Wherever you spend your stay on the magnificent Canary Island of Tenerife, you’ll never be far from the beach, and thanks to the island’s unique volcanic landscape the beaches here are rather more unique than most. It’s a myth that all beaches on Tenerife are made up of black ash sand – in fact, the majority have soft, golden sand, but here’s our guide to six of the most stunning beaches on Tenerife on which to work on that all-important tan.
Playa de Benijo
Often, you can find the best beaches by following the locals, and in the north-east of Tenerife this may lead you to discover Playa de Benijo. This narrow expanse of sand at the foot of the Anaga Mountains is generally avoided by holidaymakers as the strong underwater currents are hazardous to children and weak swimmers, however this makes it ideal for couples that don’t want to have to share the beach with noisy families. The craggy rocks that rise from the water along the shore make for an intriguing panoramic view.
Los Cristianos Harbour
If you like to be in the thick of the action without compromising on a breath-taking view, head to the beach at Los Cristianos harbour on your holiday to Tenerife. In the near distance, the grand mountains rise from the horizon, whilst colourful boats and yachts bob in the water at the harbour – providing plenty of celebrity-spotting opportunities!
Playade las Teresitas
Located at the foot of Anaga Mountains in the north of Tenerife, Playa de las Teresitas is nothing short of spectacular, plus the gently sloping waters are perfect for paddling with your little ones or just cooling off from the Mediterranean heat. Although the appeal of Playa de las Teresitas is well-known you won’t struggle to find a sandy spot to call your own, plus there are unusual activities to enjoy at this beach like exercise classes, just in case you’d like to maximise your time there.
Playa de Fanabe
With an esteemed Blue Flag status, Playa de Fanabe is an attractive family beach nestled at the heart of a popular holiday resort, with hotels like the Playa Real Resort Costa Adeje just an 800m stroll away. At Playa de Fanabe, the waters are clean, clear and warm, the sand is golden and the amenities are fantastic, so whether you want to spend your afternoon on a sun-lounger or take to the water on a jet-ski, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips.
Playa Jardin translates to ‘Garden Beach’, owing to the colourful plants and leafy trees that enclose this delightful stretch of volcanic black sand in Puerto de la Cruz. The landscape of this stunning beach was actually designed by the Canarian artist César Manrique, whose vision of an almost-tropical beach was brought to life with tall palm trees and bright blossoms creating an inviting gateway to the coastline. As if that wasn’t enough, Tenerife’s famous volcano, Mount Teide can be seen in the background, making an afternoon soaking up the sun on Playa Jardin a true experience.
Playa la Tejita
In a nature reserve close to El Médano you will discover Playa le Tejita, a peaceful yet pretty beach that’s impressively situated at the foot of a steep red-tinged hill. The conditions here are perfect for kite-surfers and wind-surfers, so you can watch them take on the waters from the comfort of your sunlounger.
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