of May 2002
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands lying in the Atlantic Ocean
off the North-Western coast of Africa to the North of the Tropic
of Cancer. Tenerife belongs to "Canarias" Autonomous Region of Spain.
It is one of the most attractive destinations for tourists and holiday
makers from Europe due to its mild subtropical climate permitting outdoor
activities, including bathing and sunbathing, almost all round the year.
Tenerife is a volcanic island of about 80×50 km
dimensions with a complex surface relief, and with a highest point of the
Peak of Teide rising to a height of 3,718 m above the sea
level. Tenerife is offering to the tourists an immense variety of most
fascinating landscapes and types of vegetation, differentiated on so small
a space by both "horizontal" and "vertical" climatic zones. Permanent trade
winds from the open ocean bring more humidity to the Northern coast of
Tenerife, which is favourable for verdure and for the agriculture: vineyards,
banana plantations, and vegetable growing. Many tourists also prefer the
milder climatic conditions of the North, and particularly, the seaside
town Puerto de la Cruz with its gorgeous subtropical vegetation located
at the bottom of a picturesque Orotava Valley dominated by Teide Peak.
However, the most popular tourist destination on Tenerife has become the
arid South-West. The sunshine there is almost permanent due
to the high mountains fencing off this part of the island from humid Northern
winds. More than a half of about 3 million tourists coming
to Tenerife every year are staying in an area often called by the common
name Playa de las Américas: a stripe stretching some 10
km along the South-Western coast of Tenerife formed
by a few grown together towns and urbanization zones:
Los Christianos, Los Morritos,
Playa de las Américas proper, San Eugenio,
Torviscas, Playa Fañabé and Duque (the four latter taken
together are also called by the common name Costa Adeje).
One easily can find a lot of information about the Canary Islands in
general, and about Tenerife in particular, both in printed literature and
on the net. There is a great volume of advertising in all the languages
imaginable by tourist agencies which offer a great variety of travel packages
to Tenerife. I am not going to review all that here, confining myself to
a much more limited task of providing a brief information about the opportunities
for naturists on Tenerife, basing primarily on first-hand
impressions and experience of my two-weeks stay on Tenerife
in mid May 2002.
I am also inviting to give a glance to a few photos (not naturist ones) I
have taken with an Agfa ePhoto digital camera
on Tenerife in May 2002; those who may be interested, please
follow up this
The naturist opportunities on Tenerife are rather scarce and a great deal
more limited than, e.g., in the mainland Spain. With the local population
of about 800,000 and 200300 thousand of foreign holiday
makers constantly staying on Tenerife,
there seems to be no more than a few hundred people present at all the
naturist beaches of Tenerife at any given moment.
That appears rather strange, since, first, Germans, the nation most famous for
being keen on a naturist recreation, comprise at least one third of the foreign
tourists, and, second, the locals seem to have no open inhibitions against
public nakedness on the beaches too, regarding both the public opinion
and the attitude of official authorities; moreover, it is just the locals
rather than foreign tourists who seem to take initiative in the propagation
of naturism on Tenerife.
Though limited, naturist opportunities do exist on Tenerife, but
they are not broadly advertised. Thus one may be advised to get prepared
in advance to find one's way about without spending too much time on a
search for the necessary information when already on place.
It also must be noted in parenthesis that 2030% of the
women on all the Tenerife's beaches sunbathe topless that
refers both to foreign holiday makers and to the locals.
Despite the above reservations, I personally would highly
recommend naturists' coming to Tenerife for the following reasons:
A systematic information about naturist beaches on Tenerife with photos
and schemes of access can be found on the Tenerife
page of Spanish Federation
of Naturism (Federatión Española de Naturismo).
Still there are some minor inaccuracies in the descriptions, cross-references
and maps, and some exaggerations too: what is noted as an acknowledged
and recommended naturist beach, may turn out being just a small secluded
place in practice, with a handful of people assembling there, and a part
of them venturing to undress at times.
A relatively short distance from Europe.
An almost guaranteed good weather all round the year, including the mid
winter when even the southernmost parts of Mediterranean Europe are hardly
suitable for outdoor recreation and sunbathing.
Rich opportunities of combining the beach life and leisure with fascinating
excursions amidst the most picturesque environment and gorgeous nature:
by foot, by bus, by car, by boat to other Canary Islands, etc.
