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The 6 best beaches in the north of Tenerife

Playa de Benijo

The beaches of the north of Tenerife are the clear example of the volcanic beauty of the Canary Islands, where the black sand combines perfectly with the blue of the Atlantic Ocean, at the point where the cliffs fall into the sea. It's worth mentioning however, that these wild beaches stand out for having strong waves, so it is important to take precautions and only swim if the sea is calm.

1. Playa de Benijo

This virgin black sand beach is located in Taganana, belonging to the Anaga district, between the Benijo and La Rapadura rocks.

It is one of the most photographed wild beaches in Tenerife, since at sunset an idyllic image is created, decorated with the drawing left by the currents in the water, the rocks and the orange tone of the sunset.

So, to get there you have to go down a path of stairs that is not difficult to do but for which it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes.

In addition, the best time to enjoy this beach is at low tide, since the area of sand is much greater, although it must always be borne in mind that it is essential to bathe with caution due to the drag and currents that occur in these areas of northern waters.

2. Playa de Castro

Castro beach is in the north of Tenerife, specifically in the municipality of Los Realejos and is close to Los Roques beach.

To get there you have to follow the signs to Rambla de Castro where there is not much parking so, especially in summer, it is advisable to arrive early and then descend to the beach along a path that is not complicated but is preferable to do in trainers.

The beach is made up of sand and pebbles, although if the tide is high you will only be able to appreciate the latter, since the sand is only visible when the tide is low.

This wild beach does not have sunbeds or beach bars, it is far from the crowd and it is currently gaining fame, mainly due to the photos that circulate on social networks, and there is a waterfall that is the main attraction, enhancing the beauty of one of the most charming beaches in the north of Tenerife.

3. Playa El Bollullo

Among the best beaches in Tenerife we find El Bollullo beach, located on the edge of a cliff in El Rincón, in the municipality of La Orotava.

Already from the top of the access road you can see the large expanse of black sand divided by one of the many rock formations of volcanic origin that can be seen, leaving a wide stretch of beach on one side and a small cove on the other.

In this area, next to El Bollullo, is Los Patos beach, both ideal for bodyboarding and surfing due to the waves, although, as in those mentioned above, you have to be very careful when bathing.

Spending the day on one of these beaches is an excellent option and, as an idea, the plan can be complemented with a brunch or lunch at the restaurant at the top, at the beginning of the path that leads to the coast, and from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the sea.

4. Playa de los Roques

As its name (roques = rocks) indicates, the natural charm of this beach is given by the rocks of volcanic origin that resist the waves of the sea.

It is located in Los Realejos, near Puerto de la Cruz, and can be accessed through the Sendero del Agua, very easy to follow and with about 5 kilometres each way. There is the possibility of arriving by car, although there is not much parking nearby.

Likewise, when there is low tide, the combination of pebbles and black sand is appreciated, the perfect setting to take photographs from the shore with the rocks in the background, a picture so characteristic of the beaches of northern Tenerife and at the same time so special.

5. Playa de Almáciga

Located in the north of Tenerife, it is one of the beaches found in Anaga, next to Benijo.

Wild nature and singular beauty characterize one of the best beaches in the north of Tenerife and it is especially attractive for surfing.

This beach is open to the ocean and has changing currents, so if you are going to spend the day it is important to be careful.

Thus, the beach of Almáciga has an average occupation in summer and low the rest of the year, since the weather influences, clearly better in the summer season.

6. Playa del Tamadite

If you take the path that goes from Afur, a town belonging to the Anaga Rural Park, you can reach Tamadite beach, but be careful, the currents are very strong and it is not suitable for swimming.

The route along the slopes of the Afur ravine is very beautiful, one of the natural spaces of the Anaga Massif in which you will discover small streams fed by the water that run practically all year round, making the channel quite rich in vegetation.

At the end of the path, you will be greeted by a beautiful virgin beach, the Tamadite beach, where it is better not to swim due to the currents and the sea in the background, although you will be able to take some very nice photos and enjoy a small picnic before continuing the tour.

It is clear that the beaches in the north of Tenerife have a wild nature that can only be appreciated in the Canary Islands, where the volcanic origin is present in every corner, with unique and spectacular geological formations.

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