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The 20 Best Beaches in Tenerife

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Tenerife has a wide variety of beaches, ranging from busy touristic yellow sand beaches in the South of the island to more intimate shingle or black volcanic sand beaches on the Northern part. Of course, beaches with easy access are the most visited in the island, but most of the locals prefer to walk a bit and access ‘playas’ less frequented. If you’re looking for some off the beaten track experience and you want to discover some of the island hidden gems, take a look at our top 20 beaches in Tenerife!

Enter the paradisiacal island of Tenerife and discover many of the most remote, pure and wild beaches that the Canarian archipelago has to offer. The great variety of these is totally unknown to tourists and even to many of the residents of the Canary Islands.

For this reason, with this post we have created about the 20 most hidden beaches of the island of Tenerife, categorized by North and South zones, we provide you with the opportunity to know them first hand; don’t wait for anyone to tell you. 

If you want an experience of tranquility and escape from the masses is the best plan to choose, since these beaches will offer you to disconnect, isolate yourself from the noise, and enjoy a virgin nature, what are you waiting to discover them?

Sun and beach tourism on the island of Tenerife

As you know, the predominant tourism on the island of Tenerife is that of Sun and Beach. It is worth noting that the sunny climate of the south of the island provides the enjoyment of an almost perpetual summer all year round.

However, the northern part of Tenerife also offers a quality experience, despite having a more humid and changing climate. Thus, you will have both places at your disposal to make your choice.

Therefore, these reasons are more than enough to make Tenerife one of the main and ideal tourist places to be visited.

I invite you to introduce yourself to these charming and secret beaches. Later, we give you a list by zones and several data to consider, if you take the decision to discover these wonderful corners of rocks, volcanic sand and sea.

Top 20 Of The Best Beaches in Tenerife

Hidden beaches in the north of Tenerife.

As far as the northern part of the island of Tenerife is concerned, we present you some of its hidden beaches:

ANTEQUERA BEACH – The Unreachable Beach

Antequera beach is located on the southern coast of the Anaga massif, belonging to the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, near Igueste de San Andrés, in the north of the island, on the TF-121 road.

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - Antequera
Turquoise water and picturesque landscapes are waiting for you in Antequera. Credits: webtenerife.com

Like Masca, the only access routes to this beach are by boat or through a trail. It should be noted that when the sea level is high, it makes bathing difficult for users, as the waves cover much of the beach. Without a doubt, this beach is a fantastic place to disconnect, thanks to the absence of coverage, which will allow you to feel closer to nature.

It is worth the trip! A virgin beach with a stunning view and literally the most isolated beach of the island. We recommend you to visit the beach when the tide is low, the beach usually disappears when the tide is high.

ALMÁCIGA BEACH.

Almáciga beach is located in the Anaga district of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the north coast of the island, on the TF-134 road.  

It has a wild nature, in which you can observe its fine black sand of volcanic origin. It is known by surf lovers, thanks to its strong waves. Moreover, access to it is not complicated, for this reason it is one of the most selected in the area.

THE BENIJO BEACH – The Beach Of “The End of the World”

Benijo beach, everybody got out! The road won’t take your further. Benijo is located after the “pueblito” (small village) of Taganana, in the National Park of Anaga. A 300 metres trail will take you to one of the most isolated beach of Tenerife, very recommended for a splendid sunset on the rocks on Anaga.

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - Benijo
Sunset in Benijo. Credits: analdigit.it

This amazing beach stands out for its enormous beauty. It has large volcanic cliffs in the middle of the ocean and fine black sand. To access it, you have to go down a long staircase. However, caution must be taken when bathing, due to the strength of its waves and the absence of lifeguards.

BOLLULLO BEACH.

Bollullo beach is located in the area of El Rincón, La Orotava, Tenerife North, on the TF-176 road.

Black sand beach, perfect for water sports fans. It is easy to access and parking will be no problem, as it has many of them.

THE ANCÓN BEACH – The Wild One

The Ancon beach is located in the area of La Orotava, below El Rincón, Tenerife North, on the road TF-176.

