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Top 20 Tenerife best beaches in the Canary Islands

Updated on June 23, 2013

Best beaches in Tenerife

Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is a very popular holiday destination with sun-seekers from the UK and many other parts of the world. One of the island's main attractions is its sandy beaches. Not surprisingly the main tourist resorts in the south of the island are where some of the best beaches are to be found.

Tenerife has natural black volcanic sandy beaches that have a very exotic appeal to them, as well as golden sand and white sand beaches that have been specially made with tons of sand that was brought over from the Sahara.

On Tenerife you have plenty of choice and some of the beaches are in large resorts, whilst others are on the seafronts of much smaller fishing villages. Some of the island's best beaches are in the hot and dry south but there are equally popular ones in the cooler north of Tenerife too.

Beaches in Tenerife's south

Beach at Puerto Colon
Beach at Puerto Colon
El Medano
El Medano

Best beaches in Tenerife South

White or yellow sand has the advantage of being less coarse so is better for walking on, and children find it ideal for making sand castles.

Most of the white and yellow sand beaches are predictably found in the tourist-orientated south of Tenerife and include the very popular Playa de Las Vistas and Playa de Las Caletillas beaches of Los Cristianos. Playa de Las Vistas has been awarded a Blue Flag of excellence status.

Two more very popular sandy beaches in the south can be found at the seaside town of El Médano where windsurfers gather too. El Médano offers two splendid beaches of near golden sand that, it is said, were not artificially created. Playa de El Médano and Playa de Tejita offer vast expanses and have the unusual Montaña Roja (Red Mountain) volcanic cone between them.

The fishing village of Las Galletas that is swiftly becoming a resort town in the south of Tenerife has a beach bordering the road that is very popular with sunbathers and swimmers and is right in front of the new marina there. It has very easy access to the main promenade with its selection of bars and restaurants and its own beach or you might want to go shopping in Las Galletas itself.

Playa de Troya and Playa del Bobo are two very popular beaches in the resort of Playa de las Américas.

Further on up the coast in the area of San Eugenio and Torviscas is Puerto Colón with its wonderful La Pinta beach. Playa del Duque, also on this stretch of coast, is right by the magnificent Hotel Bahía del Duque, which is considered one of the finest hotels in Europe and is where the celebrities tend to stay when they are taking holidays or performing on Tenerife.

Carrying on up the coast of Tenerife south again is the very popular Playa San Juan, which resort actually offers a choice of more than one beach.

Playa Santiago is further up along the coast just before we reach Los Gigantes with the giant cliffs it is named after. Many people regard the sandy beach in Playa Santiago as one of the best on the island of Tenerife.

Playa de La Arena is the name of this main beach there and it is possible to view the cliffs of Los Gigantes from this really excellent beach, which has also been awarded the Blue Flag status.

Playa de las Teresitas

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Tenerife best beaches in the north

Las Teresitas
Las Teresitas
Playa de San Marcos
Playa de San Marcos

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Best beaches in the north of Tenerife

Playa de las Teresitas, or Las Teresitas beach as it is commonly known, many people consider to be the finest beach of all on the island of Tenerife, and with good reason because unlike much of the north it is usually blessed with excellent weather. Las Teresitas beach is right next to the village of San Andrés and only seven kilometres from the centre of the capital city of Santa Cruz. It is below the Anaga mountain range which keeps it sheltered.

Playa de las Teresitas offers everything that most people would be looking for in a top quality beach. Las Teresitas beach is very long and very broad, it doesn't have any jagged rocky parts or annoying shingle, and its crystal clear water is perfect for swimmers and paddlers.

On the beach of golden sand itself children often enjoy the traditional pleasure of making sandcastles.

At the top of the beach at Playa de las Teresitas are very many palms and ornamental sea grape trees growing in the sand and adding a very tropical touch to the location.

Playa de las Teresitas offers tapas bars and cafés at the top of the beach where you can get a bite to eat and a drink whilst looking out on the ocean. Sun beds and other beach facilities are provided including showers, changing rooms and public toilets.

Playa de las Gaviotas (Beach of the Gulls) is another very popular beach further on up the coast from Las Teresitas on the north-east side of the island.

Also in the Anaga mountains region of the north of Tenerife is the beach of Almáciga. Surfers and people who really like to get away from it all really appreciate this rather remote beach. Almáciga is right by the village of Taganana, and as well as surfing it offers great places for anglers to try their luck and magnificent views along the rocky coastline.

Another of the best beaches in the north of Tenerife, on the west side of the island, is Playa del Socorro, which is very near to the town of Los Realejos but down on the coast there. It is another northern beach that has become very popular with surfers and has been awarded a blue flag of excellence. This black sand beach has a car park and a beachside bar and restaurant.

Playa Jardín is on the Loro Parque (Parrot Park) side of Puerto de la Cruz is yet another of the best beaches in Tenerife island. Playa Jardín is a black volcanic sand beach, and it has ornamental gardens at the top, hence its name.

On the opposite side of Puerto de la Cruz is Playa de Bollullo, which is another of the best beaches in the north of Tenerife, and is very popular with local residents.

Also on the north-west coast of Tenerife, and only a few kilometres away from Icod de los Vinos, you will find Playa de San Marcos. The black sands of San Marcos are sheltered by cliffs and it is a perfect place for sunbathing and for swimmers.

Next along the coast in the north-west of Tenerife is the seaside town of Garachico, which is famous for having survived a volcanic eruption many years ago. The beaches at Garachico are very popular with locals. There are natural swimming pools in the volcanic rocks where the lava cooled when it hit the sea.

Going further west past Garachico, but not as far as Los Silos, there is a village on the coast known as La Caleta. Not to be confused with yet another coastal hamlet in the south of Tenerife with the same name, La Caleta offers a beach that is very popular with local people, although not frequented much by tourists.

Playa de las Teresitas


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      mioluna 7 years ago

      So beautiful beaches! I want visit Tenerife after your hub.

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      killrats 7 years ago from Cape town South Africa

      Have read a little about the bird life on the Island but will read more about the Island via your hubs. Will be following

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      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for posting!

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      Medkh9 7 years ago

      your hub just reminded me of the last visit ti Tenerefe its a great place to go really