Where to live or buy in Tenerife

When people say they want to live or buy a property in Tenerife, I sometimes wonder whether they are fully aware of how many micro-environments the island has. It also has micro-climates, with the weather being notably different in different parts of Tenerife. The east coast is very breezy, hence it’s where the airport is, whereas the west coast is much more sheltered. One doesn’t have to go far inland (and therefore uphill), however, before it changes again, becoming colder in winter and sometimes much hotter than the coast in the summer – particularly at times of calima. The north coast is different yet again, often being cloudier and with more rainfall, the reason it’s often several degrees cooler in the north, and much greener.

In terms of their specific requirements, many people’s are often unknowingly contradictory. One couple, for example, were hoping to retire to Tenerife eventually and wanted to buy a property to use for holidays in the meantime. They wanted something near the coast, with good public transport, not in a busy holiday area like Los Cristianos but somewhere quiet with a bit of local culture and within walking distance of shops, bars, and restaurants.

This is a real example, and a fairly frequent list of criteria. The problem is that although such visitors will be using the property for holidays in the first place, they envisage living in it permanently when they retired – and this can create incompatible requirements. Often the requirements simply cannot all be found together. Most of the time, the type of property ideal for a holiday is not the sort of property to live permanently in. A complex, for example, is fine for holidays, but often people find that it drives them up the wall when they are faced with permanent living there. Holidaymakers rarely notice the problems (internal politics, problems with committees, budgets, noise, etc.) and long term residential tenants can move on if any given situation gets on their nerves, but buyers need to be much more careful.

Buying “near the coast” too can end up with buyers wishing to escape “up the hill” where it’s more residential: when you live here permanently, the ebb and flow of different faces as holidaymakers and tenants come and go can end up creating a very unsettled feeling. Also, the villas or town houses inland will be more spacious than the coastal apartments, and often no more expensive: living in an apartment can start to feel cramped after the novelty has worn off. Sometimes, it’s just nice to have the coast within view and an easy ten minute drive, but to live somewhere where it feels more stable and comfortable. Some people also find that wall-to-wall sunshine gets wearing after a time, and a bit of cloud and cooler weather now and then is a pleasant change, something that’s much more likely inland away from the coastal strip.

Each area, too, is very different, and each has its pros and cons. What follows is an attempt at providing a list of areas that are most popular, or that I’ve been asked about the most, and the things that might usefully be taken into account when considering them. If there’s an area you would like to know about that I’ve not written about yet, please let me know and I’ll add it if I can. Inevitably this is a personal perspective, and although I am frequently asked for recommendations about which areas are best or what are the main differences between this and that place, these are questions that each one of us will answer differently. In the main, this page is factually based and updated when changes occur, and I hope it helps to begin to define areas to investigate … because once that decision to move over is made, the essential thing is to come over and research areas before a commitment is made to any particular one.

Alcalá: Alcala is Playa san Juan’s much less well known neighbour, a typical south Tenerife town in that all the lovely stuff goes on unseen behind the main road that runs through it, making it look like a relatively unprepossessing place with, at times, a bit of a traffic problem. Take a side turning, however, and you’ll find a large plaza, shaded with great old trees where children play and elderly people sit in groups chatting on the benches, the whole thing surrounded by bars and restaurants … and a road down to one of the least known little harbours and beaches on the west coast. For those looking for somewhere to live, Alcalá offers peace and quiet, a good selection of shops, and easy access to other parts of the the west coast. For property investors, it is perhaps one of the best chances for profit in coming years, with the fairly new 5* Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora hotel on the edge of town getting an increasing world-level reputation, and with the new Fonsalía floating port for all ferry traffic to the western islands – and the new motorway spur to feed it – coming in the next few years.

Aldea Blanca: see Buzanada.

Amarilla Golf: Ten years ago or so I wouldn’t have considered this area as desirable. There were ongoing problems with legality, and at one point there was just one complex there that was actually legal. The golf course was pretty unattractive and the only way into the area was through the back end of the Las Chafiras industrial estate. Over the last decade, however, this area has been transformed, with many new and legal complexes, a new access road through the Golf del Sur, a new and beautiful marina, and the golf course is green and lush. In my opinion, this is in general terms one of a handful of real success stories in south Tenerife in recent years.

Buzanada: Buzanada is a Spanish town inland and the other side of the TF1 from Guaza, in the general area between Las Chafiras and Los Cristianos. It’s very Spanish with a high South-American contingent, and has now pretty much merged into Cabo Blanco on one side and Aldea Blanca on the other. It’s very affordable, but to my own mind, has little other than low price really to commend it.

Cabo Blanco: see Buzanada.

Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraiso: These two urbanizations have spent many years in the doldrums, looking for all the world as though they were stuck in a 1970s time warp. Over the last decade, however, they have been seriously updated, with a new 5* hotel and scuba diving centre in Playa Paraiso, and a really rather lovely brand new beach and jetty, and considerable coastal landscaping, in Callao Salvaje where there are a few good quality hotels already. Longstanding plans to join the pair with a cliff-top walkway have now been completed, and both have finally been adopted by Adeje, so they are now able to enjoy municipal services from the Ayuntamiento after suffering many years of being private developments with poor quality water supplies, a huge telecommunications problem, and a significant lack of road signs and lighting. These developments mean that the future is looking bright for the area, and should see the two towns consolidating their status as desirable holiday resorts, rather than a dumping ground for “allocation on arrival” holidaymakers – indeed, Playa Paraiso’s four tower blocks are undergoing serious renovation, two being taken over, indeed, as the first Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife.

Candelaria: In some ways Candelaria is an archetypal and quiet Spanish town, with the advantage of being on the coast and in a relatively sheltered bay given that it’s the east coast. Every February and August, however, it gets overwhelmed with festivities for the Virgen de Candelaria (see eg HERE and HERE), and the whole area around the original town has been built up over recent years. Even though the surrounding coastline has now been developed, however, the original nice Spanish town is still the heart of the area, and there easy access to the motorway for Santa Cruz, the south, and TFS.

Chayofa: Chayofa is a pretty residential area just 5 minutes up the road and across the motorway from Los Cristianos. Many consider it ideally located, being quiet but with excellent access to the motorway and literally on the doorstep of the main holiday areas. It wouldn’t be too wide of the mark to say it’s one of the nearest things we have in Tenerife to the British concept of suburbia. The area has grown considerably in recent years, and is a mix of independent and complex-based villas, townhouses, and apartments. It has a small number of bars and restaurants, and decent public transport links. It is also very near the new southern public hospital – whenever that might actually be fully up and running. One can also often see birds of prey flying freely overhead since the popular Jungle Park is in the immediate vicinity.

Costa del Silencio: not my favourite area, not least because it suffers from an acknowledged crime rate, hence prices are often considerably lower than in other areas, but many residents say it has a really good community feel, and the local authorities have carried out a fair bit of public maintenance (lighting, street marking etc) over the last few years. Moreover, the “crime problem” has become less generalised over the last couple of years, and now mainly affects just a few pockets, but these give the area a certain notoriety.

El Médano: on the coast near the airport, so there is some noise from planes taking off, and it’s the world capital, it seems to me, for windsurfers, so is extremely windy at times. Like San Isidro, it is quite a way from other places, so being mobile is pretty essential. Having said all that, I think this is one of the nicest places on the island, with several beaches, one of which is a wonderful little town beach backed by the town square, some fantastic restaurants and cafés, and a cultural agenda that is among the best in Tenerife – there always seems to be something going on there. A downside is the ongoing issue over the iconic Hotel Médano, which now seems set to be demolished (at least in part), and the Granadilla megaport, which from 2013 is full steam ahead for development with all legal challenges overcome. The impact of the megaport on the town is as yet unknown, but some see the combination of the commercial port plus the demolition of the hotel as a terrible combination, which will see the town’s main plaza beach affected by wind and, perhaps, pollution. As of 2016, there is further controversy over the building of a 5* hotel in the Sotavento area – in front of the roundabout and the new commercial centre. Some see it as an inevitable and desirable upgrading of the town, with El Médano able to compete with other upmarket and luxury tourism, while others see it as a certain destructive step in an undeveloped natural environment. In short, it’s the megaport debate all over again.

El Sauzal: In north Tenerife, with easy access off the TF5, El Sauzal is situated on terraces overlooking one of the most beautiful views in Tenerife, along the north coast, with the vast dome of Mount Teide dominating the scene. Very many properties there have simply amazing views. Similar can be said, however, for the whole area of north to north-east Tenerife, including Tacoronte, La Matanza, La Victoria, Santa Ursula, La Orotava and Los Realejos. All are lovely Spanish towns, often with stunning views even if not quite as spectacular as El Sauzal itself, and all with easy access to the TF5. As far as the often remarked temperature differences are concerned, I think they are frequently overplayed. Yes it will be cooler and cloudier in the north in the winter, though it’s all relative! Moreover, when there’s a calima, the south and east usually suffers far worse so the relative cool will be a real boon.

Golf del Sur: built in a ring around a golf course, some parts of the area now look a little dated, and there is a seemingly never to be finished hotel which is still hardly much more than a building site. Also, despite apparently good access to the TF1 at Las Chafiras, the main exit road can be a real bottleneck. It can be breezy and, for some, far too near the airport. And yet it is an eternally popular area, with a considerable number of British and Irish bars, and a fair selection of tourist-focused shops in the adjoining San Blas Commercial Centre. The plane noise in some parts is really not noticeable, and the golf course from which the urbanization takes its name also gives it a green and lush feel. There are also newer developments of apartments with some good hotels, as well as a lovely coastal path, and with the new San Blas environmental reserve and its luxury frontline hotel to one side, and the new marina on the other, the Golf del Sur has transformed itself from being in danger of becoming a very tired resort into a place that offers much both to residents and holidaymakers who want to stay somewhere quieter away from the main holiday areas.

