The best beaches to visit on Tenerife

People popularly associate Tenerife with beautiful sandy beaches, most of which are located in the south of the island. Tenerife has a mix of amazing natural and man made beaches, from pure volcanic rock to golden sands. Explore the ocean and encounter the Whales, Dolphins & many more marine life.

There are many beaches to explore, from the south coast to the west. All our selected beaches are clean and can be enjoyed by families and children throughout the year. The most popular beaches in the south of Tenerife are, Playa La Vistas, Playa Torviscas, Playa Fañabe and Playa del Duque.

Check out Tenerife’s top spots for sun, sand and fun.

 

Del Duque beach, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Del Duque beach - top beaches in Tenerife

Often referred to as one of Tenerife’s most beautiful beaches, Del duque is located in a grand neighbourhood, adjacent to the best hotels (Bahia del Duque, El Mirador, Gran Tacande) and Casa del Duque (General Franco’s former property). The beach, which is partly sandy and partly rocky, is part of  complex featuring a lovely promenade with exclusive restaurants and high-brand shops.

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, restaurants, coffee houses, suitable for visitors with mobility impairments

Location: Costa Adeje

Length: 700 m

Width: from 25 to 40 m

Sand type: fine, yellow

 

El Medano - beach in Tenerife with golden sand

El Medano beach - top beaches in Tenerife

Features: Located in the vicinity of Montaña Roja (Red Mountain) and a few kilometres away from Reina Sofia Airport (and hence ideal for plane spotting), this natural beach has a gentle slope to the ocean and shallow waters. Due to the windy conditions, the beach is a favourite spot for windsurfers and kite surfers. To the north, where El Medano meets Cabezo Beach, international windsurfing competitions (including O'neill Tenerife Grand Prix) are held.

Facilities: showers, toilets, bars, restaurants

Location: El Medano

Length: ok. 1,5 km

Width: 40 m

Sand type: fine, yellow

 

La Tejita naturist beach - the naturist beach in Tenerife

El Medano beach - top beaches in Tenerife

Features: Located on the south side of Montaña Roja (Red Mountain), not far from Reina Sofia Airport in the south of the island, La Tejita is a natural beach with a gentle sandy slope to the ocean. Due to its secluded location, it is favoured by the naturist community, while the windy conditions attract large numbers of  windsurfing, kite surfing enthusiasts. In the high tourist season months, the beach patrolled by coastal guards. For all-day sun and sea bathing, we recommend taking a packed lunch and drink, as the bar that was previously available is now closed down.

Facilities: none, wild beach

Location: El Medano

Length: approx. 1 km

Width: 50 m

Sand type: fine, yellow

 

Los Cristianos - the urban beach in Tenerife

Los Cristianos beach - top beaches in Tenerife

Features: Los Cristianos, located  at the port of Los Cristianos for vessels travelling to Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma, was Tenerife’s first beach to host in the 1960s. The promenade, which starts at the beach, is Europe's largest pedestrian zone with access for disabled visitors

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, bars, restaurants, suitable for visitors with mobility impairments

Location: Los Cristianos

Length: 400 m

Width: 40 m

Sand type: yellow, natural

 

Playa del Camison 150 meters long beach in Tenerife

El Camison beach - top beaches in Tenerife

Features: It feels very intimate although it is quite popular among visitors. El Camisón is located in the municipality of Arona, just a few minutes' walk away from the beach of Las Vistas. The water that licks the golden sand is sheltered from the waves thanks to a row of breakwaters. This means that swimming conditions are always great, making it a perfect place for families and groups of tourists.

You have all the services you could ask for on a beach that is located in a tourist resort. Plus, you can also enjoy a leisurely walk around the area, with a number of restaurants and shops. The environment is cosmopolitan with plenty of leisure options during the day and night.

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, shops, one bar/restaurant on the beach. More bars and restaurants in the

Location: Las Americas

Length: 120 m

Width: 41 m

Sand type: golden

 

Las Vistas is the most popular beach in Los Cristianos (Tenerife)

Las Vistas beach - top beaches in TenerifeFeatures: Las Vistas, which is one of the longest beaches in the south of the island, features a focal point in the form of a huge fountain and is a popular venue for many mass events. This beach of golden sand, located in the municipality of Arona, is bound to surprise you. It is equally suitable for those in search of a bit of peace and quiet or the thrill of water sports. Its waters are calm thanks to a row of breakwaters, which also makes it the perfect place to take kids.

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, bars, restaurants, suitable for visitors with mobility impairments, breakwater

Location: Los Cristianos

Length: 850 m

Width: 127 m

Sand type: yellow, excavated from seabed

 

La Pinta beach (Puerto Colon - Tenerife south)

La Pinta beach - top beaches in TenerifeFeatures: Located in the immediate neighbourhood of Puerto Colón (Port of Columbus), from which boats sail out with tourists wanting to see local cetacean species (e.g. dolphins, whales, sperm whales). One of its greatest attractions is the array of water sports available here. You will find bouncy castles bobbing on the surface of the sea, water bike outings, scuba diving and parascending, to name just a few of the activities available here. In the sea by the beach there is a floating obstacle course for all to enjoy.

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, bars, restaurants, suitable for visitors with mobility impairments, breakwater

Location: Las Americas

Length: 150 m

Width: 40 m

Sand type: fine, yellow

 

La Arena beach - great beach with shops and bars in Tenerife

La Arena beach - top beaches in Tenerife

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, bars, restaurants and souvenir shops in the vicinity, suitable for visitors with mobility impairments. This beach is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike. The peaceful surroundings and calm waves make it ideal for the whole family. Moreover, it has been flying a Blue Flag for 27 years, which guarantees the exceptional quality of its services and water conditions.

Location: Puerto Santiago

Length: 125 m

Width: 45 m

Sand type: fine, black, crystalline

 

Torviscas beach - the most suitable beach for your holidays in Tenerife

Playa de Torviscas - top beaches in Tenerife
Features: this is one of the largest and most touristy beaches on the Island. Whether you're on a quest for relaxation and sunbathing, the thrill of water sports or a delicious cocktail on the sand, look no further. Torviscas is, together with Fañabé Beach, one of the liveliest areas in southern Tenerife.

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, bars, restaurants, suitable for visitors with mobility impairments, breakwater

Location: Torviscas, Adeje

Length: approx. 290 m

Width: 50 m

Sand type: fine, yellow, brown

 

Fañabe beach - one of the liveliest beaches in southern Tenerife

tenerife-top-beaches-playa-de-fanabe.jpgFeatures: Fañabé is, together with Torviscas Beach, one of the liveliest beaches in southern Tenerife. The quality of its services and the condition of the water is guaranteed by the Blue Flag award. This beach is made of pale sand and equipped with all the amenities you would expect of a tourist area, including showers, sun loungers, toilets, etc. Plus, if water sports are your thing, there is a wide range of services right on the beach.

Facilities: deck chairs, umbrellas, showers, toilets, bars, restaurants, suitable for visitors with mobility impairments, breakwater

Location: Adeje

Length: approx. 600 m

Width: 40 m

Sand type: fine, yellow, brown

 

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