Tenerife, the volcanic island of the Canary archipelago also famous for the passage of Christopher Columbus before the discovery of the Americas, breathtaking landscapes, mountains overlooking the sea, lush flora and fauna, such as turtles, but also full of beaches.
Tenerife, like all the other Canary Islands, enjoys the best climate in the world, where temperatures are almost constant throughout the year, and the water temperature fluctuates between 20 degrees in winter and 25 in summer, this allows to be able to swim in the most beautiful beaches of Tenerife.
Let’s find out the 10 best beaches in Tenerife
In this article I want to share with you the beaches that in my opinion deserve a visit, obviously beauty is subjective and we all have different needs and tastes.
In fact, there are still wild beaches that can only be reached on foot surrounded by breathtaking views and beaches equipped with sunbeds, shops and a promenade suitable for families with children.
Although my passion for diving is unconditional, Tenerife is not only perfect for guided dives but also for beaches.
Before seeing which are the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife, we must keep in mind how to get to Tenerife and how to get around.
To reach Tenerife it is necessary to take the plane or the ship.
I recommend reaching Tenerife by ship for people who want to take long holidays with their own car or camper, perhaps also visiting the other islands, departures are weekly from the peninsula in the ports of Huelva or Cadiz and the duration is more or less 36 hours arriving at the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the north of the island.
To reach Tenerife by plane, there are two airports, one in the north used mostly by national and internal flights to the islands which is located two kilometers from San Cristobal de la Laguna, the second airport of Tenerife, Reina Sofia, is located in the south of the island, 25 minutes from the tourist center of Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, all airports are conveniently served by bus and taxi.
The best way to get around Tenerife, in my opinion, is to have a car, because it gives you the opportunity to visit the many beaches, mountains, natural forests and the wonder of nature, the Teide volcano.
You can easily find Rent Car directly at the airport, there are numerous rental companies and my personal advice, be wary of unauthorized renters as the cars do not have suitable safety and insurance requirements.
Here are the 10 most beautiful beaches to see in Tenerife
Playa del Duque, Costa Adeje
Beach in the south of Tenerife on the Adeje coast, equipped with umbrella beds, showers, shops and ample car parking, they say it is among the most beautiful in the south, safe for swimming and for enjoying a sunset over the sea. Nearby there are restaurants and shops and services of all kinds.
Las Vistas beach
Beach in the south of Tenerife located in the center of Los Cristianos par excellence the best from the point of view of safety, services also for disabled people and comfort, suitable for families and children, it offers sunbeds, umbrellas, volleyball courts, bars and restaurants, parking car.
Its crystal clear waters also allow you to dive.
Playa del Médano
Natural beach suitable for water sports lovers.
Blown almost all year round by the hot wind of the Sahara desert, it offers everyone the opportunity to do Kite Surf and Wind Surf.
Windsurfers and kite-boarders give spectators jumps and acrobatics that make it enjoyable even for those who don’t practice these sports.
Also worth a visit to see the colorful kites fly.
Nearby there are bars and restaurants.
Playa de Las Teresitas
Among the most famous and photographed beaches of Tenerife we find Playa de Las Teresitas near the capital Santa Cruz which, despite having been created with the sand of the Sahara desert, offers a splendid landscape between fine golden sand and palm trees.
Ideal for swimming in the turquoise sea, being sheltered by a cliff it is also suitable for children.
Convenient for parking, complete with all services, such as bars, sunbeds with umbrellas and bathrooms.
Also accessible by bus from the city.
Playa de La Tejita
One of the best beaches in Tenerife is La Tejita, with its 2 km of still pristine sand.
It offers few services, in fact umbrellas and services are only in a small part near the suggestive Montaña Roja which, among other things, you can easily reach the summit and enjoy a wonderful panorama of the sea and mountains.
Being exposed to the east often and windy.
Convenient dirt parking and to get to the beach you have to walk for about 300 meters.
A small part of the beach is also used by nudists, while all the rest is for non-naturists.
Playa de La Arena
Located in the south of the island, this shimmering black sand beach offers toilets, bars and restaurants.
Umbrellas and sunbeds are really cheap to spend a pleasant day.
Easy enough to find parking along the main road.
For snorkelers on the sides of the beach there are rocks where you can see colorful fish.
The only flaw of the beach (if it can be defined that way) is that on sunny summer days it is impossible to walk barefoot due to the temperature of the sand!
Playa del Bollullo, La Orotava
Located in the north of the island, this volcanic sand beach is a little treasure among the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife.
Reachable only on foot among banana groves and paths on the cliffs, it does not offer services, but the landscape and the tranquility of the beach guarantee the show.
Reaching this beach is not very easy due to the path to be followed but it is worth a visit.
Playa de Los Gigantes
Among the best beaches in Tenerife we also find Playa de Los Gigantes, so named for the beauty of its giant cliffs of almost a thousand meters overlooking the sea.
It offers services and bars nearby.
Ideal for pure nature lovers.
Located south of Tenerife, in the municipality of Guìa de Isora we also find Playa Abama, which is located in a bay sheltered by rocks.
The beach is located inside the hotel but being free it can be used safely. By parking your car in a public car park, you go down a pedestrian path to the beach which offers sunbeds and umbrellas.
Ideal for swimming in the natural pools that form between the nearby rocks.
Located in the south of Tenerife, within the municipality of Guía de Isora, Playa Abama is inside a sheltered bay. While the beach is within a hotel area, it’s accessible for public use. Nearby parking is available, and a pedestrian path leads to the beach, offering sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach is ideal for swimming in the natural pools formed among the nearby rocks.
Playa Jardín, Puerto de la Cruz
Located in the north of Tenerife, this black beach in Puerto de la Cruz offers a striking view of Pico del Teide.
Surrounded by vegetation, not very suitable for swimming due to the often rough sea conditions.
It has sunbeds and umbrellas to relax and enjoy nature