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Tenerife’s Best Beaches – A Quick Guide

Wondering what the best beaches are in Tenerife? You are not the only one. Many people ask this question regularly. The ones who answer usually answer with which beach is their favourite, not which one is best.

If you want to be pointed in the direction of a suitable beach know what your preferences are. Some people love going to resort beaches where they have access to bars and restaurants. Other people are looking for a more remote locale, and still others want to enjoy something in between. With these things in mind, here are our best offerings when it comes to the best Tenerife beaches for people of all tastes.

The Best Family Beaches in Tenerife

La Pinta
La Pinta

Playa Pinta at Puerto Colon is the best for families. This 180-m long beach is in the heart of Costa Adeje. Almost completely closed in by breakwaters, it is ideal for young children because the waters are so calm. A nearby water park makes for extra fun for everyone in the family. The beach is also close to budget friendly restaurants.

Best Water-fun Tenerife Beach

Playa Fañabe in Costa Adeje offers 600 m of fun via banana boats, parascending and pedalos. There are also plenty of bars to keep you from getting too hot and thirsty. Enjoy crazy golf or relax on a Balinese bed. If having action on the beach is your thing, this is the beach for you.

Extreme Water Sports in Tenerife

El Médano is the beach to go when you want extreme water-sport fun. Enjoy kiteboarding and windsurfing along with longboard surfing. The wind is pretty much permanent which guarantees all the action you need for your water sports. This attractive beach is also less frequented by tourists so you can take up as much room as you like when paddling out.

Tenerife’s Best Remote Beach

For remote seclusion and the exotic beauty of black sands, hit El Bollullo on the La Orotava coast. This beach is also near Puerto de la Cruz which offers some good sightseeing for anyone who feels like taking a jaunt. Stroll along these long, quiet beaches which do have a wild side and some bars. You will not be completely cut off from civilization but you will truly feel like you have gotten away from it all.

Quiet Water Beach for Gentle Swims

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Las Teresitas

The golden Playa de las Teresitas just outside of Santa Cruz is among the most stunning beaches to see on the island. It can be breezy, though. For a quieter beach, visit Teresitas which is a manmade reef. Swimming is gentle and easy here.

Top Resort Beach on Tenerife

Top resort beaches include Playa de las Vistas which is between Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. Playa del Duque is a lot more beautiful. The luxury hotels the line the beach are unique and all the restaurants and bars have a degree of sophistication. The beach is cut off from the southern resorts, so it adds to its appeal. There is a mock castle there to add to its vibe.

Best Nude Beach

Playa de la Tejita near El Médano is Tenerife’s most popular beach to get tan all over. Just spread out where you like along this kilometer-long beach. There is even a slightly more protected cove on the eastern end of this beach for more modest sunbathers.

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An open letter to Tenerife* Restaurant Managers

I’m sure some of you can relate to this and would probably be able to add a few more things to the list.

A Brummie Home and Abroad

Dear Tenerife* Restaurant Owners and Managers,

(*Insert other resort here where applicable)

I would like to take this opportunity to chat to you about your “greeters” or “PRs” or “Front of House Staff” or whatever term you use.  Personally, I call them nuisances.  And this is the polite term.  I would like to make some suggestions on how NOT to lure me into your restaurant
Do not:
  • Chase me down the road
  • Lay your hands on me
  • Bully me or harass me, or insult me in your language. I know from the tone if not the actual words.
  • Continue talking after I’ve politely said “no thanks”
  • Tell me that I won’t be disappointed. You are setting me up to be disappointed.
  • Promise me free stuff. Let the free stuff be a surprise
  • Tell me that you offer the best Mexican food in Tenerife whilst wearing a sombrero and waving around a…

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4 Reasons Why Tenerife Is So Popular

Among the seven islands that make up the Canary Islands, Tenerife is the biggest one. Its pleasant climate makes it an extremely popular holiday destination in Europe. Everyone will find something to do here and enjoy their vacation to the full.

There are different types of landscapes in Tenerife, that’s what makes it an excellent choice for a vacation; the variety is unprecedented. It is a safe place to visit with family and also very affordable compared to the other destinations in Europe.

Here are four reasons why this island is so popular with tourists worldwide.

1. The Third Highest Volcano in the World


The volcanic area of Las Canadas del Teide National Park is the most visited place in Spain. You will love the spectacular vistas and scenery. You can climb the Teide volcano by cable car and enjoy the great view from the top. While climbing, you will see the moon like landscape as you ascend and have an incredible view of the island.

2. Beautiful Natural Surroundings


You will find many easy-to-follow trails in Tenerife. There are more than twenty trails that go through Teide National Park. You can also visit Teno Rural Park or an incredible mountain region called Anaga slightly north of the volcano.

3. Different Types of Beaches


The beaches of Tenerife have different colours. Some are black volcanic sand like Playa Jardin. The artificial beach of Las Teresitas has golden sand from the Sahara Desert.

In areas like Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, the colour of the sand varies from grey to yellow.

4. Outdoor Activities


You can enjoy a variety of outdoor sports in Tenerife at any time of the year. The place is famous for water sports due to the availability of beaches with perfect conditions. You can enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, fishing, windsurfing, surfing, and so much more.

The network of paths in Tenerife is very extensive.
Hiking in Tenerife has become very popular and has earned recognition from the international bodies. There are hiking trails of different levels of difficulty dotted right across the island.
Tenerife is also renowned for its professional golf courses which accommodate players of all levels throughout the year.

The island is great for both a romantic vacation and a family holiday where all types of choices are available making sure that all tastes are catered for. Everyone will find something to enjoy.

There are also lots of different types of accommodation to choose from. You will get hotels at various budget levels. The living cost is lower here compared to other places on mainland Europe.

The food is delicious, fresh, and there are great selections of restaurants and cuisines to choose from when you’re on the island.


There is always a fiesta or celebration going on which gets all the locals to participate and celebrate life in many ways.
As a holiday destination, Tenerife is hard to beat and should be visited at least once in your lifetime.

Sites like Tenerife Forum can offer in depth advice on things to do on the island and information about how to get the most out of your visit.

You can also read more fascinating information from this list of our favourite Tenerife blogs.