The Best Canary Islands Beaches

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  • 16. Playa de la Tejita // Tenerife

    Playa de la Tejita
    Jose Mesa
    Great for:
    • Surfing
    • Kitesurfing

    Southward facing, Playa de la Tejita is located immediately to the west of the hill called Montana Rosa, a short distance from Tenerife Sud International Airport. One of the island's clothing optional beaches, the dark coloured sands run for around a kilometre, giving plenty of options for seclusion for those looking to go au naturel. Away from the tide line it is edged by shingle.

    At the furthest point from the… read more »

  • 17. Playa de Las Vistas // Tenerife

    Playa de Las Vistas
    © Mataparda
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    A giant of a beach, Playa de las Vistas lies close to the ferry terminal at Los Cristianos on Tenerife's southwest coast. Reaching from one end to the other of the neighbouring bay, it is divided into two parts by a short spit of land topped with a fountain and has a total length of around one kilometre.

    Wide enough for several rows of spaciously positioned sun loungers, separated into several… read more »

  • 18. Playa de Abama // Tenerife

    Playa de Abama
    Falco Ermert
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    The point at which the Barranco de Chabugo ravine meets the Atlantic Ocean, Playa de Abama sits on Tenerife's west coast. Reached via a turning off the TF-47, and the nearest bus stops, it is easily reached by road from Abama golf club and surrounding areas.

    Although backed by a luxury hotel, the golden sands of Playa de Abama are public, slipping softly into bright blue shallows partially protected by rocks… read more »

  • 19. Sotavento // Fuerteventura

    Sotavento
    © Dirk Vorderstraße / CC BY

    Situated on the "Calma Costa" which runs along the south east coast of Fuerteventura is Sotavento beach. A vast tract of golden, windswept beach this stretch of coast is about one of the most remote areas on the island.

    Sotavento is a collection of beaches which together create a virtually unbroken stretch of sand from Playa Barca right down to Morro Jable on the southern tip. That's 25 km… read more »

  • 20. El Cofete Beach // Fuerteventura

    El Cofete Beach
    © eyewave

    Cofete Beach is located just around the headland from the southern tip of Fuertaventura. The bright lights and resorts to the north of the island will do nothing to prepare you for the awe-inspiring scale and wildness of this beach. The beach is a wide expanse of golden sand that continues for as far as the eye can see. Directly behind the beach the dramatic mountains of Jandia rise hundreds… read more »

  • 21. Playa de Esquinzo // Fuerteventura

    Playa de Esquinzo
    Iván Hernández Cazorla
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Not to be confused with the beach of a similar name in Fuerteventura's south, Playa de Esquinzo is a relatively remote stretch of soft golden sand on the northwest coast, six kilometres from El Cotillo. It lies within a small horseshoe shaped bay at the end of a gravel road and beyond a footpath leading from the car park down the dark cliffs to the waves.

    Roughly 300 metres long by… read more »

  • 22. Playa Del Matorral // Fuerteventura

    Playa Del Matorral
    Dirk Vorderstraße
    Great for:
    • Swimming
    • Surfing
    • Kitesurfing

    Curving around the southernmost point of the island, the three-kilometre-long Playa del Matorral can be roughly split into two equal parts. Its rich golden sands have been awarded Blue Flag status for cleanliness time and time again over the years, while the waves that come ashore are also normally calm.

    The section closest to the city of Morro Jable is where you'll find the majority of hotels, as well as most… read more »

  • 23. Playa de Benijo // Tenerife

    Playa de Benijo
    busbusbus
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Forming a part of Parque Rural de Anaga, Playa de Benijo lies on Tenerife's northern coast close to the island's easternmost point. It runs without break into the neighbouring beach of Playa de Fabin although its widest point sits at the base of the curve of the bay.

    Because of its location within the reserve, Playa de Benijo is one for lovers of nature and narrow mountain roads. Views include… read more »

  • 24. Playa del Águila // Fuerteventura

    Playa del Águila
    Sebastian Köttinger
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    A wild and relatively wind-swept section of Fuerteventura's northwest coast, Playa del Águila also goes by the name of Playa de la Escalera, or Stairs Beach. A beach for a romantic sunset stroll rather than family day out, its orange-gold sands are backed by high sheer cliffs and lack any kind of facilities.

    To reach it, visitors must travel a short distance along an unsurfaced road before tackling a set of… read more »

  • 25. Playa del Castillo // Fuerteventura

    Playa del Castillo
    Bengt Nyman
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Playa del Castillo is one of Fuerteventura's most popular beaches when it comes to visitor numbers and names. Also known as Caleta de Fuste and Piedra Playa, it is considered a good beach for families even though strong surf means younger paddlers shouldn't be left alone in the water.

    Close to a wide range of hotel complexes and places to eat and drink, it lies on the western side of the… read more »

  • 26. Playa Esmeralda // Fuerteventura

    Playa Esmeralda
    © nito
    Great for:
    • Surfing
    • Kitesurfing

    Playa Esmeralda sits on the broad neck of the Jandia peninsula in the far south of Fuerteventura, and faces east. Best reached with a private vehicle, the final section of the journey requires a short drive along a dirt road from the FV-2 highway. Beyond the car park, low cliffs slip down onto the beige sand.

    Playa Esmeralda stretches for roughly 400 metres in length, and at its maximum extent is… read more »

  • 27. Dunas de Corralejo // Fuerteventura

    Dunas de Corralejo
    Victor R. Ruiz
    Great for:
    • Surfing
    • Kitesurfing

    While small by most standards, at 2.5 by 10.5 kilometres, Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park remains one of the highlights of the Canaries. Part beach and part volcanic landscape, it is named after the huge sand dune which sits at the park's northern end. It sees pale sands meet shallows the colour of turquoise. Meanwhile, its southern end takes on a slightly different scene, with rocks spread across the deep… read more »

  • 28. Playa Famara // Lanzarote

    Playa Famara
    Victor R. Ruiz
    Great for:
    • Surfing
    • Kitesurfing

    Playa Famara faces out into the waters of Bahia de Penedo on Lanzarote's northwest coast. Part of the Chinijo Archipelago Nature Park, it offers excellent views of La Graciosa island, which sits off Lanzarote's northern tip.

    Stretching for an incredible five kilometres, Playa Famara's yellow sands never get crowded, though in places they are mixed with ancient volcanic pebbles from the massif of rock that overlooks the shore.

    Sometimes called the Hawaii… read more »

  • 29. Playa de los Clicos // Lanzarote

    Playa de los Clicos
    Victor R. Ruiz

    Surely one of Europe's most unusual natural spectacles, Playa de los Clicos consists of black volcanic sands backed by a lagoon of vivid green. This is in turn edged to one side by the caldera of a volcano now partially lost to the sea.

    Thankfully the green of the lagoon isn't the result of some terrible nuclear accident, but the natural algae that found the mineral-rich waters so agreeable. Part of… read more »

  • 30. Playa de Las Alcaravaneras // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Las Alcaravaneras
    Pepelopex

    Less than five minutes' drive away from Playa de las Canteras is the slightly lesser-trodden sands of Playa de las Alcaraveneras. 

    Whereas surfers and snorkellers head to the waves and reefs at its near-neighbour, this particular spot is more popular for sailing and canoeing.

    The sands are what you'd expect from a Gran Canaria beach, with a soft texture and a custard cream colour to them, while there are enough ice-cream… read more »