Tenerife’s beaches shape one of the world’s top sun and sea holiday destinations. The island has a 400km-long coastline dotted with rugged cliffs and wonderful sandy beaches. The brightest and most peaceful are those on the south, in the municipalities of Arona and Costa Adeje, as well as those in the capital, Santa Cruz; they are large urban sandy oases.
Main beaches in Tenerife:
Costa Adeje beaches: These beaches, together with those in Arona, are in the southern coast of the island, but their beauty and facilities have earned them a fame of their own. The best known are Troya, El Duque, Fañabé, Torviscas or El Bobo. All of them are extensive sandy beaches with facilities and services that make them safe enough for both adults and kids.
South Tenerife beaches: Also quiet beaches, the most famous are in the municipality of Arona: Los Cristianos, a very busy beach protected by a harbour that separates it from another large beach in the south, Las Vistas, one of the most crowded and liveliest in Tenerife. Also remarkable here is the bustling beach of Las Américas.
Santa Cruz beaches: An important part of the spectacular urban oasis of the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz’s beaches are perfect for a holiday combining sun, sea and relaxation with culture and fun. Las Teresitas, a bright beach away from the centre of town; Las Gaviotas, with its amazing black sand, just behind; Roque Bodegas or the extraordinary Benijo beach.
La Orotava beaches: Here you will find wild nude beaches. All these beaches have big waves and are on a rugged coast with access by way of cliff paths. The best in the area are Los Patos, with an impressive talus; El Bollullo, a quiet black sand beach; and El Ancón, a slice of paradise for nudists.