Planning a trip to this Spanish archipelago and wondering which of the Canary Islands have the best beaches? Check out this definitive Canaries beach guide.
The Canary Islands are particularly popular among European tourists who visit here to escape the cold winters on the European mainland. The beaches of the Canary Islands are ideal because of an all year long sub-tropical climate and spending most of your vacation on them is one of the most popular things to do. But with seven main islands and more than 500 beaches to choose from how will you know which of the Canary Islands have the best beaches? There are white sand beaches, gold-sand beaches, and even black sand beaches from previous volcanic activity – all with some of the most incredible scenery and backdrops. Here are some of the most recommended Canary Island beach destinations to visit for your next vacation.
Las Teresitas, Tenerife
The best Tenerife beaches are indeed found along the south-west coastline. However, Las Teresitas can be found on the opposite side (north-east coast) and is not regarded as one of the most popular Tenerife beaches but its worth a mention. The 1 mile long, palm tree lined and gold-colored beach sits at the foot of the Anaga mountains. It’s rarely overcrowded which means it offers a fair deal of tranquility, even during the holiday seasons. What makes Las Teresitas so interesting is that the entire beach originally consisted of black volcanic sand and rocks but is now regularly covered with desert sand imported from the Sahara.
Playa de las Vistas, Tenerife
Playa de las Vistas, located on the south Tenerife coast, is one of the best family beaches of the Canary Islands. The ocean waters are calm thanks to its half-moon shape and are therefore ideal for water sport activities such as jet skis and banana boats. Small beach bars are lined up all along the half-mile stretch of gold-colored beach while nearby you will conveniently find various restaurants and stores. Interestingly, the sand on Playa de las Vistas is imported from the Sahara to cover the black volcanic beach sand just as the case with Las Teresitas beach.
Playa De La Arena, Tenerife
If you’re in search of popular black sand beaches in the Canary Islands that isn’t covered with Sahara desert sand then head down to Playa de la Arena beach on the south-west coast of Tenerife Island. It’s a short beach with very fine and dark sand. There are lifeguards on duty but the waters are not suited for small kids since there isn’t much shallow water for them to play in. Behind the beach are palm trees, stores, bars, and restaurants. Playa de la Arena has a very relaxed atmosphere but tends to get busy during peak season. Nevertheless, its regarded by many tourists as one of the best beaches of the Canary Islands.
Playa De El Medano, Tenerife
This is probably one of the best Tenerife beaches in terms of water sports. Coincidentally it’s not a place that receives hordes of tourists – yet, despite the nearby luxurious hotels and extremely vibrant nightlife. El Medano beach itself is divided into two different sections.. the one section is a family beach while the other is strictly for water sports. Its most crowded time of year is during the yearly International World Kite Surfing Championship where people from across the world come to compete.
The 3-mile long pristine Cofete beach is very isolated but if wide-open beaches, hardly any people and spectacular scenery appeals to you then this is guaranteed to be your favorite Canary Island beach. The region is mostly frequented by German tourists and nearby Mount Jandia makes for a breathtaking backdrop which can be seen all along Cofete beach.
Playa de Morro Jable, Fuerteventura
Morro Jable beach is the type of place tourism brochures are made of. It’s an enormously large white sand beach that stretches for 2 miles and has calm clear waters. It’s particularly popular with families and surfers while the bars and restaurants dotted along the coast make it so much better. There’s even a lighthouse from where you’re able to enjoy picturesque views of this exquisite stretch of coastline. In my opinion, undoubtedly one of the best beaches in the Canary Islands.
Playa de Amadores, Gran Carnia
Playa de Amadores is one of the most popular family beaches in the Canary Islands. Situated on Gran Carnia Island and protected by a bay which provides its calm ocean water. It stretches for 800 meters, has gold-colored sand and the seafood restaurants / take-aways always provide delicious fresh seafood. You will definitely want to be on Playa de Amadores for the sunset because you will see it set behind Mount Teide on nearby Tenerife!
Playa Nogales, La Palmas
Playa Nogales is regarded by many surfers as one of the best Canary Islands beaches for surfing. It can only be reached by foot and is surrounded by cliffs. The strong ocean currents do not make it safe for swimming and there are no lifeguards either. This black sand beach is mainly visited by surfers and sunbathers.
Playa de las Conchas, Lanzarote
Canary Island beaches are known for their many restaurants, bars, and various other amenities. Playa de las Conchas beach, on the other hand, has none of those. As a matter of fact, there is nothing for miles when you visit this eerily isolated northern coast Lanzarote beach. The beach has beautiful fine white sand with an abundance of crushed seashells mixed in with it and sits in a protected natural park. Playa de las Conchas is spectacularly beautiful and many of those who go through the effort of reaching this beach agree that this is probably the best beach on the Canary Islands. From the shores of Playa de las Conchas you will enjoy views of other nearby isolated islands and their beaches.
A word of caution: The water is not safe for swimming and its not recommended you go in deeper than your waist.
Every beach on Gran Canaria Island is listed at gran-canaria-info.com.
Take a look at the best shorelines of La Palma Island here.