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Having never been to Tenerife, we would appreciate any guidance on places to stay?

Having never been to Tenerife, we would appreciate any guidance on places to stay – we prefer to stay away from booming nightlife but would like reasonable access to a beach and some good places to eat.

The best place to stay is probably Puerto de la Cruz. Puerto de la Cruz is not like ugly Las Americas. It’s a more upmarket resort aimed at German & Scandinavian toursists. There are two beaches within El Puerto, and several better black beaches within easy cycling distance from there. I’d suggest the quieter “El Botannico” region of El Puerto to stay.

Garachico is a very tiny little town with just one or two places to stay (Quinta Roja), and a tiny tiny beach. Mainly tourists pass through there but don’t stay more than a day… there are also a bunch of traditional houses but they are generally not close to any beaches or restaurants.

Thanks very much for your enquiry,

2 Responses to “Having never been to Tenerife, we would appreciate any guidance on places to stay?”

  1. Everybody I talk to up here where I live, who has been spending winters in North Tenerife for donkeys years prefers to live around Puerto de la Cruz because of all the history and culture. However, it’s a lovely change to drive down to Playa de las Americas for a day on beaches around there or for a copa at Harry’s bar at Arona. See pictures of Arona, the town with most resident millionaires of Tenerife at http://www.tenerife-holiday-home-insider.com/tenerife-photos-arona.html or click on the index button called by Las Americas in the navbar of my homepage…

    Gabriele

  2. Don’t miss the little shops in Garachico where you can buy exquisite hand made gifts, often artistic stuff… Also, a sundown by the ocean in Garachico is great with the right person and the right drink. See photo of beach front cafe at http://www.tenerife-holiday-home-insider.com/tenerife-shopping.html. The setting of this location for a romantic evening is unusual, indeed.
    If you want to watch while somebody rolls a special cigar for you, go to Garachico and get the info at http://www.tenerife-holiday-home-insider.com/tenerife-cigars.html
    And don’t miss to admire the torre (tower) at Casa Roja, a hotel by the main town center court….

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