Puerto de la Cruz – a ‘proper’ town where tourists mix with Canarians. Plaza del Charco is at the heart of the town and there are many authentic restaurants in the small alleys. The town isn’t as sunny as towns in the south, but this drawback is weighed up by the proximity to the slopes of La Orotava, above PdlC.
Los Cristianos – lies right next to Las Americas, but the pace is slower here as well as it being cosier and with fewer bad restaurants. Ferries go from the harbour to La Gomera and on to La Palma and El Hierro, if you dare go there due to the subterranean rumblings.
Los Gigantes – a narrow, cosy and very hilly urban area, with black lava beaches on the west coast. If you book a trip to Los Gigantes, you may end up in the neighbouring areas of Puerto Santiago or Playa Arena.