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About Playa de Las Americas beaches

One of Europe’s most famous holiday resorts, Tenerife’s Playa de Las Americas is synonymous with fun nightlife-packed holidays for much of Western Europe. Playa de Las Americas’s nightlife is legendary with ‘The Strip’ providing myriad after-dark treats after a day on the resort’s Atlantic beaches. The worst excesses have been curbed somewhat in recent years making Playa de Las Americas these days also popular with families and couples with a string of more upmarket bars and restaurants. As part of a 16km (10-mile) stretch of resorts, which includes Los Cristianos to the south and Costa Adeje to the north, the resort overflows with things to see and do and is blessed with year-round sunshine, making it a perfect holiday destination ay any time.


Playa de Las Americas boasts the Playa de Guincho, which is popular with surfers and windsurfers, though it is a bit rocky for sunbathing. The main beach is a much more comfortable and sandy option with other watersports on offer, as well as a good choice of bars, cafés and restaurants.

Beyond the beach:

Visit Playa de Las Americas’s neighbouring resorts: Los Cristianos is a holiday resort that was built around a small fishing village, with the streets around the old port retaining a touch of the original ambience, while sophisticated Costa Adeje offers a choice of classy restaurants. Burn off some holiday calories with a hike up 428m (1,404ft) Montana Gauza, a peak that opens up sweeping views of southern Tenerife.

Family fun:

Playa de Las Americas is an excellent resort for families with a choice of beaches. Restaurants are family-friendly and kids and big kids alike enjoy Aqualand ( with its myriad pools, slides, waterfalls and dolphin shows.

Exploring further:

Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, is a little-known gem with good shopping, a spectacular new opera house on its waterfront and some great cafés and restaurants. February is the time to come for the colourful spectacle of Carnaval ( when the streets throng with revellers deep into the night. The Teide volcano (accessible by cable car or on a long hike) makes for a thrilling day trip as the views from Spain’s highest mountain are sweeping.