Where to stay in Tenerife without a car: 7 Best areas

I love to explore places without a car, and on my website, I cover many topics for car-free travelers. In this article, we will visit Tenerife and help you find the best places to stay in Tenerife without a car

I will share my recommendations for the top areas to stay in Tenerife without a car, along with a helpful map. I’ll also tell you where I stayed in Tenerife and suggest the best hotels in Tenerife for all budgets.

Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa. The island is dominated by the Teide National Park, home to Mount Teide, which is Spain’s highest peak and the third-largest volcano in the world.

Tenerife has a subtropical climate, which means mild temperatures throughout the year. The northern part of the island tends to be cooler and greener, while the south is sunnier and warmer.

The southern part of the island, including areas like Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, is known for its vibrant nightlife, beaches, and water sports. The northern part, including cities like Puerto de la Cruz, offers a more relaxed and traditional atmosphere.

Tenerife has two major airports: Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos) and Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofia). These airports make it easy to access the island. 

It’s definitely possible to have an enjoyable visit without renting a car. Some ways to navigate the island without a car include public buses, walking, biking, taxis, or guided tours.

The island has an extensive network of public buses (aka Guaguas) that cover most of the island. The main bus company is called TITSA. You can buy tickets on the bus or at bus stations.

In the northern part of Tenerife, particularly in Santa Cruz and La Laguna, you can use the tram system, known as Tranvía de Tenerife. This is a convenient option for getting around these urban areas.

You can also use Taxis which are a bit more expensive than public buses but can be a convenient way to get around, especially if you’re traveling in a group.

Tenerife has a growing network of cycling lanes, and you can rent bikes in many tourist areas. Just be prepared for some steep hills if you venture into the more mountainous regions.

If you’re staying in a relatively small area, you can explore the surroundings on foot. Many towns and tourist areas are pedestrian-friendly, and walking can be a great way to soak in the local culture and scenery.

Tenerife is a great destination for hikers, with a range of trails for all levels of expertise. You can explore the beautiful landscapes and mountains on foot. Just make sure to plan your hikes and take necessary precautions.

Many resorts and hotels offer shuttle services to popular tourist attractions and beaches. You can check with your accommodation to see if they provide such a service.

If you plan to visit other Canary Islands or explore the coastline, you can use boats and ferries, which connect Tenerife to nearby islands.

Where to stay in Tenerife without a car?

The best areas to stay in Tenerife without a car are Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Gigantes, El Medano, and Santa Cruz. These are all popular tourist towns, so you’ll have easy access to attractions and amenities on foot, bus, and taxi. 

Costa Adeje is a popular resort area in the southwest of Tenerife, with many upscale hotels and beautiful beaches. It has good bus connections and plenty of dining and shopping options. The area is also close to water parks like Siam Park.

Playa de las Américas, adjacent to Costa Adeje, is known for its vibrant nightlife, numerous restaurants, and bars. It’s a popular destination for younger travelers. 

Los Cristianos is more relaxed, with a mix of hotels, shops, and restaurants compared to the nearby towns of Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. 

Los Gigantes is a quieter and more secluded area on the west coast, known for its stunning cliffs. Puerto de la Cruz is a charming and more traditional resort town in the northern part of the island.

El Médano is on the southeastern coast and is known for its natural beaches and wind conditions, which make it a popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of Tenerife, offers a more urban experience. It has a range of cultural attractions, shops, and restaurants. The city is well-connected to buses and trams.

During my trip to Tenerife, I stayed in Costa Adeje in South Tenerife at the Iberostar Bouganville Playa. It is a great 4-star hotel located close to Playa del Bobo Beach and Puerto Colón Marina for boat trips and fishing excursions. Easy access to shopping, bars and restaurants.

Below is a map of the popular areas in Tenerife for car-free travelers. You can scroll down to view the live map.

