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naturist beaches on Tenerife
The official site of the Spanish
Federation of Naturism (Federatión Española
de Naturismo) is particularly recommending at its Tenerife
page the naturist beaches La Tejita,
Gaviotas, Diego Hernández
and La Pelada; I was at all these
places, and I am devoting a separate page to each of them.
A general notice based on my personal impressions
of both the natural conditions on Tenerife and the ways and habits of the
foreign holiday makers as well as of the local people will be as follows:
In addition, there are references to a
few other naturist beaches on Tenerife found at the Spanish Federation
site, on the page
on naturist beaches of the official site of Tenerife
Island administration, and on many other web pages.
I had no opportunity to visit all these
places during my 2 weeks' holiday on Tenerife, except for
Callao at the southern side of Los Christianos
which I did not like, so I can provide no first-hand information. Nevertheless,
it seemed to me worthwhile to supplement my personal reports with a brief,
probably, incomplete, list of other opportunities which I could find mentioned
in at least two apparently independent sources.
I am also commenting it with my own vision of the
environment of such places, and am giving descriptions of the ways to reach
Please also refer to the Tenerife map I am reproducing on this page
Very probable, most of the below listed beaches are
just small secluded places, sometimes not easily accessed and with a room
for no more than a handful of people. As often as not, some of the sunbathers
would get undressed and some others would follow their example. Since most
of the tourists are not staying on Tenerife for longer than a week or two,
that does never come into a stable tradition: those who were on a particular
beach twice or thrice have left, and the newcomers are starting all anew.
Such places are mostly located at the side of smaller tourist centres around
|The beach at Playa Punta Blanca [pronounced in Spanish, Plah-yah
Poon-tah Blahn-kah] bay belongs
to the northernmost resort area at the Western coast of Tenerife comprising
Acantilado de los Gigantes, Puerto de Santiago
de la Arena.
Passing in 300 m from the beach is road TF-47
which connects Acantilado de los Gigantes with TF-1
highway ending at the North of Playa de las Américas.
From the Tenerife North, one can come to Puerto de Santiago
over road TF-82 which starts at the end of TF-2
highway at the west of Puerto
de la Cruz, turning then down
onto road TF-454 from Tamaimo. The beach is located by road
TF-47 in the middle between Alcalá town in the south
and Playa de la Arena resort area in the north, the points distanced
about 5 km from one another.
Panoramic view of
Acantilado do los Gigantes
|Route bus No 473 connecting
Acantilado de los Gigantes with Las Galletas
via Playa de las Américas and Los Christianos
goes over this road every 20 minutes in each direction. Bus
493 from Acantilado de los Gigantes bound for Guía
Isora is also good to reach the beach.
de Montaña Amarilla
| Playa Colmenares
|The beaches at Playa de Montaña Amarilla [pronounced
Plah-yah deh-Mawntah-nyah Ahmahree-lyah]
and Playa Colmenares [Plah-yah Cawlmehnah-rehs]
belong to the southern resort area comprising Las Galletas,
Costa del Silencio and Golf del Sur. They are located to the
east of Costa
del Silencio resort village at about 1 and 2
km from it, respectively, and can be accessed by foot either from
Costa del Silencio or along the coast from the west from Golf
One can get to Costa del Silencio taking turns to the South
from the Southern highway TF-1 at Exits 24 (San
Miguel crossing) or 25 (Guaza crossing). Six bus routes are connecting
Costa del Silencio with Santa Cruz, Playa de las Américas,
Los Christianos, Acantilado de los Gigantes and
other places in the Tenerife South (the bus destination boards will read
"Las Galletas", but actually all the buses are for Costa del
Silencio via Las Galletas). To get to Golf del
Sur, one is to turn to the south from TF-1 at Exit
24, or one can ride on bus
No 470 running between Playa
de las Américas and Granadilla via Los Christianos,
Las Galletas, Golf del Sur and El Médano.
| Playa de
|The beaches at Playa del Camello [Plah-yah
dehl-Cahmeh-lyaw] and Playa de la Garañona
belong to the north-eastern resort area at Mesa del
Mar in Tacoronte province of Tenerife. They are located to the south
of Mesa del Mar resort village, after the Playa de la Arena
beach immediately adjoining the village. The distance from Mesa del
Mar is 1.5 and 3 km, respectively, and the access is
One can get to Mesa del Mar by taking turns to the north from
the Northern highway TF-2 at Exits 11 (Tacoronte crossing)
or 12 (El Sauzal crossing) onto the road T-162 for Tacoronte
and whence onto road T-165 for Mesa del Mar.
Route bus No 021 connects Mesa del Mar with Tacoronte.
Also passing at less than 1 km from Mesa del Mar
are buses No 023 from Tacoronte to El Prix and
No 051 from La Laguna to Tacoronte.
| Playa de
| Playa del
Bird's eye view of Playa de los Patos
|The beaches at Playa del Bollulo
Playa de los Patos [Plah-yah deh-laws-Pah-taws]
and Playa del Ancón [Plah-yah
dehl-Ahnkawn] are situated in the vicinity
of the second by importance tourist center on Tenerife, Puerto de
la Cruz [Poohehr-taw deh-lah-Kroos]
in the Tenerife North, at distances of about 2.5, 3.5 and
respectively, from the town – to the east along the ocean coast. El
Bollulo and Los Patos are described as "clothes-optional"
beaches where facultative naturism is tolerated, while the farthest
secluded El Ancón with a most difficult access is referred
to as a mainly naturist beach.
All the above beaches can be reached on foot from the road TF-176
passing through village Rincón; one can get to this road from highway
TF-2 at Exit 32 (Puerto de la Cruz
– Botánico crossing).
|There are indications that El Bollulo, Los
Patos, as well as El Ancón via Los Patos,
also can be reached directly from Puerto de la Cruz by foot,
apparently, with descending the rough slopes from Carretera del Este
motorway coming down to Puerto de la Cruz from Exit
32 on the TF-2 highway.
On the whole, steep slopes
and cliffs abruptly coming down to the ocean are mostly typical on the
Northern coast of Tenerife. So the access to the beaches is rather difficult,
and bathing among the rocks may be even dangerous, particularly, in stormy
weather. No wonder, many people resting in the Tenerife North prefer the
swimming pools to ocean-shore beaches.
| Playa de
| Playa del
|The beaches Playa de Benijo [Plah-yah
deh-Behnee-khaw], Playa de Fabián
and Playa del Draguillo [Plah-yah dehl-Drahghee-lyaw]
are situated in the remote North-Eastern part of Tenerife
at Northern coast of the Anaga mountain ridge, to the East of a small village
What I saw at Roque de las Bodegas village about 3 km before
Benijo over the road, were just a few youngsters, presumably locals, frolicking on
a small pebble-covered beach among the rocks, all of them in bathing suits.
Sure, everyone can pass a hundred yards further, find a nook and undress,
if he/she chooses it, and there will be no one around to object. In that sense,
I think all the beaches in this area can be called "optionally naturist"
Getting there: The area is scarcely populated and has virtually no tourist accommodation
facilities. It only can be reached on a single motorway crossing the Anaga
mountains in breath-taking serpentine turns and through a tunnel, and there
is a bus service No 246 from Santa Cruz just a few times a
day bound for villages Taganana and Almáciga. That is a fantastically
picturesque place, quite worthwhile to visit on an excursion, but hardly
anyone will be going there just for the sake of bathing.
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Andrei Samartsev, St. Petersburg,
Russia — May 2002