Ahh, what a nice weather we are enjoying today in South Tenerife… 28th October and 28ºC!!!! I went out with clients and the whole place is really busy, full of life under the sun. If I were not working I am sure I would be on the beach.
But what beach would you prefer? There are fantastic beaches in South Tenerife from Los Gigantes to El Médano. Let’s have a look.
PLAYA DE LOS GUIOS – LOS GIGANTES (SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE)
This is a fine black sand beach located close to the yacht marina, enjoying spectacular views of the nearest Los Gigantes cliffs. The beach offers sunbeds, parasols and pedal boats rentals. There is also a bar-restaurant.
PLAYA DE LA ARENA – PUERTO SANTIAGO (SANTIAGO DEL TEIDE)
In the heart of the turistic resort of Puerto Santiago, this beach is 120 metres long with fine volcanic sand and a full range of facilities. There are a number of restaurants and shops, and the nearby hotels make for one of the most family-friendly beaches for locals and visitors alike.
PLAYA DE ABAMA (GUIA DE ISORA)
This golden sand beach was designed for the luxury hotel Abama but it is accessible to all visitors. It is located shortly before Playa de San Juan. It is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches on Tenerife. Located on a beautiful bay it is sheltered from the wind and has a wave-breaker in addition so waters here are always smooth. It takes about 30 minutes walking from the parking to reach the bay, reason why this is not a very frequented beach but it is a good spot to catch the famous guests of Abama Golf and Spa Resort.
PLAYA DE SAN JUAN (GUIA DE ISORA)
This golden sand beach of quiet waters is ideal for having a swim or to have a meal in one of the great fish restaurants along the seafront of Playa San Juan village. It offers all kinds of services (sunbeds, parasols, foot showers, changing rooms and toilets). It offers as well the practice of different water sports, such as canoeing or sailing. There is a nice promenade along the beach and a recently restored old lime kiln dated from the 19th century.
PLAYA DE LA JAQUITA – ALCALA (GUIA DE ISORA)
This black sand beach has been recently created in the village of Alcalá with a nice wooden promenade with benches and showers. Two great rock pools have been enclosed at each end to create safe natural bathing areas. This new area is only improving. At the end of the beach, Alcalá offers nice coffee bars and restaurants to enjoy the whole day. At Alcalá beach it is possible to swim with the wild turtles that live in these calm waters.
PLAYA DE AJABO – CALLAO SALVAJE (ADEJE)
Playa de Ajabo is a black sand beach recently improved in Callao Salvaje with a beautiful promenade, parasols and showers and a new café area. This beach is about 100 m long and it is close to all bars and restaurants in Callao Salvaje.
PLAYA DEL PUERTITO – ARMEÑIME (ADEJE)
Despite all hotels and turistic resorts, El Puertito has remained largely untouched, a traditional Canarian fishing village on the coast below Adeje. There is a couple of bars to have some snacks to enjoy the beach views and the relaxeing atmosphere, especially if you feel like avoiding hoards of tourists as this place is not found in travel guides, mostly known by locals. Anolther great bay to swim with turtles and a paradise for divers.
PLAYA DE LA ENRAMADA – LA CALETA (ADEJE)
Playa de la Enramada Beach is located close to the fishing village of La Caleta. This old pebble beach has been remodelled to make it easier for bathing. It is a quiet waters beach now covered with fine, volcanic sand produced by grinding down the original pebbles and excavating sand from the seabed around Los Cristianos beach.
PLAYA DEL DUQUE – COSTA ADEJE
A beach of fine golden sand located in one of the newest areas of Costa Adeje and bordered by a lovely seafront promenade, which joins together over 8 beaches. The sea is calm and the beach extends for almost 700 metres. Playa del Duque has all the services you would expect from such high quality surroundings. There is a sun lounger and parasol service, as well as parking, restaurants, bars, showers, changing rooms, toilets and telephones.
PLAYAS DE TORVISCAS Y FAÑABE (COSTA ADEJE)
On the coast of Costa Adeje, one of the main tourist resorts in Tenerife, the neighbouring beaches of Torviscas and Fañabé make up one long, sandy beach. The sea is mainly calm. These beaches offer a complete range of facilities and a great atmosphere of non-stop fun. They are joined by one long, popular promenade where many people relax and enjoy the beautiful sunshine at some of the best-known beaches in Tenerife. Very good area surrounded by bars, restaurants, shopping centres, parkings, etc.
PLAYA DE LA PINTA (COSTA ADEJE)
Located next to Puerto Colon, one of the principle marinas on the island. This is a protected golden sand beach with good infrastructure, ideal for children due to its calm water and entertainment. Provided with security guards, sun beds, sunshades, parking, restaurants, bars, showers, handicap friendly access and taxi rank.
