A Travel Guide to Playa de Las Americas

Playa de Las Americas is a popular resort in southwest Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.  The resort is well known for its quality natural and man-made beaches, vibrant nightlife and fun holiday atmosphere.

This purpose-built beach lively holiday resort offers a vibrant nightlife with numerous music venues, flamenco bars, pubs and clubs to suit everyone.

Although primarily known for its beaches and nightlife there are plenty of fun activities to do during the day. Popular pastimes include Golf holidays, horse-riding, diving and snorkeling.

The Central Park of Arona offers several squares and gardens to wander around of an evening.  Here you will find over 40 varieties of palm trees to spot, plus numerous market stalls selling a wide variety of souvenirs.

Top 10 Things To Do In Playa De Las Americas

  1. Get a sun tan on The Playa de Las Vistas and Camison beaches.
  2. Have a fun day out at the Tenerife Monkee Zoo Park.
  3. Take a trip up to the fascinating Mount Teide volcano.
  4. Head off for a days shopping at the popular Siam Mall.
  5. Go Whale and Dolphin watching.
  6. Enjoy a perfect round of golf at the Golf Del Sur golf club.
  7. Explore the beautiful scenery at La Masca.
  8. Learn to surf.
  9. See some amazing wildlife at Jungle Park.
  10. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

Enjoy the vibrant nightlife

 Piramides Playa De Las Americas
Piramides Playa Americas

Come nightfall, and the town really comes to life. Head off to the Veronicas Strip where the main parties are held every night. Enjoy fun nights out in one of the many bars and nightclubs which open until the wee hours.

If clubbing and pubbing isn’t your thing, there are laid back options available.

The Arona Pyramid offers a range of shows from traditional flamenco, ballet and musicals. Most of the hotel resorts also host their own entertainment, so there’s always plenty on.

Eating out in Playa de Las Americas

Papas Arrugadas - Wrinkled Potatoes
Papas Arrugadas - Wrinkled Potatoes


There are plenty of dining opportunities around the resort where every type of food is on offer from the fast-food chains to the more upmarket eateries.

It is still generally very reasonable to eat out in Playa De Las Americas. For around 25 Euros per person, you can eat and drink very good quality food at many places in the town.

Many restaurants offer a daily menu (menu del dia) a basic two-course menu including bread and a drink for around 12 Euros per person.

Popular eateries in Playa De Las Americas are the famous Guachinches which are makeshift stalls that serve traditional local food. Eating out in these unique places will let you discover authentic Canarian cooking.

Another popular place to eat in Playa de las Americas is the Meson Castellano, a unique restaurant as the waiters bring you dishes based on the food you like.

You have a choice os succulent steaks, fish, seafood and a variety of tapas, it certainly offers a genuine Spanish dining experience.

Papas Arrugadas ( Wrinkly Potatoes ) is a  well known Canarian dish consisting of potatoes boiled in saltwater and served with a spicy red and green sauce called Mojo.

Top things to do in Tenerife

See a Volcano

Mount Teide Tenerife
Mount Teide Tenerife

Heading the list is a journey to the rooftop of Spain. Mount Teide, a slumbering giant of a volcano, is the highest peak in Spain, rising 3718 metres above sea level. El Teide is breathtakingly remarkable, revealing nature’s violent side beneath an almost constant blue sky.

The terrain in Teide National Park is equally astounding, with moon-like plains,  rivers of rock lava flow embracing the mountainside like melted candle wax and awesome landscapes that have been home to many top films including the Clash of the Titans and One Million Years BC.

The landscape is also often used by scientists to test robots destined for other planets.

Enjoy family fun at the Siam Park

Siam Park Tenerife
Siam Park Tenerife

Siam Park, Tenerife’s new water kingdom is amongst the best water parks in the world. Set against a backdrop of magnificent Thai structure it is a park unlike any other and a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy a day of fun.

The impressive facilities at the park include a chance to stretch out on the enormous white sand beach, catch the surf at the astounding Wave Palace or meander by means of a world of tropical fish along a river, flowing over cascading waterfalls and verdant landscapes.

For the young and also the young at heart head for The Lost City – it is a children attraction that adults love!

Go wild at Carnival

Carnivals of Spain

For a week the roads of Tenerife’s capital are flooded with revelers from all around the planet, in search of music, colour, jubilation and fun.

The carnivals held on the island have become one of the world’s greatest parties carnival lovers.  There is an explosion of fun and glitter that perfectly brings together the carnival essence for a few days a year. I

If you're looking to visit one of Spain’s festivals then the carnivals of Santa Cruz are well worth visiting.

See a 1.000-year-old Drago Tree

Drago Tree Tenerife
Drago Tree Tenerife

Legends say that when dragons die they become dragon trees, and it is clear why this living fossil is among the symbols of the Canary Islands.

Until recently, Dracaena draco was regarded as native to Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde; yet, it’s also found now in the wild locations of Morocco.

The Canary Islands are home to numerous dragon trees, today, the most famous one is located in the village of Icod de Los Vinos.  It weighs approximately 150 tonnes, not including the roots!

There has been much debate over the tree’s exact age, some say it's over 5000 years old; however, recent estimates suggest the tree is around 800 to 1000 years old.

Explore the Masca Marvel

Mascal Marvel Tenerife
Mascal Marvel

Masca is Tenerif’s solution to the lost world and one of the impressive scenic regions of the isle. Situated in the northwest at the foot of the Teno Mountains.

The area is somewhat hard to reach but well worth the trip as it takes you through deep ravines and winding roads with hairpin bends interlaced with lush green flora.

The scenery on the way to Masca is breathtaking as the natural beauty is overwhelming.

Until recently Masca was almost unknown but has now become a center of fascination for those touring the island. The setting of Masca village is bewitching with houses perched on the narrow ridges of dramatic rock formations. Visiting the village and area is truly a photographer’s dream destination.

Play Golf in Tenerife

Golf Del Sur Tenerife
Golf Del Sur Tenerife

Tenerife has the perfect all year round climate for golfing holidays as well as some top-class golf courses.  Winter golf breaks Tenerife is a must, when the rest of northern Europe is in the middle of a cold winter you can rest assured that you will be greeted by warm temperatures.

One of the most popular golf courses in Tenerife is located close by, namely Amarilla Golf and the renowned Golf Del Sur Golf Club.


Tours & Excursions


Recommended accommodation in Playa de la Americas

Luxury High-End

One of the most popular luxury hotels on Tenerife is the  5 star Hotel Las Madrigueras. Located close to the main attractions the hotel offers modern air conditioned rooms, a golf course, Turkish bath, Spa and beauty centre, restaurant and an all inclusive breakfast buffet. Reviewer Rating: 9.9

Mid Range

The 4 star Golf Resort Playa de las Americas is a firm favorite if you are looking for value for money accommodation in the  mid range bracket. Located in a tranquil area to the north of the town it offers convenient access to Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and Adeje. Reviewer Rating: 10.0

Budget Accommodation

The 3 star Catalonia Oro Negro is located a short drive from Adeje and offers large modern air conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, a kids club and a rooftop terrace. It is located in close proximity to a number of popular bars, clubs and restaurants. Reviewer Rating:  7.9