Granadilla: Granadilla is a “county town” for the Granadilla municipality, and as with Arona, Adeje, Guía de Isora and the rest, is at a certain altitude with generally somewhat cooler air, away from the bustling coast and with sweeping views. It’s a Spanish town with all the amenities and facilites you’d expect, and is very comfortably accessible to the motorway, airport, and tourist areas.

Güímar: Although the east coast is sometimes understandably considered rather bare compared with the lush north and the pretty west, the whole area around Güímar has its own beauty. Indeed the Güímar valley has some fabulous scenery, especially on what is one of the main access routes up to the Teide National Park through the charming little village of Arafo. There is easy access down to El Puertito, a very Spanish and very lovely little beach resort, and the town of Güímar itself, though somewhat rambling, is also very conveniently placed for motorway, within easy reach of both the south airport and Santa Cruz. As with any town on the east coast, though, it will get the prevailing wind, and in a calima, the east often gets the worst of things. Having said that, property prices are still reasonable compared to many of the more touristic or heavily residential areas.

La Caleta:  An original fishing village at the “posh” end of the Costa Adeje, with a little beach and swimming area, fabulous restaurants, and on the doorstep to the beautiful Golf Costa Adeje. There really isn’t anything that can be said against La Caleta, and although there has been massive development in recent years beyond the old village heart, both design and construction have been sympathetic and sophisticated. Nearby, too, is an excellent international-level sports complex which is used by football clubs and Olympians, so the village even offers spot-the-celebrity for the starstruck. Add in a superb new road network, with 5-minute maximum access to the TF1, and you have something approaching a perfect location.

La Matanza: see El Sauzal

La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz: for those who think the south is just too hot, too touristic, too “British”, for them, and who want to live in north Tenerife, La Orotava would have to be among the top few choices on the list. It’s a very very pretty area with stunning views over the north coast, spreading out over a considerable distance in the hills above Puerto de la Cruz: indeed Puerto de la Cruz is La Orotava’s own port. This combination makes this pair of towns pretty unbeatable, with the original Tenerife holiday resort offering beaches, a lido and Loro Parque all combining with the bustling modern residential town of La Orotava. La Orotava also has, though, to its side, the old town, with its gardens and parks, beautiful basilica, museums, and House of the Balconies – the list goes on and on, and being preserved as a “conservation town”, it is one of the prettiest and most authentically “Spanish” places on the island.

La Victoria: see El Sauzal.

Las Chafiras: this was billed as “luxury” accommodation when it first started to be developed, but it is in fact standard housing in various complexes behind the main Las Chafiras shopping areas. It has incredibly easy access to the motorway, to public transport, and the airport. Lots of shopping on the doorstep, and prices are affordable. There are continuous promises from the local authorities to “prettify” the area but further works seem haphazard.

Las Galletas: A couple of years ago I wrote “at first consideration, it’s not inspiring, sandwiched as it is between the Costa del Silencio and El Fraile, a town recognized to have several considerable immigrant communities, not all of which are legal. And yet Las Galletas is a typical south Tenerife Spanish town with pedestrianized streets with many and varied shops, cafés, bars, post office, banks, sports centre, schools, etc.” This is all still largely true, and it still has good transport links, a lively area on the front for local fiestas, carnivals, concerts, etc., many frontline cafés overlooking the harbour, and a super little beach, but it has an increasing problem. Locals themselves say that over the past two to three years it has become conjoined with Silencio and El Fraile, and that as a result it has gone downhill as the immigrant population has risen, and crime figures have gone up accordingly. It seems to me that over this period, too, it has started to look a little neglected, and the vibrant air that it certainly had has become somewhat jaded.

Los Abrigos: this is a in some respects a somewhat nondescript village but it’s based around a charming harbour with little boats bobbing up and down, and a pretty walkway lined with mainly tourist-focused restaurants (one is the Michelin rated Los Roques) and shops following its curve. The village has grown considerably over the past several years, with many of the new blocks of apartments built on a grid-style basis, but one can still believe nothing has changed when in the harbour area which is delightful. It has a good road up to the motorway, though it can be a real bottleneck at the TF1 end at times, and being a primarily Spanish area, its prices reflect the fact.

Los Cristianos: the original fishing village has long since been consumed and disappeared into the developed conglomeration that Los Cristianos now is, and yet at heart it still retains the feel of a real and established town. It has several different areas, some residential, some touristic, and at its centre is the old but completely renovated Church Square where, as well as in other plazas throughout the town, there are frequent cultural events. There is also a new southern auditorium in the centre of town which stages international standard concerts. The whole harbour area has been refurbished with a very pleasant promenade along its several beaches and the old port itself has been transformed by the installation of pleasure craft jetties. Los Cristianos has a deserved reputation as an established holiday town with a great deal to offer on many levels.

