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Tenerife beaches are definitely the main attraction of this beautiful place in the Canary Islands. The island is also sought-after for its beautiful landscapes, volcanoes (notably El Teide), exquisite cuisine and outdoor activities (like golf). Nonetheless, the best spots for tourists are in the coastal areas.
You can find a wide variety of Tenerife beaches in the urban areas, near the main cities like La Orotava. There are also semi-isolated and totally isolated ones along the extensive coastline – some of which also permit nudism. You will find a range of sand types on the beaches and in natural or artificial pools and hidden coves.
The sand on Tenerife beaches can be black, grey, golden and even white. It comes in all shapes and sizes, such as pebbles or stones.
Given the island's volcanic nature, it’s understandable that Tenerife beaches have black sand like El Socorro in Los Realejos. But Tenerife welcomes lots of tourists who want a holiday by the sea, and they have all kinds of tastes. That's why some Tenerife beaches have been “recreated”, particularly in the south. You'' see some artificial beaches with golden sand brought from Africa, like Las Teresitas.
You will find the most famous hotels and resorts in the south of Tenerife. They are mainly in areas like Arona (Los Cristianos Beach, Las Vistas or Las Galletas) and Adeje (Troya Beach, Playa de Fanabé or Bahía del Duque). It's sunny almost all year round on this part of the island, so everything (services, facilities, etc.) revolves around tourists.
The north of the island better represents the real essence of Tenerife’s culture through its typical Canarian villages. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t many Tenerife beaches… There are several beaches where you can have a great time with friends or family. Try Playa de Almáciga, Playa del Ancón, Playa de Los Patos and Playa del Bollullo. Puerto de la Cruz is best known for beach tourism, and Playa Jardín and Playa Martianez are some of its best. We give more details and select some of the best southern and northern beaches on separate dedicated pages.
Tenerife beaches rated with the Blue Flag, an assurance of clean waters
Thanks to the island’s emphasis on tourism, Tenerife beaches are well cared for. They are clean and have all kinds of services available to visitors at any time of year. There are 12 beaches in Tenerife with the Blue Flag rating. This is due to their easy access, water quality, environmental information provided to users and respect for the current legislation.
An international jury awards the Blue Flag rating. It consists of representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and various tourism, conservation and nature protection organizations.
In 2017, the following Tenerife beaches were awarded the Blue Flag: El Médano, in Granadilla; Las Vistas and Los Cristianos, in Arona; Torviscas, Fañabé and El Duque, in Adeje; La Arena, in Santiago del Teide; La Arena (Mesa del Mar), in Tacoronte; Piscinas de Bajamar, in La Laguna; El Socorro, in Los Realejos; San Telmo, in Puerto de la Cruz; and Playa y Calas de la Jaquita, in Guía de Isora.
Some safety tips for enjoying Tenerife beaches
The following tips are essential to bear in mind on some of Tenerife’s beaches. Be careful with the ocean currents, as they tend to be quite strong and there is a heavy swell. The months from November to April are when you need to exercise extra care.
On the other hand, during the rest of the year you should also be careful as some of Tenerife’s beaches won’t have monitoring systems or lifeguards around.
Consider the colour of the flag waving on the beach (perhaps not displayed on those beaches that are difficult to access). Users aren’t allowed to swim when the flag is red and should exercise extreme caution when it is yellow. If the green flag is waving, that means that swimming there is safe, but you should never lose sight of the shore.
Always take care to enjoy Tenerife’s beauty
In this introductory section we also have to remind you that each and every visitor is entitled to enjoy Tenerife’s beaches in full, but even with all the efforts from the locals to ensure the cleanliness and quality of services on the beaches in Tenerife, we users also have our obligations towards the beaches and their maintenance.
Therefore, we insist that you gather up your rubbish and put it in one of the provided bins after spending a joyful day on one of Tenerife’s beaches. This will allow the next visitors to enjoy an idyllic day on this wonderful island. After all, it is less effort to put a sandwich packet, cigarette bu and empty bottles or cans in the bin than it was to bring them to the beach in the first place. Tenerife Travel Secrets lists some of the most important Tenerife beaches, natural pools and nudist beaches.