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My Top 15 of The Best Beaches in Tenerife

My Top 15 of The Best Beaches in Tenerife

Travel guide to the best sandy beaches in north and south Tenerife, Spain
My Top 15 of The Best Must Visit Beaches in Tenerife

Let’s go on an island baby! Not any island, but Tenerife!

Even if it’s already more than one year ago that I left the Canarian island, I am still daydreaming about it. Afterall, it is one of the most beautiful places in Spain!

One of my favorite things in Tenerife was its numerous beaches. There is nothing better than having a little swim during lunch break or after work. But it’s hard to choose what’s the best beach in Tenerife. 

Tenerife’s beaches vary a lot and often my weekends consisted of exploring one beach after another. You don’t have to go far to find the best Tenerife beaches.

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Tenerife beaches: Black or golden sand?

There are even beaches for every taste: party beaches, secluded beaches and those for water sports lovers.

Some even have the characteristic, black volcanic sand. This is my very personal list of the best beaches in Tenerife… in my opinion! I remain open to all your suggestions!

In total, I have traveled 3 times to Tenerife, Spain so far. Altogether I stayed on the island for 5 months for work and travel. Read more about where to stay in Tenerife based on my experiences.

Public transportation works well in the south. However, I wouldn’t consider it as an option if you want to visit the north of the island as connections are infrequent and very slow.

Although you will find some of the best beaches in south Tenerife, you really can’t miss the North of Tenerife. It’s home to some of the most scenic beaches and the most dramatic cliffs. 

Basic Travel Information to Visit Tenerife

How to get to Tenerife

By airplane to Tenerife South Airport or Tenerife North Airport. – Check here the cheapest flights to Tenerife South or flights to Tenerife North airport.

That being said, the main tourist hub can all be found close to Tenerife South Airport. – Check airport transfer to your hotel.

How to get around Tenerife

I highly recommend renting a car. Whereas public transportation is more or less reliable in the southern part of the island. It can take a long time to get from South Tenerife to Northern Tenerife.

The best way to explore Tenerife’s beaches, especially those in the north part of the island, is by renting a car.

Northern Tenerife is a gem itself and particularly if you want to do trips to Mount Teide, a rental car is the best way to go. – Check here the cheapest car rentals in Tenerife.

Where to stay in Tenerife

The question should rather be, where not to stay in Tenerife? Every part of the island has its very own particular charm.

Roughly said, the northern part of Tenerife is great for hikers, outdoor activities in Tenerife and pristine nature lovers.

I recommend the south of the island such as Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes for those who are looking for beach holidays and all the facilities of a tourist hub. It’s no secret that you’ll find many of the best beaches in south Tenerife!

Read more about where to stay in Tenerife and the best all-inclusive, Adults-Only hotels in Tenerife.

Book here the best holiday rentals in Tenerife


Best Beaches in Tenerife South

1. Abama Beach

most beautiful beaches in tenerife, overlooking of abama beach
Abama Beach

Abama Beach is a tiny sandy beach located in the south of Tenerife, between the municipalities of Playa San Juan and Marazul. It’s common knowledge that the south has many of the nicest beaches in Tenerife, and Abama proves that!

The beach is tranquil as a wave breaker has been built so that you can enjoy calm waters and go for long swims.

You can easily spend hours relaxing on the golden sand of Abama Beach. And why not? After all, relaxing and “no worries” lifestyle is one of the things Spain is known for.

Protected by the cliffs, Abama beach is a popular place to enjoy the best sunsets above the neighboring island of La Gomera.

The beach restaurant is managed by the The Ritz-Carlton, Abama *****, one of the most renowned hotels on the island. That’s why the beach bar at Abama serves such delicious food!

You can reach the beach by leaving your car at the hotel’s car park and walking down for 10 minutes.

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check here the best car rental in Tenerife.

There is also Intercity bus service (from Los Gigantes or Costa Adeje).

2. Fañabé Beach

most beautiful beaches of tenerife, spain, view of fababe beach
Fañabé in Costa Adeje

For me, Fañabé beach is the party beach of Tenerife! It is surrounded by beach clubs playing the finest electro beats while you enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Fañabé is great for people-watching too!

When looking for the most popular beaches in Tenerife south, Fañabé is a must! You can hardly avoid it as it’s located at the heart of Costa Adeje, the bustling tourist hub. Fañabé is exactly the kind of sandy beach Tenerife is known for.

It’s also just at a stone’s throw from Troya beach, which is another coveted beach in Costa Adeje. 

Fañabé is awarded the blue flag guaranteeing good water conditions and services like sun loungers, toilets, showers, etc.

