When you think of Tenerife, a couple things that may come to your mind are some of the Spanish island's signature trademarks - Mount Teide, the sun, and of course the intense blue sea.
Tenerife is, in fact a holiday destination to enjoy vacation with beautiful beaches surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. It's the perfect place to escape the cold winter, to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and enjoy the sea breeze. Without-a-doubt, it's a luxury destination that will delight those vacationers who want to soak up the sun and refill their vitamin D.
The island, the largest of the canary islands is surrounded by a warm climate. The winter temperatures can easily reach 75º, warm enough for a beach day. To help you decide which beaches to visit, we've rounded up the top 8 Tenerife beaches you should visit this winter.
The beach Las Gaviotas, which is located near the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is not only a Tenerife beach ideal for sunbathing, but also for enjoying nature - and is definitely worth a visit.
Very accessible, you first go to San Andrés and then to Igueste de San Andrés to get to Las Gaviotas. It's also very child-friendly.
A Los Realejos beach, a municipality in the north of Tenerife, is the perfect beach for surfers who want to conquer the sea all day long.
This black lava-sand beach offers an unbeatable view of the rugged coastline of Tenerife north. In addition, it is easy to reach, water is good quality and bathrooms are available. Therefore, the Socorro has also been awarded with the Blue Flag. Here's an insider tip - don't miss out on the breathtaking sunsets which can be seen from here.
Made up of black sand and stones, Punta Larga's waters are clear and calm. When you're out of the water, restaurants, shops and ice cream parlors line the street, so you will never run out of things to do!
You can even sunbathe in one of the three bays that form the beach of Las Caletillas, or linger on the small floating woody islands.
To get to these beaches, take the road from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Taganana. They are a bit far from the capital, but definitely worth a visit. First, you'll come to the beach El Roque de las Bodegas with the rock formations of Anaga and black, dark lava-sand. After the beach El Roque de las Bodegas, you reach the beach of Almáciga.
Calling all nature fans and surfer lovers… this is the beach for you! The landscape of Anaga is a jewel still to be discovered; untouched wild nature.
The Playa Jardín area consists of the beaches Playa Jardín, Playa Chica and Punta Brava, and is one of the most symbolic places of Puerto de la Cruz and of the island Tenerife.
Designed by the great artist César Manrique, Playa Jardín consists of a garden landscape with exotic plant species, waterfalls and stone caves framed by the La Orotava Valley, and occasionally Mount Teide can be seen in the background. In addition, this unique black lava beach is right next to the world-famous Loro Parque. The three beaches also are awarded with the Blue Flag.
The Bollullo beach, in the municipality La Orotava, is an unspoilt natural beach that captivates us with its wild charm and the black sand and volcanic formations. It is the perfect place to recover from your hectic life. Due to its strong swell, it is popular for surfing, but beach guests should enjoy it with caution; pay attention to the flag!
Playa de El Medano
El Médano is one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Tenerife and is located in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona. This beach is characterized by the beauty of the fine, gray sand and the majestic view of the volcanic cone Montaña Roja, which is the closest to the city and especially suitable for families.
The area furthest from the town is ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. This beach usually hosts world-renowned championships such as the windsurfing and kitesurfing World Cups.
Playa de Ajabo
At the Playa de Ajabo, the black sand and the volcanic rock gardens form an interesting contrast with the sea. There are umbrellas, loungers, showers, kiosks, toilets and changing rooms. It is a very quiet beach with moderate waves, all year round.