Best beaches in Tenerife
Tenerife is not especially known for having good beaches. As a volcanic island, most of the beaches are made of rocks and some are quite dangerous. We have traveled all over the island in search of the best beaches and we found some amazing ones. From soft white sand beaches to incredibly black beaches, in Tenerife you will find all kinds of beaches. Here is a list of the best beaches (in our opinion) in Tenerife.
Playa de las Vistas
Playa de Las Vistas, located in the south of the island, in the Los Cristianos area, is a beach of fine-grained golden sand. It’s a fairly wide beach where you won’t have problems finding a place to put your towel. On this beach, in addition to swimming and sunbathing, you can practice summer sports such as beach volleyball. To get to this beach you can go both by car and public transportation. If you go by car you won’t have any problem to parking since there are lots of free parking spots in the street.
Playa del Camisón
El Camisón beach is located next to Las Vistas beach. This is also a fine sand beach, with golden sand and shell shape. We had never heard of this beach before. We stumbled upon it when we left Playa de las Vistas to go for a walk to Las Americas. Playa del Camisón is smaller and more peaceful beach than its neighbor, and the water has a beautiful turquoise color.
Playa de las Teresitas
Without a doubt, Las Teresitas Beach is the most famous beach in Tenerife. This beach is located in the northeast of the island, close to the town of San Andrés. It’s very easy to get to Las Teresitas Beach, as you can go by public transportation, car or even walking. We usually look for places which are not so touristy because we want to see and enjoy them without a lot of people walking around. This is why in our previous trip to Tenerife we didn’t visit Las Teresitas Beach. This time we did! We went to see it and we have to say that is absolutely amazing. However, it was full of people and it was only the beginning of June. Besides walking on the beach, swimming and sunbathing, we recommend going up to the viewpoint because the views from there are unforgettable.
Playa del Duque
Playa del Duque is definitely one of our favorite beaches in Tenerife. This is also a fine sandy beach, but what stands out the most is the color of the water. If you like beaches with turquoise water, this is your beach. Looking at the color that looked like milk stained with turquoise ink, for a moment we forgot that we were still in Spain. This one could have been a tropical beach. If you go by car, you will have to park near Fañabe Beach and walk down a couple of streets. The area of Playa del Duque is a residential area and the access by car is only allowed to residents.
Playa de Fañabé
Fañabé Beach is what we would call a normal beach. The difference is that, as we mentioned before, in Tenerife there are not many fine sandy beaches. Fañabé beach is located next to Playa del Duque and both are in Costa Adeje, in the southwest of Tenerife. This beach is much bigger than Playa del Duque and you can do different activities there.
Playa de Benijo
Benijo Beach is very different from the others we have mentioned so far. This is a beautiful black sand beach located in the northeast of Tenerife, inside the Anaga Natural Park. The access to this beach is a bit difficult because you have to descend some steep stairs and before reaching the actual beach there are some big stones, but once there you will see it’ worth it. This is a wild beach and for that reason there aren’t many people there. If you are looking for a quiet beach, without too many people around this may be the best option. If you want to swim, be very careful with the waves because they are usually quite strong. The view from Benijo beach is pretty amazing.
Playa del Bollullo
Bollullo Beach is our favourite beach in Tenerife. It’s an incredibly black beach that you can find empty. Playa del Bollullo is just a few kilometers away from Puerto de la Cruz, but you have to go by car because public transportation doesn’t get there. To get to this beach you also have to descend a lot of stairs, but the access is much easier than at Benijo Beach. Keep in mind that in the surroundings of this beach there is no free parking. There is a restaurant nearby and you can park in an open field next to it, but they charge you €3. Once you have paid, you can stay as long as you want.
These are, in our opinion, the best beaches in Tenerife. As you can see, there is a bit of everything: black, golden, wild and crowded beaches. Regardless of which ones you choose, we are sure you will love them because they are all beautiful. If you want to do snorkel, dive or take a boat trip in Tenerife, here are some of the activities that can be done on the island:
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