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Der Strand El Duque an der Costa Adeje, Bild: Cristian Balate / shutterstock

More than just water and sand – the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife

Idyllically situated, particularly fine sand, gifted with a lot of wind or popular and heavily frequented. Which of the many beautiful beaches in Tenerife is the most beautiful beach? The answer to this question depends heavily on individual preferences. Therefore, there should be no order at all here. Only a small selection of beaches with advantages and peculiarities. It starts with the black “garden beach”.

Naturally black – a beach that is typical of Tenerife

Playa Jardin
Playa Jardin, Image: Elena19 / shutterstock

Pitch black and almost natural – in Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island you will find a beach typical of a volcanic island. Here at Playa Jardín, the volcanic eruptions in the 15th century provided its dark lava sand. To keep it that way, an artificial reef had to be created so that this attraction would not be removed. If you relax on a towel on the beach surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers, to which the “garden beach” owes its name, you will get a little free heat therapy. Tip: Because the black sand stores the heat of the sun’s rays very well, you almost have to be careful not to burn yourself.

See and be seen – a particularly popular beach in Tenerife

Playa de las Teresitas
Playa de las Teresitas, Image: Neirfy / shutterstock

One of the most popular beaches in Tenerife is Playa de las Teresitas, but it does not have the typical black lava sand. In the 1970s, it was artificially created with light Saharan sand and palm trees, because the naturally existing black sand was not liked at the time. Beautiful and so impressively laid out by nature is the rocky backdrop that lies around this always well-visited stretch of beach.

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If you love the wind – Tenerife’s beaches for water sports enthusiasts

Even those who love the wind by the sea – be it as a surfer or just on foot – will find beautiful beaches in Tenerife that are suitable. Thus, the beaches around El Médano and especially the main beach Playa del Médano have become an El Dorado for surfers. Pedestrians can also be pushed by the tailwind here. However, a small drop of bitterness could be the drifting sand, which tends to form here due to the strong trade winds and south-easterly winds. Therefore, non-surfers should perhaps prefer to switch to the other beaches that exist in this area.

Quiet and idyllic beaches – that’s also what you can find in Tenerife

Playa de la Tejita
Playa de la Tejita, Image: lunamarina / shutterstock

A little quieter and less characterized by water sports is Playa de la Tejita, located southeast of Médano. Here, stone walls erected in a semicircle also mitigate the strongest winds. And Playa de la Rajita is also highly recommended for its pleasantly relaxed atmosphere and cleanliness. The Playa del Duque (“Duke’s Beach”) is also particularly beautiful, so called because right next door is a noble residence on a rock. Light sand, turquoise water, palm trees – not only dukes can relax and enjoy the sun and the sea here. Playa del Duque is a real picture-book beach.

Lonely bays on rough seas – beach insider tip for romantics

There are also beaches that hardly anyone knows. Above all, Playa del Ancòn, which is located in the east of Puerto de la Cruz, is worth mentioning. Reaching it is not so easy, because it is only possible on foot. The starting point is El Rincó. From here you walk along the beaches Playa el Bollullo and Playa Los Patos, which are also not to be sneezed at in terms of “remoteness”.
At Playa del Ancòn you will be rewarded with the sight of untouched nature of an idyllic bay. All around is an imposing rocky landscape. However – before you set off: You should be good on foot to reach this romantic bay. And the swell here is also a bit rougher than elsewhere on this beautiful Canary Island, which is known for its “eternal spring”, due to the lack of breakwater.

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Beach for everyone – a compromise offer

Bathing beauties, water sports enthusiasts, even shopping enthusiasts – everyone comes together at Playa de las Vistas. Relax on the beach and go into the water from time to time on the gently sloping beach. Crossing the sea on a jet ski and then maybe going shopping next door. All this is possible in this order. And of course vice versa.