Beaches of Tenerife
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Museos en Tenerife
Culture loving visitors have a long list of both private and public art galleries and museums at their disposition: history, archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, science, crafts, fine arts and natural sciences.
We suggest different routes to discover the most interesting places in Tenerife,setting out with your own means of transport. We recommend you set out early in the morning with a road map of the island.
The island of Tenerife has a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna, as well as several different landscape structures; almost 45% of the island is protected in one way or another.
The island cuisine is one of the aspects of our culture that visitors generally know least about. It is however, highly interesting and can provide some very pleasant surprises for anyone who fancies a change from their usual diet or the dishes on offer at many international restaurants, whilst they are on holiday.
A network of National Parks in the Canary Islands attempts to conserve the most typical ecosystems. The Teide National Park, in the centre of the island of Tenerife, shelters the best example of Canary Island vegetation.
Sports & Boating
Tenerife is the ideal place for all kinds of water sports, from spear fishing, fishing with a rod or deep-sea fishing to windsurfing major international competitions are held in the area of El Medano and the full range of water sports, al of which can be enjoyed all year round: sailing, diving, surfing, water skiing, canoeing, jet skis, etc.
El Cine de Terror
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2005 will be hold under the motto: The Great Comedy, inspired in the great musical comedies of Broadway offering an important variety of costume elements and atrezzo and, therefore, a wide range of possibilities when making the disguises and carnival fantasies.
The traditional architecture of the Canary Islands, the architecture of stately homes and more humble houses for the people, takes its inspiration mainly from the traditional architecture of Andalucia and Portugal, although it also has a strong personality of its own.
Art and Culture
In the different towns and municipalities from the island, celebrations throughout the year are made, that count on the participation, as much of local people, like of visitors, since several of them, are declared of cultural interest.
Playa de Troya
El Barranco del Rey is the boundary between the boroughs of Adeje and Arona. There are several golden-sand beaches along this stretch of coast, like Cuevitas and Playas de Troya, which are very popular for their dry, sunny climate.They have changing rooms and showers. There are many bars, restaurants and terraces along the pedestrian promenade that has been built along this stretch of coast.Two beaches in this area, officially known as Playa de las Americas I and Playa de las Americas II, were awarded the blue flag in 1998 by the European Environmental Education Foundation (FEE). This is an award given to beaches that comply with Community regulations in matters of cleanliness of coastal waters and other requisites.
Sun beds, pedal boats, pleasure craft and wet bikes can be rented.
Several water sports are practised, like wet biking, parasailing, etc., and there are several diving clubs. There is one stretch of the coast that is suitable for surfing.
Playa Paraiso y Callao Salvaje
These small tourist resorts in the borough of Adeje are about 12 Km from Playa de las Americas, toward Los Gigantes. Access is sign-posted from the main coast road.
There is a small cove in Playa Paraíso, next to a large swimming pool that belongs to the tourist complex.
The Callao Salvaje resort has a small pebble beach.
La Caleta y Playa de la Enramada
La Caleta is a small coastal enclave in the borough of Adeje, near Playa de las Americas, with a stone beach and some fish restaurants.Access is via a turning off the coast road.
Following a track for about half an hour to the south, you get to some small coves of golden sand.
Playa de Diego Hernández, a nudist beach, is close to La Caleta.
Playa de la Enramada is between La Caleta and Playa de las Americas.It is a quiet cove with a sandy beach. It does not usually get very crowded.
Playa de Torviscas
There are complexes in Costa Adeje like Playa del Duque,, Fañabé, Torviscas, San Eugenio and the original nucleus of Playa de las Americas.
Works carried out along the coast have created sandy beaches, like Playa de Torviscas, Playa del Bobo, Playa del Duque and Fañabé.
The marina is in the San Eugenio complex (Tel 922 793661 and 922 794511), from which you can take one of several fishing or leisure trips.Close by, on the coast of the Jardin Tropical Hotel, there is a lovely terrace, set out on five levels with gardens and a 90 metre-long swimming pool covering an area of 600 square metre, Las Rocas. The pool and terrace belong to the hotel and they charge an entrance fee. There is a comfortable restaurant.The next beach along is Playa del Bobo, where there is a windsurfing and sailing school. You can hire boards, sailing dinghies and catamarans.
