Purple Hearts: the best beaches in Tenerife


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El Bollullo is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island by locals and visitors alike, however it’s a little tricky to get there. It’s a short walk, but down a couple of steps so you need take a little extra care en route. And, while it’s not as organised as some of the others on the island, what it lacks in facilities it makes up for in beauty. There are 400m of gorgeous volcanic sand, the water is crystal clear and there’s a distinct air of quiet all around. Get there on the 376 bus from Puerto de la Cruz.

Playa de las Vistas in Los Cristianos might be one of the busiest on the island, but it is certainly one of the best kept. Sandwiched between Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas its huge sweep of sand has room for families, mates and couples and although it’s often busy, it never feels too crowded. The sheltered waters, excellent facilities and natural beauty make this a top choice for great beaches in Tenerife.

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Playa Jardin in Puerto de la Cruz You couldn’t holiday in the Canaries without visiting one of its famous black sandy beaches. Head straight for Playa Jardin, one of the best beaches in Tenerife with its dramatic dark sands. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, this isn’t just for beach lovers; exotic gardens filled with plants and a playgrounds back onto the beach, while there are plenty of facilities like restaurants and bars and even a nearby family theme park.

Playa del Duque in Costa Adeje was once a black sandy beach, but it was transformed in the 90s when a truckload (or two) of white sand was taken from the sea bed and put on top. Today, it’s aged very well and is a really pretty and relaxed family friendly choice. The area nearby has a couple of 5* hotels, so you’ll find a more upmarket vibe here, reflected in the shops and restaurants too.

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La Caleta close to Playa de las Americas is a good choice if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the main resort. Turn off the coast road and you’ll find a track, at the end of it, there’s a little paradise of soft golden sand, a handful of restaurants and perfectly crystal clear water. This one is definitely a winner.

La Arena Beach in the small resort of Puerto Santiago stands out for all the right reasons. This Blue Flag beach, bathed in sunshine, is a little on the quiet side, so you’ll find lots of space to retreat by the water’s edge. There are a handful of friendly local restaurants and shops and it is close to lots of hotels, so it makes a great family friendly choice and one of the best beaches in Tenerife.

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