Enjoying the beaches in Tenerife

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By the sea in TenerifeWhen Robert was a toddler we took him to Ireland and he was entranced by the sea. He stood at the side of the water just watching and then started to pick up some pebbles and throw them in. He has loved the sea and the beach, wherever they may be, ever since.

So, when we decided to go to Tenerife over Christmas, we knew that the sea would be a popular destination. However, we didn’t know how impressive it would be and how we would all be happy just to sit and watch the remarkable waves, crashing onto the shore.

We stayed in an apartment near the San Miguel golf course, about five to ten minutes from the shore. This was not a beachside location – the terrain near the water was coarse and pebbly. It was also wonderful and a magnificent place for walking.

We had a lovely walk above the sea, and them made our way down to the water's edge
We had a lovely walk above the sea, and them made our way down to the water’s edge

We love walking with the kids, especially when there’s no rush and no particular destination! Instead we just traipse along for the fun of it, enjoying the views and the chat. Obviously this has become easier since the children got older, but it really is a great part of family time, and something we don’t often get to do together at home in busy London.

So, on the first day, we walked along to the marina and watched the waves crashing as we did so. We had competitions to see who could throw their stones the furthest and enjoyed the sun on our faces.

Crashing waves in Tenerife as seen on the Family Travel Times blog
Another day we walked in the other direction, which was even more impressive. I hadn’t expected Tenerife to be so beautiful and we were overwhelmed by the extremely clear water, the endless views and the huge numbers of differently shaped rocks.

Of course we also we couldn’t holiday in Tenerife without visiting some “proper” beaches and we loved these too. We’d also recommend both the ones we tried out.

Robert loved bungee jumping at Los Cristianos
Robert loved bungee jumping at Los Cristianos

We spent one gorgeous hot day in Los Cristianos, about 15 minutes from our apartment. It was a beautiful sea front, with loads of sun loungers and sand. It was also extremely busy, packed with tourists (as you’d expect), but it was all nice and clean and had a fun atmosphere.

That was fine for us. Robert built some sandcastles, we all paddled and Jess and I enjoyed lying in the sun (not something we’d be doing back home in December!). Robert also enjoyed trying out some bungee jumping and the assistants there were incredibly friendly, showing him how to do turns and tricks.

The beautiful beach at Playa del Bobo on the Costa Adeje
The beautiful beach at Playa del Bobo

The second beach was one we visited by chance, as Jess told you in her blog post on when things go wrong on holiday. The Playa del Bobo, on the Costa Adeje was utterly gorgeous. We loved paddling in the waves and the beach was enormous. It was less busy than Los Cristianos, but also surrounded by some lovely shops, restaurants and ice-cream bars. It also featured the most marvellous views and was a real treat.

The beautiful beach at Playa del Bobo on the Costa AdejeSo, Tenerife went beyond our expectations, despite missing Mount Teide! We thought it was a great place for a family holiday, easy to eat out, with lots to do for all ages and breathtaking natural beauty. It was also so lovely and hot! We’d love to go back.

More on Tenerife:

Robert tells you about Siam Park Waterpark

Jess explains how a trip to Mount Teide went wrong…

We’ve joined up with the lovely Country Kids this week – pop over there to see more outdoor fun.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall



52 Responses

  1. Helen @actuallyblog

    My parents used to talk about the black sand of Tenerife when they visited regularly after they retired. I’ve never been, and I think some parts of the island would be too hedonistic for me, but I would like to see the more sedate and natural parts. Need to get the timing right for the weather though. We spent Easter once in Fuerteventura and it was cold!

  2. Ting at My Travel Monkey

    Oh I am very jealous it was lovely and hot. Our experience last year when we stayed in Costa Adeje was chilly and rainy! Typical for us as we seem to have bad weather all the time! Tenerife is great for families. We love wandering and strolling too. And like Robert, I am entranced by the sea. I could watch it for hours! Glad you had a lovely time and good weather!

