Puerto de Santiago Tenerife is a small quiet and relaxed beach resort, suitable for families and couples looking for a tranquil holiday. Elegant villas, apartments and hotels are set behind the beach. Puerto de Santiago does not set out to appeal to the mass tourist trade of the larger resorts such as Playa de las Americas further south.
Puerto de Santiago merges with Los Gigantes to the north which is a 20-minute walk away over the cliffs, and Playa de Arena to the south. If you don’t fancy the 20-minute walk, reliable bus services are running between the resort centres. Los Gigantes is another upmarket resort that gets its name from the enormous cliffs that tower over the resort.
Puerto de Santiago Beaches
Puerto de Santiago has a small beach, Playa de Santiago, of black sand with all necessary facilities. However, one of the best beaches on this part of the coast is a short walk away at Playa la Arena, the beach is made of exotic black sand. It is every bit as good as golden sand. This beach has been awarded the Blue Flag for water quality and cleanliness every year since 1989.
This part of the coast is otherwise mainly volcanic rock. There is a flag system for swimming conditions which you must adhere to, remember this is the Atlantic Ocean where you may experience strong currents.
Puerto de Santiago Things to Do
Puerto de Santiago is ideal for families and mature holidaymakers looking for somewhere quieter than the larger resorts in the south of Tenerife. The resort is quite relaxing and relatively peaceful. There are cafes, bars and restaurants for lunch and dinner in the evenings with some small supermarkets and shops selling the usual tourist items. A short walk away is La Arena with more bars and restaurants and the charming Playa de la Arena beach.
There is also a pleasant traffic-free seafront promenade to walk along from Playa de Santiago heading towards Los Gigantes where there is a bar and restaurant on the oceanfront.
Organised fishing and pleasure boat trips operate from the harbour. The resort has excellent views out towards La Gomera some 20km off the coast of Tenerife.
Puerto de Santiago Nightlife
There are plenty of bars, some with live entertainment around the resort, and restaurants including tapas, pizza, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Indian. On Calle de Hondura where the Hotel Barceló Santiago is located are more bars and restaurants, including the lively Route 66 bar with live music every night.
Where is Puerto de Santiago?
Puerto de Santiago location is shown on our Puerto de Santiago map.
How far is Puerto de Santiago from Tenerife South airport?
The distance to Puerto de Santiago from Tenerife South Airport is approximately 43km by road, the transfer time takes about 45 minutes. The taxi fare from Tenerife South Airport to Puerto de Santiago will cost about 61 euros. There are no direct bus services from Tenerife South Airport to Puerto Santiago. However, you can get there by bus from the airport if you change buses.
Be aware that this part of Tenerife is very hilly and may therefore not be suitable for those who have mobility problems.