Map of the best areas to stay in Tenerife without a car
Map of the best areas to stay in Tenerife without a car

Let’s get into the details of the recommended areas to stay in Tenerife, especially for travelers without a car. I’ll provide you with some suggestions for the best places to stay in each area, catering to every budget. 

All hotels in Tenerife have been carefully selected by me, with guest review scores of at least 8.0 or higher at the time I chose them. If you don’t like my suggestions (perhaps they don’t suit your budget or preferences), you can click the “MORE HOTEL DEALS” button where you can choose your own hotel.

7 Best areas to stay in Tenerife without a car:

1. Costa Adeje

Costa Adeje is one of the best areas in Tenerife for car-free travelers. It is a popular resort area in the southern part of Tenerife, known for its beautiful beaches, upscale hotels, and a wide range of amenities.

Costa Adeje is home to some of the best beaches in Tenerife, including Playa de Fañabé, Playa del Duque, and Playa de Torviscas. These beaches offer golden sands and crystal-clear waters, making them ideal for sunbathing and swimming.

You’ll find a plethora of restaurants and cafes serving both local Canarian cuisine and international dishes. The area also has a good number of bars and nightlife options.

The commercial centers in Costa Adeje, such as Gran Sur Shopping Center and Plaza del Duque, provide a range of shopping opportunities, from fashion to souvenirs.

Costa Adeje is home to Siam Park, one of the largest and most famous water parks in Europe. It’s a great attraction for families and those seeking a fun day out.

If you’re a golf enthusiast, there are several golf courses in the area, including Golf Costa Adeje, which offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Costa Adeje has a modern marina where you can enjoy water sports, boat tours, and even go whale watching.

The nearby Barranco del Infierno is a scenic natural area for hiking and enjoying the island’s rugged landscape.

Public transportation and the availability of various amenities make it easy to explore the area and venture out to other parts of Tenerife.

Best places to stay in Tenerife in Costa Adeje without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Gran Tacande Wellness & Relax Costa Adeje, 5-star Beachfront hotel, located on Duque Beach,  right next to Plaza Del Duque shopping mall, offering views of La Gomera island. Easy access to many shops and bars. It has an outdoor swimming pool, free parking, and paid airport shuttle service.
  • Mid-range ($$): Iberostar Bouganville Playa, 4-star beachfront hotel located on the seafront promenade of San Eugenio, within walking distance from Playa del Bobo Beach. It has Fabulous breakfast, 4 swimming pools, and family rooms.
  • Budget ($): Sunset Bay Club, 3-star hotel, located only a few mins walk from Fañabe Beach and  a wide range of water sports facilities.

2. Playa de las Américas

Playa de las Américas is a popular area to stay in Tenerife without a car. It is a vibrant and bustling resort town located in the southern part of Tenerife. This area is famous for its lively atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and abundant nightlife.

Playa de las Américas is an ideal destination for those who want an active and lively vacation with plenty of entertainment options. It is particularly popular among young adults and party-goers. 

Playa de las Américas boasts several stunning beaches, including Playa de Troya, Playa de las Vistas, and Playa del Camisón. These beaches offer a variety of water sports and sunbathing opportunities.

The town is known for its vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. The Veronica’s Strip is a popular nightlife area where you can enjoy live music, dancing, and cocktails.

Playa de las Américas has plenty of shopping opportunities, including street markets and shopping centers like the Safari Shopping Centre and the Parque Santiago Shopping Center.

Golf enthusiasts can visit Golf Las Américas, a beautiful golf course in the vicinity.

Best places to stay in Playa de las Américas without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Hotel Cleopatra Palace, great 4-star hotel located just opposite El Camisón Beach, within walking distance from Safari Shopping Centre with lots of shops. It has a spa, and an outdoor pool
  • Mid-range ($$): Parque Santiago V Official, great central accommodation, short walk from Camison Beach,offering bicycle rental and car rental services. Close to El Bunker Beach, Las Vistas Beach and Piramide de Arona Convention Centre.
  • Budget ($): Parque Santiago IV Official, 3-star beachfront accommodation in Playa de las Americas, easy access to El Bunker Beach and Camison Beach. It has a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and an ATM.

3. Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos is a charming resort town not far from Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. It is an excellent choice for travelers looking for a more relaxed and family-friendly environment.

Los Cristianos has lovely beaches, including Playa de Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Vistas. These beaches offer golden sands and calm waters, making them perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

The town’s harbor is a hub for various boat trips and ferry connections to other Canary Islands. It’s a great place to explore sea excursions, including whale watching and fishing trips.

There are several shopping opportunities in Los Cristianos, including local markets, boutiques, and commercial centers like the Pasarela Shopping Center.

The Golf Los Palos course is nearby for those who enjoy golfing.

The town is close to the Montana de Guaza nature reserve, which is great for hiking and enjoying the natural beauty of Tenerife.

The Church of San Antonio, located in the town center, is an architectural landmark and a place to appreciate the local culture.

Best places to stay in Tenerife in Los Cristianos without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Boutique Hotel H10 Big Sur – Adults Only, 4-star adult-only hotel located on the seafront in Los Cristianos, within walking distance from Los Cristianos Beach and traditional fishing harbor. Great location to catch the ferry to La Gomera.
  • Mid-range ($$): Labranda Reveron Plaza, 4-star family-run hotel, located within a short walk from Los Cristianos Beach. Close to the beaches, Ferry port and main bus station.
  • Budget ($): Klayman Olivina Aparthotel, 3-star accommodation, located in a quiet area in the heart of Los Cristianos, at the south of Tenerife, 5 mins to the beach, close to many shops and restaurants.

4. Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is a picturesque town located on the northern coast of Tenerife. This charming town is known for its rich history, beautiful natural surroundings, and a more traditional and laid-back atmosphere compared to the bustling resorts in the south of the island.

Lido Martianez is a stunning seawater swimming pool complex designed by renowned architect César Manrique. It offers a fantastic place to swim and relax by the sea.

Puerto de la Cruz is home to beautiful black sand beaches, including Playa Jardín, designed by César Manrique. It’s a great place for sunbathing and swimming.

The town features the internationally renowned Botanical Gardens of Puerto de la Cruz, which are filled with an impressive array of tropical plants. Additionally, you can visit Taoro Park and the Sitio Litre Gardens for more green spaces and scenic walks.

You can explore various cultural attractions such as the Casa de la Aduana, Casa Iriarte, and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia.

Loro Parque is a highly regarded zoo and animal park with diverse animal species, including parrots, dolphins, and orcas. It’s easily accessible from Puerto de la Cruz.

Plaza del Charco central square is a hub of activity and hosts various events, markets, and live entertainment. It’s surrounded by restaurants and cafes.

Puerto de la Cruz boasts a charming old town with colonial architecture, narrow streets, and a relaxed atmosphere. You can explore the historic streets and dine at local restaurants.

Best places to stay in Tenerife in Puerto de la Cruz without a car:

  • Luxury ($$$): Hotel Botanico y Oriental Spa Garden, 5-star hotel, offering accommodations within views of the Atlantic Ocean and Mount Teide. Only 5 mins taxi ride to the town center, 10 mins walk from the Mirador de la Paz.
  • Mid-range ($$): Hotel AF Valle Orotava, 4-star hotel located in the center of Puerto de la Cruz, walking distance from Playa Jardín, Loro Parque, Castillo de San Felipe, Botanical Garden, Paseo de San Telmo, and Lago Martiánez. It is a one hour bus/car ride from Las Cañadas del Teide.
  • Budget ($): DWO Nopal, great 3-star hotel, short walk from Playa del Muelle, easy access to San Telmo Beach, Playa Martianez and Plaza Charco.

5. Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes is a small and picturesque resort town located on the western coast of Tenerife. The town is known for its dramatic cliffs, beautiful scenery, and a laid-back atmosphere. It’s a great destination for couples and those looking for a more remote and peaceful setting. 

