Tenerife is a beach lover’s paradise.
When we’re faced with those dreary winter days, we’re thinking of the sunkissed shores of the Canary Islands. Tenerife offers coastlines with a difference. The soft white (or sometimes black) sand and turquoise ocean waters come with a backdrop of mountains and volcanoes. There are not many places on Earth that can boast this.
From bustling beaches around the holiday resorts to secluded, picturesque coves, Tenerife’s coastline is as dramatic as the volcano from which it formed. Here are our pick of the beaches you need to visit in Tenerife.
Playa Fanabe and Playa Torviscas – Costa Adeje
When picking out somewhere to stay in Tenerife, Costa Adeje tends to top the bill. Aside from the wealth of bars, restaurants and hotels it is the twin beaches of Playa Fanabe and Playa Torviscas that keep bringing people back.
These white sand beaches provide the focal point of the resort and are lively both day and night. As the sun shines over Tenerife, it is a scene of sunbathing and building sandcastles while in the evening the promenade is lined with holidaymakers enjoying the sunset.
Playa de la Enramada – Costa Adeje
Despite Costa Adeje’s popularity, it does still retain a slice of tranquility in the form of Playa de la Enramada. Situated at the northern tip of the resort, it is the ideal place for a slightly more relaxed afternoon.
Take a pleasant evening stroll along the quiet shore and you will find the charming fishing village of La Caleta. It is an excellent tonic when Costa Adeje becomes busy in the peak season and gives you a glimpse into traditional Tenerife life.
La Tejita Beach – La Tejita
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Tenerife is blessed with pretty dramatic scenery and La Tejita Beach is an excellent snapshot of this. Perched on one of the southernmost parts of the island, this secluded beach is dominated by La Montana Roja – The Red Mountain.
The volcano forms part of a protected area and compliments one of Tenerife’s largest natural beaches. It is an excellent spot for water sports with surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing popular in the region.
Playa Jardin – Puerto de la Cruz
Playa Jardin is easily Tenerife’s most recognised beach. This unique ‘garden beach’ is a real technicolour affair with the black sand contrasting with the vibrant green of the palm trees and cacti that populate the adjoining promenade.
This amazing creation is the brainchild of Cesar Manrique, a Canarian artist, who had a vision of creating a man-made coastline. The result is a beach of ecological brilliance which is enjoyed by holidaymakers, locals and surfers alike.
Playa de las Teresitas – Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Playa de las Teresitas has a 1950s spy thriller vibe to it. Surrounded by mountains and winding roads, you can just imagine a Sean Connery-era James Bond snaking his way along in an open top Aston Martin with Ursula Andress or Daniela Bianchi in the passenger seat.
This man-made beach is lined with palm trees and is a massive hit with daytrippers from the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The beach even uses sand imported directly from the Sahara desert.
Playa las Vistas – Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos is another popular holiday destination, so naturally it needs to have a beach to match these expectations. It’s not a worry as Playa las Vistas delivers in abundance to create the quintessential environment for families.
Hire a sun lounger and parasol and spend the day soaking up the sun, building sandcastles or paddle in the shallow waters. As you would expect, Playa las Vistas is complimented with a series of cafes, restaurants and bars.
Playa la Troya – Playa de las Americas
Tenerife likes to let its hair down every now and then and when you want to join the fun, Playa la Troya is the place to be. The beach is home to two of the most popular beach clubs in La Troya – Monkey Beach Club and Papagayo Beach Club.
However, it also is an excellent place to chill out during the day. The sprawling sands ensure you have plenty of room to lay down your towel and cool off in the ocean waters.
Los Gigantes – Santiago del Teide
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At the opposite end of the spectrum to Playa la Troya is the secluded paradise of Los Gigantes. Situated on the western tip of Tenerife, it feels like a part of the island that is yet to be discovered by anyone.
It is an oasis of calm with only the crash of the waves and the breeze whistling along the cliff faces to break the silence. If you want to see Tenerife in all its unspoilt glory then Los Gigantes is an absolute must.
If you like the sound of exploring the beautiful beaches of Tenerife then start planning your next adventure with Sunmaster. We have huge range of package breaks available to Tenerife and the rest of the Canary Islands with deposits starting at just £49pp. Head to www.sunmaster.co.uk to find your dream holiday today.