The Best Family-Friendly Beaches in Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, a Spanish-owned cluster which also includes La Palma, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, amongst others. Located off the western coast of Morocco and only 4 hours from the UK, the Canaries boast even better summer weather than mainland Spain and are a staple destination for British holidaymakers. In this article, we’ll show you some of the best family friendly beaches in Tenerife, perfect for a relaxing break by the sea.
Playa de la Pinta
To Tenerife’s south-west is the tourist town of Costa Adeje. With a mind-boggling number of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Playa de la Pinta is the town’s beach, a relatively small stretch of golden sand which is known primarily for its calm waters. Protected from the wind and waves by Puerto Colon marina, it is the perfect place for children to enjoy a swim in relative safety. There are also numerous water sports facilities, sun beds for hire, public showers and a promenade which stretches around the beach, boasting even more places to eat and drink.
Playa de Las Teresitas
At the northern tip of the island is Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Unsurprisingly, the city’s beach is one of the island’s most popular, stretching for more than a kilometre. Palm trees line the beach and once more the waves are virtually non-existent thanks to man-made breakwaters. This has led to a burgeoning pedalo trade, with several merchants renting out pedalos for families and friends to enjoy. The beach is watched by lifeguards during the summer months and it is a popular snorkelling beach, with tropical fish making the most of the calm waters.
Playa de Los Cristianos
The southern town of Los Cristianos offers visiting families two beaches to choose from. The man-made Las Vistas Beach offers calm waters and plenty of water sports facilities, but it is the second beach, Playa de Los Cristianos which is the more popular of the two. Sheltered by the town’s harbour (which is itself worth a stroll around), the sandy beach is smaller than its neighbour and stretches for around a kilometre around the bay. There are numerous restaurants and cafes in the area and several boat operators run whale and dolphin spotting cruises out of the harbour. Pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins can be seen in the waters off Tenerife all year round, whilst magnificent humpback and blue whales migrate through the area from November to February each year.
El Muelle Beach
For something a little different, the beach in the small northern town of Garachico isn’t your typical sand and sea kind of affair. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the shingle beach is best known for its transformation during the town fiesta celebrations. Hundreds of flags are used to decorate the beach and in the month of June something even stranger unfolds. Locals bring goats and horses to bathe in the harbour waters, as part of a ritual which is supposed to bring good luck to the townspeople. It is quite the spectacle if you’re after something a bit different. The fishing town itself is very traditional and a pleasant place to explore, whilst there’s a man-made saltwater lake, Lago Martianez, not very far away, which is great for swimming.
Playa la Tejita
We’ll finish this article with another traditional beach. Playa la Tejita is the largest natural beach on the island, which means it is home to that black volcanic sand so often associated with the Canaries. It is also the only entry on our list to be found on the eastern coast of Tenerife. With less protection, this is a much windier beach than others on the island, which makes it a great place for children and adults alike to try their hand at surfing. Spanning more than a kilometre in length, there is plenty of space to enjoy the views over the Montana Roja volcano, too. The beach and its surroundings are protected for nature, so you will have to walk from the car park to access it. It is also worth bearing in mind that although it is not a nudist beach, nudists are welcome, so if you are visiting Tenerife with younger children then you may wish to stick to the more conventional beaches!
Tenerife is the perfect family beach break destination. With reliable weather, numerous hotels and resorts and more beaches than any of the other Canary Islands, the only trouble you’ll have as a family is deciding where to go. For a traditional day at the beach, Playa de Las Teresitas is probably the best option, with plenty of amenities and lifeguard protection. On the other hand, if you prefer to get off the beaten track and immerse yourself in nature, Playa la Tejita is home to some of the most stunning scenery on the entire island.