Black sands, palm trees and a backdrop of dramatic volcanic scenery – Playa de la Arena is the epitome of a Canary Islands beach holiday destination. No golden sands and calm seas here, this is Tenerife’s rugged west coast. A small and tranquil resort, Playa de la Arena has all of the ingredients you need for a relaxing beach break; Blue Flag sands, an attractive waterfront promenade lined with eateries, and stunning views. Untroubled by the crowds that larger resorts attract, Playa de la Arena is a low-key resort that is perfect for getting away from it all.
Tenerife’s natural beauty is right on your doorstep in Playa de la Arena. Walking is a favourite pastime here, whether you want to explore the coastal paths or hike into the hills. The jaw-dropping cliffs of Los Gigantes more than live up to their name - it means giant cliffs. And the trails of the volcanic Teide National Park offer magnificent views amongst the rocks and wildflowers.
If you love getting back to nature, we reckon you couldn’t be happier in Playa de la Arena. But if the bright city lights are calling during your trip, Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, and the grand Renaissance town of La Orotava are both within easy reach for a day trip.
Puerto de Santiago
Just the other side of Playa de la Arena’s rocky headland lies the pretty former fishing village of Puerto de Santiago. Perhaps even more chilled out than Playa de la Arena, you’ll find more black volcanic beaches, some friendly beach bars and a quaint fishing museum.
A short 10-minute drive takes you to the watersports hub that is Los Gigantes. Those famous cliffs rise out of the water in a dramatic way that’s just crying out to be captured on camera. Again, the vibe is relaxed and peaceful but the resort also attracts plenty of diving fans, drawn by the clear waters and excellent dive school.
Less than 30 minutes’ drive south and you’ll be in Costa Adeje and a wealth of attractions and activities. Treat the kids to a day at one of the biggest waterparks in Europe, Siam Park, where the rides range from the white-knuckle to the relaxing. Meet the whales and dolphins at Loro Parque or head the beaches to find water sports, restaurants and bars.
Exploring Playa de la Arena …
Climb Mount Teide
We think a trip up the highest peak in Spain, Mount Teide, is a must during holidays to Playa de la Arena. This epic 12,198 ft. high mountain offers spectacular panoramic views of the entire island. And if the idea of hiking that far doesn’t appeal, don’t worry - you can also reach the summit by cable car.
On your travels through Teide National Park try to stop off in the gorgeous town of Vilaflor. Set high in the mountains, Vilaflor proudly holds the title of Spain’s highest town - and has the views to prove it. Stroll through the Alpine-style streets or hike through the fragrant pine forests that surround the town.
Boat trip to La Gomera
Set sail for this tiny island off the coast of Tenerife. From the candy-coloured houses of the historic capital, San Sebastian, to the beautiful forests of the La Garajonay UNESCO National Park, La Gomera has lots to explore. And the sunset views of Tenerife as you sail back aren’t bad either. You might even catch sight of whales and dolphins.
If you’re going to have a beach holiday in the Canaries, their unique black sands are where it’s at. Created from the natural volcanic rocks of Tenerife, Playa de la Arena’s black beach has that striking beauty that you only find in this part of the world. Although it is on the smaller side, Playa de la Arena is also special as one of the few natural beaches in this part of the island. It’s Blue Flag sands are clean, soft and lined with palm trees and beach cafes. Swimmers can enjoy diving from the rocks but do you pay attention to the flags and lifeguard warnings as there can be strong currents on this side of the island.
Traditional Tenerife dishes make use of the island’s top quality produce from its fresh fish to its sun-drenched vines. Make sure you try some of the delicious local specialities such as papas arrugadas (tiny salty potatoes with spicy mojo sauce) and carne fiesta (a mouth-watering pork dish served during the island’s fiestas). Many of the area’s restaurants embrace the Spanish tapas style of serving food, which is great for sharing.
We recommend the local creamy cheese drizzled in honey and crispy croquetas filled with flaky white fish or smoked ham. Mouth-watering.
Playa de la Arena restaurants
Unsurprisingly, seafood and tapas feature highly in Playa de la Arena’s line-up of restaurants. Tuck in to the freshest fish as you watch the sun go down or gather the family together for some rooftop tapas with stunning sea views. As a small resort, you won’t find endless choices in Playa de la Arena but you will find great food and a friendly atmosphere.
If relaxing on jet black sands surrounded by breath-taking volcanic scenery sounds like your cup of tea, we think you’re going to love Playa de la Arena. Holidays here are all about basking in that year-round sunshine climate and enjoying the natural beauty of this tranquil setting. Nature lovers will have plenty to explore - from the underwater world to the dramatic mountains beyond. Just send us a postcard OK?
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