Tenerife most beautiful beaches: Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife is the most visited island of the Canaries. Favorite destination of thousands of tourists from all over the world, the island has an enviable climate 365 days a year and dream beaches!
Tenerife , together with El Hierro , La Gomera and La Palma , is part of the province of Santa Cruz De Tenerife , in the Canary . The island is the largest of the Canary Islands and is of volcanic origin: at its center stands the Teide , a still active volcano, 3718 meters high. Thanks to its wonderful climate, mild all year round, Tenerife is also called the island of eternal spring .
Tenerife is to all intents and purposes a stupendous island, with beautiful beaches , natural and historical beauties, museums, excellent tourist facilities and also a lively nightlife .
Tenerife has a great variety of beaches : from long beaches with soft white sand to black volcanic sand, passing through small pebble coves and imposing cliffs overlooking the sea that offer truly breathtaking views.
The quieter beaches with golden sand and waters ideal for swimming are mainly located around the tourist resorts of the island and are mostly equipped with showers and sunbeds, as well as the possibility of practicing water sports such as jet-skiing, windsurfing or boat trips. boat. It may seem strange to you but the beaches of Tenerife with white sand are all artificial (they were created by importing sand from the nearby African desert), while the natural beaches all have dark volcanic sand, which could impress unaccustomed vacationers.
An alternative to the beautiful beaches of Tenerife is Siam Park , a large water park located in the municipality of Arona (classified as the largest in Europe), which offers entertainment for the whole family!
We have prepared for you a guide of the best beaches in Tenerife , divided between the beaches of Tenerife South and Tenerife North:
The most beautiful beaches of South Tenerife
In the south there are some of the most popular (and crowded) beaches on the island. Here they are in detail starting from the northern tip.
Playa de La Tejita
La Tejita is a quiet golden sand beach the Montaña Roja Special Nature Reserve in southern Tenerife . The beach, about a kilometer long, is located in Granadilla de Abona , halfway between El Médano and the town of Los Abrigos , away from the bustle of Las Americas and Los Cristianos .
The beach extends up to the Montaña Roja , an ancient reddish volcanic crater, which separates La Tejita from the nearby beach of El Medano , a destination for many lovers of windsurfing and kitesurfing, thanks to the constant presence of the wind. The relaxation of the place and the lunar atmosphere make Tejita one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife . The sea is very calm and the coves in the eastern part guarantee good privacy, making La Tejita beach an ideal place to practice nudism.
Not far from the beach there is a camping area for campers and tents, including showers, a bar and the possibility of renting wooden bungalows.
Playa del Duque (Costa Adeje)
Playa del Duque is a golden sandy beach about 700 meters long and located in the most exclusive area of Costa Adeje , with calm sea and all amenities such as sunbeds and umbrellas, but also numerous boutiques, chic restaurants and bars.
Playa del Duque is therefore a refined beach with calm and crystalline waters that have earned it the Blue Flag , a prestigious recognition for the quality of the water and the cleanliness of the beach. Nearby is the Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque Resort , a luxury hotel that has direct access to the beach.
Playa Fañabé and Playa Torviscas
The beaches of Fañabé and Torviscas are located in Costa Adeje , in the south of Tenerife , and are beaches with clear, calm waters and fine sand, perfect for families and for relaxing in the sun. Fañabé beach is equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as cabins with toilets and showers, to offer every comfort to customers. Fañabé beach also received the blue flag for the cleanliness of its waters and the beach itself.
Playa Fañabé and Playa Torviscas developed towards the end of the 90s and are frequented by curly tourists from northern European countries and emerging countries: more select and demanding customers than the tourists of Las Americas . These beaches in southern Tenerife host the most renowned and prestigious tourist centers on the island: they are frequented all year round, thanks to the warm climate enjoyed by the Costa Adeje which allows you to swim 12 months a year. Playa Fañabé and Playa Torviscas are connected by a promenade with elegant restaurants, shops and bars. Nearby there are other exclusive resorts such as "La Caleta" , "Bahia del Duque" and "Golf Costa Adeje" .
Playa de Los Gigantes is a beach located along the west coast of Tenerife (about 20 minutes by car from Playa de Las Americas ) surrounded by the imposing cliffs of "Alcantilado Los Gigantes" , up to 800 meters high, which offer a breathtaking landscape.
