The beaches of Anaga are the most secret ones in Tenerife, you can’t get there by car, so you need to walk or to take a boat.
In Tenerife there is a forestal area that is very special for the canarians, it is called the Anaga Mountain range, and it has very steep landscapes: With the passing centuries small sea coves have been formed in this are, and you can find wonderful beaches that you can only access after a long walk or by boat. Now, we will mention 13 of these hidden beaches that you have to visit in Tenerife.
Beaches of Anaga: the southern zone, from Santa Cruz to Antequera.
If there is something characteristic in the southern zone of Anaga is its coast, or to be more precise, the lack of it. Its closeness to the capital of the island and the need to expand the port have led to an almost complete destruction of the southern coast of Anaga. You have to go almost all the way to the Punta de los Organos to start seeing the essence of the Anaga’s beaches: the black sand, the ravines and the open sea. Even so, there are still some bathing zones between Santa Cruz and San Andrés that seem to resist the advance of “progress”.
- Tahidio: It is a little cove in the mouth of the ravine, where there are still some fishing boats. It is inside the port of Santa Cruz.
- Valleseco: This neighborhood from Santa Cruz has two small beaches that the neighbors call the one of the Germans, and Valleseco. They are divided by the docks and they have an approximate length of 80 meter. They are beaches of cobblestones and some black sand. Because they are basically inside the Santa Cruz Port, they don’t have strong waves or currents.
- María Jiménez: Presently extinct, La Maretita was, before it was covered by the port’s expansion, a little cove formed by the mouth of the Bufadero’s ravine. It was a place of historical value as the Peace of the Bufadero was signed here between the Guanches and the Castilians.
- Cueva Bermeja: It is an artificial beach formed at the entrance of the inner harbor, between the breakwater that closes the harbor and the dock where the disco El Cambuyón was built. The breakwater is also used by some as a bathing area.
- San Andrés: Finally we arrive to the town of San Andrés, that has the capital’s beach by excellence, according to the touristic standards of Santa Cruz. Las Teresitas is an artificial white sand beach, of about 1300 meters of length, with a protective breakwater and different services as bathroom, police, Red Cross, bars, etc. Besides, the people of this town also have two other bathing zones: El Cabezo, in the mouth of the ravine with black sand and cobblestones; and the Muellito, in the promenade.
- Las Gaviotas: This zone has three small beaches, all of them of black sand and cobblestones, and with a little bit of danger as they are on the open sea. In Las Gaviotas you can practice nudism, and is very acclaimed by surfers. Next to it, you have the Playa Chica and Playa Fea surrounded by buildings.
- El Balayo: Although today you can only access it by boat or by foot through the ravine, this area has a beach of black sand and cobblestones, the beach of La Cueva del Agua, and a cobblestone cove, the Playita del Burro.
- Igueste de San Andrés: This town in Anaga has an open coast which is free of buildings, and its back part is full of vegetable gardens. Here we can find the beaches of El Llano and the Callao de Igueste, all of them of cobblestones and, depending of the season, they also have black sand. There is also a zone of small coves and cliffs around. The Igueste beaches are very visited by surfers.
- Antequera: This isolated area has three beaches that you can only access by foot or by boat: the beaches of Las Brujas and Zapata, of small size and black sand, and Antequera, that has a natural black sand dune. In this zone there is also a dock. Its worth mentioning that the volcanic stack of Antequera is the limit of the natural reserve of Ijuana, so it has a restricted access.
Beaches of Anaga: La Punta from Ijuana to Las Palmas de Anaga
Continuing with the beaches of Anaga, this time we are seeing the bathing zone from the Punta de Anaga.
This zone that goes from the Antequera’s volcanic stack to the Picacho del Draguillo, is characterized by its “wild” beaches, by the steepness of the mountains that surround them, because they are cobblestone beaches and by their reduced surface, being more coves than beaches.
- Ijuana: The beach of Ijuana is located if the natural reserve of the same name, so the access is restricted, you can only get there by boat or by foot.
- Anosma: It is a small cobblestone beach that is quite dangerous because of its strong sea currents. You can only get there by foot.
- Roque Bermejo: This small town has the best beaches in the area; the beach of Roque Bermejo, in front of the houses, and the Beach of El Muelle. They are both of cobblestones and black sand. You can get to them by foot or by boat.
- Las Palmas de Anaga: Practically all of its coast, starting at Las Breñas is a continuos beach, although of very narrow width, of cobblestones, and of brave sea. The zones known as the beaches of the Fuentecillo, La Tambora and the Atracadero stand out.
Furthermore, between these beaches there are lots of coves, but the orography makes them to be almost impossible to visit unless you have a boat and very nice weather.