My Top 10 of The Best Beaches in Tenerife

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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. One of my favorite things in Tenerife were 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. There are 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 regard! I remain open to all your suggestions!

The opinions of this post are based upon my stay in Tenerife. In total, I traveled 3 times to Tenerife so far. All together I stayed on the island for 5 months for work and travel. Read more about where to stay in Tenerife.

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

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. You 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.

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. 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. 

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. 

Read more about where to stay in Tenerife and the best hotels in Tenerife.

Book here the best holiday rentals in Tenerife


1. Benijo Beach

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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. 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 here the best car rental in Tenerife.

2. Abama Beach

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Abama Beach

Abama Beach is a tiny sandy beach located in the south of Tenerife, between the municipalities of Playa San Juan and Marazul. 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. 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 Hotel 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).

3. El Bollullo

El Bolullo is another, rather secluded beach which 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.

How To Get There: It’s strongly advised to visit with a rental car. Check here the best car rental in Tenerife. Alternative: by walking the coastal path from Puerto de la Cruz, which is a 30-35 minutes’ walk.

4. Masca Beach

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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.

Read more here about hiking down the Masca gorge

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!

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5. 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.

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).

6. Las Teresitas

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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.

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. It’s 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!

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

7. Fañabé Beach

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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. 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.

8. Los Guios – Gigantes Beach

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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 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. 

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 rental in Tenerife.

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 23th 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 rental in Tenerife. 

10. 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. 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 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.


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