Playa de Las Teresitas


Volcanic beaches with fine black sand are the most typical in Tenerife, but one of the few exceptions is Playa de las Teresitas, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Tenerife.

It is covered in fine golden sand that was brought here from the Sahara in 1973, when the beach was artificially created to increase the tourist appeal of the northern part of the island.

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Over 1.7 km long and about 80 metres wide, this beach could be called the model of all beaches. It is well maintained, protected from dangerous currents and waves by an artificial stone seawall, and hundreds of palm trees provide natural shade. The golden sand is unique to Tenerife, so it's no wonder that Playa de las Teresitas is one of the most visited beaches in the Canary Islands.

Beach facilities

Teresitas Beach provides full facilities.

You can rent sun loungers and umbrellas (approx. 20 eur per piece per day), refresh yourself in the many small restaurants and bars, use the changing rooms or toilets free of charge or lockers for a fee 2 eur per day.


This beach is so popular and beautiful that it's worth staying right next to it for at least a night or two, and even longer if you're into beach fun. The nearest town is San Andrés, about 200 metres away, where you'll find mostly cosy apartments and villas. Don't count on classic hotels and resorts here, they can only be found in Santa Cruz, 7 km away.

View of the beach

Playa de Las Teresitas lies beneath a mountain massif that offers spectacular views of it and the coastline. The most famous viewpoint, Mirador Las Teresitas, can even be reached by bus number 945, which runs from the nearby town of San Andes and directly to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

How to get there

Playa de Las Teresitas is located about 8 km northeast of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, near the village of San Andrés. Practically the entire length of the beach is lined with a large free car park, which is also largely screened by mature palm trees.

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It's also easy to get here by public transport bus number 910, which terminates right on the beach. A single ticket from the city costs 1,25 eur.

Other beaches in the area

If you continue along the narrow winding road further along the coast, you'll come across about a dozen other smaller and much quieter beaches, this time again with typically Tenerife black volcanic sand. The most famous and largest of these is Playa de Las Gaviotas.

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