The volcanic sand beach is relatively quiet even during the high season and is ideal for nature lovers.
There is also the possibility of visiting the small and wild beaches hidden between the inlets of the coast. From here you can set out to discover the hinterland and visit typical localities including Masca , an ancient pirate village and the Teide National Park .
Playa de Los Guíos
Playa de Los Guíos is a 200m long black sand beach "El Algel" and located in West Tenerife , between the cliffs of Los Gigantes and the town of the same name. This beach enjoys excellent sunshine all year round, making it one of the brightest places on the island. Here you can hire pedalos, sunbeds and parasols, and there is also a bar and restaurant. Behind the Playa de Los Guíos there is a viewpoint (“Mirador”) with a breathtaking view of the cliffs of Los Gigantes. Furthermore, boat trips are organized at the tourist port which take you to Masca beach , located in the middle of the cliffs.
Playa de Alcalà
Beach located on the coast of Guia de Isora , between Playa de San Juan and Alcalá , in southern Tenerife . This is an important fishing location and enjoys a dry and sunny climate all year round. Furthermore , in Alcalá
Playa San Juan
This beach, approximately 350 meters long and made up of black volcanic sand, is located in the municipality of Guía de Isora , next to the port from which it is protected by its pier. Here the waters are calm and it is possible to swim safely.
Playa de Masca
Playa de Masca is a beach of black sand mixed with pebbles, located at the foot of the Barranco di Masca , a deep gorge located on the western side of Tenerife, on the top of which stands the homonymous locality of Masca , an ancient mountain village . Masca beach is 600 meters long and is nestled between very high cliffs, in an atmosphere of tranquility where nudism is tolerated.
This is one of the more hidden beaches in Tenerife , as it is a three-hour hike on foot from the village of Masca. Los Gigantes marina and San Juan .
beach Las is one of the busiest beaches in Tenerife. Situated between Los Cristianos and Las Americas , this long and wide white sand beach, awarded with a Blue Flag , has calm and crystalline waters, perfect for safe swimming and suitable for families with children, as well as being popular with many young people. Playa de Las Vistas is also equipped to allow access for the disabled, thanks to the presence of slides and platforms.
The peculiarity of this beach is the fountain located in the centre, which throws the water taken from the ocean into the sky, giving refreshment to bathers lying under the scorching sun of Tenerife .
Behind the beach winds a long pedestrian street that stretches along the entire seafront and is bordered by an infinite number of bars, restaurants, terraces and shops.
beach El is one of the most famous beaches in Tenerife , located near Playa de La Tejita . The town of El Médano has become an important point of reference for the practice of windsurfing and kitesurfing, thanks to the constant blowing wind. El Medano is in fact a paradise for surfers, thanks to the strong and constant winds and an ideal swell for windsurfing competitions: the Kite-surfing World Championship , which attracts numerous sportsmen from all over the world.
The beach is 2 kilometers long, is made up of dark sand and shallow waters and extends to the protected nature reserve of Montaña Roja . In the town of El Medano there are numerous apartments for rent and small hotels. The proximity to Playa de Las Americas , Los Cristianos and the golf resorts of Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur , as well as the village of Los Abrigos make this place an alternative and interesting destination.
Nearby is the beach of Montaña Pelada , frequented mainly by nudists. To get to El Medano you can take the 116 bus that goes from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Granadilla, and then take the 408 from Granadilla to El Medano, or the 461 bus from Las Galletas or the 470 bus from Playa de Las Americas to Granadilla .
Playa de El Cabezo
North of El Medano , is the Playa de El Cabezo , a sandy beach where the O'Neil Tenerife Grand Prix and other international windsurfing competitions are held.
Playa de las Américas
Las Americas , located within the municipality of Adeje , is the most popular resort for tourists in Tenerife and is also the center of the island 's nightlife . Playa de Las Americas is in fact famous for its eternally summery climate, its calm waters and, above all, for the presence of numerous pubs and discos where you can party until the morning which attract many young people and another two million tourists every year.
