When you want to experience Tenerife, which is known as the Island of Eternal Spring but desire an environment quieter than many of the more touristy locations on this particular Canary Island, head to the city of Güímar. One of the oldest districts, you'll be able to explore ancient history and witness the jagged coastline, all while you bask in the sun and relax on beautiful beaches.
Populated more in the summer than other times of the year due to fishing season, Güímar is known for is agricultural prowess, including wine production. It's also a prime, central location for exploring the island to the north and to the south. Staying in one of our lovely vacation rentals can be just the ticket for that comfortable, home-away-from-home feeling while you enjoy privacy and even save some money while you're at it.
Where is Güímar?
Located on the eastern coast of Tenerife, the largest island in the archipelago of the Canary Islands, Güímar is easy to get to. Just a 20-mile drive from Tenerife North Airport and 25 miles from Tenerife South Airport.
Beaches in Güímar
Playa del Puertito de Güímar is an excellent choice for families. With rich, black sand and a calm surf, this beach is a welcome respite from the more active beaches with strong waves. Stroll the boardwalk in the sea breeze, then follow up your day with a seafood dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.
Playa del Socorro on Güímar offers a little diversity to your beach going experience. One section is closer to town and offers calm waters for peaceful soaking while the other draws surfers due to its strong, high waves. And if your visit happens during the feasts that honor the Virgin of Socorro (Our Lady of Perpetual Help) in September, you'll witness a pilgrimage of Güímarians to this beach - an unforgettable pageant of island tradition.
Vineyards Near Güímar
Güimar's excellent wines are, without a doubt, one of the most recognized attractions of the region. Over one hundred years ago, a few vineyards in the region forged the way for artful winemaking and have been producing quality wine ever since. Whether you're a white wine or a red wine lover, Güimar will have a variety that will impress you. Bodega Comarcal Valle de Güímar has wines for the most particular palates. Visit the bodega and take a tour to learn about their artful process that produces white, red, and sparkling wines, all of which you'll be able to sample at the end of the tour.
Bodegas Monje produces wines, aged in old oak barrels, that flourish and come to fruition in the ideal climate found on Tenerife. Visit the vineyard - surrounded by panoramic views of the mountains and the sea - for wine and Canarian cuisine, and leave with indelible memories of your time on Tenerife.
Malpaís de Güímar Natural Reserve
For nature lovers, the Malpaís de Güímar Natural Reserve is a must-see. The otherworldly landscape in this area will both fascinate and inspire awe in all who visit. Ancient reddish-hued lava spills create a landscape that seems to come from another realm. Now it is home to a wide variety of flowering plants, birds, and lizards.
Be sure to pay a visit to the Pyramids of Güímar, which have confounded many for centuries as to their creation and purpose. In addition to seeing the actual structures, you can walk through gardens, a museum, and exhibitions to learn more about them.
Day Trips from Güímar
When you're looking for something a little busier and more active, make the 35-mile trip south to Palm-Mar, a modern resort town on Tenerife,
for pristine beaches, lively nightlife, and a natural reserve.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is just 18 miles north and offers travelers a variety of activities. Visit the unique and unparalleled Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, housed in a former civil hospital, exhibiting Guanche mummies and skulls, among other fascinating displays.
Also 18 miles north of Güímar and a little to the east of Santa Cruz, is the town of La Laguna, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site
. Here, you'll find gorgeous centuries-old architecture, natural swimming pools, and lovely mountain views.
Come to Tenerife for your Spanish island vacation and spend some relaxing time in Güímar. Not only will you experience a reprieve from the hustle bustle of the typical island resorts, you'll gain an appreciation for the foundation of this popular Spanish Canary island. And if you stay in one of our vacation rentals, you'll enjoy the benefit of homey comfort and added convenience.
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