Fañabé beach has pale yellow sand… it’s thus not as burning as the volcanic sand beaches. On the promenade, you’ll find a large number of shops and restaurants.

How To Get There: With public transport from any major town in Tenerife or by foot if you are based in Costa Adeje.

3. Los Guios – Gigantes Beach, Puerto Santiago

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Sunset over Los Gigantes Cliffs in Tenerife

Los Guios beach, located next to the village of Los Gigantes, is one of my favorite places to be when living in Tenerife. The best of Los Guios beach is the spectacular view on the canyons of Los Gigantes… which are some of the highest in Europe!

Besides the extraordinary beauty of the scenery, Los Guios beach is perfect for families as the waters are generally calm and the sand is black.

The only drawback is that Los Guios beach is located next to the harbor of Los Gigantes which is the departure for many whale-watching excursions. Thus, (motor) ships come and go while you’re swimming in the sea. However, I still found the water to be very clear.

This beauty of a black beach in Tenerife has without any doubt some of the most spectacular views on the southern coast. Los Guios is definitely one of the best beaches Tenerife south has to offer!

There are many restaurants and shops close to the beach. Several activities like scuba diving are offered.

How To Get There: With public transport from Costa Adeje or Icod de los Vinos or with a rental car. – Check here the best car hire in Tenerife.

4. Playa La Arena Beach

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La Arena Beach in Puerto Santiago

Las Arenas is the main beach of the municipality Puerto Santiago, in the south west of Tenerife.

It’s larger than Playa Chica and perfect for families, making it the perfect base for people looking for great things to do with kids in Tenerife. The area is also home to some of the best hotels for families in Tenerife.

It’s awarded the blue flag for its fabulous water quality and services. It has black, volcanic sand.

My favorite thing of Playa Las Arenas is the view on the neighbor island La Gomera. Sunset is just stunning here!

There are several restaurants and shops on the promenade closeby. Thus you can easily spend an entire day on Las Arenas beach. A range of diving clubs offer scuba diving courses.

How To Get There: With public transport from Costa Adeje (lines 473 and 493) or with a rental car. – Check here the best car rental in Tenerife.

5. La Tejita

Beach Playa de la Tejita turquoise in Tenerife Canary islands with red mountain
Beach Playa de la Tejita

One of the best beaches in south Tenerife is La Tejita. It is quiet, secluded and covered in red volcanic rock, which makes it very unique. On Tenerife, sandy beaches are everywhere, but the red volcanic rock is very special.

La Tejita is right next to the Montaña Roja Nature Reserve, so the view alone makes it one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife. The mountain also provides the beach with some privacy.

This privacy means it is one of the rare, hidden beaches in Tenerife, but it also means it is often used by nudists!

This beach is perfect for snorkeling and surfing, making it one of the best best beaches in Tenerife for adventures!

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check here the best car rental in Tenerife.

6. Playa del Duque

Playa el Duque in Tenerife at dawn
Playa el Duque

Playa del Duque is a beach for those who enjoy the finer things in life. As one of the most exclusive south Tenerife beaches, guests enjoy private sunbeds and other facilities.

If relaxing at Playa del Duque doesn’t make you fall in love with the sandy beaches in Tenerife, I don’t know what will. Alternatively, take a snorkeling class with a world class instructor!

For the full 5-star treatment, stay at one of the the resorts in Costa Adeje, where Playa del Duque is located. The resorts are top class with panoramic sea-view restaurants and boutique shopping centers.

If you’re looking for nice beaches in Tenerife, you can’t go wrong with Playa del Duque!

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check here the best car rental in Tenerife.

7. Las Vistas Beach, Arona

Aerial view Las Vistas beach in Arona south Tenerife
Aerial view Las Vistas beach in Arona

Las Vistas Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Tenerife south, and in fact in all of Tenerife. Because of this, it is also one of the busiest. Get there early to avoid the crowds!

This beach is lined with restaurants, shopping complexes and ice-cream sellers for those hot summer days.

This may be one of the best beaches on Tenerife, but everyone needs a break from sandy beaches, and luckily Las Vistas Beach is near Tenerife Royal Gardens.

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check here the best car rentals in Tenerife.

8. El Medano Beach

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El Medano and Montaña Roja rock

With its fine grey sand and volcanic cone Montaña Roja, El Medano beach is one of Tenerife’s most scenic beaches.

El Medano is the beach par excellence for watersport lovers. Due to its windy conditions and small waves, it is the hot spot for kite surfers and windsurfers alike. El Medano even hosted a number of international wind- and kitesurfing competitions.

