Some of Tenerife’s best beaches are actually man-made golden sandy beaches in the south of the island near to the main resorts like Playa de las Americas.

This area has a lot going for it; superb facilities and wonderful hotels catering for your every need – such as the Santa Maria hotel Tenerife.

So it’s certainly a great base, but if you prefer to get off the beaten track a little and explore other beaches and areas, then here are a few ideas.

Stones on sandy volcanic beach, Tenerife, Canary islands, Spain

In the north of the island, many beaches are made up of black volcanic sand – due to volcanic lava having reached the sea in the past. Over millions of years, the basalt gets eroded form this coarse and grainy black sand, which helps the sand retain its heat, so be careful not to burn your feet.

Elsewhere, El Puertito in the south west has all the charm of the old fishing village that it is, with golden sand whilst Playa Grande lies close to the wind farm at Punta de Abona. This beach is sheltered from the wind by the headland. As a pointy of interest when you’re here; follow the path from the beach to the hamlet and the Abona lighthouse where you’ll spot an interesting fish sculpture on the small pier.

The coves at Playa de los Arbriguitos near to Los Abades also have golden sands and beautiful azure water. Las Teresitas is actually man-made with Saharan sand, but that doesn’t stop it looking as beautiful if not better than any other naturally-occurring beach, though it is, therefore, very popular with tourists.

If surfing’s your thing, check out El Médano for a natural golden sandy beach which is also one of the Tenerife ‘s longest beaches with a beautiful bleached wood boardwalk. Alternatively, Playa Jardin in Puerto de la Cruz is also great for surfing.

Above all – if you’re coming to Tenerife – take time to explore; the island really does have some relatively undiscovered treasures.

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