Best beaches in Tenerife
Beaches in Tenerife are very diverse; “wild”, intimate and typically touristic. Depending on whether you like a large number of tourists, pubs, beach clubs or you prefer quiet, peaceful places, you can choose the perfect areas for sunbathing. The previously mentioned “wild” coasts have their supporters among nudists. Most often in this type of area live the so-called local hippies who live in caves or put up tents on the slopes. Here you will find the best beaches in Tenerife at our discretion.
In Tenerife, we will discover a variety of beaches, ranging from light golden sand to almost black coasts. It is similar with the structure of the terrain – soft sand or rocky ground. However, Tenerife’s original beaches are dark and rocky, the golden shores were created by importing sand from other countries. On the island there are natural pools formed from solidified volcano lava. However, these are not beaches, but also recreational areas where we can take a bath in the water coming from the ocean. Tenerife surprises with a wealth of choice, it only remains to discover their charms!
Best beaches in Tenerife – south of the island
1. Playa la Tejita
2. Playa las Vistas
3. Playa de Los Cristianos
4. Playa Honda
5. Playa de Troya
6. Playa Bobo
7. Playa la Pinta
8. Playa de Torviscas
9. Playa Fańabe
10. Playa del Duque
11. Playa de la Enramada
12. Playa Abama
13. Playa la Arena
14. Playa de los Guios
Beaches in Tenerife – north of the island
Playa de las Teresitas
The most characteristic beach of Tenerife, located 10 km north of the capital of Tenerife – Santa Cruz, more precisely in the town of San Andres. It is a beach that you have probably already had the opportunity to admire in many postcards or in guides about Tenerife. A beach with sand from the Sahara – perhaps this phrase has already hit your ears. That’s right, the sand has been specially imported to create this delightful tourist attraction. Remember that most of the natural beaches in Tenerife have dark sand, so if you are in favor of golden shades, you will meet your expectations! In addition to the aesthetic values, it is worth mentioning the functionality of the area. There are plenty of beach bars, sun loungers and umbrellas for rent.
The most interesting beach in Puerto de la Cruz. Jardin in Spanish means garden, and the name refers to the characteristics of the place. Playa Jardin is surrounded by stately gardens filled with a wide variety of cacti, palm trees and other exotic plant species. A background that contrasts with this variety of plants is sand of volcanic origin in black color. The place has been designed to be disabled-friendly through its facilities and properly constructed communication. Parents will also be pleased. There are several playgrounds for children on site. The area is richly equipped with showers, changing rooms, bars and the possibility of renting sunbeds. It is one of the safest beaches in Tenerife due to the effective care of lifeguards.
Playa de Benijo
It is located at the very tip of the northern part of Tenerife, just behind the Anagi Mountains. It is one of the most spectacular beaches in Tenerife. This is due to two amazing rock formations emerging from the ocean: Roque Benijo and Roque La Rapadura. As it is definitely a less touristic place, the beach retains its unspoiled charm. A great alternative for people looking for “wild” areas on a very touristic island which is Tenerife. In summer, there is an average number of visitors here, while in winter, the beaches are visited by very few. Probably the reason is its location. To reach Playa de Benijo, we have to go around the Anaga mountain range, however, it is as delightful and charming as the Benijo beach itself.
Beaches in Tenerife – south of the island
Playa la Tejita
Situated in El Médano, close to the Montaña Roja volcanic cone. “Montaña Roja” literally means “Red Mountain” which is now a nature reserve. On Playa la Tejita there are strong winds and large waves, which makes this place the “Mecca” for surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers. A few meters from the beach on El Cabezo, there is also the World Windsurfing Championship. Playa la Tejita is over 1km long and has fine yellow sand. Due to its large size and quite strong winds in its vicinity, there is not a lot of tourists. Rather, it is a place for water sports enthusiasts. This beach also has the status of a nudist beach, but you can find them rather at the end of the beach at the foot of the Red Mountain. Towards the city center of El Medano, there are plenty of bars, sun loungers and surf schools.
Best beaches in Los Cristianos
Playa las Vistas
A beautiful beach that stretches for almost a kilometer with a characteristic stone island in the middle. One of the most visited beaches in the south of Tenerife. It offers golden sand and blue, clear water. In the middle of the azure pane there are inflatable castles for children. Las Vistas is perfectly adapted for people with disabilities. Access via the promenade meets the requirements for wheelchairs, and the beach itself has a special area in the form of a “terrace”, made of wooden panels with a roof. It has a wide range of sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, as well as volleyball courts. Of course, there are also a showers, changing rooms and toilets.
Playa de las Vistas is set on a promenade full of shops, restaurants and bars. Right next to the beach there is a building called San Telmo, where we can find a whole lot of restaurants and bars worth visiting both during the day and at night. Amazing views and delicious drinks guaranteed!
Playa de los Cristianos
It is located right next to Playa las Vistas, just separated by the port of Los Cristianos, from where ferries depart for La Gomera and El Hierro. The smoking of sardines at the end of the Los Cristianos carnival is celebrated here, and on Midsummer night, the entire beach is ablaze. In the vicinity there is one of the most popular seafood restaurants – El Cine, about which you can read in our article recommended bars and restaurants. Playa de los Cristianos has been visited by tourists since the 60’s.
The beach is ideal for families with children due to the fine soft sand for playing and the slight slope after entering the water. At Los Cristianos beach, you can rent colorful animal-shaped pedal boats with built-in water slides. Like other tourist beaches of Tenerife, well equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas for rent and free showers. At the end of the beach, there is a shaded area right next to the palm trees on a small hill, perfect for people who like quiet places with less sun.
