Luckily, beachgoers don’t have to venture far in search of nudist beaches in Tenerife.
Although not as popular as on its sister island Fuerteventura; home to the most nudist beaches in the Canary Islands, Tenerife’s shores are dotted with sandy stretches – black and gold – that are exclusively reserved for nude sunbathing and skinny-dipping.
The Canary Islands appear to be the face of the nudist revolution in Spain, and Tenerife offers some of the most beautiful beaches washed by crystal-clear seas and away from prying eyes.
The sheer variety of nudist beaches in Tenerife can be overwhelming: take your pick between jutting rock formations or flanking cliffs, volcanic sand or golden-hued shingle, wide shorelines or a small bay at the end of a winding hike; there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.
This is why I have created an overview of the best nudist beaches in Tenerife, divided by the north and south coasts. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to narrow down which list of beaches you’d like to include on your Tenerife itinerary.
I will also briefly touch on the concept of nudism and nudism in Spain, plus why the island of Tenerife is such a great destination for nudist beaches and where to stay in Tenerife to be closer to these unbeatable shorelines.
- 1 What is it about nudism that makes it so appealing?
- 2 Is nudity allowed in Spain?
- 3 Why is Tenerife a perfect destination for nudism?
- 4 The best nudist beaches in Tenerife South
- 5 The best nudist beaches in Tenerife North
- 6 Where to stay for the best nudist beaches in Tenerife
What is it about nudism that makes it so appealing?
There’s much more to nudism than simply tanning in your birthday suit.
Spending a day at a nudist beach can help with bodily acceptance. It is a great way to overcome insecurities and celebrate your body while immersing yourself in nature.
As you get more comfortable and feel that sense of liberation, your body will also receive a significant boost of Vitamin D, uplifting both your physical and mental health.
Being part of such a unique and open-minded community comes with its benefits, teaching you a form of mutual respect towards other naturists as well as a judgment-free understanding.
Is nudity allowed in Spain?
Across the board, Spain is quite tolerant when it comes to nudity. However, like a lot of taboos, there is a time and a place. For example, topless suntanning is widely accepted, but complete nudity must be restricted to the right beach.
The good news is, if you are searching for a place to relax without worrying about those pesky tan lines, you’ve come to the right country. There is an abundance of nudist beaches in Tenerife to quickly fill up your Tenerife itinerary!
Why is Tenerife a perfect destination for nudism?
Folks, there is a reason why 175 of the 400 odd beaches around the Canary Islands are nudist beaches: the climate is hard to beat.
Throughout the year, you’ll find yourself with endless sunshine to make use of in Tenerife, with temperatures rarely dipping below 70°F (20°C) and highs reaching into the 80s (28°C) during the summer months. Since the weather is pleasantly warm, make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen!
Although you’ll begin to feel right at home on the nudist beaches in Tenerife, you’ll still want some breathing room. The island’s wide open beaches give guests plenty of space to spread out, providing you with wondrous views of the bright blue ocean while basking in the sun au natural.
And as I’ve mentioned – there is plenty of choice of designated nudist beaches in Tenerife: be it a quiet cove, a secluded bay at the end of a trek, or a scenic stretch dotted with rock formations.
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The best nudist beaches in Tenerife South
There are a few major differences between the north and south regions of Tenerife. The north of Tenerife comes with lush vegetation and rolling hills, while the latter is punctuated by volcanoes leading to barren, eye-popping scenery.
Playa La Tejita
The sparse nature of the south of the island is on full display at Playa La Tejita, which stretches out beside the aptly named Red Mountain. The oxidized iron atop this natural acropolis is a sight to behold, providing some spectacular views as you enjoy a carefree day at the beach.
Nestled along the south coast, Playa La Tejita is the longest beach in the whole of Tenerife, where nudists can sunbathe on golden sand and float in the oft-calm turquoise waters. Being so spread out, there is an air of calm here, where everyone is minding their own business.
