When it comes to tanning, I usually end up with more lines than your average fishing fleet. But for some, the prospect of spending time on the beach wearing anything more than a smile and sunscreen is simply unthinkable. So for those who prefer their white bits to be confined to their eyes and teeth, Tenerife has more than its fair share of beaches on which to shed your inhibitions along with your clothing and let the sun do the rest.
Playa La Tejita
An expanse of natural, golden sand that stretches from Montaña Roja on the edge of El Médano, the beaches on the south east coast are notorious for their persistent strong winds which attract wind surfers and kite boarders. Naked sunbathers tend to either stay in the sheltered cove at the base of the mountain, or lie in little semicircular pits dotted along the beach in order to avoid getting sand in places it definitely wouldn’t be welcome.
Playa Las Gaviotas
Shunning the city’s fabulous beach of Las Teresitas, the nudists of Santa Cruz follow the coastline to one of its furthest north easterly points to the black sand beach of Las Gaviotas. Small, secluded and uncluttered by sun loungers, you’ll find little in the way of facilities with the emphasis here being on natural, as in au natural.
Playa de los Patos
On the border of Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava, three splendid black sand coves lie at the bottom of a cliff. The first, Playa Bollullo, is the favourite haunt of young locals and the second, Playa de Los Patos is a popular nudist beach. It’s quite a trek to get to and sometimes fierce waves keep all but the toughest of swimmers at bay so it’s testament to its beauty that so many people make the effort to get there.
Playa La Pelada
At the eastern edge of El Médano is Montaña Pelada and the small, black sand beach of the same name. The little bay is picture perfect in its setting and isolated enough to be able to commune in comfort. Scramble over the rocks to get to more isolated coves but don’t expect to be alone, this is a very popular nudist area.
Playa de Montaña Amarilla
Part of the rugged east coast which runs along the base of Montaña Amarilla in Costa del Silencio. A path takes you along the coast from Ten Bel resort towards the yellow volcanic cone from which the area takes its name. A stony beach with waves crashing onto the shore, this isn’t the most comfortable of places to lie but the bay is good for swimming on quiet sea days and when the tide is low there are cliffs to explore.
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