Book here the best watersport activities on Tenerife

However, El Medano is also well suited if you’re looking to spend a day on the beach with the family.

Indeed, the part which is closer to the town of Granadilla de Abona has much gentler waves and along the promenade, you have several bars, restaurants, and shops.

If you are looking for nice beach pictures in Tenerife, el Medano is particularly scenic due to its beautiful, dark blue water and emblematic rock.

On top, El Medano beach is awarded the blue flag which guarantees ideal swimming conditions and top quality services.

Book here your surf, kite and windsurf lesson in Tenerife

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check here the best car rental in Tenerife.

There is also Intercity bus service (from Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje).

9. Playa de Puerto Santiago

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Puerto Santiago, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Puerto Santiago beach near Los Gigantes is “my” beach for quick swims during lunchtime, thus it will always hold a special place in my heart. It is also known as “Playa Chica”. Due to its tiny size and local charm, it’s definitely one of the best beaches in Tenerife.

With black sand, Puerto Santiago beach is very small and sheltered in a little bay. It’s located in the heart of the traditional fisher village and you’ll have beautiful views on the neighbor island of La Gomera.

In the summer, Puerto Santiago beach can be a bit crowded, there are only a few sun umbrellas.

On the 23rd of June, the San Juan bonfires are celebrated here. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and enjoy local traditions.

When visiting Puerto Santiago, you can’t miss enjoying some of the best Canarian food on the island in restaurants like La Pergola or The Fisherman’s Inn. Both of them are some of my favorite restaurants in Tenerife.

How To Get There: With public transport from Costa Adeje (lines 473 and 493) or with a rental car. – Check here the best car rentals in Tenerife. 

Best Beaches in Tenerife North

10. Benijo Beach

best beaches in tenerife, coast of benijo beach
Benijo Beach

This is without any doubt for me the best beach on Tenerife! Benijo Beach, in north Tenerife, is my favorite beach on the island for several reasons. It’s quite secluded and mostly visited by locals only.

Book here a north Tenerife rural park excursion

With its towering rocks and dramatic cliffs, you can hardly find any beach that is more scenic than Benijo Beach.

It’s nature at its finest and the sunsets are some of the best you can have on Tenerife. Without any doubt, it must figure high on any top beaches in Tenerife list.

However, you need to be careful if you’re up for a swim. The waves and tides can be very strong! When visiting Benijo beach, it’s all about rather playing in the waves, not about actual swimming.

Yet another aspect that makes Benijo Beach a highlight of your visit to Tenerife are the numerous fish restaurants located close to the beach.

Some of them offer breathtaking views over the ocean and the rocky coast. All while you’re enjoying the freshest fish and seafood.

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check car rental deals here

Book here a north Tenerife rural park excursion

11. El Bollullo, Puerto de la Cruz

Beach el Bollullo black brown sand and aqua water near Puerto de la Cruz
Beach El Bollullo

El Bolullo is another, rather secluded beach that will particularly lure nature lovers. It’s set close to Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava and boasts black, volcanic sand (which can heat up a lot during summer).

The dramatic cliffs create a sublime scenery.

El Bolullo is the perfect escape from the city and if you’re seeking for a calm beach to relax. However, as on many beaches in Tenerife’s north, you need to be careful while swimming. The waves and tides can be quite strong.

The beach can be reached on a 45 minutes walk through the banana plantations or by leaving your car at the El Bolullo restaurant. There are sun loungers for hire.

When looking for secluded beaches in Tenerife, El Bolullo is definitely a must.

Book here a north Tenerife rural park excursion

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check car hire rates here

Alternative: by walking the coastal path from Puerto de la Cruz, which is a 30-35 minutes’ walk.

12. Masca Beach

nicest beaches in tenerife, view through masca canyon to la gomera
View through Masca Canyon to La Gomera

Masca Beach is probably the most secluded beach on Tenerife…. and probably one of the hardest to reach too! It can only be reached via boat from Los Gigantes harbour or by hiking down the Masca gorge.

But that only adds to its value!

However, be aware that the Masca hike ending at Masca beach is featured in all Tenerife guides! On top, it’s considered to be one of the top things to do when traveling to Tenerife.

Thus, depending on the season, Masca can be crowded. There are no facilities at the beach, only a guy selling drinks from his portable freezer.

But anyway Masca beach is the perfect refreshment after hiking down the spectacular canyon. It’s also considered to be one of the main natural beaches in Tenerife.

Even though the Masca hike is touristy, I can only recommend it.

The village of Masca, nestled among the dramatic canyons of Los Gigantes, had no access to paved roads until the 60s and preserved its original charm.

