Heading to Tenerife? Forget About the South!

Posted on 14. Oct, 2011 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Spain

For many, holidays to Tenerife are about the beaches, bars and hospitality of Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos. The tourist led southern part of the island is very popular among holidaymakers every year, but that does, however, leave a somewhat undiscovered region in the north, just waiting for you to uncover a more authentic Canary Island experience.

Tenerife Auditorium

The island’s lively capital Santa Cruz is situated in north Tenerife and is home to many fine restaurants, shops and bars as well as some interesting cultural sights. One of the most intriguing buildings in Spain, the Sydney opera house-like Auditoro de Tenerife, can be seen in the island’s capital, and is not only an architectural wonder, but also an enriching center for opera, orchestral and modern music, much finer sounds than the karaoke bars lining the south. There are also many museums and art galleries to visit, including fascinating sculptural pieces as you wander around its parks and streets, including work by Henry Moore, Oscar Dominguez and Joan Miro.

Festivals are what the people of Tenerife do best, so instead of spending the night in a darkened nightclub in the south, head to one of the many towns in the north that hold traditional festivals throughout the year. There are all sorts of religious festivals and carnivals to experience, all with a welcoming manner and a chance for you to join in with some authentic Canarian customs. From sliding down the streets of villages on wooden boards, to pulling strings of pots and pans down the street, you can guarantee that none of these are performed without a jovial smile.

Another interesting part of the island is La Laguna - it’s a historical city, not only known for its university and its party lifestyle, but also for its impressive buildings, such as the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios and the remarkable Inglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion, a church with a baroque wooden pulpit and a carved wooden ceiling.

Our Lady of the Conception, La Laguna, Tenerife

The valley of La Orotava secretly hides the stunning town of the same name, which is one of the most traditional, untouched places you can visit on in Tenerife and a must see town to stop by for those on Puerto de la Cruz holidays. The winding streets of the old town are sprinkled with baroque and Renaissance mansions, being home to some of the wealthier inhabitants on the island. As well as gasping in wonder at the architecture of this town you can also discover the Casa de los Balcones, a scattered mixture of elaborate balconies and courtyards overlooking the valley. The Casa Mendez Fonseca is particularly charming, with an unusual museum at the top, and wine tasting to finish your tour.


A holiday to Tenerife is all about new encounters when visiting the north, giving you not only culture and tradition, but a breathtaking varied landscape to explore. Whist holidays to Playa de las Americas and the like are always a great option for guaranteed sunshine and warm weather, don’t be afraid to get out and see what else this beautiful island has to discover. From the mountainous terrain in the north to the flat areas in the northwest, there is definitely a sight to please everyone, and experiences that have more of a Canarian stamp than those in the south. Tenerife is a beautiful island, whichever part you visit, but for a more varied authentic experience, break away from the holiday crowd at the airport and opt for something a bit different.

This is a guest post written by Laura Feasey, who writes travel content for the travel pages on the easyJet Holidays website. 

Have you ever been on a Tenerife holiday? Do you prefer the South or North island?

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