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Tenerife's Top Ten Beaches

La Tejita

 

Half an hour's walk is all that separates the chilled kitesurfer's resort of El Médano in Granadilla de Abono and one of the largest natural beaches on the island, Playa Tejita. Follow the resort's main beach, heading in the direction of Montaña Roja, Red Mountain, and you can't miss it. Nudists favour the cove which you'll find underneath the mountain, but the rest of the beach is non-naturist.

Las Teresitas

Whilst its no natural beauty, Las Teresitas scrubs up awfully well. This manmade palm-lined beach imports sand from the Sahara. A 10-minute north-easterly drive from capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the alternative is to catch the 910 bus. San Andrés, a onetime fishing village which adjoins the beach, offers many excellent fish restaurants patronized by locals - which is always a good sign.

El Duque

 

They picked a fine name for this beach which lies at the western tip of Costa Adeje. The Duke is cut off from the rest of this upmarket resort by a rock which makes it feel even more exclusive. El Duque rules, alright.

Fañabé

 

Nearby, as in a 10-minute stroll, you'll find Fanabe. This is the beach to go to if you want to try your hand at watersports. There are also glass-bottomed boat excursions for those of a less active persuasion.

El Bollullo

 

Black beauty El Bollullo rivals La Tejita as Tenerife's prettiest all-natural beach. Go tropical by journeying to this northern playa on foot from Puerto de la Cruz, making your way through the banana plantations. The alternative to this half-hour trek is to come off the TF-5 at Rincón.

Los Gigantes


 

 

Prepare to be dwarfed by nature. As Big Brother is very much watching you on this popular resort beach in the west of the island. Make that Big Brothers as the giant cliffs above reach heights of up to 800 metres.

Masca

 

Masca, the mountain village, is one of Tenerife's best-preserved destinations. Masca, the beach, is one of the island's best-kept secrets. Especially as it's a three-hour hike from one to the other along a gorgeous gorge.

Playa Jardín

 

Puerto de la Cruz's Garden Beach owes its existence to the genius mind of César Manrique. He dreamed of creating an attractive coastal landscape. Something he achieved by adding a vividly-coloured botanic garden to complement the palm trees and volcanic sand.

 

 

Las Vistas

 

A blue flag flies over this attractive blonde Arona beach. The pick of Los Cristianos' playas, it's family friendly with safe swimming guaranteed. 850 metres long, it can get a little squeezed in high season.

 

Benijo

Seeing the sun go down at this Santa Cruz de Tenerife beach is one of life's simple pleasures. The Anaga mountains act as sentries, protecting the modesty of nudists from any would-be voyeurs. Principally a sports beach, a kiosk on the road above provides both liquid refreshments and snacks to help you recharge your batteries.

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