Friendly cultural milieu of the European civilization: tourists from Europe
are not confined to a self-imposed "cultural ghetto", as
that often happens in many countries of the South and East, but can feel
themselves quite like at home in the street, at shops, in public transport,
I also can advise looking up a very good German-language site Kanaren
Virtuell: there is a big section on Tenerife there, and inside
it, a special page about naturism ("FKK auf Teneriffa"). A base for
the scheme above this paragraph is taken from that site.
A brief information on the naturist places on Tenerife also can be found at
the Spanish-language official site of
Tenerife Island Government
(Cabildo Insular de Tenerife) on their page on
and at a Spanish site "Naturist
Life" ("La Vida Naturista") on the
page on Tenerife.
Some General Advices to a Tourist
|I can provide a few general remarks about such things as
renting and driving a car on Tenerife, riding by route buses, booking organized
excursions, adjusting one's schedule to the local time zone and to the
||Many have got their own experience too, or rather would prefer making it
their own way in any case.
Still those who possibly may deem such recommendations of mine of
some use, please follow up this link.
places on Tenerife
I am giving here a list of links to separate pages
on which a few naturist beaches are described: their location, local conditions,
my personal impressions and assessment, as well as ways of access with
||The only well organized
naturist beach on Tenerife, located in the island South at about 2
km to the West of the town El Médano. A lovely
place comprising a cozy designated naturist area under the cliffs of Montaña
Roja mountain and a broad "clothes-optional" beach, the both
covered by thin white sand.
||A small naturist
beach 2 km to the East of the town El Médano
in the Tenerife South, mostly used by inhabitants of "La Jaquita"
naturist village. A secluded place located in a small bay under rocky cliffs.
Is composed of black volcanic sand gently coming down into the water.
has no naturist facilities itself, but everyone going for
La Tejita, La Pelada, or to
"La Jaquita" naturist village, possibly
cannot miss this nice quiet town, also renowned as a windsurfing center. It
has got a few hotels, pensions, and all the necessary infrastructure for the
tourists' staying there.
||The naturist beach
closest to the Playa de las Américas resort area in the South-West
of the island. Is located in a cozy bay of the same name in a natural reserve
near the village La Caleta at the North of the developed area. The beach
is composed of light-gray volcanic sand. Accessible only by
||The naturist beach
preferred by inhabitants of the Tenerife capital city Santa Cruz. Practically
accessible only by car: some 15 km on the road from Santa Cruz further
to the North-East. Is located under steep cliffs, and is composed
of black volcanic sand. The beach is frequented by the local surfboard
||The beach at Punta
del Callao immediately closing from the South the big urbanization zone
of Los Christianos Playa de las Américas
is randomly used by naturists. Currently it is a rough place, rather uncomfortable.
But it may have prospects, if the local authorities do take care of naturists' needs in the future.
||There are indications
at some other naturist beaches on Tenerife that I had no chance to check
during my stay on the island. As far as I can judge from by my overall
impressions, that must be mostly some secluded "nooks" under the cliffs
where naturism can be optionally practiced by tourists.
Naturist village La Jaquita
Hotels with naturist solariums
||There is one naturist village on Tenerife: Finca "La Jaquita"
near the town El Médano in the island South. A few
hotels both in the South and North of Tenerife have got naturist areas
at their solariums and roof terraces.
Those who may be interested in more details, please follow
up this link.
to my other personal materials:
places in Russia and Ukraine
|Odessa is a big city, of an almost 1 million population,
at the Black Sea coast of Ukraine. It is a place remarkable by 19th and
early 20th century architecture and an interesting urban milieux. The city
has a good naturist beach attended by many hundreds of people, both locals
and tourists, on hot summer days.
This link refers to a sketch of my personal impressions of August
|Koktebel is a small Black-Sea town and resort in the Eastern Crimea
in Ukraine. It has long-standing "bohemian" traditions, attracting
many people of arts, and is also celebrated for very picturesque surroundings
and for the good local wines. The place boasts a big naturist beach with
thousands of holiday makers assembling there.
This link refers to a sketch of my personal impressions of August
|The Dunes is a renowned naturist place at a coast
of the Baltic Sea on Karelian Isthmus, 30 km to the North-West
of St. Petersburg. The climate of Northern Europe is not very
favourable for outdoors recreation. Still thousands of naturism adepts come down
on this beach in summer, the most keen of them starting the sunbathing season
in April and ending it in September.
This link refers to my personal site devoted to The Dunes beach,
first launched in 1999.
Andrei Samartsev, St. Petersburg,