variety of holiday accommodation from modern high rise hotels and apartment blocks lining the beachfront to charming country houses where you'll feel as if you were a guest of the family.

Most package holidaymakers stay in middle market hotels and self catering apartments. Buffet meals are normally included in the package deal and the better hotels offer a good range of sports, leisure and entertainment facilities.

Playa de las Americas is the island's busiest man made resort area where the seafront is lined with holiday complexes designed to cater to the every whim of the package tourist.

But just a stone's throw away you'll find a hotel with a difference in the form of the spectacular Gran Melia Bahia del Duque which offers unadulterated luxury (to those who can afford it!).

This five star hotel, consisting of 19 separate buildings with dramatic Venetian style architecture, is set in beautiful gardens by the sea at Playa del Duque (just 1.5 kilometres from the very different world of Playa de las Americas).

This is one of the best hotels on the island, offering three outdoor freshwater pools, one of which is heated, two sea water swimming pools and a separate children's pool.

Tenerife's Paradors are Government owned hotels geared to the more discerning traveller who expects to savour some of the local culture, cuisine and natural beauty of the island (without having to rough it!).

The Parador of Cañadas del Teide is in a truly stunning position in the Teide volcanic crater, 2,000 metres above sea level. Built in the style of a mountain lodge, this is the only building in the whole of the Teide national park. Fantastic, panoramic views are provided from the terraces and there's a telescope for star gazing at night.

The four star Parador de Hierro is in another paradise setting, half way down the east coast where the volcanic mountains meet the sea. The hotel has an elegant, colonial style interior and lovely gardens overflowing with dragon trees, coconut palms and lush sub tropical vegetation. Exotic Canarian dishes (including sea urchins.ouch!) are on the restaurant's superb a la carte menu.

The increasing popularity of rural tourism has led to the conversion of many of the island's country homes and farmhouses into charming and often highly exclusive holiday accommodation.

Vilaflor de Chasna, for example, is a colonial style country hotel with just seven bedrooms in the 16th century countryside town of Vilaflor, high up in the mountains of the interior.

Or there's the 18th century Casa de Abuelo (Grandpa's House) in the tiny village of Chirche in Guia de Isora. This is a delightful, typically Canarian stone built house overlooking the ocean and the island of Gomera and surrounded by mountains and a deep ravine.

If you're watching the pennies and you have an aversion to package holiday hotels, try one of the many hostals or pensions which you'll find in most towns and village. You may not get the same range of modern facilities but the accommodation is normally clean and comfortable, often with en suite bathrooms these days.

There are also several well equipped campsites including the three star Cañada Blanca at the southern tip of the island. Facilities include tennis courts, restaurants, bars, a supermarket, laundry and children's park. The site also has mobile homes and bungalows to rent.