Canary Islands Beaches
The Beautiful Coast of Tenerife

Tourism in the Canary Islands beaches has a significant contrast in the north and south of Tenerife, mainly for the focus of the sector, but also due to the weather conditions.

As mentioned elsewhere by Tenerife Travel Secrets the north of the island is more cultural, with many touristic cities, and where you will have more chances to get to know the locals. On the other hand, the south of the island has great weather conditions almost the whole year – and for that you will find several resorts and beaches with excellent infrastructure. For that reason it is not easy to realize that most of the tourists prefer this part of the island, if they are coming for beach holidays.

The inhabitants of the Canaries have the characteristic of being really friendly with visitors and will for sure be more than happy to indicate the best Canary Islands beaches in Tenerife, as well as some tips for you to enjoy more your days off. Having said that, we mention below some of the Canary Islands beaches, nude beaches and natural pools you should visit when coming to Tenerife… written by a local and an insider who learnt easily how to love this place…

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Canary Islands Beaches from the North of Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz,Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna – giving the significance of those areas we have special pages for each with further information including attractions and hotels nearby.

La Orotava

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. It is also known as a nudist beach, although visited by surfers and people who like to camp on the beach.

Los Realejos

El Socorro: extensive beach of sand and volcanic stones, well known for its wild beauty and for its strong waves. Because of that 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 the volcano Trevejo in the year of 1706, and with no sand.

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Canary Islands Beaches from the South of Tenerife

Costa de Adeje, Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos – these are the 3 main resorts of Tenerife and for each we also prepared special pages with further information that includes attractions and hotels.

Santiago del Teide

Los Gigantes Tenerife: this small beach with black sand is located on the foot of the cliffs with the same name and it’s difficult to see it full of bathers, although pretty much suitable for kids. Beside the beach, there’s a marina with boats that take visitors out to see the whales and dolphins living nearby.

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 and it is located five minutes away by car from Los Gigantes Tenerife.


Las Galletas: Beach split in three different locations and right beside Costa del Silencio. The first location is a spring on the edge of Arona, the second one borders the promenade, and at the end of this walk there is another beach with black sand and pebbles (stones). Las Galletas is also very well known for its excellent restaurants of international and Canarian cuisine, but mainly serving seafood.

Granadilla de Abona

El Medano: 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 Leocadio Machado: This beach is very long and well known by windsurfers.

La Tejita: 1km-long beach, with fine and dark sand and calm waves. The Montana Roja is like a natural border with Playa del Medano and it is a natural way to tackle the classic wind of that beach. On the side closest to Montana 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.

Remember that there are many more beautiful Canary Islands beaches in Tenerife, but in order to facilitate your choice, we selected the most important ones and give you tips that only a local would know.

Hope you are enjoying the island already!

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