To arrive at La Tejita via car, beachgoers need to head along TF-1, taking the exit to TF-65, where Mirador Montana Roja (Red Mountain) will soon come into view.
You’ll also be able to rent umbrellas and beach chairs. But be sure to pack all the snacks and drinks you’ll need for a wonderful day.
Alternatively, admire the Red Mountain on these Tenerife outdoor tours!
Playa Montana Amarilla
From the biggest to one of the smallest alcoves in the south of Tenerife, next on the list of the best nudist beaches in Tenerife is Playa Montana Amarilla.
The reddish terrain surrounding Playa Amarilla strikingly contrasts the azure sea
Covered in black volcanic stones and flanked by crumbling rock walls, Montana Amarilla sits in the shadows of a mountain that shares the same name and is a protected natural monument.
It’s rugged, somewhat remote, yet utterly gorgeous. The deep blue seas are splendid for snorkeling, and the views welcome you with open arms as you sit with a bare bum on the warm rocks.
A closer look at the unique rock formations flanking Playa Amarilla, Tenerife
Forget the sun lounges here; the red and yellow rock slabs jut out of the spectacular coastline providing a natural sunbathing platform. The vibes are also immaculate, further helped by the funky beach bar that calls the beach home.
To get here, drive towards Las Galatas, near the island’s southern tip, where you’ll also find a convenient car park.
Go beyond Playa Montana Amarilla and deeper into the Amarilla Marina with this Tenerife: 50-Minute Submarine Dive to see an abundance of marine life!
Playa Diego Hernandez
Rounding out our look into this half of the island is Playa Diego Hernandez. It’s one of the top nudist beaches in Tenerife. But guests should arrive when the tide is low, exposing far-reaching golden sands that lead down to sparkling baby blue clear water.
It’s an intimate spot, one protected by the backdrop of rising orange hills providing plenty of privacy for nudists. Just minutes from the popular town of La Caleta, it’s easy to access by car with all amenities nearby.
Click here to visit Playa Diego Hernandez on a kayaking tour!
Click here to go diving in La Caleta Bay!
The best nudist beaches in Tenerife North
Playa de Las Gaviotas
Close to the historic town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Playa de Las Gaviotas is a popular yet remote black sand beach burnt by ancient lava flow. Today, it welcomes nude beachgoers being one of the best naturist beaches in Tenerife.
After the sharp descent down the coastal cliffs, you’ll be met with far-reaching views of the Atlantic and the opportunity to take in an unforgettable sunrise.
When you aren’t staring out at the endless ocean, you can sunbathe while appreciating the mossy, dark cliffs, a stark contrast to those found further south.
When the tide is low, there is over 750 feet (250m) of fine black sand. And despite its proximity to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this sandy alcove remains devoid of large crowds, creating a peaceful experience at this Tenerife beach.
Facing east near the island’s northern tip, beachgoers will need to make their way to the town of San Andres before having access to a free car park. Gaviotas also offers onsite food and beverages within charming kiosks.
Alternative Tenerife Outdoor Tours from nearby Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Playa de Los Patos
Next up is Playa de Los Patos, one of the most arresting sights on the island – which is saying a lot. Importantly, it’s also one of the best nudist beaches in Tenerife.
Soak up the sun’s rays and feel the boost in Vitamin D as you admire the spectacular mix of colors splashed across the landscape. There are rolling green peaks, sparkling black sand, and shimmering turquoise waters to look forward to here.
The only drawback to Playa de Los Patos is the currents found beyond the shore. Skinny dipping is always a blast, but you should be careful when wandering into the water for a swim.
When driving, travelers will find this beloved beach along TF-5 near Puerto de la Cruz, one of the oldest towns in Tenerife. Nearby cafes, such as Cafe Vista Paraiso, will keep hunger and thirst at bay while adding wonderful views for good measure.
Click here to book a sightseeing tour around Puerto de la Cruz!
Alternative Tenerife Outdoor Tours from nearby Puerto de la Cruz
Playa de Benijo
Last but certainly not least, Playa de Benijo claims a prime spot on this best nudist beaches in Tenerife list for its wildly rugged appeal.