Hiking down the gorge from Masca village to Masca beach is a unique experience that will leave you in awe with Tenerife’s nature. Because of this, Masca beach is definitely one of the best beaches in Tenerife for anyone who loves the outdoors!

Book here a hiking tour of Tenerife

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a guided tour as it’s the most convenient way. These tours include pick up and drop off at your hotel.

If you go by rental car, you’ll need to leave your car in Santiago and take a taxi to Masca village. Once you hiked down Masca gorge and got transferred to Los Gigantes marina (don’t forget to book your boat taxi in advance in an agency), you’ll need to take another taxi up to Santiago again.

Unless you hike down Masca gorge and hike it all up again!

Book here your guided hike through the Masca gorge

13. Las Teresitas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

best beaches in tenerife, spain, the sandy beaches of las teresitas
Happy at Las Teresitas

Las Teresitas, the most famous beach in the north of the island, is one of the legendary beaches of Tenerife. It is considered as being the main beach of the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Book here a north Tenerife rural park excursion

The golden sand of Las Teresitas beach has been imported from the Sahara and the palm trees create great scenery for a day at the beach. Waters are calm and there are many food stalls serving traditional Canarian food.

This Santa Cruz Tenerife beach is the perfect place to spend a day at the beach, be it alone, with your kids or with friends.

On Sundays, Las Teresitas is very popular among the residents of Santa Cruz and salsa music is being played during the afternoons. Be ready for a little dance!

Book here a north Tenerife rural park excursion

How To Get There: With public transport from Santa Cruz de Tenerife or with a rental car. – Check car hire in Tenerife here

14. Playa Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz

Playa Martianez,  Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Playa Martianez, Puerto de la Cruz

Playa Martianez is very unique on Tenerife because of it’s black sand beach. Tenerife may be full of sandy beaches, but the black volcanic sand makes this one extra beautiful.

It is very popular with surfers, and there is a surf school on the beach. If you want to learn how to surf on the north Tenerife beaches, this is the perfect beach!

Although it is near to the famous Playa Jardin, Playa Martianez is one of the most hidden beaches Tenerife has to offer.

Book here a north Tenerife rural park excursion

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. – Check here the best car rental in Tenerife.

15. Antequera Beach, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Sunrise in Antequera, Tenerife.
Sunrise at Antequera Beach

Antequera is one of the most north Tenerife beaches, and most secluded. It remains one of the most hidden beaches on Tenerife because it is difficult to get to on foot.  – Book here a hiking tour of Tenerife

It is about a four hour hike, and not an easy one. Alternatively, the beach can be reached by boat.

But if you can get to Antequera beach, it is worth it because this might be the nicest beach in Tenerife!

The views are stunning and the water so clear you can see the sandy bottom!

Book here a north Tenerife rural park excursion

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. Check here the best car rental in Tenerife.


Best Beaches in Tenerife Map

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Before You Go: Top Tips for your Trip 

To make the most of your trip, I recommend Lonely Planet Tenerife


Short FAQ about Tenerife Beaches

What are the beaches like in Tenerife?

The beaches in Tenerife are beautiful, sandy and great for relaxing. Some are exclusive, some are hidden!

What are the best beaches in Tenerife for families?

Some of the beaches are more family friend then others (some of them are nudist beaches!). Los Guios and La Arena are particularly great for families.

What are the best beaches in Tenerife for snorkeling?

There are many great beaches in Tenerife for snorkeling, but two of the best are La Tejita and Playa del Duque.

And if you can’t get enough of Tenerife beaches, have a look at my web story about the best beaches in Tenerife.



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Thursday 17th of December 2020

Such a fantastic blog! Thank you for letting me know about the tour. I wanted to learn more about Visiting Tenerife and Canary Islands.

Paulina

Friday 25th of October 2019

Hello dear, many thanks for your kind comment. Indeed I miss it a lot! The people are so kind, the food amazing and the weather is just a dream! There are still many places that were not invaded by mass tourism such as the north or Los Gigantes. Fanabé is quite touristy, I hope you can go back someday and enjoy the other side of Tenerife. Let me know when you need tips!

Alexandra Wrigley

Monday 19th of August 2019

I've visited Tenerife a few times a year when I was young. It was my go-to family holiday destination. I went that frequently I had a disliking to the island. However, you've proved my perception wrong. The only beach I'd visited here was Fañabé. There are some gorgeous beaches on that list that look like they're not filled with tourists. You're making me have wanderlust again! I bet it must have been dreamy to visit a different beach each weekend. Do you not miss it?