PLAYA DEL BOBO (COSTA ADEJE)
Playa del Bobo is one of the oldest beaches in South Tenerife. It is a small volcanic sand beach located in the heart of Playa de Las Américas, surrounded by bars and restaurants. It is very easy to walk to this beach from the main bus station in Las Américas. An urban oasis between hotels, it also offers a nice grass area under the palm trees to stop and relax on a warm day.
PLAYAS DE TROYA I Y II (COSTA ADEJE)
These long beaches together were the first beaches at Costa Adeje, the real heart of Playa de las Américas. They have fine golden sand and calm seas and are located in a very central area. The sea is great for practising water sports. There is a lifeguard service, sun loungers and parasols for hire, parking, restaurants, bars, showers, changing rooms and a taxi rank and bus stop nearby.
PLAYA DEL CABEZO GRANDE (ARONA)
This is a rocky beach ideal for the practice of sport waters, especially surfing. Big waves and great atmosphere in bars and restaurants.
PLAYA DEL CAMISON (ARONA)
El Camisón is located between Los Cristianos and Las Américas. It is 120 metres long and makes up part of a continuous succession of beaches which are occasionally separated by a line of stones laid on the sand. As with all these beaches it has a wide range of services and facilities both on the beach and just the other side of the promenade. A popular beach throughout the year, it offers a range of enjoyable water sports and an easy-going atmosphere. Swimming conditions are excellent due to the breakwater, which protects the beach from currents and waves. On this beach it is located the Mare Nostrum Beach Club, a place to relax right in front of the sea.
PLAYA DE LAS VISTAS (ARONA)
Las Vistas is one of the longest and most popular beaches in the south of Tenerife. It has a wide range of facilities, and its fine golden sand comes from the surrounding seabed. It is located between the resorts of Los Cristianos and Las Américas and thanks to its breakwater, which protects it from waves and ocean currents, the sea is calm and ideal for swimming. A fountain, with a very contemporary design capable of shooting seawater high into the sky, is one of this beach’s unique features. This beach offers the “adapted bathing wheelchair service”, boasting technical aid (amphibious chairs and crutches) which allows users to access the sea in a comfortable and safe manner. This service is provided by the Arona town hall and it is totally free of any charge but it needs to be booked in advance.
PLAYA DE LOS CRISTIANOS (ARONA)
Even in the 1960s, Los Cristianos beach was already attracting some of the first tourists arriving to the south of Tenerife in search of sun and relaxation. It is 400 metres long with golden sand and protected by a port that bears the same name. The beach is at the end of the Marine Walk that begins in the town of Los Cristianos, a lively tourist resort with all the facilities you would expect from an important resort town. A place full of life day and night.
PLAYA DE PALM MAR (ARONA)
Although this is a rocky beach, it is at the moment in the process of being converted into a wonderful sandy beach. Palm Mar and its beach are considered natural reserve and it is paradise for divers and marine biologists.In addition, Palm Mar has a recently opened Beach Club with chill out area, sandy beach, special cocktails, great restaurant and bar, life music and balinese beds, offering during the day all type of sports activities such as volley beach, massages and yacht tours.
PLAYA DE LAS GALLETAS (ARONA)
Las Galletas is a Canarian fishing village in next to the turistic resort called “Costa del Silencio”. Las Galletas has a beach of black sand and pebbles, down by the fishing harbour, next to the sea front promenade. Las Galletas is a busy town with shcools, sport facilities, bars and very good fish restaurants.
PLAYA DE SAN BLAS – GOLF DEL SUR (SAN MIGUEL DE ABONA)
Playa de San Blas is located outside the prestigious “Sandos” hotel and next to Golf del Sur turistic resort. It is a very quiet rocky beach close to a natural park. Golf del Sur offers a very good golf course and a good selection of different style bars and restaurants.
PLAYA DE LA TEJITA (GRANADILLA DE ABONA)
Connected to El Médano beach via the Montaña Roja nature reserve is La Tejita beach, a one-kilometre long beach of fine golden sand that is set well away from the town. Right next to the spectacular Montaña Roja is this small cove which makes a cosy beach, mainly used by nudists. This beach has no facilities, except a small stand selling drinks. However, it is exactly this natural environment, its clean sand, and calm waters that attract visitors to this beach.
PLAYA DE EL MEDANO (GRANADILLA DE ABONA)
El Médano is a Canarian fishing village which has become a popular seaside resort. It is the longest beach on the island, a two-kilometre stretch of fine golden sand that ends at the volcanic cone “Montaña Roja”. The surrounding area is a protected nature reserve due to its important ecological value. El Médano offers all the facilities as a Canarian town and as a turistic resort and it has a very pleasant seafront walk to stroll along. Half of this beach is located next to the village.
The other half stands out for being the ideal place to go windsurfing. The winds in this area, especially from spring to September, do not deter other beachgoers who enjoy the calm, shallow waters of this beach and a family-friendly atmosphere where locals and tourists from all over the world mix happily together.