Spain Guide


Tenerife Beaches

Tenerife's coastline has something for everyone sun worshippers, watersports enthusiasts, scuba divers and nudists can all indulge their particular passion here. The island's sub tropical climate, tempered by the cool Trade Winds and warm Gulf Stream, has earned it the title of "The Island of Eternal Spring". With its warm, crystal clear waters (which at times reach 25C) the island's beaches and sea provide a year round playground for international visitors.

There are black volcanic beaches, long stretches of golden sand imported from the Sahara, picturesque fishing harbours and man made water parks.

The main tourist centres of Playa de las Americas and Los Christianos, in the south east corner of the island, have fabulous beaches of fine golden sand flanked by bars, shops and restaurants. Here you'll find every imaginable tourist facility from sunbeds, shades, showers and toilets to a wealth of watersports. You can jet ski, water ski, surf, hire a pedalo or go banana riding.

Teresitas Beach is a beautiful beach in the north of the island, created from golden Saharan sand. It stretches for 1.5 kilometres and has been planted with Canarian palm trees and sea grapes. You'll find it seven kilometres north of Santa Cruz near the fishing port of San Andres where there are numerous excellent seafood restaurants.

The east coast has many good black volcanic beaches including Playa de El Puertito, a 1.6 kilometre long beach near the village of Guimar. Nearby is the wonderful Playa del Roque with black sand bordered by open air cafes and fish restaurants.

Windsurfers should head for El Medano, a long bay on the east coast with strong winds and consistently good conditions for windsurfing. The beach, which has played host to the world windsurfing championships, has a windsurf club with equipment for hire and instruction.

Good surfing beaches include La Troya, Conquistador and Fatenia at Playa de las Americas and the black shingle beach at Puerto de la Cruz. Las Galletas, at the southern tip of the island, has good waves for beginners.

The most popular naturist beaches are Playa de la Tejita at El Medano, on the east coast, Playa de los Patos at La Orotava in the north west and Playa de las Gaviotas in Santa Cruz.

If the kids tire of the beach they'll love a day out at the Octopus Aquapark in Playa de las Americas. The park has all the usual kamikaze thrill rides, fun pools, chutes and there's also a dolphinarium.

No visit to Tenerife is complete without taking one of the famous whale and dolphin cruises. If you're lucky you'll spot the pilot whales and bottle nosed dolphins which inhabit the waters off Playa de las Americas. Fin and sperm whales are also commonly sighted here.

Many of the excursions take in the spectacular cliffs of Los Gigantes on the west coast. Some provide on board entertainment, food and drink and the chance to dive off the boat (mind those whales though!).