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8 of the best beaches in Tenerife to visit in 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

The Canary Islands have long been a popular tourist destination thanks to an excellent year-round climate, beautiful natural landscapes and an appealing range of hotels and resorts.

Tenerife is the largest and most popular of the Canaries, teeming with coastal resorts, charming towns and striking natural attractions. And while sites like Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak, will undoubtedly appeal to visitors, the island’s beaches remain its most captivating assets.

A magnificent blend of long golden coasts and volcanic black shorelines populate the island, providing anything from secluded relaxation spots to some of the best surfing in Spain.

Places like Teresitas and Playa de las Americas hum with activity, providing the lively, energetic beaches used for anything from partying to laid-back lunches. At the opposite end of the spectrum, hidden spots such as Bollullo and Benijo offer a complete retreat from Tenerife’s occasionally hectic pace of life, while in between are dotted dozens of beaches that cater to different types of holidaymaker.

To help find your ideal bit of coast, we’ve rounded up some of the best beaches in Tenerife.

Playa de las Teresitas

Teresitas was originally just a small strip of black sand

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The mile long arc of Teresitas is one of Tenerife’s most well-known beaches. It sits around 20 minutes from the capital, Santa Cruz, and provides a true slice of tropical paradise, lined with palm trees and surrounded by the towering Anaga Mountains, with soft white sands that gently slope into the Atlantic. These sands were taken straight from the Western Sahara in 1971, just two years before this artificial beach was officially opened.

Its proximity to the capital means that Teresitas is often busy, and an artificial breakwater makes it a popular spot for families and those looking for a calm spot for paddling, swimming and snorkelling. On the plus side, its popularity means that it has all the necessary amenities, as well as a slew of chiringuito beach bars and seafood restaurants.

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Playa de la Tejita

Playa de la Tejita is separated from El Medano by the Montana Roja

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Playa de la Tejita is dominated by the Montana Roja, a 171-metre high volcano that sits to the east. The beach sits alongside a nature reserve, so is largely unspoilt and has been left to remain…

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