Tenerife offers an enormous variety of white and volcanic sand beaches catering to families, sunbathers, surfers, nudists and the gay community. Ensure you find your ideal spot with our pick of Tenerife’s best beaches.

Playa Del Duque – family friendly

Wide, pretty and blessed with calm waters, this man-made beach is ideal for families. Suntan-interrupting chic dining and shopping can be found at some of the island’s best five-star hotels, which line the route to the beach.

Playa El Bollullo – seclusion from tourists

Isolated and difficult to get to, El Bollullo beach is considered one of Tenerife’s most beautiful. Those who adventure to avoid the tourist throngs will be rewarded with 400 metres of sparsely populated volcanic sand and extraordinarily clear water.

Playa de las Terestias – family friendly

This man made-beach and reef offer families a golden-sand crescent-shaped bay with calm waters. Populated mainly by locals, out-of-town visitors enjoy good facilities and a promenade dotted with cafes.

Playa Jardin – surfing

On the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, Playa Jardin is famous for its strikingly black volcanic sands. Surfers occupy a small corner of the beach’s water, taking advantage of the sometimes-big waves. Well-kept gardens of colourful exotic plants back the beach.

Playa Las Vistas – family friendly

Thankfully not too crowded, this popular beach is considered the best of the island’s south. Excellent amenities – sunbeds, showers, changing rooms and toilets – make this a family favourite.

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(Images: Playa Del Duque – Turismo de Tenerife; Playa El Bollullo – pano_philou; Playa de las Terestias – Turismo de Tenerife; Playa Jardin – Turismo de Tenerife; Playa Las Vistas – M1keez)

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