For its warm climate, its wealth and natural environment make the Canary Islands is a unique destination and spectacular. The islands are of volcanic origin and are part of the region of Macaronesia. This name is given to the islands that are located in the North Atlantic near Africa. In Greek means “happy or fortunate islands”.
With its diversity of ecosystems, we can find mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, cliffs, canyons, forests of laurel, dragon trees, bushes, huge sand dunes, golden, white and black beaches and red lava. Not to mention, there are four national parks of which two have been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the other two declared a World Biosphere Reserve.
But the summer is coming soon, we here you have a short brief of the best beaches in the Canary Islands.
If we start with the island of El Hierro, highlight the Tacorón Creek. It is rocky but suitable for swimming and sunbathing. Its size is 10m x 10m. The waters here are calm and the weather is good almost throughout the year. The stone swimming pools located on the coast are filled with crystal clear water, which encourage to the bath. Near the creek, is the Devil’s Cave. It is an underwater cave with a large arched entrance and 8m deep. It is also a rarely visited dive site. Because its access gives a little frightened. But there is abundant marine wildlife. An example is a spiny puffer. A native fish to the islands and endangered.
Another unique place is the Charco Azul, in the municipality of Frontera. They are two saltwater pools, nestled in the rock. One is inside a natural cave. Its turquoise water is spectacular and surrounded by lava.
In Fuerteventura have several beaches to admire its beauty. Cofete is a stunning, wide open stretch, flanked by the impressive Jandia Mountains with waves crashing on its shore. To put it bluntly, it’s a beast of a beach running 5km in length and soaked with wildly rugged charm. The downside is that access is not paved. And you have to carry supplies. In addition, once a year, sea turtles are released into nature in Cofete. On the shores of the impressive beaches, you can help the sea turtles begin their new lives.
The Sotovento beach or Playa Barca, stretches down the south-east coast of the island, part of the 17 miles of continuous beach between Playa Barca and Morro Jable on the southern tip. Away from the resort areas, huge tracts of the expanse of pale golden sand are usually deserted and nudism is popular. A cause of windy is perfect for sports such as windsurfing, sailing or other water sports. Every year there is the Kitesurf World Championship. We recommend walking or sunbathing instead of bathing.
Another area that should not be missed is the Cotillo. It is a small fishing village dedicated to Good Voyage Virgin’s. CastleBeach or Toston is the most beautiful, but it is not suitable for bathing. It has a strong current. Deserted, solitary, lonely, and in the background, you can see the 800 m high mountains of Jandia where the clouds get caught. The weather is always breezy and the waves are very high. The beach appears breathtakingly eerie but nevertheless wonderful. There is also the Ajibe of the Cave Beach and Eagle Beach but are wild and inaccessible too. La Playa de la Concha or Lagos is ideal for the family. It is definitely worth a visit. It is about 4km west of the reef town centre. Gorgeous soft white sand backed by a volcanic landscape.
Well, we go to Lanzarote. We emphasize the Papagayo Beach. A crescent of fine, white sand sheltered by cliffs, Papagayo is said by many to be the most beautiful beach on Lanzarote. It’s hidden away in Los Ajaches nature reserve, an area of volcanic hills, on the southern tip of the island.
El Risco located in the town of Famara. Surrounded by the marvellous “Risco de Famara Cliff”. This is one of the wildest beaches on the island due to its difficult access. The reddish cliff, white sand and turquoise water compose fantastic scenery. Although, one of the best areas for paragliding or hang gliding. It is also one of the richest areas in the waters.
La Graciosa: This island is framed within the Marine Reserve of the Chinijo Archipelago. With 70.700 hectares it is the largest marine reserve in Europe and an area of exceptional landscape value. This reserve is confined within the corporation of Teguise and Haría and is formed by the islets of La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste or also called Roque del Infierno and the cliffs of Famara. We feel desire for its golden beaches caressed by turquoise seas, and its placid houses laid out on its sandy ochre canvas. This special island is for sensitive travellers, who know how to enjoy nature, silence, beauty, as well as sun and solitary beaches. La Playa Francesa is perhaps the most pleasant of the south coast. Isolated, with a beautiful rural area with clear water, of narrow width and separated by a natural stone dam.
