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Places in Tenerife
The South of Tenerife
Amble along the sand, imported straight from the Saharan desert, and enjoy the spectacular beaches on offer at Los Cristianod, Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. Be sure to bring with you a high tolerance, or an unlikely passion for, big resort complexes, neon lights and a heady nightlife.
Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas & Costa Adeje
Don’t forget to wear your shades when you first hit Tenerife’s southwestern tip. You’ll need them, not just against the blinding sunshine, but also the accompanying dazzle of neon signs, shimmering sand and lobster-pink northern Europeans. Large multipool resorts with all-you-can-eat buffets have turned what was a sleepy fishing coast into a mega-moneymaking resort.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
There are lots of reasons to like the bustling port city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: evocative, brightly painted buildings, sophisticated and quirky shops, interesting art galleries, an excellent museum and a tropical oasis of birdsong, fountains and greenery in the city park.