Life’s a Beach – A guide to lesser known Tenerife beaches – Part 2

 El Médano to Abades

As mentioned previously not all beach-goers want to follow the herd, some are solitude seekers. I have previously discussed the lesser-known beaches close to the southern resorts and I am now continuing to move further east covering the area between El Médano and Abades for those who are happy to travel a little to find their moment in the sun away from the crowds?

El Medano has a string of beaches that most have heard of even if they haven´t visited. The town, once a typical Canarian fishing village has become a popular seaside resort yet the beaches are rarely crowded and you will always find a place to put your towel.

Playa La Tejita


A quite, unspoilt, natural beach beside the Montaña Roja Nature Reserve. It is a kilometer long and runs parallel to the main road that connects Los Abrigos to El Médano. The constant wind makes it a popular choice with water sport enthusiasts who practice their skills. From the beach you can follow the path to the top of Red Moutain where the views are stunning.There is a car park and a nearby campsite with showers and cafeteria.

Playa El Médano

The longest beach on the island, a two kilometre stretch of fine golden sand. Half of this beach is in the town and is backed by restaurants, shops, and cafes where you can have a drink and enjoy the day, and on a weekend there is a market with craft stalls. The other half of the beach is the ideal place for windsurfing.

Playa Chica

Mainly locals use the small patch of sand in this cove next to the small pier where you will always find anglers trying their luck and colourful boats bobbing on the waves.

Playa del Confital

This is one of only a few beaches in Tenerife you can enjoy with your dog. The grey sands not only attract pet lovers, but due to the force of the waves at certain times of the year, it is popular with surfers.

Playa de La Jaquita

A mixture of light brown sand and rocks form a small bay where you can be sheltered from the waves. You can park on the road close by and because of its proximity to the hotel locals and tourists mix happily together.

Playa Cha Siveria

Also known as La Mareta beach this could be your ideal choice if you are seeking tranquility without the crowds. The sand is fine but grey and there are no facilities except in the small village of La Maretas

Playa La Pelada

La Pelada is a secluded beach very popular with naturists. The waves can be wild and the sand is volcanic but if you seek solitude this is where it can be found.

Playa de Tajao

Tajao beach is an idyllic place to spend the day sunbathing and swimming, then round it off with an excellent meal in one of the village’s famous fish restaurants. You can park next to the beach or in one of the nearby streets. 

Playa de Los Abriguitos


Located in the village of Abadas, Los Abriguitos consists of fine volcanic sand and its waters are usually calm and suitable for the whole family. There is plenty of parking and in the village plaza you will find a supermarket, restaurant and a couple of cafes.

This part of coast is a popular diving area so a common sight is to see divers practising or people snorkelling close to the waters edge. After the beach, and across a path, you’ll reach Playa Cardones, smaller and nearly always empty, as many people are not aware of this little cove.

Playa Grande – El Poris

Some say this is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. I wouldn’t argue and it is IMO the best in Arico. Next to the town of El Poris, it has golden sand and calm clear waters. You can see the wind farms in the near distance that may give you a hint that it can be a windy spot. Probably the reason there are few tourists but on a calm day it is worth a visit.

Playa de Las Eras

If you are looking for peace this beach is the ideal place to spend a quiet day. Unknown by tourists the only occupants are locals who will visit at the end of a hard day’s work. The sea is usually very calm so taking a dip in the crystal clear waters is a pleasure. At the back of the beach, there is a small promenade where you can sit in the shade watching the sea, or read a book.

Playa Los Roques de Fasnia and Playa Abrigo

playa abrigo

Not one but two beaches, you can spend the day on the tiny gravel beach soaking up the sun while listening to the waves beat against the Roques de Fasnia. At the opposite side of the village is Playa Abrigo a large sandy beach. Despite being located at the edge of the village, there are rarely many people which is perfect if you are in search of tranquillity.

So that’s it for this week, I will shortly finish the southern coast of the island by visiting the beaches between Guimar and Candelaria.

Some images belong to me, others are courtesy Turismo Tenerife.

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