Spotlight on Tenerife Beaches – Playa de la Arena

Located just an 8-minute drive from the prestigious residential area of Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena is one of the top beaches in Tenerife for families.  

BEACH: Playa de la Arena, Santiago del Teide

WHERE: Nestled amongst the volcanic rocky outcrops of Puerto de Santiago lies this dreamy shoreline on Tenerife’s west coast. It is centrally located for all the towns in the greater Santiago del Teide municipality and a far cry from the tourist resorts in the south.  

WHY: Playa de la Arena has been a blue flag beach since 1989. This means it continuously maintains exceptional levels of cleanliness for all to enjoy. The 120 meters long stretch of volcanic black sand of this popular beach isn’t just eye-catching, it also soaks up the rays of the sun. This absorbed heat makes the beach a desirable temperature whatever time of the day which is why it is a popular hotspot for families with young children.

Playa de la Arena -A Snorkelling Paradise

It is also one of the best beaches for snorkelling in Tenerife thanks to the volcanic rocks that surround the beach providing lots of hiding spots for marine life. In addition to being a relaxing bolthole for both locals and tourists, this beach offers: 

  • Seafront restaurants and bars offering fresh seafood and other local delicacies 
  • Toilets and Showers
  • A bus stop and taxi rank a the entrance to the beach
  • Parking
  • Blue Flag status 
  • A lifeguard on duty during the day
  • Sunbeds and Parasols for rent 
  • Massages on the beach
  • Very close to neighbouring towns of Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago

HOW: If heading to the beach from the TF-1, take exit 87 towards Playa San Juan. Continue on the TF-46 for approximately 6 kilometres. At the roundabout, take the third exit towards Finca la Carrera TF-47 and follow the signs towards Puerto de Santiago until your reach the beach.


SHADE OF THE SAND: Tannery Brown

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