Tenerife Beaches. Many people, who don't know any better, think
that Tenerife's numerous beaches are made up of black, volcanic
sand that's not very attractive and something that they wouldn't
fancy lying down on to sunbathe.
Tenerife Beaches. Many people, who don't know any better, think that Tenerife's numerous beaches are made up of black, volcanic sand that's not very attractive and something that they wouldn't fancy lying down on to sunbathe.
Two points: one, any "black sand" beaches aren't black at all, more of a light grey colour and, two, there are loads of beaches featuring golden sand.
Many beaches in the main tourist areas have excellent facilities, such as showers, changing rooms and toilets. There are usually sunloungers that can be hired for a nominal fee and police will patrol the main beaches frequently, to ensure everyone's safety.
On the links from this page, I'll attempt to list as many beaches as possible, starting in the Las Galletas area and moving round the Tenerife coastline in a clockwise direction. I warn you - it's a long list!
This area of the south coast includes the major tourist areas of
Las Americas, Torviscas, Costa Adeje and Fanabe.
Travelling on around Tenerife's coastline, we encounter, for a good while, rocky areas, along which are dotted the occasional "beach" - usually a small inlet, but, nonetheless, given a name. One such is Playa Los Morteros.
This is the next municipality along the west coast, moving north
and includes the major towns of Los Gigantes plus the smaller
areas of Puerto de Santiago and Playa de La Arena.
BUENAVISTA DEL NORTE
This municipality takes us up to and around the most westerly
point of Tenerife, Punta de Teno, and we are now on the
north coast. Because this is particularly rocky, you'll not find
many beaches. Those that exist are usually small and extremely
non-user-friendly. This then leads to:
Much the same for this municipality. Don't worry, we'll get to
more real beaches soon.
Containing, obviously, the town of Garachico, we're still faced
with a predominately rocky coastline and it's not until we reach
the next municipality that we encounter anything like a real
ICOD DE LOS VINOS
It's still quite a rocky coast, I'm afraid, but at least, you'll
find one reasonable beach.
I say "reasonable"...it's the one attached to the tiny village of San Marcos and consists of a minute stretch of grey sand. It's likely that there'll only be one person on it - you.
We can skip the next couple of municipalities. Both La Guancha and San Juan de La Rambla have a mostly rocky coastline punctuated with the odd sheltered cove, which may or may not be called "Playa something". Believe me, they're not beaches.
This is one of the larger municipalities, having Mount Teide itself within its boundaries. As most of it is inland, it has only a tiny piece of coastline, which, nevertheless, features a few notable beaches.
After La Orotava, there is quite a long stretch of rocky coastline, so we can skip quickly over Santa Ursula, La Victoria de Acentejo and La Matanza de Acentejo. El Sauzal is further on and, right on the border between this municipality and the next one is the distinctly non-tourist beach Playa Garañona. Moving on past this brings us into:
Much of the Tenerife coastline, whilst rocky (as you've already read, above) has the odd stretch of beach amongst the cliffs and we come across one now - Playa Arenas, just near Mesa del Mar.
From here, seeing as we're now on the far north coast of Tenerife, it's rocks, rocks and more rocks, all through the municipality of San Cristobal de La Laguna. The municipality eventually hands over the coastline to Santa Cruz de Tenerife and things finally start to get interesting again.
The coastline of this municipality takes us all the way round the far north-eastern tip of the island, which is extremely rocky. Here and there, you get the odd inlet that is called a beach, but, it's not until we start down along the eastern coast, approaching Tenerife's capital city, do we encounter, finally, some important beaches.
Only a few tiny beaches to be found here, but worth a mention anyway.
This is the next one, moving south and its short coastline is graced with a couple of nondescript "beaches". Playa del Abrigo is a crescent of rough sand and stones and, quite frankly, should count itself lucky to be even considered a beach.
The village of Las Eras has its own "beach" (Playa de Las Eras) that is also pretty rocky and grey.