Top 13 Best Beaches in Tenerife

Welcome to my blog post about the TOP 10 Best Beaches in Tenerife. The sun shines all year round on the most visited island in the archipelago of the Canary Islands. Most of the beaches are located around large tourist complexes and have easy access, showers, umbrellas, and sunbeds. 

Usually, the beaches in the northern half of Tenerife are with black volcanic sand, while in the southern part with golden. There are also so man-made beaches with sand imported from the Sahara. The island will offer you over 68 km of beaches, and the purity of the beach and ocean waters is beyond doubt. 

The beaches of Tenerife are something you cannot miss. So are you ready to take a look at them?

The 10 Best Beaches in Tenerife Map

Best beaches in Tenerife Map
Best beaches in Tenerife Map

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1. Playa de el Bollullo

Located in La Orotava to the east of Puerto de la Cruz, El Bullullo is an amazing black crescent-shaped beach in the northern parts of Tenerife. The perfect place to escape from the city if you want a remote and peaceful beach.

Bollullo beach is a natural beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs. The incredible view of the dramatic rocks that create sublime nature will captivate your heart. Despite all this beauty, you have to be careful while swimming. 

The beach is not protected by artificial reefs, and the waves can be quite strong. To get to El Bullullo, you have to pass banana plantations and go down steep stairs, but it is definitely worth the adventure.

Nearby, you can also find the lovely beaches of Los Patos or El Pozo, which are also popular with nudists.

2. Playa Jardin

Playa Jardin best beach in Tenerife
Playa Jardin

Playa Jardin (Garden Beach) is a city beach, offering all the necessary amenities for your dream vacation in Tenerife. The sand is volcanic, with an exotic black color

The beach was designed in the 90s by the famous Canarian artist, César Manrique and quickly gained popularity among holidaymakers.  Playa Jardin is located in the northern part of the island in Puerto de la Cruz. 

The beach is dotted with vast vegetation and beautiful flowers and looks like a real paradise garden. You can enjoy the amazing view of Mount Teide. 

Playa Jardin is divided into 3 bays – Castillo Beach, Charcon Beach, and Punta Brava Beach. You can reach Jardin Beach by car rental or public transport from Puerto de la Cruz.

3. Playa Martianez

Best beaches in Tenerife Playa Martianez
Playa Martianez @bea & txema & alan

Playa Martianez is the other “jewel” of Puerto de la Cruz and the second most popular beach in the resort after Playa Jardin. The sandy strip is black, covered with soft volcanic sand, surrounded by a beach promenade with palm trees.

When the waves are bigger, the place is also suitable for surfing. The beach is also popular with artificial water pools. Where saltwater from the ocean is filtered into a large water park with lakes and cascading waterfalls.

Beautiful green gardens, sunbathing areas are just a small part of the exotics of Playa Martianez. Near the beach there is a complex with restaurants, bars, and cafes and a great place for families with kids, offering entertainment for all ages.

Playa Martianez can be reached by car rental.

4. Playa de las Teresitas

Playa de las Teresitas best beaches in Tenerife
Playa de las Teresitas @Falco Ermert

Playa de Teresitas is the most famous and legendary beach in the northern part of the island of Tenerife. It is located 15 km from the capital Santa Cruz, just a 15-minute drive away. 

The beach is artificially created with golden sands from the Sahara Desert and stretches for 1.5 km. It is protected from large ocean waves by piles of volcanic rocks. Near the beach, there are bars, restaurants as well as stalls offering traditional Canarian cuisine

Every Sunday the beach is very popular among the locals wherein in the afternoon they indulge in salsa dancing. Playa de Teresitase can be reached by public transport from Santa Cruz or rental car.

5. Los Cristianos

Best beach in Tenerife Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos is located in the southwestern part of Tenerife and is a part of the “Canary Riviera” – a favorite destination of all tourists. The artificial beaches of the resort are excellent, and in the vicinity, you will find natural bays with black sand. 

The water is very calm, and there is a shallow area along the coast, which makes it attractive for families. The long beach promenade is filled with shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars with unique views of the beach. 

Los Cristianos also has a marina where you can take a boat trip to watch dolphins and whales. You can reach Los Cristianos by car rental or by ferry from La Gomera, La Palma, and El Hierro.

6. Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas Tenerife
Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas is the most popular party destination in Tenerife, where the nightlife never stops. Apart from night bars and restaurants, the resort also offers excellent conditions for relaxing

The beach offers to tourists a large set of attractions such as diving, water and beach sports, surfing, and catamaran excursions. Several long golden beaches welcome adventurers all year round. 

Despite the dry climate, various types of tropical plants are planted everywhere. The locals have turned dry and devoid of vegetation part of the island into a real paradise garden

On the shores of Costa Adeje, you will find a beautiful and modern marina. Playa de las Americas can be reached by car, ferry, boat, or cruise ship.

