You can find a wide variety of Tenerife beaches in the urban area, close to the main cities like La Orotava, semi-isolated at totally isolated along the extensive coastline accessible.
The color of the sand can be black, gray, golden and even a bit white, in shapes and sizes of all kinds, such as pebbles or stones. As well as in the open beaches, you will find the the variety of sand in natural or artificial pools and hidden coves.
For the volcanic nature of the island is not hard to imagine that the natural beaches have sand with black color. But because of the weather, especially in the south, where the island receives a lot of tourists, some Tenerife beaches were ‘recreated’ to satisfy the taste of all kinds of visitors looking for leisure and vacation near the ocean. That is reflected in the artificial beaches with golden sand brought from Africa.
In Tenerife south are located the most famous hotels and resorts, in cities and areas such as Arona (Los Cristianos, Las Vistas or Las Galletas) and Adeje (Costa Adeje Tenerife). In the north of the island, tourism is focused mainly in Puerto de la Cruz (Playa Jardín). In the South of the Island, where the weather conditions are very favorable, everything is more focused for the tourist, but the North of the Island translate better the real essence of Tenerife culture in the typical Canarian villages.
Thanks to the tourist approach of the island, Tenerife beaches are pretty much taken care of, clean and with all kinds of services available to the visitor at any time of year. Thus there are four beaches in Tenerife with the Blue Flag rating. This is provided due to the easy access to the beach, water quality, environmental information provided to users and respect to the ongoing legislation.
The Blue Flag rating is granted by an international jury of some representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), also from the World Tourism Organization, the International Association of Lifesaving and various organizations dedicated to conservation and nature protection.
Essential in some of Tenerife beaches
Be careful with the ocean currents, which tend to be quite strong and therefore with heavy swell. Remember that the waters off the coast of the island come from the Atlantic Ocean. The months from November through April are the ones you need to exercise extra care.
On the other hand, during the rest of the year you should also be careful as some of the Tenerife beaches won’t have monitoring systems or lifesavers around. Consider also the color of the flag waving on the beach (perhaps not found in those with difficult access) prohibiting the users to bathe when the flag is red and to bathe with extreme caution when it is yellow. If the green flag is waving, that means that bathing there is safe, but not lose sight of the shore.
In this introductory section we also have to remind you that each and every visitor is entitled to enjoy Tenerife beaches in full; but even with all the efforts to ensure the cleanliness and quality of services in the beaches of Tenerife, we, as users, also have our obligations towards the place, its maintenance and cleaning.
We therefore insist that after spending a joyful day or even just a small bit of Tenerife beaches, that you collect your garbage and place them in one of the bins that are available, so to contribute to the next visitor who wants also to enjoy an idyllic day in this paradisiacal island. After all, it is easier to transfer to a bin the wastes of a sandwich, cigarette butts and empty bottles or cans, than the effort we took to carry them to the beach.
Canary Islands destination list below some of the most important Tenerife beaches, natural pools and nude beaches. However, we go further in the details mentioning more beaches in the links below divided by city.
In the North of Tenerife we recommend the following beaches:
Puerto de la Cruz
Playa Jardín: three beaches (the Castillo, the Charcón and Playa de Punta Brava o María Jiménez) divided into about 1 km of gardened shoreline – work of the great creator and Canarian artist César Manrique. The beaches are protected by a horizontal barrier that protects the marine from the strength of the ocean and ease the strength of the waves. In the past was one of the beaches awarded with the blue flag, although not for the moment.
Playa Martiánez: emblematic beach with black sand and wonderful walks, with spectacular views of the cliffs of Martiánez and the north coast.
Lago Martiánez: An artificial lake with several swimming pools for adults and children. It was created by the Canarian artist César Manrique in the area of the Costa Martiánez.
Playa de Los Patos: black sand beach located between the two beaches of El Bollullo and El Ancón. It is mostly visited by surfers. It is a bit hard to reach on foot, so we recommend going with tennis for sports as the road goes over the cliff. Also, be always attentive with the force of the waves. Known as a nudist beach, although visited by surfers and people who like to camp for a few days on the beach.
Playa del Socorro: extensive beach of sand and stones of volcanic origin, well known for its wild beauty and for its strong waves. Therefore, it is loved by surfers to practice the sport and especially because several competitions are held annually there.
El Caletón: Natural pools of volcanic structure formed by the eruption of volcano Trevejo in the year of 1706, therefore with no sand. Even though El Caletón are pools, you should always be aware of the waves and especially during the winter months when the force of the waters around increases.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Playa de las Teresitas: beach of about 1 km with several palm trees. In the year 1973, the beach was filled with golden sand from the Sahara desert, which makes the place very special and another attraction for the tourists. The beach is really quiet and protected by a breakwater. It is located at about 7 km from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, making it the most famous of Tenerife beaches of the region, as well as the most visited by the inhabitants of Santa Cruz.
Playa de Almáciga: beach of black sand and stones, and with easy access.
Canary Islands destination recommends the following beaches in the South of the island. Of course as we said previously, these are just some of the beaches you can find. We mention in specific links more and more Tenerife beaches…
Santiago del Teide
Playa de La Arena: 120 meters long beach, with black volcanic sand. Here you can enjoy beautiful views of Puerto Santiago. It has the blue flag for over 15 years. It is located five minutes away by car from Los Gigantes Tenerife.
Playa de las Américas: this area, highly visited by tourists, is located between the municipalities of Arona and Adeje. It has a wide range of hotels, and the sun is guaranteed almost all year round, so it is for sure one of the best Tenerife beaches for those visitors eager for a good tan.
Playa del Duque: A quiet beach, about 700 meters long and with gray-gold sand in front of Hotel Bahía del Duque. Its waters are very calm, a good invitation for a family day at the beach.
Playa de Fañabé: beach with gray-gold sand. It is considered one of the best Tenerife beaches, especially for the cleanliness of its waters. On clear days, the beach has marvelous views of the island of La Gomera.
Playa de Troya: it was the first beach in the populous and famous Costa Adeje. This is a beach with clear and calm waters, and fine golden sand – a good invitation for a visit, on top of the blue flag award.
Playa de Diego Hernández or Playa Blanca: 200 meters long beach with fine golden sand and clear waters. Nudism there is allowed.
Playa de las Vistas: long beach of golden sand and calm waters, as well as one of the most popular Tenerife beaches. It is awarded with a blue flag. It has a water fountain that refreshes the bathers. In this beach you will find lots of water sports options. After sunset, the beach and its surroundings are transformed to accommodate all lovers of the night and parties.
Las Galletas: Beach split in three different locations. The first is a spring located on the edge of Arona, another one bordering the promenade, and at the end of this walk there is another beach with black sand and pebbles (stones).
Granadilla de Abona
Playa del Médano: 2km beach of golden sand and very clean waters. Because of the strong wind in this area, it is the perfect place for windsurfing and kitesurfing. It is a protected area due to its great natural wealth.
Playa de Leocadio Machado: This beach is very long and well known by windsurfers.
Playa de la Tejita: one kilometer long beach, with fine and dark sand and calm waves. The Montana Roja is like a natural border with Playa del Médano and it is a natural way to tackle the classic wind of that beach. On the side closest to Montaña Roja, there is a small beach, known as ‘Playa del Muerto’ and which is separated by a natural breakwater. This small beach is usually visited by nudists.
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