Los Gigantes: of course, regardless of any other consideration, Los Gigantes has THAT view! Those cliffs are staggering and beautiful, and it is impossible to escape them. To some the parking is nightmarish, to others the town is too hilly, to yet others it’s claustrophobic, and it’s true that it’s not flat, and it really has been intensively developed. There are, though, some very nice properties indeed there, and some superb quality shops, as well as a few good hotels, a pretty sports harbour, a lido … and then there’s that view …

Los Menores: a typical south Tenerife Spanish village, so with accessible prices, and peaceful and quiet. It has really good access to anywhere in the South, and public transport is good. There are a few bars and restaurants, and the local main town of Adeje can be reached easily in 5 minutes.

Los Realejos: see El Sauzal.

Palm Mar: a new purpose-built residential urbanization, but in many ways, far more successful than, say, Parque de la Reina. Palm Mar is reached by a single road which leads to a mix of complexes, semi-detached town-houses and villas, some 20 years old or so, others very new. Many are really very pretty. It has a lovely new promenade and there seems to be a prevailing light breeze in the summer which can be very welcome, and it doesn’t have the typical cloud cover in the winter often associated with the Golf del Sur. The beach is natural and rocky in the main, and there is a superb beach bar with a white sand section. One problem Palm Mar has is that for years it has been a “work in progress”, with some apartment complexes unfinished, though with the economy improving somewhat, these are very slowly starting to look like they might at last be completed in the foreseeable future. The area has also at last been adopted by Arona municipality, and has the long awaited bus service, though this is not extensive, and Palm Mar could still do with a local doctor!

Parque de la Reina: essentially a development of apartment blocks running behind the motorway, offering very easy access to Las Chafiras and the airport as well as Los Cristianos, but to me, it’s uninspiring, and has been the victim of several crime waves over recent years. This is reflected in the prices, of course, which are considerably lower than in other areas.

Playa de la Arena: In the same way that Los Gigantes has that view, Playa de la Arena has that beach. It has won a blue flag for excellence in every respect for over 25 consecutive years, and it is indeed one of the prettiest beaches in Tenerife, with its typical black sand covered with matting walkways and benefiting from the shelter provided by the curve of a very attractive cove. There are plenty of parking spaces lining the main road behind the beach, and cafés, bars and restaurants galore. All this, together with a very good hotel and good road access, make for a really rather idyllic holiday resort. The area has started to become very built up with residential properties in recent years behind the main road, but it’s still an archetypally Tenerife holiday resort at heart, and a good one too.

Playa Paraiso: see Callao Salvaje above.

Playa San Juan: a nice small coastal town on the west coast  with a new beach and lots of cafés, bars and restaurants lining the sea front. Parts of it are quite Spanish but there is a increasingly sizable expatriate community who choose to live there. It offers easy access to the whole of the west coast, from the Costa Adeje area to Los Gigantes, and in the not too distant future will have easy access to the extended motorway by the spur road to the intended floating ferry port at nearby Fontsalia. Prices in this area should increase considerably as a result.

Puerto de la Cruz: see La Orotava above.

Puerto Santiago: Sandwiched between Los Gigantes and Playa de la Arena, it is sometimes difficult to know where one ends and another begins. The three, and particularly Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago, seem to be one coastal area. Yet Puerto Santiago has its own little black sand beach, and a lovely promenade over a rocky coastline lined with cafés and shops. If Los Gigantes has that view, and Playa de la Arena has that beach, Puerto Santiago has the feel of a real village,  with its own little fishing port, and is clearly a place where people live, as well as go on holiday.

Santa Ursula: see El Sauzal.

San Isidro: a bustling Spanish town with lots of traditional shops, bars & restaurants, and just 5 minutes from the airport. It is straight up the hill from El Médano, again just 5 minutes or so away. A downside is that it is quite a way from other places, so being mobile is pretty essential: having said that it perhaps feels that it’s further away than it is because the main street, at certain times, has an horrendous traffic problem. There has been a great deal of new development towards the top of the town, and some of the newer blocks of apartments leave something to be desired in construction terms – there have been continuing protests about some developments where residents were without utilities and services. There has also been an increase in reports of crime in the area, but that goes hand in glove with the increased urban development, and the economic crisis of the last several years which has seen working people and large foreign resident contingents struggle to survive.

Tacoronte: see El Sauzal.

49 Comments

  1. Hi Janet, What a fabulous website and just what is needed. My husband and I are coming out in early March to look for a home. We would like to have it for the winter months and it must be in the south of the island.
    I really don’t think I would like to be on a holiday complex, apart from the high community fees some of these have I. would like to be able to get to know people. I would also like to be near the sea/beach or a short drive away from it. I need a few shops and somewhere to spend the evenings. One final request, I ‘d love it to be quaint.
    what a tall order? Sorry, do you know of anywhere that fits this description please ? One of the previous contributors mentioned Roque Del Conde and I wondered what this is like ?