The town is named after Los Gigantes Cliffs (Acantilados de los Gigantes), which rise dramatically from the sea. They are one of Tenerife’s most iconic natural landmarks. You can take boat tours to get up close and appreciate their grandeur.

While Los Gigantes doesn’t have traditional sandy beaches, there are natural pools in the area where you can swim, such as Playa de los Guios and Charco de Isla Cangrejo.

The surrounding area is ideal for hiking, and you can explore walking paths with stunning coastal views. The Masca Valley and Teno Rural Park are nearby and offer fantastic hiking opportunities.

Los Gigantes is a popular starting point for boat excursions that offer the chance to spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat.

Best places to stay in Tenerife in Los Gigantes without a car:

  • Mid-range ($$): Royal Sun Resort, great location in front of the seaside and the cliffs, offering stunning views. Can use a taxi to get around which is cheap and convenient.
  • Mid-range ($$): Klayman Diamond Aparthotel, quiet location in Los Gigantes, you can walk into the town and to the beach.
  • Budget ($): Ona el Marqués, great accommodation located in a quiet area in Puerto de Santiago, short taxi ride from a range of shops, restaurants, and bars, 15 mins walk from Los Gigantes Port.

6. El Medano

El Médano is a laid-back coastal town located in the southern part of Tenerife and known for its excellent conditions for water sports. It’s perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts, as well as families and couples looking for a peaceful and picturesque setting.

El Médano is famous for its long, wide sandy beaches, including Playa El Médano and Playa de la Tejita. These beaches are popular for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding.

El Médano is located near the Montaña Roja Natural Reserve, where you can go hiking and enjoy the unique landscape.

El Médano is known for its beautiful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, making it a great spot for romantic evenings.

Best places to stay in Tenerife in El Medano without a car:

  • Budget ($): Medano Nest Hostel, great backpacker hostel, close to Machado, Playa Chica and Playa de la Jaquita. 2 minutes walk to the bus station. 5 minutes to the beach.
  • Budget ($): Casa Grande Surf Hostel, within walking distance from El Médano Beach and 10 taxi rides from Tenerife South Airport.  
  • Budget ($): Hotel Ventus, 3-star accommodation located near the airport, town center, and beaches such as Playa Chica and Machado. Easy access to restaurants, shops and taxis.

7. Santa Cruz De Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital city of Tenerife and the largest city in the Canary Islands. It is located on the northeast coast of the island. It is an excellent choice for travelers who want a more urban and cultural experience, including museums, theaters, and a lively atmosphere.

Santa Cruz boasts a range of cultural attractions, including the Tenerife Auditorium, the Museum of Nature and Man, and the TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, which hosts contemporary art exhibitions.

The city offers excellent shopping opportunities, with numerous boutiques, department stores, and markets. The Nuestra Señora de África Market is a popular spot for fresh produce and local products.

The city is famous for its vibrant and lively carnival, which is one of the biggest in the world. It’s an annual event filled with colorful parades, costumes, and music.

Santa Cruz has several beautiful parks and green spaces, including García Sanabria Park, which is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic.

While Santa Cruz may not be as renowned for its beaches as some other areas of Tenerife, it still has some pleasant coastal spots like Playa de las Teresitas, which has golden imported sand.

Santa Cruz has a busy port that is often a stop for cruise ships. It’s also a great place to take boat trips to other Canary Islands.

Best places to stay in Santa Cruz De Tenerife without a car:


In conclusion, Costa Adeje, Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Gigantes, El Medano, and Santa Cruz are the best places to stay in Tenerife without a car. These areas are easily explored on foot and are well-connected to buses, so you’ll easily get around without a car.

You can continue reading Best places to stay in Fuerteventura without a car and Best places to stay in Gran Canaria without a car.

There you have it, my recommendations for the popular areas that you can stay during your car-free trip to Tenerife. I hope you found my article helpful and enjoy your holiday!

If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Your feedback is invaluable and helps me continue to create more quality travel guides.

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