Location: On the south coast close to Tenerife South Airport, nestled against the stunning Red Rock (Montaña Roja).
Brief description: Unspoiled, untouristy, golden sandy beach (with some shingle). Warning: Naturists frequent this beach! Not obligatory but expect to get an eyeful!
Services nearby: None to speak of...an unspoiled beach, not much around except the señor selling cold drinks and slices of water melon and pineapple.
Good for: Swimming. The waves here can get quite large so keep an eye on them. If you’re careful, it’s a great place to mess around in the sea.
We like: The under development, sun beds are few and far between; you spread out and don’t have that ‘sardine’ feeling.
We don’t like: Sometimes breezy.
Location: In La Orotava on its border with Puerto de la Cruz.
Brief description: Two beautiful, large, dark sand bays at the foot of sheer cliffs in a completely unspoilt location on the dramatic and stunning north west coast.
Services nearby: None. The Playa Bollullo beach bar is a rock scramble and a ten minute walk away and there's an excellent restaurant at the top of the cliff. Bring a picnic.
Good for: Camping on the beach, complete isolation and an all-over tan.
What we like: Stunning, wild beaches so far off the tourist radar that they simply don't exist in guide books.
What we don't like: It's an awfully long way back if you forget your sun screen and there's very little shade.
Driving directions: Take exit 32 off the TF5 motorway and turn left off slip road, under the bridge to roundabout and follow signs for Playa Bollullo. At Restaurant San Diego, turn right along Camino Del Ancón to end and walk down path to beaches.
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