Playa de la Arena, in Santiago del Teide, is one due to tourist development on Tenerife. Once a charming fishing village, Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes, have gradually developed since the seventies. It became a holiday destination with an increasing number of hotels for foreign tourism. The highlight of this beach is its emblematic black sand. There are full services and many culinary options in the vicinity, as well as volcanic pools and coves as an alternative for swimming. Even if there is a need for care with the breaking waves on the shore, this beach would certainly be ranked among the ten best of the Island.
With Biosphere Reserve listing, the Anaga massif in Santa Cruz is a gem of environmental diversity trimmed by a legendary beach for those who love freedom, nudism and symbiosis with nature. Benijo does not disappoint those with a non-conformist spirit. Access by car is easy, there are various restaurants with parking (for patrons) and its characteristic black, volcanic sand is reached after descending some stairs. Once down, and although there is a need to look out for tides, you will be surprised by the varied swimming zones, the peace and quiet and the impressive Anaga rock formations. A real luxury.
La Laguna, home of the university and with World Heritage listing on account of its historical assets, has a varied coastline to the northeast with such popular and surprising spots as Bajamar. In addition to being a different and popular holiday destination, with its countless images of the roaring Atlantic and spectacular waves breaking against the lighthouse. Services of the highest standards, the spotless water of the natural pools, the small adjoining golden sand beach, the many amenities and the varied culinary options make this spot a must.
4. Playa del Duque
One of the most elegant beaches enhanced by the best services of the South is found in an equally select location in terms of tourism and amenities. Playa del Duque crowns a series of bays in Costa Adeje, made up of Torviscas, Fañabé, La Pinta and Troya, among others. Perfectly accessible, with a generally calm and attractive sea, the multiple services, numerous luxury hotels and assortment of shops make this a highly attractive option for all preferences, especially on account of the almost permanent guarantee of invigorating sunshine. The limestone of southern Tenerife enhances the features of the left hand side with a cape that protects the bay from transverse currents and also allows romantic shore-side strolls. Feel like a duke.
5. La Tejita
There is an airport nearby, the Island’s wind sea sports hub is right next door (El Médano), a few kilometres away is the fishing village of Los Abrigos, famous for its restaurants and the South motorway provides a view of its charms. However, getting to the beach of La Tejita (Granadilla), parking, walking to its spotless sand and taking a dip in its, normally, calm waters is more than enough reason for spending a day in Tenerife. Almost a kilometre long, this beach is a favourite for nudists; it has a small cove beside the legendary Montaña Roja with even gentler tides, an oasis of peace where sun and enjoyment is guaranteed. Just go.