Best Canary Islands Beaches from Tenerife to Gran Canaria

Travel doesn’t always have to be about pushing yourself to the limits, discovering off-the-beaten track places and immersing yourself in unfamiliar cultures. Sometimes you just want a bit of sun, sea and sand! And where better to enjoy all 3 than in the Canary Islands? From small remote bays made up beautiful blonde sand to rugged volcanic beaches that stretch on much further than your eyes can see; here are the best Canary Islands beaches to relax on year round.

Best Canary Islands Beaches

La Tejita in Tenerife

La Tejita beach at sunrise,Best Canary Islands Beaches from Tenerife to Gran Canaria
La Tejita beach is an amazing place to watch the sun rise

Just a short walk away from the bohemian town of El Médano in the south of Tenerife, La Tejita is the island’s longest natural beach. Made of rough volcanic sand which seems to change colour from a dramatic jet black to a warm golden brown depending on the weather; this coastal gem stretches on for more than 1km. The western side of the beach is dominated by the iconic Montaña Roja; which you can climb for incredible views that span the coastline. While at the eastern side of the beach you’ll find the boho-chic Chiringuito Pirata; a laid-back beach bar where everyone’s welcome.

Playa de Papagayo in Lanzarote

Golden sandy beach of Playa de Papagayo
Playa de Papagayo is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Canaries

One of those places you really do have to see to believe, Playa de Papagayo is an impossibly beautiful bay nestled into the south of Lanzarote. Forming a horse shoe shape of soft, golden sand and glistening aquamarine waters; this beach is ideal for snorkelling, thanks to the remarkable stillness and clear visibility of the water that never change. The towering cliffs which line the beach provide shelter from Lanzarote’s winds; while also creating some natural shade which you can duck into when the sun gets a bit too much.

Playa de Sotavento in Fuerteventura

A pair of flippers in the sand next to the sea
Playa de Sotavento is perfect for water sports

Stretching on for a staggering 9 km along the southern tip of Fuerteventura, Playa de Sotavento is like paradise on earth for anyone who loves long romantic strolls along the coast. You’ll find a little bit of everything here, from windsurfers making the most of the windy conditions and families building castles in the sand to nudists working on getting an all-over tan. But despite being so popular, because of the beach’s enormous size; you could easily spend all day there and not see a single soul. Perfect if you’re searching for a real desert island experience.

Playa de Maspalomas in Gran Canaria

Golden sand dunes of Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is famous for its fantastic sand dunes

Home to the island’s famous sand dunes, Playa de Maspalomas stands proudly on the southern coast of Gran Canaria and attracts people from all over Europe with its fine golden sands, artistically crafted by nature into stunning sand dunes. Here you can have an ordinary beach day; and spend your time flitting between the refreshing Atlantic and your comfy sun lounger. Or you can turn things up a notch; hire a board and take it up the top of the dunes for a bit of sand boarding!

About Nicola Quinn


Nicola is a travel and food writer living in the Canary Islands who loves exploring far-off places, pushing herself to the limit and trying local eats wherever she goes.

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