    Any suggestions you may have would be most appreciated .

    thank you.
    Lisa

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    There are some nice residential complexes in the Roque del Conde area, though for me it’s a bit too built up, and not a “stroll” to the sea, but the other side of the motorway from it. it’s also not “quaint” by any stretch of the imagination. If you are looking for a place just for the winter, have a look at Palm Mar (see the description above), but again not “quaint”. If you’re looking for quaint in the south you might struggle … to my mind, quaint conveys established and cosy style, old fashioned and charming, and the south is much newer than the north … but you could have a look at Los Abrigos, La Caleta, Playa San Juan, Puerto Santiago (see above) … any of those could fit the bill. But if you want real “quaint”, in my opinion, you’ll need to look north …

  3. Hi Janet,
    thank you for your quick response and the very helpful information. We will be staying near to Los Abrigos so it will be great to get a feel for it. We are also viewing a property in Puerto Santiago. I know Playa San Juan particularly well but it has now out priced us from the market. We will have a look at Palm Mar too.
    I think you summed up “quaint” amazingly well ! I could also add “novel” as I am quite attracted to the smaller complexes with the coloured houses .
    Thank you .

  4. We are in the same boat as many others on here and would like to spend more time in Tenerife. We have been on holiday there about 15 times in total a mixture of hotels & self catering. We have visited most of the places on this thread..

    We have decided to do a long term rent rather than buy somewhere and find out after a short while that it is not for us.

    Just out of interest am I the only one that finds Pal Mar a totally soulless place.. We have been there few times and wandered around and it just seems a mass of apartments in street after street with hardly anybody wandering around..Is there any community there at all?

  5. Bryan, that rather depends what sort of “soul” you are looking for. Palm Mar is a lovely place to live, a tranquil oasis away from the bustle of the towns and tourist areas which makes it a perfect home for us commuters. As a new(ish) development, no, it doesn’t have a central square or people who have lived here for generations and know everybody. People here are friendly and there is a community spirit developing, mostly around the local bars and in the complexes themselves, but unfortunately its growth is stunted by the high volume of illegal holiday lets. It’s difficult to build relationships when your neighbours change every week so many of us won’t make an effort with new people until we know they’re not just on holiday. As more people make Palm Mar their permanent or second home, it will only improve, but as with all new developments, that takes time and stability.

  6. Hi Janet

    Wow so glad I found your site. Thank you so much.My husband and I (recently retired) are looking for somewhere warm to spend the winter months, say 3-4 away from the uk. We would come back to the uk late spring and summer. We are not keen on tourist areas, but the main priorites are peace and quiet, near some food shops, a bus service ( we don’t want to drive anywhere). We are keen walkers,love nature and wildlife. We’d love to be about 20min walk from the coast. Can you suggest any possible places we could look at?

    Many thanks

    Barbara

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    Well if you would like some shops, I would recommend the coast area, but not in the tourist areas. And so have a look at Alcalá, Playa San Juan, Los Abrigos, Palm Mar, Chayofa, and El Médano above, as well as the general La Orotava area if you are considering north Tenerife.

  8. Hi Janet
    What a great site
    First time today I found it
    I would like to retire and live in Tenarife with my wife but I would like to rent for a full twelve months would you say the best way to rent would be through an agency eg right move or zoopala or maybe local agency’s is there a site that has private rentals from the owners
    Any information appreciated
    Thanks john

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    I think the more important thing is that you have a correct and legal contract, and aren’t ripped off for a “non-refundable deposit” and other “fees”. Join some Facebook groups if you use Facebook – put “Tenerife rental property” or something in the search box and you’ll probably find several. Ultimately it doesn’t matter whether you rent privately, or through an agent, as long as you double check everything before you sign. Have a look HERE for further information and advice on how to protect yourself as a tenant. As to agents, you’ll find several just by putting the same info into Google, but do be aware that most will be for holiday lets, and so will be rentals for a fortnight or so at holidaymaker prices.

  10. Great and very descriptive article. it’s going to be so useful for my Oral English class of this afternoon.
    Thanks indeed.

  11. Hi Janet

    Great insight thank you. My husband is seriously considering moving to Tenerife we come two to three times a year. He has the good fortune of being able to retire anytime he is 58, I am still 51 and nowhere near wanting retirement. I would prefer to keep working. We saw properties in Granadilla any idea about that area. I would like a house with a view not too close to touristy spots yet close enough to have a wander. Also not a complex. Adeje and La Caleta seem nice, any idea and advice would be appreciated. Kind regards Luisa

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    Well Granadilla is a “county town” for the Granadilla municipality. It’s a Spanish town with all the amenities and facilites you’d expect, and some properties will have lovely views. Obviously it depends on what any particular person finds lovely to look at. I personally prefer the views on the west coast or in the north, rather than over the south or east of the island, but certainly Grandilla is as comfortably accessible as any other county town in south Tenerife, and as close but not on the doorstep of the tourist areas as others. You might struggle to find somewhere that’s not on a complex in La Caleta simply because it’s on the coast. amd the nearer to the coast you get the greater the concentration of property, and so of property built as complexes.

