The many beaches which surround Tenerife’s shoreline are primarily a mixture of golden sands, white sands, black (volcanic) sands, pebbles, rocks and shingle, and there are literally dozens of them dotted all around the island -and so I thought it would be pertinent to select only four of them -one from each of the four points of the compass -NORTH, SOUTH, EAST and WEST -in that precise order.
Playa Bollullo is a black (volcanic) sandy beach, hidden away from the tourists prying eyes at Tenerife’s northern coastal resort of Puerto De la Cruz. This secluded stretch of sand, which is mostly frequented by the locals, is only accessible on foot, but once reached, both sun-lovers and beach-combers alike will not feel like castaways on a Robinson Crusoe Island, for there is not-only a small snack-bar ready to serve the most weary traveller with a variety of beverages -but there is also a large restaurant further-down the beach -for the more discerning diner.
Apart from being one of Tenerife’s most popular beaches, Playa De Las Vistas in Los Cristianos, is also one of the cleanest on the island. Indeed, it has won the prestigious Blue-Flag Award on several occasions, for being one of the most eco-friendly seashore spots in the whole of Europe. Playa De Las Vistas boasts all of the usual seaside amenities, such as sun-beds, umbrellas, showers and hammocks -along with a varied selection of beach-bars, food-stalls and restaurants.
I truly believe that Playa Las Terisitas is the jewel in Tenerifes crown when it comes to beaches -thanks to almost 300,000 tonnes of Saharan sand, which has literally transformed the whole bay area into one big tropical paradise. Dotted with a handful of chiringito’s (beach-bars) where one can feel the warm sand shifting under ones feet, whilst enjoying the tentative chill of an ice-cold beer, before taking a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean, to cool-down a seriously-tanned body that has been roasted-alive by that great fireball in the sky, is what makes life worth living for all the sun-worshipers of this world -yours-truly included.
Playa Abama is reputedly Tenerife’s finest beach, boasting a bed of creamy-white sand, which is surrounded by warm turquoise seas -and normally frequented by only a sprinkling of holiday-makers at any given time, thus giving it the aura of an unspoiled Caribbean hideaway. Situated on the coast of Guia de Isora, adjacent to Playa San Juan on the west coast of Tenerife, this 150m long by 30m wide bay is sheltered from the winds by huge rocky cliffs, thus adding even more grandeur to this picturesque haven of paradise.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Ackerman @ Flickr