Framed by the mountains of Anaga Rural Park and by the two distinct rocks, Benijo and La Rapadura, both rising from the sea, Benijo’s extraordinary landscape is unmissable.
Benijo, although already a spectacular sight, washed by fine black volcanic sand, is also quite a marvel at low tide – when the sea retreats, beachgoers are blessed with a stretch more than 50 meters wide, plus a small natural pool at its heart.
The fiery sunset is the cherry on top, as it contrasts with the dark outline of the surrounding rock formations. Yet like Playa de Los Patos, the sea is often choppy, so I wouldn’t recommend heading in for a dip.
Since Benijo Beach belongs to the charming town of Taganana, meander along the TF-12 to El Bailadero and, from there, the TF-134 road to Taganana. Park next to the El Mirador restaurant and descend the winding main path down to the beach.
Click here to book a sightseeing tour around Taganana and the Anaga Rural Park!
Where to stay for the best nudist beaches in Tenerife
Having stayed in both villas and hotels in Tenerife – find out more in my 5 days in Tenerife blog – I recommend renting a villa to be closer to the nudist beaches in Tenerife.
Villas are more often found in remoter locales like the latter, plus they encourage immersion into nature, with the added benefits of privacy and a greater sense of authenticity.
I cover a variety of villas in my blog post on the 20 best villas in Tenerife that could make a Tenerife holiday extra special. To make your search easier, I’ve narrowed it down below to where to stay for the best beaches in Tenerife for nudists.
Villa El Risco, Hacienda Cuatro Ventanas – I love Villa El Risco for a few reasons: its old Canarian-style architecture, its privileged position along the north coast of Tenerife, its large outdoor pool, and the fabulous sunset.
Despite being based in the vibrant area of Los Realejos, Villa El Risco, encircled by banana trees, feels worlds apart! Best of all: Playa de Los Patos is only a short drive away – around 15 minutes via TF-5.
Hacienda El Socorro – An alternative to Villa El Risco, Hacienda El Socorro is another great base in north Tenerife and close to Playa de Los Patos.
Here, marvel at the Atlantic from the edge of a cliff and tune into nature with more swathes of banana plantations! I stayed at Hacienda El Socorro during my 5 days in Tenerife and adored falling asleep to the soothing sound of tumbling waves below.
Click here to book a stay at Hacienda El Socorro!
Home2Book Luxury Villa Luna de Tacoronte Pool – A stay at Villa Luna in Tacoronte Pool puts you closer to the more isolated beaches of Playa de Las Gaviotas and Playa de Benijo.
Flaunting pool views and a charming and spacious interior, you’ll quickly feel at home here. Its pros include access to a manicured garden, a patio fitted with sun loungers, barbecue facilities, and free private parking.
Villa White Whale – Located in Adeje, the main draw to Villa White Whale is that it’s within walking distance to Playa Diego Hernandez – about a two-minute walk to be specific!
Meanwhile, Playa La Tejita and Playa Montana Amarilla are less than a half-hour drive away. Here, bask in privacy and peace, with a private pool and intimate garden at your fingertips!
Check the availability at Villa White Whale!
Casas Bioclimaticas Iter – This whitewashed villa boasts a unique modern design and produces zero CO2 emissions! Solitude ensues here, being surrounded by a wind farm and rugged nature – making Casas Bioclimaticas the perfect place to unplug.
The villa finds itself closest to Playa La Tejita as it’s a 15-minute drive away while getting to Playa Montana Amarilla can take around 20-30 minutes.
Book an eco-friendly stay at Casas Bioclimaticas Iter!
Read my thorough guide on the 20 best villas in Tenerife for more tips and information on Tenerife accommodations.
So there you have it – the best nudist beaches in Tenerife in both the northern and southern regions of the island! I hope this guide has been useful in helping you decide which beaches to include in your Tenerife itinerary.
Have you been to any of these nudist beaches in Tenerife? Have I missed any out? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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