  13. Hi Janet
    What a great find your site is for the situation my husband and I are in currently. We’re both retired and have decided to live permanently in Tenerife with our lovely dog and two cats. We’ve been in touch with a few Estate Agents and feel we have chosen one who understands our requirements (2 to 3 bedrooms, min 2 bathrooms, spacious interior and exterior space suitable for our pets) We were in Tenerife from 7th to 11th May and saw a total of 7 properties that we really liked, some apartments and some houses. Our major issue is picking the right area for us. We want to become part of a community and make friends, and be within walking distance of a few bars and restaurants and local shops. We will have a car for major shopping and exploring but will also use buses. On this last trip we stayed in Costa Del Silencio, which we haven’t visited before, saw 2 suitable properties there (an apartment and a house) and felt an affinity with the area fro Las Galletas, through Silencio to El Medano. We have our house on the market and are hopeful, and hoping that we’ll be able to buy our suitable property on one further trip (realising we’ll have to come home to make all our arrangements to finally relocate. Whilst we feel our probable Estate Agent understands our needs, I’d be grateful if you could suggest areas, maybe just outside those I’ve mentioned, where we could find the kind of community we’re looking for. We did see a couple of perfect properties on Augusta Park, Amarilla Golf, but in a short tour round weren’t able to decide that this had the kind of community feel and facilities we’re looking for.

    Many thanks

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    well I’ve mentioned Costal de Silencio, Las Galletas, El Médano and Amarilla Golf above, and the best I can suggest is to read through the others in the list and see what descriptions jump out at you. I’m not sure I can suggest more places than what I’ve already written on this page, though obviously I’m happy to answer questions on any that occur to you and that aren’t covered. Beyond this, however, I really would advise you not to buy yet. From what you say, I think you need to get to know Tenerife much better before you plump for an area in which to invest a significant amount of money. In your situation, given that you like the area, I’d rent an apartment in Las Galletas for six months or so, and explore the island to find where might suit you best when you finally buy.

  15. Janet is absolutely correct by not ´suggesting´a place that will suit enquirers.

    When we started looking for somewhere to buy in Tenerife the best piece of advice we were given was from an English estate agent in Cristianos, who said: “You will not buy the place of your dreams the first time, because until you have spent some time here you won´t know what you want. My advice is to buy or rent a place you like, and decide what you want when you have more information, otherwise you will spend years looking.”

    He said, surprisingly to us, that as many people wanted to live in the mountains as wanted to be near the sea. And lots of both changed their minds after a time. Traffic is also a consideration – if you want to go out immediately after breakfast in the car to explore the island are there bottlenecks (like near us in Golf del Sur) that will hold you up? If you don´t need to drive much, or can chose your times, these traffic problems will not be important.

    If you don´t want to drive then you´ll need to be near a supermarket, either by walking or being close to a bus route. If not, you´ll be spending a lot more in the smaller shops.

    Most of all be aware of the considerable differences in the weather between the North and South and, as Janet has written, between the coast and the mountains. There are lots of areas which have their own micro climates ‘ – it could take a lifetime looking for that perfect spot.

  16. You know Dianne I think that Playa San Juan along the coast up towards Los Gigantes might be worth looking at based on what you have said.

  17. We retired early and chose Playa San Juan after much driving around the coastal towns and villages. We are blissfully happy here: everything is just a short walk away and if we need or want to go further afield, the bus services are regular and cheap. I understand that there are an increasing number of British people in PSJ and it is easy to see why this village appeals to the British.

    Good luck in finding the place that is right for you but I agree that a visit to Playa San Juan would be a good idea.

  18. Hi Janet,

    Thank you for such an insightful overview of the areas in Tenerife. My partner and I were just there exploring the island for only 5 days and I think we covered like 1% of it. We too are very interested in relocating there. Would you be able to shed any light on the area of Guimar?

    Best regards,
    Jennifer

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    well it has its own beauty – in fact the Güímar valley has a very particular beauty and one of the main access routes up to the Teide National Park, as well as a road down to El Puertito, a very Spanish and very lovely little beach resort. It’s also very conveniently placed for the south airport and for Santa Cruz, so is very useful for anyone needing easy transport links. My main concern is the same as for any town on the east coast, and that’s the prevailing wind – it will always be windier than the west, south or north, and in a calima, the east often gets the worst of things. Having said that, property prices are still reasonable compared to many of the more touristic or heavily residential areas.

  20. Janet,

    Can you recommend anywhere for someone thinking of buying a permanent home in Tenerife? I am thinking of a house in a quiet area with maybe a 1/2 or 1 acre plot. (not worried about condition of house) I am mainly looking for a good quiet area to live and I can fix up the house myself – I would need good internet access too.

    Thanks, Jim.

