(Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)
Tenerife is famous for its legendary beaches, with miles of sandy coastline and many popular choices suitable for families and nudists. Beaches on this Canary Island offer a range of facilities and amenities, with sun beds and shades, volleyball nets, swimming pools and refreshment kiosks.
Many of the best hotels and restaurants in Tenerife are situated close to the oceanfront, particularly around Las Américas, Los Cristianos and Teresitas Beach. Water sports are popular along much of the coastline, with surfing and windsurfing conditions being ideal off El Bullullo, El Médano and Martiánez.
Los Cristianos Beach (Playa de Los Cristianos)
Part of a major holiday resort area, Los Cristianos is one of the resort's premier beaches and is around 400 metres / 1,312 feet long by 100 metres / 328 feet wide. The calm waters make this part of the coast ideal for bathing and swimming, being perfect for families and young children.
Las Américas Beach (Playa de Las Américas)
A popular tourist hotspot in Tenerife, visitors to the Playa de Las Americas are always well catered for, with excellent amenities and facilities nearby. Comprising a number of small, sandy beaches protected by breakwaters, Las Américas Beach offers an array of water sports, recreational activities, restaurants and kiosks.
Jardin Beach (Playa de Jardin)
Stretching for around 1,500 metres / 4,920 feet, Jardin Beach can be found along the coastline of Puerto de la Cruz. Recently refreshed with huge quantities of natural fine sand, this long beach is split into three main areas by large rocks and is ideal for sunbathing, swimming and general seaside fun.
El Bullullo Beach (Playa de El Bullullo)
El Bullullo is a fairly quiet beach, with only basic amenities. However, the spectacular views and clean, fine sand are the beaches main attractions. Strong waves are often suitable for surfing here.
Martiánez Beach (Playa de Martiánez)
One of the most popular and impressive beaches in Tenerife, Martiánez is situated in the Puerto de la Cruz area and features fine black sand. The beach is best known for being home to the Costa Martiánez complex, created by famous Canarian artist César Manrique, with large swimming pools, an artificial lake, colourful planting and stylish sculptures. Martiánez also features favourable conditions for surfing.
El Médano Beach (Playa de El Médano)
Offering some of the best windsurfing conditions on the island, El Médano Beach can be found close to the airport. During the year, many notable windsurfing championships ships are held at El Médano, with windsurfing equipment available for hire or purchase nearby.
Roque Beach (Playa de Roque)
Roque is known for its dark sand and strong currents, which are often suitable for experienced surfers. A popular spot for sunbathing and relaxing, Roque Beach contains a number of waterfront restaurants and coffee shops, offering excellent views of the coastline.
Teresitas Beach (Playa de Teresitas)
Many years ago, Teresitas Beach was greatly enlarged and has become one of Tenerife's most popular beaches, as a direct result of these improvements. Featuring golden sand, a breakwater, large palm trees and many recreational activities, Teresitas is around 1,500 metres / 4,920 feet long and stands in the island's Santa Cruz de Tenerife area.
San Marcos Beach (Playa de San Marcos)
Located on the outskirts of the charming San Marcos fishing village, this beach lies around 20 km / 12.5 miles to the west of Puerto de la Cruz. With fine black sand and many secluded spots, there are also a selection of eateries and local village shops nearby San Marcos.