Exploring Tenerife : A Digital Nomad’s Mini Guide

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands in Spain — you’ll find sunny beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes and teeming carnivals. While most travelers focus on its nightlife and party culture, we found the island bursting with hidden gems and a wealth of lesser-known attractions. From the peaks of UNESCO-listed Teide National Park to its stunning seaside resorts, this tiny island is an off-beat destination, offering unique and one-of-a-kind experiences. 

Tenerife is emerging as a hub for digital nomads, drawing remote workers from around the globe. You can expect affordable living costs and spring-like weather. Not to mention, ample opportunity to mingle with fellow digital nomads.

Want a glimpse into what your day as a digital nomad in Tenerife can look like? Keep reading to find out.  

Discover southern gems  

If you’re looking to make your day in Tenerife worthwhile, explore the island’s gems located down south. We would wake up to beautiful sunrises against the cliffs of Los Gigantes and enjoy delicious seafood in Costa Adeje before a good night’s rest.   

Los Gigantes cliffs

You can easily take a flight to Tenerife South Airport or board a ferry. Tenerife has two ports: one in the north and another in the south. The southern port is in Los Cristianos, which connects to other islands such as La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro. While we found ferry tickets to be pricier than airlines, it’s still a great way to explore the islands. 

Those up for a challenge can rent a car. Keep in mind though, the roads here are convoluted and recommended for risk-takers only. While public buses are also available, we found car rentals equally budget-friendly.  

Immerse in the culture 

A good start is Los Gigantes, known for its gigantic rock formation that soars up to a height of 800 meters. While it’s not an entire day’s affair,  we recommend it for its scenic vistas.  You’ll also find a charming marina close by, lined up with eateries and shops. For the best view, head to Mirador Archipenque. Just a heads up: the drive to this vantage point can make some of you dizzy, so be sure to carry medicines along. 

While you’re here, also check out Los Guios Beach for its soft black sand and picturesque heated and natural pools.

If you’re visiting Los Gigantes in February or March, you can witness the town’s four-day carnival festivities which take place a week after the carnivals of Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz. Enjoy musical performances, parades, fancy-dress contests and vibrant street parties. The grand closing ceremony of the carnival is called Sardine Burial. This is a unique and quirky procession where locals dress as widows, mourners and ghosts, and are accompanied by members of the church. The procession is a satire of a funeral ritual. These festivities are hosted at Plaza de la Buganvilla, which is located in the heart of the town.

Enjoy rippling blue waters 

If you’re an adrenaline junkie like us, spend your afternoons sailing, paragliding and mountain biking in Costa Adeje. 

Siam Park is in the coastal suburb of Costa Adeje, close to Playa Las Americas. It’s one of the largest water parks in Europe with a huge number of visitors. It has a Siamese theme and was inaugurated by the Princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Boasting an extensive network of water slides, it remains widely popular among families and travellers looking for all-day fun. 

If shopping is on your agenda, we recommend Siam Mall near Siam Park. The mall features over 70 shops with an indoor-outdoor retail experience with a Thai-inspired decor and a relaxed ambiance. 

When it’s time to work, head to a co-working space in Costa Adeje. Coco Co-working features a beachfront office. You can opt for daily or monthly passes which include exclusive workstations, internet, coffee machines and parking lots. 

Golf del Sur will also leave you in awe. It’s a quiet town with a wealth of attractions, from sprawling golf courses to rocky coastlines and black sandy beaches. It was the first golf course built in the Canary Islands and has hosted several renowned tournaments ever since.   

To its East, you’ll find Town Center, a vibrant hub brimming with comfy lounge bars, inviting pubs, and a variety of restaurants. Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas are only a 20-minute drive away. 

Los Cristianos has transformed from a traditional fishing village into a big resort. However, you can still spot original Canarian architecture with traditional charm. It has retained its old village ambiance and charming fishing atmosphere. You’ll also find a promenade that links Los Cristianos to the adjacent beaches of Playa de Las Americas and is lined with an array of shops, cafes and restaurants.

Los Cristianos city

The port of Los Cristianos is a hub for various water activities like whale and dolphin watching, diving and glass-bottom boat trips. You’ll also find ferries for day trips to nearby islands like La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-track destination, you can spend an afternoon in the tranquil village of Masca for its hilly views and lush greenery.  

Escape the crowds 

Costa del Silencio quite literally means the “Silent Coast.” It’s one of the most serene retreats in Tenerife, even in summer months. It’s small and quiet, with not many activities, ideal if you’re looking for a break from the city rut. While you’re here, visit Playa Amarilla, which is a rocky cove at the base of Montaña Amarilla. The cove has beautiful orange-hued cliffs and natural platforms for sunbathing. You also have quick access to the harbor village of Las Galletas. 

Playa De La Tejita is tucked away at the southern tip of the island near Sur, adjacent to the Montaña Roja Nature Reserve. It’s a serene kilometer-long beach that connects to El Médano, a tourist town and the charming fishing village of Los Abrigos. It’s ideal for windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts looking for respite from commercial tourist hotspots. While there aren’t many things to do or places to eat, it’s a quiet escape from the bustling crowds that emerge during peak seasons. 

Montaña Roja is a unique, ancient volcanic crater and a sight you can’t miss. Free public Wi-Fi is available in central areas. Plus, you’ve practical amenities like parking, and camping and caravan sites with showers and a cafeteria.

To enhance your Tenerife experience, consider exploring our handpicked bundles – Cultural Kaleidoscope ,The Floor is Lava, Wines and Waves . Each of these bundles includes a stay in Tenerife, along with other exciting destinations.

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