TOP 5 black sand beaches in Tenerife

The volcanic origin of our island determines the color of many of the coastal areas that surround us.

The sand on the beaches is formed by the wear and erosion of the nearby cliffs, which in Tenerife takes on special importance due to its volcanic origin and the characteristic black color of the solidified lava. Lanzarote or Iceland are some of the few places in the world where we can find this peculiar color. And this sums up the main reason why there is not a single black sand beach in Tenerife, there are many.

The beaches are the reflection of years and years of change and modification of the landscape. Direct witness of history and life in a place. A true miracle of nature that we share with you so that you can discover the best black sand beach in Tenerife and the many other options that this paradise offers you.

Benijo Beach

If you like nature in its purest form, you cannot miss Benijo beach. You will enjoy a unique landscape on the Island with privileged views of the Roques de Anaga. The sunsets are magical, especially when the undertow of the sea mixes with the red of the horizon and the silhouettes of the volcanic rocks emerging from the bottom of the sea.

Benijo is the most isolated beach in the town of Taganana (El Roque de las Bodegas and Almáciga), and it is reached by walking through a path with stairs. You can get to the surroundings by car, where you will find several restaurants where you can taste typical dishes of the Island.

You must be especially careful with the waves, since they are usually quite strong.

The beach is frequented by people who practice nudism.

Antequera beach

Knowing Antequera is discovering one of the most remote beaches in Tenerife. You can only reach it through a path of difficult access or by sea. It is worth visiting to enjoy the extraordinary landscape next to the cliff of the Anaga massif merging with the rock that gives the beach its name.

The best option to get there are the boat trips that depart from Santa Cruz and from the town of San Andrés. Access via the trail is quite tricky and requires good physical condition and experience.

The beach is made of very fine gray sand and the ideal is to find it at low tide, since at high tide it is usually completely covered by the waves.

Nudism is usually practiced.

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El Socorro Beach

If you practice surfing, this beach in the north of the island will be one of your favorites. But if your thing is not the waves, but relaxation and contact with nature, you will also be surprised. El Socorro has the Blue Flag distinction, guaranteeing the good condition of the waters and the quality of all its services.

Located in the municipality of Los Realejos, this volcanic sand beach is the ideal place for you to enjoy unbeatable views of the rugged silhouette of northern Tenerife.

Because the waves break far from the shore, surfers and bathers coexist in the same space in a harmonious way. In any case, you should be especially careful with currents and strong waves if you do not know the area well.

You can access the beach by car through the general highway of the North (C-820), where you will find a signposted detour near the Mirador de San Pedro that will take you to the coast itself.

Alcala Beach

Alcalá is the perfect beach to fully immerse yourself in the tradition and beauty of the customs of the town that gives it its name. Located in the municipality of Guía de Isora, next to the core of Playa San Juan, it is a cove of gray sand and picón next to a small pier with fishing boats where you can practice various water sports.

In the surroundings you can taste the local cuisine with a wide range of fresh fish and seafood. You cannot miss the spectacle of the sunset with views of the island of La Gomera. The mixture of colors of the sunsets and the sea breeze from the promenade will make it a truly unforgettable moment.

El Pris Beach

If you are looking for authenticity and enjoy island cuisine, El Pris will be a place that will not leave you indifferent. It is a small fishing village that has a cove of black sand next to a natural pool. The entire coast of this municipality has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest with the category of Archaeological Zone.

El Pris is a privileged place to enjoy the colors of the sunset with Mount Teide in the background and taste good fresh fish in one of its typical Canarian food restaurants.

You can access this small beach of black sand and stones by car. Keep in mind that you must be especially careful with the waves since they are usually quite strong throughout the year. The area has bars and restaurants and during the summer months, there is a lifeguard service.