Located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Maspalomas Beach is simply beautiful and needs to be seen to be believed! Fine white sand and wind-sculpted dunes set against the blue sea are truly an amazing sight. You’ll find that it is divided into four areas: the first perfect for families and kids, the second and the fourth are nudist zones and the third is popular with the gay community. Furthermore, just a few metres from it, there is the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, made up of three eco-systems: Palms, Dunes and Pond. The whole area is an enormous, exceptionally valuable natural space. Next to La Playa del Inglés, claim to be one of the most famous beaches in Europe. Thanks to Gran Canarias mild climate and the ‘feel good factor’ visitors find here, it is extremely popular throughout the year and it’s also the busiest tourist destination in the whole of Spain. This fun-and-sun beach offers all sorts of leisure and sports activities including jet-skiing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and many more. And the third beach next to them is Playa de las Meloneras. It is a popular choice for those seeking tranquillity, as it does not get overcrowded. It has its own spacious beach and some of the classiest bars and restaurants in the region.
Las Canteras, one of the biggest urban beaches in the world. Protected by its fine sand and rocky reef of volcanic origin and refreshed by trade winds the best part of the year, it is conserved a natural space of big ecologic value, with a typical subtropical fauna. In the protected water lives a multitude of marine species and rocks that provide the food for the birds native to the island and also for those that migrate. And it has a characteristic attribute, what locals know as “La Barra”, a long rock formation spreading not far from the sand. A singular line of volcanic rock that protects a large chunk of the beach from the tides, and which turns our bay in the best place this side of the globe where to swim and walk practically on the water in days of low tide.
Nogales Beach, located in Puntallana. A well-maintained path goes down to the beach. But its disadvantages are sudden depth changes and strong currents and streams. We recommend you that you don’t bathe. Better, if you do another kind of activity. The black sand of the island’s beaches speaks of its volcanic past. You can enjoy its impressive landscape. This is perfect for relaxing and forgetting about everything for a while.
Charco Azul is not a beach but a group of natural swimming-pools to the north-east of the island. They were formed when ancient lava flows met the ocean. They are filled by sea water flowing through cracks in the rock. The resort is situated at a half-urbanised area, rocky and with a heavy swell, although there is calm water at the swimming pool. It is a very crowded place and the swimming-pools have permanent surveillance.
And finally, we go to Tenerife. Médano Beach, the white sandy beach has played host to the world windsurfing championships and offers good facilities for sunbathing and other beach holiday activities. It is one of the largest beaches on Tenerife. In its environment highlights a protected area of 166 hectares known as the Red Mountain -(“Montaña Roja”), a volcanic crater of reddish sand partly corrupted by sea erosion, with a landmass half and half submerged. This reserve is one of the best examples of inorganic sand habitat Tenerife.
La Playa del Socorro, (El Socorro beach), at the north-east end of the coast of Güímar, is situated at the Malpais de Güímar, a special nature reserve where there are no bathing places except for this beach. It is 500 meters long by an average of 13 meters wide. It has black sand made of middle-size grain and it is windy with a strong swell. It is situated in a half-urbanized area that can be reached by bus. Moreover, the best known are: La Playa de las Américas is protected by an artificial reef and features an attractive yellow-grey sand and shallow water. Sunbeds, pedal boats, pleasure craft and jet skis are all available to hire. In addition, it has a great weather which you could do a lot of activities like water sports here include wet biking, parasailing, diving and surfing. And Playa de Los Cristianos is a sandy beach sheltered by the Harbour and boasts a number of facilities including water sports, beach volleyball, showers and a children’s play area. It is a busy tourist resort, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It is an ideal place to spend your holidays.
Definitely, the Canary Islands, the major tourist destination because offers extraordinary beaches and a wonderful nature.