Las Americas is actually made up of several beaches, among which we find Playa del Bobo , Playa de Troya , Playa del Camisón and Playa de Las Americas , sandy beaches ideal for bathing, which offer all kinds of entertainment and services : rental of umbrellas and deck chairs, bars, restaurants, shops and the possibility of practicing water sports and activities, including jet skiing, windsurfing and kite surfing, paragliding, diving and boat trips to spot whales and cetaceans.
The most famous part of Las Americas is the one called Las Veronicas , a strip of pubs and clubs adjacent to the beach, the hub of Tenerife's nightlife. On the horizon, the islands of Gomera and Hierro are clearly visible.
Los Cristianos beach
Playa de Los Cristianos is a golden sandy beach located in the town of the same name in the south of Tenerife , which has been hosting tourists since the 1960s who come here in search of sun and relaxation. The beach is 400 meters long and its waters are always calm and suitable for bathing, thanks to the port which protects it from the ocean waves. An ideal place to walk along its promenade in the evening.
Playa de Troya
Playa de Troya was the first beach in Costa Adeje . It is composed of golden sand and calm waters which have earned the Blue Flag .
Playa de El Camison
One of the many golden sand beaches that follow one another in the area located between Las Americas and Costa Adeje . The beach is separated from the others by a line of stones in the sand, while the presence of breakwaters ensures optimal waters for swimming, sheltered from ocean currents. There is always a good festive atmosphere on this beach all year round and there are many water activities available.
Las Galletas is a fishing village located in the municipality of Arona , about 15 kilometers from Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas and 20 kilometers from Tenerife South "Reina Sofia" airport .
Its dark volcanic sand beach is characterized by the tranquility and transparency of its waters, as well as the presence of a wonderful promenade that leads to the neighboring village.
Early in the morning it is possible to buy freshly caught fish directly from the fishermen's stalls. In general, Las Galletas is a quiet place where you can find comfort, peace, tranquility and the typical Canarian village.
Playa de La Arena
Playa de La Arena is a small urban beach located in the center of Puerto de Santiago , a small tourist resort on the southwest coast of Tenerife, near Los Gigantes . Composed of black volcanic sand and 140 meters long, the beach is easy to reach and is equipped with all comforts, it is also surrounded by beautiful gardens and an avenue full of restaurants and shops.
Playa de La Arena enjoys the sun throughout the day, which makes the dark sand very warm and pleasant even in the winter months and also offers splendid sunsets, with wonderful plays of light.
Playa Paraiso is a golden sand beach, located about 12 kilometers from Playa de las Americas towards Los Gigantes , which is accessed via a road that starts from the village of Armeñime . The beach is located in a small cove, behind which there is also a large swimming pool which is part of a hotel.
Playa de La Caleta
La Caleta is a small village located north of Playa de las Americas in which there is a pebble beach and some fish restaurants. Near La Caleta it is possible to walk to some magnificent small coves of white sand, where nudism is practicable.
Playa La Enramada
Another beach located at La Caleta : composed of pebbles and volcanic sand, Playa La Enramada has calm waters and is located near the town.
Playa de La Pinta
Located in Puerto Colon next to the marina, Playa de La Pinta is a beach of fine sand and calm waters. On the beach there are games for children and entertainment for adults, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for a fee.
Playa de Montaña Amarilla
Rocky beach located in the resort of Costa del Silencio , next to the promontory of Montaña Amarilla , which forms the homonymous natural park. Nudism is allowed on this beach.
Playa de Abades
Playa de Abades is a long beach located in the village of the same name, with calm waters and immersed in an environment surrounded by cacti and rough stones (the beach was also used for filming the film "Clash of the Titans" ).
Playa de Poris
Small quiet beach located in a small cove in Punta de Abona , near the village of Poris de Abona , with dark volcanic sand, calm waters and mainly frequented by locals.
Playa de El Puertito
Small, very busy dark sand beach located in the village of Puertito , with a nice promenade and calm waters.
Playa de Candelaria
Playa de Candelaria is a long black volcanic sand beach that extends in front of the Our Lady of Candelaria . Due to the strong currents and mostly constant waves, it is advisable to swim close to shore.
Small but pretty golden sand beach located near the luxurious Abama Hotel , south of San Juan .
The most beautiful beaches of North Tenerife
Even if most of the tourists stop in the south of the island, even in the north of Tenerife it is possible to find enchanting beaches that have nothing to envy to those of the sunny south.