Playa de las Vistas
The coast between Playa de las Americas (Playas de Troya) and the harbour of Los Cristianos has several good golden sand beaches, like Las Caletillas and El Camisón, along the stretch of coast along the back of the apartment complexes of Parque Santiago III and the Sir Anthony Hotel.
Beyond the Camisón point is Playa de las Vistas, which has been refurbished with sand from the sea bed, making it one of the best and longest beaches on the island. On all these beaches, you can hire sun beds, pedal boats and wet bikes. There are also many bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood of Playa de las Vistas.
Playa de el Medano
The Granadilla coast has the island's best beaches, of fine golden sand.
El Médano is a small, quiet, family holiday resort, with the longest beach in Tenerife (2 Km) and shallow seas. There is direct access from the TF-1 motorway.The beach has changing rooms and showers in the square by the beach. There is a kiosk and many bars and restaurants in the area, as well as a tourist information office (Tel 922 176002)
The constant winds in this area make the beach ideal for windsurfing.Winds are not so strong in September and October.
Windsurfing courses and board hire in the Playa Sur Tenerife Hotel.Tel 922 176013 and 922 176120.
Playa de la Tejita
Broad beach of fine sand, about 1 kilometre long, just south of El Médano, beyond Montaña Roja. It has a refreshment stall.
The small cove at the foot of Montaña Roja is a nudist beach. The currents make is somewhat dangerous.
There is a dirt track that goes down to the beach form the road between El Médano and Los Abrigos, although we recommend you do it on foot as the area has suffered greatly form off-road traffic.
A little further south, is the small El Confital black sand beach.
A kilometre of the coastline of Puerto de la Cruz has recently been refurbished, from San Felipe Castle to the district of Punta Brava. 200,000 cubic metres of sand from the sea bed have been used for this.
The beach has been awarded the Blue Flag for 1998, by the European Environmental Education Foundation (FEE). This is an award given to beaches that comply with Community regulations governing cleanliness of coastal waters and other requisites.
The beach is protected by a semi-submerged breakwater and has some 17,000 square metres of gardens.
The project was designed by Cesar Manrique.
Piscinas de Bajamar
Bajamar, a coastal town about 3 km from Tejina, has a complex of sea water swimming pools; two large ones and a children's pool, with showers and changing rooms.
Entrance is free, you just pay a small charge for the other services.
There is also a small sand beach next to the break water, by the pools. There is a path along the coast from here.
There are many bars and restaurants near the pools.
Playa del Arenal is between Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo. It has black sand or pebbles, depending on the time of year and the tides. There is a walkway from the old Hotel Neptuno, on the main road, right down to the beach.
Complejo Costa Martiánez
The municipal complex of Costa Martiánez, the pride of Puerto de la Cruz, is one of the most widely admired examples of coastal transformation anywhere. A prestigious team of experts, led by the famous artist from Lanzarote, Cesar Manrique, carried out this work that blends in perfectly with traditional Canary Island architecture and boasts native plants and original sculptures.
The artificial lake, with some 27,000 cubic metres of sea water, highlights the other four adult pools and three children's pools. All is beautifully set in an original layout. There is a wide range of bars, restaurants, stalls and a night club - the only one in the world below sea level - giving the complex a very special vitality and making it one of the most striking attractions of the whole island.
Playa de las Teresitas
The beach was extended and improved in 1973, with golden sand brought from the former province of Spanish Sahara. It is protected by a breakwater.
This extensive beach, one and a half kilometres long, has been planted with Canary Island palms, coconut palms and Canary Island bean caper.
It is near the fishing village of San Andrés, with many fish and sea-food restaurants, just seven kilometres north of Santa Cruz.
It attracts fairly large numbers of people, especially in summer.It has large car parking areas, free showers, kiosks, toilets, telephone boxes, restaurant and Red Cross post. There are sun beds and rowing boats for hire
Playa de la Arena
Playa de la Arena is just half a kilometre from the fishing village of Puerto Santiago. It is one of the finest coves on the island and it also has the brightest sunlight on Tenerife (Protection is recommended).
It has lots of black sand, and is equipped with changing rooms and showers. It also has gardens. You can rent sun beds, sun umbrellas and pedal boats. There are many bars and restaurants on or near the beach.
It has been awarded the Blue Flag every year since 1989, making it one of the beaches that has won most prizes in Spain.