My Favourite Beach on Tenerife, Playa Bollullo

Fri, August 12th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

If you were to ask me what I thought was the most beautiful beach on Tenerife I’d answer Playa de las Teresitas near Santa Cruz before you’d even finished asking the question. The long, curving golden sands at the foot of the Anaga Mountains are backed by palm trees, lapped by aquamarine waters and lie next to a picturesque fishing village. As far as perfect beach ingredients go – jackpot.

However, if you wanted to know what was the best resort beach, most people’s answer would be Playa las Vistas between Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. More long, golden sands but this time with rows of sun loungers and all the facilities of a modern tourist resort nearby. I prefer Playa del Camisón just around the corner, the main beach at El Médano and the black sands of Playa Jardín at Puerto de la Cruz but those are just personal choices.



On the other hand if the question was about my favourite beach on Tenerife then there would be no contest. It would be Playa Bollullo (pronounced Boyuyo) in La Orotava. There’s no tourist resort behind it; there’s one simple café overlooking it; the waves are often too high for anyone but the strongest swimmer to tackle and as for the toilet facilities…don’t ask. Last time I was faced with a hole as a toilet was in Sri Lanka…oh and Glastonbury.

By this point you’re probably wondering why on earth anyone would pick this as their favourite beach on Tenerife. The simple answer is that all of the above helps keep it unspoilt. In some ways it reminds me of one of those simple Greek beaches with only one taverna in which to spend lazy lunches after a hot morning’s sunbathing.



The beach isn’t actually that far from Puerto de la Cruz. A coastal path leads all the way from La Paz in the northern Tenerife tourist resort. But it’s a 30 to 40 minute walk, which is a bit of a deterrent for many people. Alternatively, there is a road but it’s one track and passing places are few and far between – deterrent number two.

However, intrepid beach seekers who persevere will discover a beautiful black sand cove hidden in the folds of the cliffs where there is nearly always plenty of space to lay out the towel and get prone with a good book. And if you prefer something even more remote, and fancy an all over tan, there are another two wonderful beaches beyond Bollullo.



The one café (there is actually a restaurant at Bollullo but it’s on the cliffs above the beach) is a seriously chilled place to retire to when the heat of the sun becomes too much to bear. It only serves bocadillos and a handful of tapas dishes but tucking into an octopus salad accompanied by cool Dorado beer and exquisite views of El Bollullo feels and tastes about as good as it gets…until you need to visit the W.C.

Playa Bollullo has no airs, graces or resort facilities, but for holidaymakers who like to escape the crowds it’s a beach paradise.

Posted : Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 12:41 pm
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