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Since I travel only during winters, I highly recommend staying in the south: Los Cristianos(my preference) or Costa Adeje. It's always sunny there and the ocean temperature is very pleasant for swimming. North of the island does not get that much sun in the winter and it can be quite cold there.

As it usually happens with islands - you need a car if you want to explore places. I recommend booking one in the south airport.

Food in Los Cristianos

Places to see

Loro Parque - one of the best zoos on my list worldwide. Totally worth visiting.

Siam Park - big water park where you can enjoy rides for the whole day, recommended.

You can buy Loro Parque and Siam Park entrance tickets together as a single, so-called twin ticket. It will be cheaper this way.

Playa de las Vistas, Playa de las Américas - great beaches, Américas also with many surf-schools and rentals around.

Los Gigantes - magnificent views and a beach with black(volcanic) sand.

Masca - charming mountain village with crazy views, must see.

El Teide - active volcano and Spain's highest peak. Also sick views. Get dressed well as there is snow on the summit, you can buy tickets to get there online. Even the road to the peak is worth the trip, you'll go through thick forests and above the clouds. Unforgettable sunsets.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife - the capital, I like to go there at least once during my visit. Recommended place to eat is Bokanka, try Tuna Tartare.

San Cristobal - beautiful city in the north, get dressed as it's a bit colder. Recommended place to eat is La Tasca de Cristian, reserve it in advance, the food is superb and relatively inexpensive.

Honorable mentions:

  • La Orotava
  • Puerto de la Cruz

And others, most small coastal towns have their own unique charm, so stay and explore those when you have time.