Tenerife most beautiful beaches: The beaches of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Playa de Las Teresitas
Playa de Las Teresitas is located about 7 kilometers north-east of Santa Cruz de Tenerife , near San Andrés , a fishing village where there are many excellent fish restaurants. This is the most famous beach on the island and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife : almost 2 kilometers long and surrounded by splendid palm trees, it is made up of tons of golden sand imported from the Sahara desert which make it look like a beach caribbean. The beach is equipped with breakwaters that protect it from sea currents and ensure calm and clear waters for safe swimming.
The beach is frequented by many people who play sports, play volleyball or simply enjoy the sun lying on the sand. Las Teresitas is also a point of reference for sailing and marine sports enthusiasts as international events and competitions are held here. There are also many kiosks and bars where it is possible to have an aperitif and lunch, as well as sunbed and umbrella rental services and lifeguards. The beach has a large car park located behind the beach. To get to Playa de Las Teresitas you have to take the 910 bus from the Santa Cruz de Tenerife .
In the nearby fishing village of San Andrés there are excellent restaurants and taverns where you can taste the local cuisine based on fish.
Playa de Las Gaviotas
Small nudist beach made up of black volcanic sand and located in a cove behind the promontory that separates it from Playa de Las Teresitas . Playa de Las Gaviotas “Los Organos” viewpoint , on the road that goes from San Andrés to Igueste de San Andrés . Further on is another small beach called playa Chica , located by a group of apartments.
Tenerife most beautiful beaches: The beaches of La Laguna
Playa de Antequera Antequera
beach is a wild beach with volcanic sand located in the Anaga Rural Park , northeast of La Laguna . The beach is not accessible by road and, to reach it, you have to arrive on foot or by boat from Santa Cruz or San Andrés . If you choose to reach Antequera on foot, get ready for a beautiful trekking excursion: leave the car in Igueste de San Andrés and take the path which, in about three hours of walking, will take you to Antequera , crossing the canyons, with some complicated traits. Thanks to its difficult to access location, Antequera beach remains a paradise for naturists with incredible landscapes that justify the effort to reach it.
Located in the Anaga Rural Park and characterized by black sand with rocks jutting out of the water, Playa Benijo is a quiet beach surrounded by high mountains and mostly frequented by nudists. The beach is located at the end of a road through a laurel forest and enjoys a wonderful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding gorges.
Benijo is frequented not only by nudists but also by lovers of water sports; On the road there is a small kiosk that serves as a restaurant. Stay in the evening to watch the sun set behind the rocks in fantastic colours.
Playas de El Roque de las Bodegas
Volcanic sand beach located north of La Laguna , near the village of Taganana , with clear waters. This is a beach suitable for surfing and can be dangerous due to strong currents that often come unexpectedly, although the sea seems calm. Along the beach there are picnic areas and some restaurants with fish-based menus.
Playa de Almáciga Almaciga
beach is located in the village of the same name, not far from beach .
Playa El Arenal
Volcanic beach with dark sand or pebbles, located between Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo , usually frequented by surfers. To access the beach you have to take a path that starts from the former Hotel Neptuno .
Tenerife most beautiful beaches: The beaches of Tacoronte
Playa de El Pris
Small volcanic sand beach of rocks and pebbles located in the fishing village of El Pris . The beach is not very suitable for swimming due to the strong waves that beat on the coast. Near the beach there are some restaurants where you can enjoy good fresh fish. To get here, take the road that starts from Tacoronte and crosses the town of Calvario .
Playa de Mesa del Mar – La Arena
Volcanic sand beach located in the village of Mesa del Mar , in the Tacoronte towards Valle Guerra . The beach offers calm waters protected from currents, thanks to a huge rock that protects it from the tides, and can be reached on foot through a small tunnel. Mesa del Mar beach the summer: to get there you have to take the 21 bus from Tacoronte.
Tenerife most beautiful beaches: The beaches of La Orotava
The Valle de La Orotava descends from the top of Teide and plunges into the ocean. In its area we find some of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife :
beach Composed of fine black sand and located in the La Orotava valley , El Bollullo is one of the most beautiful natural beaches in Tenerife . Here you will find clean water, a relaxed atmosphere and a long beach of volcanic sand, which stretches for about 400 meters, all surrounded by magnificent cliffs.