    • Sarah Ebner

      I think we were really lucky with the weather. We had never been before and were so impressed by how hot and sunny it was, but we have since been told by friends that we were fortunate as their experiences were more like yours!

  3. Jolanta aka Casual Travelers

    Thanks for posting all those lovely photos! We’ve never been to Tenerife, though I hope sooner or later we’ll visit, so it’s nice to see what it looks like. Proper beaches are fun, but rocky coasts have an amazing atmosphere as well. Both are worth a stop in my experience.

    • Sarah Ebner

      Yes, I totally agree, though I think I like the rocky coasts more – you can just stop and marvel at nature. Thanks very much for commenting.

  4. Sophie

    It looks like you had a great time! It’s always nice to escape the winter and head somewhere warm with a beach!

    • Sarah Ebner

      Yes we had heard that too and it had actually put us off in the past, but we were pleasantly surprised. I guess we stayed out of the areas we probably wouldn’t have liked!

  5. Bek Dillydrops

    This looks like such a relaxing place and so beautiful. Fantastic photos. When I’ve been before, I’ve only been to the more popular parts.

  6. Emma

    Beautiful photos, we love Tenerife and I asked the kids where we should go in the summer and they all want to go back to Tenerife!

  7. Mina Joshi

    Tenerife in December must have been really great weather wise. I went there years ago ago and have fond memories of our holidays.

  8. Mums do travel

    Your trip to Tenerife sounds great. Pre-children we used to go the Canaries for some winter sun every year. We’ve never been there as a family but I’d like to.

  9. Mellissa Williams

    It looks like you had a lovely time. I did find Tenerife quite barren and not as beautifully green as somewhere like Corfu, but the weather can’t be beaten that’s for sure

  10. bluebearwood

    Sounds wonderful. There is nothing better than sitting on a beach watching the waves crashing on the shore especially if there’s black sand!

  11. Liska @NewMumOnline

    Stunning pics. Great holiday. We haven’t joined up in Country Kids for what feels like months. Not like us to stay in during winter but we have. But today we were in the park all afternoon so I hope I have enough pics to join in this Friday xx

    • Sarah Ebner

      We haven’t for a while either, but glad to this week, and to remember that lovely sun! We also had a great day outside (and in!) today which we hope to write about soon. Thanks for stopping by – look forward to seeing your pics!

  12. Jennifer Howze

    I’ve never been to Tenerife but we’re planning a trip to that part of the world. I confess: I love the idea of black sand beaches — they seem so exotic and striking. Love the images.

  13. Globalmouse

    I really want to visit Tenerife and this convinces me even more – good beaches are so important and Tenerife’s look and sound so intriguing! Great photos.

  14. Reginia Cordell

    There’s something so magical about natural beauty. It just grabs you and takes you in. The rock beach was just lovely. I could have looked into the distance for hours.

  15. Tom

    Tenerife is indeed a great island. Small but it has everything, beach diving, camping, hiking, from sea to mountain. If you are travel in Tenerife, I advice that you enjoy everything from the beaches up to the mountains. Just get a car for hire so that you can easily tour the place.

  16. Eldin van der Dussen

    Having a kids in a trip is really not that easy. You will always prioritize and see to it the feelings of your kids if they are enjoying the place that you are going to visit. Good thing Tenerife have it all. Warm weather, good beaches, beautiful places, nice foods to eat and friendly people over there. And upon reading your blog, I remember how we spent our vacation last year. My kids and I really enjoy. Highly recommended place to everyone.

  17. Lerroy Wick

    This is a great peice to read. In September, it will be my first travel in Europe and Spain is the lucky one! Good thing that I found this page so I can have a little know how when I go there. I have on my list is Los Cristianos which I read as well
    Thanks Sarah for this page! Love it! 🙂

  18. Roy

    Beautifully written! There are so many beautiful beaches in Tenerife both black sand beaches and white sand beaches, my favorites is Playa del Duque.

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