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    well if you want land plus good internet access, I’d look up north.

  22. We have been coming to Tenerife on holiday for the past 20 years or so. We would just drive around the island in our renal car and follow our nose. One day we discovered a small village called Piedra Hincada. We were amazed at how quite the place was and also only a few minutes drive from Playa San Juan and Alcala. So this year we took the plunge and bought a house here. We have lovely views of La Gomera and some days weather permitting La Palma. And also a stunning view of the mountains and Mount Teide. When people ask us where we live and we tell them they normally ask “where’s that?” So it pays in our opinion to get off the beaten track and see what’s out there. We have a mix of German, Spanish, French and English neighbours who all seem very friendly and we are very happy here. Also your money will go so much further compared to a similar property in say Las Americas or Los Christianos. We have 4 bedrooms, one with en suite. A separate shower room. Lounge diner with terrace. A study. Separate kitchen. Underground garage big enough for 3 cars and a roof terrace which you access from the laundry room. All this for €245000. You would probably get a 2 -3 bedroom apartment for that in the built up areas. So get out there and find the little traditional Canarian places that are tucked away. You might discover a little gem.

  23. As a professional agent in U K and France for many years, I was able to define requirements and prioritise, also, to find an agent with high reputation, time, and interest to find that property. The multi – listing system used in Spain , most of Europe and the U.S makes for much confusion, increases fees, and, in my opinion, serves no one. Very happily, my agent in Christianos had an excellent direct relationship with my vendor, and the result though protracted has been a huge success. Incidentally, the property I bought in November 2015 was until recently in the window of a local agent, fortunately at a considerably higher price than I negotiated. !

    Position position position has almost the same importance as anywhere, except that most people buying initially here do so as
    a holiday home. In my case it was more of a permanent place. Calleo Salvaje satisfied everything required. Exceptional local services, bus as required, easy for airport etc, variety of eateries and bars, banks, doctors, supermarkets, but without being brash.
    I started with elimination, finding East of Christianos windy, slightly industrial, and too many properties for sale. I now see that
    the F1 circuit is to be located in that area. !
    Costs on a complex do vary considerably, essential to investigate in detail how it is run, by who me, and the state of the finances. After my original lawyer virtually told me I was being pedantic, and ” I am sure it is all in order” I dispensed with his services much to his righteous indignation and found one I could talk to ( actually as suggested through this forum. )

    I am extremely happy with my acquisition, and generally it seems investment in Spain looks better than most of Europe, especially Tenerife.

  24. I don’t think that the circuit will be really F1; there are already 2 others circuits in Spain, I don’t think that Bernie Ecclestone will accept 2 in a same country. It could be compliant with the F1s requirements, but this does not mean that it will be a F1 circuit. A circuit can be in the world competition of F1 if there is only one by country, this means have conflicts with Barcelona and the second Spanish circuit, if the circuit have a very high capacity of accommodations in the surroundings, high infrastructures for the mechanics, very easy access to big trucks, Tenerife is a small island in the ocean.. With not very large roads. Andddddd, after have filled all these conditions without exception, the last requirement of…
    pays a looooooooooot of money to Bernie’s company. Most of the time with a negative balance at the end.
    So, … A lot of noise and a big ambition for a unrealistic purpose of F1 😉

    Normally, the circuit will be next to the airport, not in Los Cristianos…

  25. Hi Janet, what a great web site, I have just found you, we have our property on the market, and I have just retired my husband will when we sell, his passion is gardening, so I think the north would be the best part to start looking,? What do you think would be a good starting area? Regards Pat

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    Have a look at El Sauzal above, it references a few other places around it too … that’s where I’d start.

  27. Santa Cruz is not on your list. On our second trip to Puerto de la Cruz, we decided to move to Tenerife. When my wife suggested Santa Cruz, I said huh? A refinery, no beach. But we moved here, and I’m so glad we did. I’m so happy to live in a real town, not a place that’s warped by transient vacationers. Santa Cruz may not be New York, but it has plenty of culture — theatres, symphony, art exhibits, good restaurants, and I can walk to them all. It also has great weather, La Laguna real close, the refinery is on its way out. To me the Anaga mountains are the most spectacular part of Tenerife and I can bike to them from my house. I wouldn’t trade Santa Cruz for anywhere else in Tenerife.

  28. Thanks for a great website, very much appreciated! I’d like to know what you think of Valle San Lorenzo area, is it a lot cooler then the coast? And if you have an opinion of the town itself? We’re looking for a place to live but as you’ve mentioned it’s tricky to find something that ticks all the boxes and is affordable.

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    Thanks Eva … I have a few updates to make so I’ll include VSL. For the moment, I can say that it’s a good place to live … cheaper than the cost, traditional Canarian town, a bit cooler but not too much, and some excellent shopping and transport links.

