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Why El Medano is a windsurfer's first choice in the Canary Islands

Updated on October 30, 2015

Windsurfing in El Medano

El Médano is very popular with windsurfers who gather at the resort town in the south of Tenerife. In fact it is their first choice of where to go to enjoy their sport in the Canary Islands. There are long sandy beaches in El Médano and plenty of wind too, which is just what the windsurfers want and need. Because of this many international contests are held there.

El Médano is also very popular with visitors to Tenerife because it has wonderful warm and sunny weather being in the south of the island. It has beaches like La Tejita, which has been described as one of the best beaches on Tenerife, as well as plenty for holiday-makers to do there.

El Medano

El Medano beach and Red Mountain in the background
El Medano beach and Red Mountain in the background

Why El Medano is so popular

Of course anyone coming to this island in the Canary Islands will need somewhere to stay for their holidays but there is plenty of Tenerife accommodation on offer and at affordable prices too. Lots of tourists enjoy taking self-catering holidays and there are plenty of Tenerife apartments that are ideal for this purpose, and that are easily found if you are thinking of renting in the south.

El Médano has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops in the town and some live entertainment at night in various venues too. It is very near to the Reina Sofía Airport for Tenerife South which makes it handy too.

As well as this, El Médano is near to the fishing village of Los Abrigos and the Golf del Sur golf ranges. A short ride by car, buses or taxi will take you to these places as well as to the very well-known and popular resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las América that are also on the sunny coastline of Tenerife South.

El Médano also has a busy market that is held weekly in the main square. Fiesta events and entertainment are staged and celebrated here too.

Windsurfing El Medano Cabezo

Ceropegia fusca

Ceropegia fusca
Ceropegia fusca

Red Mountain in El Medano

The volcanic cone known as Montaña Roja ("Red Mountain") is right next to El Médano and a stunning landmark for the area that can easily been seen all the way from the Tenerife South Airport.

Many people enjoy climbing up it to the peak and naturalists and botanists will be fascinated by the unique flora and fauna that can be found in the sand dune and volcanic mountainside habitats in the area. Strange succulents like Ceropegia fusca grow there as well as the Euphorbia balsamifera that makes large clumps on the arid and rocky ground.

Besides the joys of the beaches of El Médano which are great for sunbathing and swimming, as well as windsurfing, there are very many more reasons why the resort town is well worth visiting.

© 2011 Steve Andrews

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