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Romantic getaway or adrenaline experience: the most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands

Unspoilt, secluded coves, large volcanic beaches or smooth, golden sandy beaches: the Canary Islands offer days at the beach to suit all types of travellers, from those who want to relax with the family and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the ocean to those who prefer water sports.

For the sports-minded traveller

Famara Beach (Lanzarote)

Thanks to its constant waves and winds, Famara is one of the most popular beaches for surfers, kitesurfers or windsurfers. Located in the north-west of Lanzarote, this pristine beach is also surrounded by impressive 600-metre-high cliffs from which to soar with a paraglider or hang-glider. Famara is also known for some of the most beautiful sunsets on the island and breathtaking views from the Mirador del Bosquecillo.

Corralejo Beaches (Fuerteventura)

The beaches of Corralejo, in the north-east of Fuerteventura, are a real paradise for surfers: nine kilometres of beautiful coastline bordered by the Corralejo Dunes, the largest in the Canary Islands. Just choose one of the beautiful beaches with turquoise waters to practice your favourite sport and, in between breaks, relax in the white sand and sunbathe.

For the romantic traveller

La Tejita Beach (Tenerife)

Just over a kilometre long, with dark sand and transparent waters: La Tejita is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife, ideal for a romantic getaway in touch with nature. Montaña Roja, an ancient volcanic crater with a reddish hue, also adds to the intimacy of this beach, where you can contemplate an idyllic sunset with your loved one.

Papagayo Beaches (Lanzarote)

Fascinated by the turquoise colour of its waters and the surrounding landscape, the coves of Papagayo are perfect for sharing a day at the beach with your partner. Despite its popularity, its remote location – only accessible by a dirt road – makes this area of Lanzarote’s coast quieter than other, more popular beaches. Choosing Papagayo’s beaches means bathing in crystal-clear waters and relaxing on the fine white sand in a quiet and peaceful way, as well as basking in the glorious sunset.

For the nature-loving traveller

El Verodal beach (El Hierro)

To the north-west of El Hierro is the beach of El Verodal, famous for its distinctive reddish volcanic sand. Its spectacular landscape, impressive cliffs and volcanic environment make this beach a must for nature lovers. Although the strong currents discourage swimming, El Verodal is well worth a visit to admire a pristine beach so different from any other on the island and to enjoy the magnificent views.

La Francesa Beach (La Graciosa)

The eighth and smallest of the Canary Islands, La Graciosa is home to one of the most beautiful wild beaches: La Francesa, considered a true little paradise away from the rest of the world. The horseshoe shape facing south makes the waters of this beach very calm. Here, where the fine white sand contrasts with the blue sea, one falls in love with the purest nature. Its southern position on the island offers spectacular views of the strait and the giant natural stone wall of the Famara cliffs.

or those travelling with the family

Las Teresitas Beach (Tenerife)

Located in the northeast of Tenerife, Las Teresitas beach is ideal for a holiday with children. Protected by a breakwater, its crystal-clear waters are shallow and always calm. Serenity and relaxation are the key words here, and the beach also has all the useful services for families, such as showers, changing rooms, a beach bar, lifeguards and a large car park. While children play by the sea or under the palm trees, parents have the opportunity to slow down in peace and quiet.

Charco Verde (La Palma)

Charco Verde beach in the south-west of La Palma meets the wishes of the nature-loving traveller and the family. The welcoming bay, about 150 metres long and surrounded by cliffs and banana plantations, has a calm sea in which to enjoy a pleasant swim. Easily accessible by ramps and wooden walkways for prams and pushchairs, Charco Verde has a shower service and a bar right on the beach.

For those looking for naturist beaches

Maspalomas Beach (Gran Canaria)

There are also naturist beaches in the Canary Islands. One of these is Punta de Maspalomas beach, located in the south of Gran Canaria and connected to another of the island’s most famous beaches, Playa del Inglés. This vast area of coastline, characterised by fine golden sand and clear waters, is bordered by the Maspalomas Dunes Special Nature Reserve. In the southernmost part, arriving at Punta de Maspalomas, nature becomes wilder and there are more areas for naturism.

Playa del Inglés (Gran Canaria)

Located at the end of the Valle del Gran Rey, Playa del Inglés has been a popular destination for the hippie movement since the 1970s. It captivates with its volcanic sand, the mountains that surround the beach and a generally calm ocean. What makes Playa del Inglés special is its proximity to restaurants and entertainment venues, making it a good option for enjoying a relaxing day at the beach with all the services and amenities you need.

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