7. Playa San Marcos

Playa San Marcos Tenerife
Playa San Marcos @Around Tenerife

Playa San Marcos is located in the northwestern part of Tenerife. The beach is hidden behind breathtaking views of the overhanging cliffs above Icod de Los Vinos

Playa San Marcos offers a relaxed atmosphere and cozy restaurants where you can enjoy Canarian cuisine. The views here are wonderful, especially during sunset.

The beach is covered with black sand and suitable for beach sports there are showers, sunbeds, and awnings for your convenience. San Marcos can be reached by car rental and public transport.

8. Playa del Duque

Playa del Duque Tenerife
Playa del Duque @Javier Lastras

Playa del Duque is a premium beach near Costa Adeje. It is covered with soft golden sand, crystal clear turquoise waters, and ocean breeze. This beach has a Blue Flag certificate guaranteeing the purity of the sand, seawater, and adjacent facilities. 

Throughout the alley, you will find many different bars, restaurants, and boutiques. Playa del Duque is one of the most luxurious and elegant resorts in Tenerife, offering accommodation in unique 5-star hotels. 

The beach is suitable for romantic vacations and tourists who want to complete relaxation. You can reach Playa de Duqué by taxi, bus, car rental, public transport. Next to the beach, there are ice cream parlors, parking, and taxis.

9. Playa Fanabe

Playa Fanabe
Playa Fanabe

Playa Fanabe is located in the southern part of the island of Costa Adeje. This beach is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the island country.

It is also awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness and a high standard of beach amenities such as sun loungers and showers. 

Playa Fanabe has pale yellow sand and is not as scorching as volcanic beaches. On the promenade, you can find great restaurants with local cuisine and a large number of shops. 

Playa Fanabe can be reached by public transport from any city in Tenerife or on foot if you are in Costa Adeje.

10. El Medano

El Medano Tenerife best place to stay for beaches
El Medano

El Medano beach is located in the southeastern part of Tenerife in the resort of El Medano. If you love water sports, this is your place! 

The beach reaches 2 km and is the longest beach in Tenerife. Every year, El Medano is a gathering place for surfers from around the world and hosts world kite surfing competitions.

The beach brings the real bohemian atmosphere of the Canary Islands. El Medano is the perfect place to have a great time with your family.

At its top in the rocks, you can also see the Blue Flag for purity and high standard. The water in El Medano has a unique dark blue shade that distinguishes the beach from others on the island. El Medano can be reached by car rental.

11. Playa de Benijo

Located in the Anaga Rural Park (Parque Rural de Anaga) on the very northeastern tip of Tenerife and near the quaint village of  Taganana, the Playa de Benijo is one of the most secluded and well-kept secrets beaches in Tenerife.

After driving along narrow mountain roads, you will reach the black sandy crystal-clear waters beach with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean.

The beach has big waves, it is a great place to surf, especially during the winter months.

It is isolated and unspoiled. You can’t find any hotels, restaurants or facilities.

The beach is at its most beautiful in the afternoon when the sun goes down. don’t miss it sunset when you visit this off-the-beaten-path beach.

You will find a couple of huge rocks on the beach including Roque Benijo and Roque de la Rapadura. Great spot to take photos!

If you drive to toward Anaga Senderos de Poesi, you will find a wonderful viewpoint!

12. Playa de la Tejita

Located in the South Tenerife, next to La Montaña Roja (Special Nature Reserve Red Mountain), Playa de la Tejita is a long mile beach that links by road with the fishing village of Los Abrigos and the holiday resort of El Médano.

Playa de la Tejita is the largest natural beach in Tenerife with its 1 km in length and 100 m in width.

The beach has golden, fine-grained sand,  bright and moderate waves, making it a great spot for watersports such as surfing and windsurfing. 

With the Red Moutain on the east side of the beach, it is also ideal for those wan to nudist bathing in peace!

On one side of the beach, you will find some sun loungers, umbrellas, and a small kiosk shop.,

13. Playa de los Gigantes

Located  45 minutes drive from Tenerife´s southern airport Reina Sofia, in the resort town Los Gigantes, Playa de los Guios, also known as Los Gigantes, is famous for the impressive rock cliffs up to 800 meters high.

You can check out the Archipenque Mirador viewing point, to get the best views of the cliff.

Playa de los Gigantes is a black sand beach that has sun loungers, public toilets, and a small marina area. The marina is home to numerous bars and restaurants that has views of the boats and the neighboring island of La Gomera.
You will be also close to the town of Puerto Santiago and Playa de la Arena which is a black sand beach with Blue Flag status.

The unique beaches of this island are an escape to paradise. Every beach on the island of Tenerife is charming and you won’t want to leave until you’ve visited them all. 

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