El Ancón is a wild 400-metre-long beach, easier to access than its neighbour Los Patos beach. The landscape is breathtaking, but beware of the strong currents on some days!

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - El Ancón
The black volcanic sand of El Ancón looks beautiful. Credits: Guide to Canary Islands

It is a black volcanic sand beach with a beautiful landscape. Very little frequented, because you must walk along a path of approximately 30 minutes to reach it. It is worth noting the importance of observing the sea when bathing, as there is no surveillance (lifeguard). 

THE PATOS BEACH.

The Patos beach is located in the municipality of La Orotava, below El Rincón, Tenerife Norte, on the TF-176 road.

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - Los Patos
The almost abandoned beach of Los Patos. Credits: Binter

A 500-metre-long beach that almost looks unreal. Pretty harsh to get there so the spot is never crowded – 10 to 15 people maximum sharing the beach with you. If you feel like adventurous and are not afraid of narrow trails, it might be your best shot in Tenerife!

Like most beaches in the North, this one is covered by black volcanic sand and a natural wild landscape. It is chosen to practice nudism because of its low massification. 

THE GARAÑONA BEACH.

The Garañona beach is located between the municipalities of Tacoronte and El Sauzal, Tenerife North, on the TF-152 road. 

It has black volcanic sand. And to access this, you must go to Mesa del Mar, a town that has spectacular natural pools. It is worth noting that its entrance is more complex, but really worth the effort, to get to observe this beautiful landscape.

THE FAJANA BEACH.

The Fajana beach is located in the municipality of Los Realejos, Tenerife North. Access from the TF-5 road. 

One of the least visited beaches in the northern part of Tenerife, as you have to walk a long path, take some steps and go over a rocky coast to get there. Therefore, you will find yourself practically alone, escaping from society. 

THE MASCA BEACH – The Beach You Deserve

The Masca beach is located on the northwest side of Tenerife, in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte, on the TF-436 road. 

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - Masca
After a long walk, a fresh bath will reward you in the crystal clear water of Masca. Credits: Tenerifeplayas.com

Its origin represents the traditional black volcanic sand of the northern part of the island.

There are two ways to get to Masca beach: the easy way is with a boat from Los Gigantes. The hard way is descending a “barranco” (ravine) for 3 hours, a long but incredible walk (actually Senda’s favourite hiking trail in Tenerife), surrounded by huge natural cliffs. There is usually someone selling refreshment on the beach, a nice way to cool down after the trekking.

THE OCADILA BEACH.

The Ocadila beach is located in the district of Anaga, on the northern slope of Tenerife. Access by boat or kayak from La Punta del Hidalgo, belonging to the municipality of San Cristobal de La Laguna. And also, by the road TF-13.

Going into this black sand beach, you will be able to appreciate its authenticity at landscape level, and you will also have the possibility of observing a multitude of hidden coves, such as La Pachila or Garajo, which are close to it.

THE CARRIZAL BEACH.

The Carrizal beach is located in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife North, on the road TF-436 .

Its sand is dark and has a stable swell, providing you with calm and risk-free bathing conditions. It is difficult to access (by boat), as it is far away from the urbanization, but it is a good idea to live the experience because of its impressive views. 

THE BREÑAS BEACH.

The  Breñas beach is located in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Access through the road TF-134. 

Introducing you to it, you will not only observe its sand, but also appreciate some wonderful views of the Roques de Anaga.

THE ROJAS BEACH.

The Rojas beach is located in the municipality of El Sauzal, Tenerife North, on the road TF-1224.

It doesn’t have sand, but a cliff with rocks. To access it, you must walk through its path, which has a great slope; therefore, much caution. However, the crystalline color of its ocean will allow you to appreciate its marine fauna and flora, awakening in you a feeling of fullness.

THE ROQUE BERMEJO BEACH.

The beach of Roque Bermejo is located in the district of Anaga, belonging to the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Access through the road TF-123. 

Its volcanic rock integrity gives a fantastic view of the beach. This place is excellent to disconnect and refresh, after a day of hiking in Anaga, either by bathing or just enjoying the landscape.

THE APIO BEACH.