Best beaches in Playa de las Americas
It is a wide, pebble beach in some places, located on a charming promenade. Almost always, the ocean in this place is restless. It is thanks to the large amount of waves that Playa Honda is the apple of the eye of surfers. It is a great place to admire the sunsets, the sound of the waves and, of course, the feats of these surfers.
Playa de Troya
The beach is located between two of the best clubs in Tenerife. It combines the exclusive Papagayo with the good old Monkey Beach Club. Both places are very popular during the day and at night. The beach itself does not stand out from the others, it is mainly large, with slightly darker sand.
Playa del Bobo
There is dark volcanic sand on the beach, and many people also rest on nearby lawns or rocks. The ocean is much calmer here, and often its temperature is also higher than in other places. The beach is fully equipped with showers and sun loungers and umbrellas payable additionally.
Best beaches in Costa Adeje
Playa la Pinta
It is located just outside Puerto Colon harbour. In this port you will find almost all water sports that are offered on our website. What’s more, whale and dolphin watching cruises or a jet ski ride or a parascending flight. In addition to these interesting attractions at the beach of la Pinta, there are inflatable water attractions just in time for the youngest! Of course, the local lifeguards watch over everything. La Pinta is the perfect beach for the whole family. It is small in size, with gentle waves and light sand. The beach is equipped with showers, deck chairs and umbrellas.
There are numerous bars and shops in the area. An interesting place is Kaluna, Beach Club located by the characteristic lighthouse. If you have dreamed of admiring the ocean while lying in the pool with a drink and listening to good music, then this Beach Club is just for you!
Playa de Torviscas
Gray, light sand, palm trees, deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets … and McDonald’s. You could say that this beach has everything we might need. It is long and wide, ideally meeting the requirements of families, but also young people and the elderly. It offers an amazing view of La Gomera.
Playa de Fańabe
It is an extension of the previous beach. Dark sand, medium waves. This beach is distinguished by lots of chiringuitos (beach bars). You can meet many more young people here than on the other beaches. The place, especially its central part, is ideal for people who avoid peace and quiet. Rather recommended for people looking for thrills and fun. If you like club music, we recommend visiting Le Club on Fańabe beach.
Playa del Duque
Prince’s Beach, which is a real gem on the list of Tenerife beaches. Associated with a high standard and luxury. It is surrounded by exclusive restaurants, shopping centers and hotels. Right next to it you will find a characteristic, extraordinary castle. The beach is rich in fine, light sand, and the color of the water here takes on beautiful shades of blue and turquoise. Quite strong waves are often an attraction for tourists. An interesting architectural detail that gives the “Hawaiian” character of the beach are the shredded bamboo umbrellas.
There are free toilets and paid showers. Despite the fee for sunbeds and umbrellas, tourists are happy to fill them. Unfortunately, due to the large amount of wealthy tourists staying in this place, there is a large amount of sellers: blankets, glasses, donuts, fruit, jewelry, watches etc…
Playa de la Enramada
A dark beach with lots of volcanic stones contrasting with the azure blue water. Dark sand has been excavated from the seabed around Los Cristianos Beach. Originally Playa La Enramada was covered with gravel and pebbles, but it was rebuilt for tourism purposes for sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. It owes its unique charm to the excellent chirringuito bar with straw umbrellas. There are also often live concerts. The beach is located at the very end of the promenade which is stretching from Los Cristianos to the end of Costa Adeje. It is rather one of the quieter beaches where we shouldn’t meet crowds of people. The perfect place to watch beautiful sunsets. In the sky, we can admire colorful kites, because it’s here where paragliders land. If you choose the shortest paragliding flight of 800 m or 1000 m, you will land on this lovely beach.
Best beaches between Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes
A paradise beach that belongs to one of the most exclusive hotels in Tenerife. Even though it is partially private, anyone can access it. Playa Abama is located roughly in the middle of the road from Costa Adeje towards Los Gigantes. Among the green areas that make up hectares of banana plantations.
To reach Playa de Abama we need to get to the hotel parking lot. Then, walking about 10 minutes along the hotel grounds towards the ocean, we will reach the viewpoint. Here is a beautiful view of a small, azure beach in the bay, the surface of the ocean and the island of La Gomera. The accessible lift at the viewpoint is for Abama Hotel clients only. So we have to go down the stone steps. On the beach, we can lay out on the sand or rent a deckchair for the day for a fee of € 13. On one side of the beach, there are also natural pools and cliffs perfect for jumping.
Best beaches in Los Gigantes
Playa la Arena
The beach is located in the tourist area called Playa la Arena. There are many apartments and hotels next door, but this tourist area is much smaller and quieter than other areas of the island such as Playa Las Américas or Los Cristianos.
Playa la Arena is black sand and crystal clear water. There are no breakwaters so there are days when a lot of waves can come in. When the sun warms the black sand you will have to run to the water so you don’t burn your feet.
It is possible to rent umbrellas and sunbeds. The beach is perfectly prepared for the disabled.
Playa de los Guios
Los Gigantes is a coastal town named after Acantilados de los Gigantes. Huge cliffs that reach heights of 300 to 600 meters. It is at their feet that the unique Playa de los Guios lies. Tenerife’s beaches are usually open and spacious. Therefore, the most impressive thing about Los Guíos beach is undoubtedly the fantastic view of the majestic Los Gigantes cliffs, forming a huge “wall” of unusual rock formations. The ocean in this part of the island is usually calm and the area is free from strong winds. In addition, the beach is partially protected by the fishing port of Los Gigantes and the cliffs themselves. However, you always need to be aware of the sea state and the color of the flag flying on the beach. The beach is small and completely natural, with dark and very fine volcanic sand.