Other popular southern locations include; Playa del Duque, Puerto Colon, Playa Las Americas and Los Christianos. All of these locations merge into one sprawling urbanisation that hugs the south western coastline and can be walked end to end along a vast promenade, totalling an impressive 9km. Passing shops, restaurants, hotels and beaches, the walk is almost entirely step free and makes the area very accessible for all ages and abilities.
The South of Tenerife is sunnier, dryer and warmer than the north, although there are microclimates on the island – and compared to other, colder winter destinations, the weather is better generally, wherever you are. It’s coldest in the higher altitudes inland, and furthest from amenities.
To the north, you find Puerto de la Cruz, with its old harbour, historic centre and dark sandy beaches. It is perhaps one of the first, official tourist destinations. To the north east lies the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, popular amongst expats, and quite different to the tourist resorts of the South.