My idea of a perfect beach includes these essential ingredients; turquoise seas, plenty of space to spread out, a bit on the wild side and, most important of all, a cracking little beach bar.
When I thought about it, I realised most of my favourites were on Greek Islands, like St Paul’s Bay in Lindos and on Symi where the only way to reach some beaches was by water taxi.
Why weren’t there any on my adopted home Tenerife which has plenty of beaches and loads of bars?
Wasn’t there anywhere on the island with that combo of beautiful playa and rough ‘n’ ready beach bar? Some urgent research was required.
Tenerife’s Southern Beach Scene
The south west of Tenerife enjoys the best of the sunshine but not the best beaches. Some are extremely nice and man-made additions have improved the likes of Playa Paraiso, Callao Salvaje, Alcalá and Playa San Juan, but none quite fit the bill.
The stylish vibe at Del Duque is too upmarket to have a ramshackle beach bar so it’s out. Nearby Fañabe comes close with straw thatched bars right on the sand. However, being backed by a large resort means plenty of amenities within a stone’s throw of the beach but it also means there is no ‘get away from it all’ factor.
It’s something that takes the beaches in the main southern resort areas out of the running. You can’t have a desert island vibe when there’s a row of buildings backing the sand.
The breeze on the east coast prevents the beaches from being over developed and there are some strong candidates along this coast. Playa de la Tejita at EL Médano has most of the ingredients and used to have a chiringuito (beach bar) below Montaña Roja where chilled cervezas were essential and swimwear optional. Unfortunately the chiringuito is now at the wrong end of the beach.
Playa de las Teresitas outside of Santa Cruz might be the capital’s beach but it’s located close to a small fishing village, is backed palm trees and the Anaga Mountains and has a choice of ramshackle kiosks selling beer and tapas. It’s a big beach but one with a lovely laid back feel. The downside is it’s often breezy.
Tenerife’s northern coastline is a bit wilder and more dramatic than its southern counterpart. There are less resorts which makes the chances of finding that combination of concrete free beach with a quaint beach bar that bit higher. Playa de las Arenas at Buenavista del Norte has a wonderful beach bar/restaurant covered in fishing nets but the beach comes and goes with the seasons.
The beaches at Puerto de la Cruz, Punto del Hidalgo/Bajamar and San Marcos near Icod de los Vinos are too close to towns to have that remote beach feel.
For me the beaches that come closest to coming up with all the goods are Playa Bollullo in La Orotava and Playa el Socorro in Los Realejos. Both are located at the base of cliffs and surrounded by banana plantations, both have that wild and wonderful factor. And both have great little beach bars overlooking the sand where you can escape the hot sun for tapas accompanied by a glass of icy Dorada.
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