Beaches in Tenerife, Los Gigantes black sand beach.

Tenerife Beaches

Being an island, Tenerife has many beaches. Some are pristine natural beaches with black volcanic sands. Others are family beaches, nudist beaches, black stone beaches, and then there's the popular beaches. Some of Tenerife beaches have sand imported from the Saharan desert. 

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Here's a closer look at just some of the Tenerife beaches. You'll find the major touristy beaches/award winning beaches in the South of Tenerife at the main popular tourist spots.

El Medano beach, Tenerife
El Medano

A two-mile stretch of beach that is a favourite with both wind and kitesurfers alike because yes, it's always windy. There are plenty of hire places to get you kitted up, along with shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and places to get your ice cream.

The beach is well maintained and the waters clean. The sand is naturally light in colour and there are sand dunes at the back, further away there is the red rock, formed from volcanic activity a long time ago.

El Medano is approx a 17-minute drive from Tenerife - La Bodega.

Playa de las vistas, Tenerife.
Playa de Las Vistas (Cristianos new beach)

Considered by many as the best beach in the south, this long sweep of golden sands between Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas is one of the most popular and longest beaches on the island.

At the waters edge, a large fountain sprays seawater. This is the central focus of the beach. The waters are sheltered and there are numerous watersports for hire.

A 20-minute drive from Tenerife - La Bodega.

Playa del Duque beach, Costa Adeje, Tenerife.
Playa del Duque (Costa Adeje)

A black sand beach that was upgraded in the nineties when the white sand from the seabed was pumped and deposited on top. It is bordered by sandstone cliffs that act as a breakwater. The prices are a bit higher round here, thanks to the numerous five star hotels and upmarket restaurants.

A 21-minute drive from Tenerife - La Bodega.

Playa de Torviscas, Tenerife.
Playa de Torviscas

One of the largest of the Tenerife beaches, with fine-grained volcanic grey sand, clear waters and little wind, it is in one of the most touristic areas on the island. The waves are small, thanks to the breakwaters and water sports are also available from this beach.

A 24-minute drive from Tenerife - La Bodega.

Playa de los Guios, Los Gigantes, Tenerife beach.
Playa de los Guios

This is a small mostly untouched, natural black sand beach with generally calm waters on the west of the island, which offers great views because it's located at the foot of the majestic cliffs of Los Gigantes. The cliffs rise up to 500m, and at the nearby harbour you'll find places to eat and enjoy leisure activities, such as boat trips to see the whales and dolphins.

A 60-minute ride from Tenerife - La Bodega.

Playa Jardin beach, Puerto de la cruz.
Playa Jardin

A mile of black sand beach on the edge of Puerto de la Cruz, not far from Loro Park. The name translates from Spanish to garden beach, and that's exactly what it is. There are exotic gardens, palm trees, yuccas and flora. It really is pretty! And there's a promenade to walk along.

The waves can be big here and there's a small section of the beach open to surfers.

This Tenerife beach is approx 90 minutes from Tenerife - La Bodega, on the other side of the island.

Playa de las Teresitas beach, Santa cruz, Tenerife.
Playa de las Teresitas

In the 70s, 270,000 tons of white sand was imported from the then Spanish Sahara (now part of Morocco) to make three beaches of mostly rocks and a little black sand into one big beach for the people of the nearby capital Santa Cruz.

It is now a crescent-shaped bay of golden sands, bordered with palm trees and protected by a man-made reef where small fishing boats are moored. Behind the beach stand the majestic Anaga Mountains, a national park with the most endemic species in Europe. It’s a definitely worth a drive up there.
Approx 70 minutes away via car from Tenerife - La Bodega.

Playa del Roque de las Bodegas beach, tenerife.
Playa del Roque de las Bodegas

This isn't just about the beach but also the journey. It's on the northern tip of the island. To get there, you need to pass Santa Cruz and go through the winding roads of the beautiful Anaga Mountains, a protected natural landscape, to this secluded natural black sand beach scattered with flat stones.

There you'll find a promThis isn't just about the beach but also the journey. It's on the northern tip of the island. To get there, you need to pass Santa Cruz and go through the winding roads of the beautiful Anaga Mountains, a protected natural landscape, to this secluded natural black sand beach scattered with flat stones.

There you'll find a promenade, a few fish restaurants and the big black rocks that give it its name. The waves are big here, but chances are you'll have the beach mostly to yourself.

A 95-minute drive from Tenerife - La Bodega.