Southern Tenerife: where to buy a second home or spend a holiday
Tenerife is the largest and most popular destination of the Canary Islands for holiday home buyers and tourists. Every year, about five million foreign citizens head there for its amazing climate: in summer, temperatures range from
Popular places in southern Tenerife
Puerto de Santiago
Puerto de Santiago is a small fishing village just 25m above sea level. Although the resort is expanding and attracting more tourists, it still has a quiet atmosphere. There are no high buildings; instead the town is lined rows of small neat white houses with terracotta roofs heading down to the ocean. Puerto de Santiago also has a small port and a black volcanic sand beach.
It is a popular destination for people who want to relax in the sun, making it a good choice for family holidays or retirement. The resort has everything you could need to live: shops (including a big supermarket), restaurants and cafés. The bigger resorts of Los Gigantes and Playa de la Arena resorts are just
In Puerto de Santiago,
Callao Salvaje is a small Spanish town located on the southwestern coast of Tenerife. It is a secluded resort with few hotels, lots of bars and seafood restaurants. There is also a small shopping centre and a modest promenade. The grey sand and gravel beach is fully equipped but not very suitable for holidays with children as the waves can be quite rough there.
Just 8 km away from there is the most popular resort on the southern coast — Playa de las Américas — where many people go if they want to spice it up a bit. Another important attraction of Callao Salvaje is its international school. Many Spaniards buy holiday homes in Callao Salvaje as property prices are extremely attractive there.
Prices for flats in a residential complex with a shared pool and garden start from
La Caleta is a former fishing village turned chic tourist resort. Its main advantage is convenient access to fashionable Costa Adeje and its golf course. Several hotels and new residential complexes have been built near La Caleta over the last
The beaches in the resort are small and rocky so not ideal for swimming but there are a lot of sandy beaches within a kilometre of the village. Within minutes by car, you can get to Golf Costa Adeje where the Spanish and European championships are held almost every year.
Prices for the most humble of houses start from €700,000 and the luxury villas can cost up to €3M. In nearby developments,
Adeje is located 4 km away from the coast at a height of 300m above sea level, making it popular with people who like the outdoors, especially since it’s home to the Barranco del Infierno natural park, Tenerife's second most visited attraction after El Teide. The park is even home to the island's only waterfall (560m high). Adeje has a lot of amusements for children: Europe’s largest
People from over seventy countries have settled in Adeje but, in spite of its popularity, it has maintained a quiet and welcoming aura. Property prices gained 6% between 2014 and 2015, but they are still 31% cheaper than before the 2008 crisis.
Costa Adeje is the most glamorous, fashionable and modern Tenerife resort — even David and Victoria Beckham are frequent guests there. The town’s number of
Two of Costa Adeje’s beaches — Playa Fañabe with its dark volcanic sands and golden Playa del Duque both have Blue Flag awards for their pristine waters.
The most prestigious area of Costa Adeje lies to the West towards La Caleta, where the Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort & Spa hotel complex with 40 villas and over 350 apartments has units up for sale (villas starting from €1M).
Prices in Costa Adeje are the highest on the island, starting from €1,700 per sq m. New
Playa de las Américas
Playa de las Américas is a developed tourist resort built in the
Playa de las Américas is one of the most popular destinations for UK buyers looking for a permanent residence. It has a slight
The town has also many
Los Cristianos is very similar to Playa de las Américas as it is especially popular with UK nationals. However, this is where similarities end: Los Cristianos is particularly suitable for families with children and retirees: it is beautiful and has
There are two
The resort is quiet and the few clubs and bars are located in the San Telmo district.
The western half of Los Cristianos evolved from a small fishing village founded in the 16th century and has the atmosphere of an old island town: narrow streets, ancient buildings, squares where concerts take place in the evenings. The eastern part of the town is a quiet modern residential district with hotels and apartment complexes. Most buildings are
Palm Mar is a small town located near Los Cristianos that was built specifically for tourists about twenty years ago. It is always clean and calm there and the town goes quiet when night falls. Palm Mar is never overcrowded and chosen by expats looking for a quiet life in the sun. The main advantage of Palm Mar is the abundance of good restaurants and bars presenting a great number of national cuisines.
The town only has a small shingle beach, so holidaymakers usually drive to nearby beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Living here requires you to have a car as the public transport system is not very developed. There are several supermarkets in the town and the nearest hypermarket is
Palm Mar is still actively developing: apartments are under construction and new modern villas are just going on the market. A two- or
Golf del Sur
Golf del Sur is a resort built around
The average property price in Golf del Sur is €200,000. There are apartments under construction selling at
- young people: Playa de las Américas
- privacy lovers: Puerto de Santiago, Golf del Sur, Palm Mar, La Caleta, Callao Salvaje
- families: Callao Salvaje, Adeje, Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos, Golf del Sur.
Julia Gushchina, Tranio