  30. Having visited North Tenerife in October and November specifically to view properties in Santa Ursula, Matanza and El Sauzal (for a long-stay second home), we have ground to a halt having realised that:
    1. The dominant nationality seems to be German rather than Spanish or a mix; and
    2. It is nearly impossible to get licences for holiday letting.
    Point 1 would be fine if we were looking in Germany but we wonder if we are going to the wrong restaurants and bars. Where would we meet new friends from the UK?
    Point 2 seems a serious and little mentioned issue.
    Your advice would be most welcome.
    PS. An excellent website prompting my first ever comment!

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    With regard to point 2, holiday letting, it is indeed a serious issue, but on this website hardly a “little mentioned issue”. Please see the list HERE of posts I’ve made on the subject since December 2010; THIS page explaining the law; THIS question and answer one; and THIS “illegal letting discussion” page.

    As to your first point, I think that the early impression is correct as to a strong German contingent in those areas, but a short visit won’t have been enough to show you the significant English communities that exist in north Tenerife, and of course, it is overwhelmingly Spanish but that won’t necessarily be apparent to temporary visitors.

  32. Hi Janet
    The information you have given is very helpful. We are looking for a small apartment in tenerife and aspect is all important to us. You mentioned micro climates and i assume that applies to the north as well as the south. We are looking at an area called pontillo del sol in the north west. Would you have any comments on the weather in that area as we would be visiting mainly in the winter.

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    Well the weather will be very similar there to El Sauzal, Puerto de la Cruz, etc. The general advice about weather in the north will apply as much there as it does to other areas in the north. And as I say at the top of the page, the north is often being cloudier, has more rainfall or least moistness in the air, which is the the reason it can be several degrees cooler and is much greener. In the summer, this can be very pleasant, and it’s far from unpleasant in the winter, but it is a clear factor in the decisions made by many who choose the south. I personally think the climate in the north is wonderfully kind and gentle most of the time.

  34. Hello Janet
    Is it possible to share a flat with foreign students in Adeje for 2 months from March 2017 to May 2017?
    Any idea where I can look?
    Jenny

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    With such specific requirements I’d look in one of the papers here where people advertise a range of things, including rooms to share. Try El Baul HERE, and if necessary, place your own advert there.

  36. Can someone explain the continued closure of the new multi storey car park at Puerto Santiago – th parking has got worse every year and the 15% increase in traffic due most of Europe winter sun spots now closed due terrorism etc has broken the camels back this new year 2017 – many thanks in anticipation

  37. Author

    I understood it was to open soon.

  38. That may explain why black bags have been removed, emergency lighting working and two men appearing to check everything – do we know reason for the 5 year delay? Regards

  39. Author

    “papeles”, I understand, the usual …

  40. Many thanks

  41. Opened Monday 23rd January 2017 – free use for a week! Huge facility – 24 hour parking pricey at 12 euros!

  42. Janet
    Great website, really useful information. Are the golf developments at Abama a good investment and a good place to live later on?
    What would be a good and reasonable for golf properties preferably close to the sea?
    Thanks!

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    well it’s a luxury resort in a developing luxury coastline so it’s as good as investment as any you’ll find here, in my opinion, BUT it is a hotel complex and as far as I’m aware all the property there for sale is touristic. This means it won’t be the best purchase if you want to live in the property because touristic properties are required to be let out some of the time (see HERE).

  44. Hi Janet

    Thank you for your wonderful, informative website. My wife & I are moving out to Golf del Sur in October, and staying in a complex for eight months.
    However, the complex does not have Wi Fi and we shall need to be hooked up to broadband for personal and other reasons. I enquired with EE (one of the UK’s broadband providers) about access to its network out there. But it can only offer a 30 day deal, in that you have to return to the UK after 30 days to maintain the contract. EE suggested we approach a Spanish provider. So the question is, to those living or staying long term in south Tenerife, which Spanish broadband provider can offer Wi Fi or other access, and is reliable and reasonably priced?

    Many thanks

    Mike

  45. Mike, there are various providers, Movistar, Orange, Vodaphone etc. They will all promise “up to” speeds but coverage varies. The best thing to do is to quiz your neighbors to find out who they are with and the speeds they are getting before signing up. All the infrastructure is owned and managed by Telefonica of whom Movistar is a subsidiary. My personal view is that there has to be a good reason for using another provider as prices are very similar and non-Movistar customers can find obtaining support difficult.

  46. Hi Stewart.
    I want to access the internet; download Word or pdf files; and use email. Basic stuff (no film downloads anticipated) so I suppose Movistar may be the solution for me.
    Many thanks for your helpful & informative advice.

    Best wishes

    Mike

  47. Mike, I hear that coverage is patchy in Golf del Sur. Be sure to talk to those neighbours.

  48. Great site Janet thank-you for all your information.

    Mike. Try www. freedom internet tenerife.eu

    Regards

    Russell

  49. I am proudly ” pre computer” ( and a lot of other things)
    but get enough speed etc etc by having Air Fibre. Small dish, and router, minimum of fuss, no phone line, simple !!

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