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Tenerife is a great destination for a sunny holiday, but the island is of volcanic origin, which means that there are many beaches with black volcanic sand.
The municipality of Adeje, located in the south of Tenerife, prides itself in 2021 with four top-class beaches, awaiting tourists with top facilities.
Tenerife is without a doubt a unique place to visit in the world, with many different landscapes, microclimates, beautiful beaches, plus the majestic volcano Mt. Teide, but if you want to see something really special, you should visit one of these natural pools, which can be found in different parts of the island.
Tenerife is a popular destination for beach holidays, although the island has more to offer to visitors than beautiful beaches situated in tourist resorts. The most popular beaches in Tenerife are usually located in the resorts, where visitors can make use of all the usual facilities of an urban beach.
Located in the north of Tenerife, very close to Playa de Las Teresitas, Las Gaviotas beach is charming and well worth a visit if you have a rental car and want to explore the island's northern coast. Getting to Playa Las Gaviotas from Santa Cruz de Tenerife is easy, and you can drive all the way to the beach, although there are not many parking spaces.
Playa Chica is centrally located in Puerto Santiago, accessible from the promenade and close to the fishing docks. Locals also call it Playa El Puertito, because from the beach you have a view towards the Fishermen’s Harbour (Muelle de los Pescadores).
Playa de La Tejita is the largest natural beach in Tenerife, with 1 km in length and almost 40 m wide. It is located close to El Medano beach, on the other side of the volcanic cone called Montana Roja.
Playa del Socorro is situated on the north west coast of Tenerife and it’s a popular spot for surfers around the island.
Similar to Playa El Bollulo and Playa Los Patos, Ancon beach is situated close to Puerto de la Cruz in the area known as El Rincon. Getting here is not easy, so it’s an ideal place for anyone looking for some privacy.
Playa Los Patos is located in the Orotava valley, more precise in the area called El Rincon, similar to beach El Bollulo and Playa El Ancon. Playa Los Patos is separated from Playa Ancon only by a protuberance that enters the ocean and divides the two beaches.
Playa Bollulo is located in the north of Tenerife, close to the resort of Puerto de la Cruz. The beach can be reached either by car (by parking at the the restaurant El Bollulo, and then it’s a 5 minutes walk down to the beach) or by walking the 4 km from Puerto de la Cruz. The journey takes around 45 minutes on foot and you can admire the entire coastline.
Playa Martianez is an urban beach in Puerto de la Cruz, that does not impress or conquers with her beauty, especially if you compare it with Playa Jardin.
You will find Playa de la Arena close to the town of Puerto Santiago, in a beautiful natural setting, with views of the island La Gomera. This beach has been awarded the Blue Flag distinction since 1989 continuously, which means it is not only beautiful, but also very clean and offers plenty of facilities to visitors.
Playa Abama is situated very close to Playa San Juan and it has crystal clear waters, protected by big rocks thrown into the sea to break the waves and keep the beach safe for swimming. Some natural pools form nearby, so there’s a lot to explore and discover.
Las Galletas beach is located in the fishing village with the same name, in the municipality of Arona, only 15 kilometers away from Los Cristianos, and pretty close to Tenerife South airport.
Playa del Duque is situated in the upscale zone of Costa Adeje, with lots of 4 or 5 stars hotels close to the beach and a wide range of international restaurants, prepared to meet the highest culinary expectations.
Playa Torviscas is part of the Costa Adeje set of beaches and it is connected to Playa Fanabe, separated only by the breakwater that helps in keeping the water calm. Together they are also part of Playa de las Americas resort and they are considered a more upmarket area compared to the south of las Americas.
Playa de Fanabe, part of the Playa de las Americas resort, is one of the busiest and most popular beaches in Tenerife and the largest one in Costa Adeje. Situated in the south of the island, it is connected through a promenade with the neighboring Puerto Colon and Playa del Duque.
The name of Playa Honda translates to English as Slingshot and it is situated in the resort of Playa de las Americas. On some maps and guides, you will even find it under the name of Playa Las Americas.
Playa Del Camison beach is located in the popular Playa de las Americas resort in Tenerife, on the south end towards Los Cristianos and close to Playa Las Vistas.
Troya beach is the most popular beach in Playa de las Americas, with many shops, restaurants and hotels in close proximity. Divided between Troya I and Troya II, this is the party epicentre in Tenerife and a favourite place for all tourists.
Set in the small town of Los Gigantes, in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, this beach is commonly known as Los Gigantes beach, although it has two other official names: Playa de Los Guios and Playa Argel.
Situated up in the north, in the small village of San Andres, Playa de las Teresitas is one of the most popular and spectacular beaches in Tenerife. With fine golden sand brought here from Africa, this beach stretches for almost 1,5 km, with splendid views of the Anaga mountains.
El Medano is a small town in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, on the east coast of the island, very close to the Reina Sofia airport. The town is right next to the beach, so you can easily find public parking on the streets nearby.
The town of Los Cristianos welcomes visitors with a total of three beaches: Los Cristianos Beach, protected by the nearby harbor; Las Vistas Beach, the most popular and beautiful beach of all three and a secluded small beach with black volcanic sand, which is considered nudist-friendly.
The town of Los Cristianos has a total of three beaches: Los Cristianos Beach, a large beach protected by the harbor; Las Vistas Beach, probably the most popular beach of all three and a secluded small beach with black volcanic sand, which is considered nudist-friendly.
Charco de la Laja is a natural swimming pool located in the north of Tenerife, in the town of San Juan de la Rambla.
Tenerife - the largest of the Canary Islands and the most popular among tourists. With a beautiful weather all year round, Tenerife is a popular beach destination even during the winter months, when temperatures are still in the mid 20s range, especially in the south.
Playa Radazul is located in the center of the town with the same name, close to Santa Cruz and in the municipality of El Rosario. This beach is also known under the name of Litoral del Rosario.
Playa de La Nea is situated close to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the small resort called Radazul. Due to its proximity to the capital, many residents come to this beach, especially in the weekend during summer months. At other times the occupancy is low at this beach.
In 2015, the beach of San Telmo has gone through a major renovation and a ramp for wheelchairs was added between the old chapel and the beach. Many residents come here so you will get a chance to interact and learn more about the real life in Tenerife.