The beach is a regular destination for nudists but also surfers, thanks to the waves and currents that are ideal for surfing. Here there is also a small bar that serves drinks and lunch directly on the beach.
The beach is never very crowded also because the bay can only be reached on foot, with a half-hour walk through some banana plantations: leave your car in Rincón, in front of the El Bollullo and take the path that leads banana trees, reaching the beach in a few minutes. If you don't have a car, take the 376 bus that goes from La Orotava to El Rincon, with a frequency of about one bus every two hours.
Playa de Los Patos
Playa de Los Patos is another beach with difficult access, located next to that of El Bollullo and also surrounded by cliffs and banana plantations, which give the place a good intimacy and make it one of the beaches of Tenerife most loved by nudists.
The beach is one kilometer long and has very choppy waters, ideal for surfing. Instead, when the waves calm down, it is possible to swim in its clear and refreshing waters and in the natural pools that form at low tide, completely surrounded by breathtaking nature. Highly recommended.
El Ancón beach
El Ancón is a quiet black sand beach located on the north coast of Tenerife , near Los Patos beach . The place is ideal for pleasant walks, admiring the breathtaking cliffs that surround the beach.
El Ancón beach can be reached by walking along a path that descends through banana plantations, cliffs and vineyards. Take the path to the right of the bus terminus and, in less than half an hour, you will reach El Ancon , passing next to a small chapel. There is also another trail that starts from the village of Santa Ursula .
Tenerife most beautiful beaches: The beaches of Puerto de la Cruz
Playa Jardin is the most famous city beach of Puerto de la Cruz , on the north coast of Tenerife : a beautiful beach of dark sand that stretches for almost a kilometre, created in the 1990s by the Canarian artist César Manrique with the aim of create a wonderful coastal landscape. The famous painter and sculptor has added colorful botanical gardens to the beach with flowers and palm trees that create a wonderful contrast with the black sand.
Playa Jardín is divided into three parts: Playa del Castillo , Playa del Charcóney and Playa de Punta Brava . It is a free beach but there are areas where it is possible to rent umbrellas and deck chairs. The beach has a rocky bottom and is equipped with lateral breakwaters that protect it from the waves, even if there are areas suitable for surfing with waves present all day. Along its seafront there are restaurants, bars, terraces, various shops, as well as prestigious resorts, such as the Hotel Beatriz Atlantis & Spa .
Also nearby is Lago Martiánez , a lovely water park with several pools next to the ocean, and you can also visit nearby Loro Parque .
Lago Martianez is a saltwater swimming pool complex located near the beach of the same name in Puerto de la Cruz , popular with surfers. Lago Martianez was also designed by the architect Cesar Manrique : it is the ideal place to relax or dive into one of the 4 swimming pools (in addition to the three children's pools), surrounded by original statues and tropical vegetation. In addition to the swimming pools, filled with 27,000 liters of ocean water, in the area you can find a cafe, restaurant, bar and sunbathing areas.
Playa San Marcos
Playa de San Marcos is a volcanic sand beach located in the municipality of the same name on the northwest coast of Tenerife , near Icod de Los Vinos . This is a quiet beach, suitable for families and with calm waters suitable for swimming, thanks to the fact that the beach is located at the bottom of a cove, which protects it from ocean currents. Although popular with locals, Playa de San Marcos is never overcrowded and retains an intimate feel. Near the beach, along the promenade, there are some restaurants offering typical Canarian cuisine and fish specialities, as well as a number of cafes, bars and shops.
El Caletón de Garachico
El Caletón is a rocky area close to the sea dotted with a series of pools and natural seawater lakes, located in the village of Garachico . These natural pools were formed by a volcanic eruption which buried the village during the 18th century. Due to its small size, the place is often crowded and, in case of rough seas, the area becomes impassable.
Nearby, next to the port, is the small beach of El Muelle , with dark sand and calm waters, ideal for safe swimming.
Playa de El Socorro
El Socorro is a long beach of volcanic sand located in the municipality of Los Realejos . This is a very popular spot for surfers, who come here to practice and compete. To get to the beach, leave the main road when you find the crossroads at the Mirador de San Pedro : at your destination you will find a car park and a restaurant.