From natural grey volcanic beaches to vibrant sands imported from the Sahara, Tenerife has a beach for all moods.
Heading to the Canaries for a beach holiday? You’re not alone! But even if you’re planning a different kind of holiday, a day on the beach is a must with so many great options to choose from.
The majority of the best-known beaches in Tenerife are located on the Costa Adeje in the south-west of the island. This is hardly surprising given that you’ll find the best of the weather here, with shelter from the winds that can be a problem in the East.
Costa Adeje is where you’ll find three of the best known resorts – Los Cristianos, the infamous Playa de las Americas (PdlA), and Costa Adeje itself – an upmarket offshoot of PdlA.
Playa del Duque
‘The Duke’ is one of the best beaches on the whole island. Lying at the western tip of the coast, it’s cut off from the rest of the resort by a rocky outcrop, making it feel very exclusive.
Playa de La Enramada
La Enramada is perfect if you enjoy long strolls along the beach. It’s a wide and open sandy beach continuing right to the edge of Costa Adeje. At the one end you’ll find the small fishing village of La Caleta, where you can enjoy a taste of traditional Tenerife life.
Playa del Puertito
El Puertito is another quiet, local beach, just slightly further along from La Caleta. It’s also right by Playa Paraiso – a predominantly pebbled beach which boasts an incredible saltwater lagoon, perfect for a little nature spotting.
Troya is one of the best beaches in the Playa de las Americas resort. Known for its fine golden sand and shallow waters, it’s particularly popular with families. With the sea being relatively calm and the beach being particularly wide, it’s nice and safe. There’s also a banana boat that’s very popular with older kids!
La Tejita is one of the southernmost beaches Tenerife and also one of the largest natural beaches on the island. It stretches for more than half a mile and is wide-open. It’s set within a protected area and has the striking La Montaña Roja (Red Mountain) volcano at one end.
There’s a range of watersports available here, with kitesurfing and windsurfing – as well as regular surfing – all on the menu. This is a popular spot with fans of water sports too, with surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing available.
Around the other side of La Montaña Roja is Playa Grande, another vast stretch of sand that’s popular with the watersports crowd.
Puerto de La Cruz
The northern resort of Puerto de la Cruz offers more natural beaches, characterised by rich grey-black volcanic sand. There’s also a range of attractions from the Loro Parque zoo and an 18th-century fort.
Although not a beach, the outstanding lido is a family-friendly way to enjoy some sunbathing and swimming in natural saltwater swimming pools without the tidal dangers.
Playa Jardín is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach on the whole island. It was designed by the acclaimed architect and artist Cesar Manrique, from neighbouring Lanzarote, to showcase the island in all its splendour.
The curved beachfront has a perimeter of palm trees and other local flora and the whole thing serves to make the beauty of the bay, sea and Mount Teide stand out perfectly.
Martianez is a much smaller, and pebbled, beach in the town so whilst it’s not great for sun worshippers it’s one of the best options on this side of the island for surfers and windsurfers and other watersports afficionados. After a day spent playing on the sea, the nearby Sol Costa Atlantis has a great spa for a spot of relaxation.
El Bullollo, located on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, is an incredible untouched beach. It offers picture-perfect opportunities for those postcard selfies and simply a great place to spend a few hours in the sun. You can get there by car in 15 minutes from PdlC or if you feel up to it you can hike along the coast to burn off some of the tapas and sangria!
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz is the resort you’re looking for if you want a more traditional, rugged holiday. Located in the north-east of the island, it’s much more relaxed than the mega-resorts of the south.
Playa de Las Teresitas
Las Teresitas is our final contender for Best Beach in Tenerife and rightly so. Even though it’s a man-made beach, with beautiful imported Saharan sand, and it can be extremely windy, Las Teresitas offers the perfect combination.
Its shallow aquamarine waters are perfect for paddling and swimming alike, there’s an artificial reef bringing in plenty of wildlife to view if you want to don a mask and snorkel, and there’s kiosks selling traditional food dotted in and amongst the palm trees.
And if all thats not enough, there’s a quaint fishing village next door and the whole thing is set against a stunning mountainous backdrop. In short, it’s the quintessential picture-postcard beach.
Playa de Antequera
A little further along the coast is Antequera. Accessible only by foot or by boat, this is a real hidden gem. It offers nothing in the way of facilities so you’ll need to come prepared, but it’s popular with local surfers so you can watch them falling in the water as you soak up the sun.
If you want to venture away from the resorts completely, Tenerife has a number of villages with small beaches that are worth visiting. Chief among them, perhaps, is the 15th-century town of Garachico.
A volcanic eruption in the early 18th century destroyed the harbour – and the economy that relied on it – but it also created rock pools which are one of the island’s most poplar attractions. The town itself is worth a visit for anyone but the beaches – a mix of sand, shingle and pebbles – are quiet places to enjoy some gentle seaside life.
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