The Apio beach is located in the village of Valle de Guerra, Tenerife North, belonging to the municipality of San Cristobal de La Laguna. Access by road TF-163.

The color of the golden sand, rocks and gravel are the main elements that compose it. It is worth mentioning that it is sheltered in the cliffs of La Barranquera. It is easy to access and also has a car park.

THE GAVIOTAS BEACH

The Gaviotas beach is located in the town of San Andrés, in the district of Anaga, belonging to the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Access through the TF-121 road. 

Its sand is black and it is advisable to visit it when the waves are low. This cove is located away from the urbanization, which will undoubtedly provide you with isolation from stress, rest, appreciate its majestic natural landscape and enjoy its pure waters. It is worth noting that nudism is practiced here. 

Hidden beaches in the South of Tenerife.

Referring to the southern part of the island of Tenerife, we show you and explain in detail several of its hidden beaches: 

THE DIEGO HERNÁNDEZ BEACH – The “Hippie” Beach

The Diego Hernández beach is located between El Puertito de Adeje and La Caleta, Tenerife South, on the TF-1 road, and after about 78 km, take exit nº 79B.

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - La Caleta de los Hippies
La Caleta de los Hippies is a real hidden paradise in South Tenerife. Credits: Guía Repsol

Known locally as “La Caleta de los Hippies” (Hippie’s Creek), Diego Hernandez beach is a beautiful yellow sand beach in the South of the island, located close to Costa Adeje. After a 15 minutes walk, you’ll enjoy its warm crystal clear water, along with the “hippies” that live there all year long in natural coves.

It is worth mentioning, its beautiful white sand, its crystalline water with turquoise tones and the magnificent views of the island of La Gomera. It is of interest to inform you that it is preferable to visit it at low tide. And its access is through a comfortable path.

THE BEACH OF MONTAÑA PELADA.

The beach of Montaña Pelada is located in Granadilla de Abona, south of the island of Tenerife. You must access by the TF-1 road, and turn off at the San Isidro exit, taking the TF-64 road towards El Médano.

It has white sand and is great for enjoying a day in privacy. You will also have the opportunity to observe how a volcanic cone is formed from an underwater eruption. And you will be able to appreciate all its native flora that surrounds it (tabaibales and cardonales).

THE SAMARINES BEACH.

The Samarines beach is located between the municipalities of Arafo and Candelaria, belonging to the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the south of the island. Access by the local path TF-292 and the road TF-283.

It’s a mixture of calla lilies and black sand. It is worth mentioning that you can practice snorkeling because of the transparency of its waters. However, pay attention, because there are usually currents and there is no surveillance.

THE TEJITA BEACH.

The color of the light brown sand, its size (1000 meters long) and the impressive views of the Red Mountain volcano, make it stand out from the rest. It is worth mentioning that it is located in one of the windiest areas of the island of Tenerife; however, it is worth visiting.

Bonus: Our Favorite Secret Spots!!!!

Andres’ Favourite: La Cueva de la Vaca

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - Cueva de la Vaca
If you feel like jumping into the water, la Cueva de la Vaca is your spot! Credits: Es Tenerife

Located in the South of the island, “La Cueva de la Vaca” (Caw’s cove) is a marvellous hidden spot, where you can jump into turquoise water from a 7-meter rock. A paradise for adrenaline lovers .   

Laura’s Favourite: El Charco del Viento

Top 5 Best Beaches in Tenerife - Charco del Viento
The natural swimming pools of Charco del Viento. Credits: pinterest.com

Tenerife beaches are wonderful, that’s a fact. But all around the islands, you will find “charcos” (natural ponds) made by volcanic rocks. Charco del Viento is one of them, located on the Northern coast of Tenerife, after a few banana plantation field. Thanks to the rocks braking the waves, having a bath here is really enjoyable.


If you liked this publication, don’t forget to leave us a comment and also see our various posts about other contents related to the Canary Islands Archipelago!

Your personal favourite Tenerife beach doesn’t appear on our list? Comment below to tell us what is your hidden spot on the island! Also if you are interested in spending your holidays in the Canary Islands we recommend to check this post!

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