Playa de la Arena is a rapidly expanding resort and the jet black sands of Playa de la Arena beach in the borough of Santiago del Teide have been awarded the coveted blue flag for over nineteen years running.
The flag is awarded on an annual basis after evaluating the quality of the bathing waters, the information available for beach users, the provision made to conserve the area and the environmental policy of the local town hall. The prestigious award has been presented to Playa de la Arena since 1987, making the beach the only one in the whole of the province to receive the flag so many times.
The beach of Playa de la Arena, which is situated on the West coast of the island near Puerto Santiago, is 175m long and 75m wide. It is equipped with nine toilets, twenty showers, a first aid post, qualified doctor and nurse on duty and is only a short distance from the main road.