The Canary Islands’ top ten beaches


When sunshine can be found there 52 weeks of the year, the Canary Islands are the perfect destination for a beach holiday. We have pulled together a top ten of the beaches found on these islands. Which ones will you be heading for?

10. Los Cancajos, La Palma

We start our list with Los Cancajos where the black sand beaches and spectacular black rock coastline make for dramatic scenery. The beach also has small coves where red crabs stand out against the black rocks.

9. El Golfo, Lanzarote

Next on our list is El Golfo which was formed from volcano eruptions. This is a natural cove with a bright green lagoon, whose colour is caused by algae and shines like a jewel in the black sands. Definitely one for the photo album!

8. El Cotillo, Fuerteventura

Number 8 boasts beaches that are a water sport fanatic’s paradise. Due to the large waves that are always rolling, this is a favourite with surfers and windsurfers.

7. Papagayo, Lanzarote

Playa Papagayo is one of the most beautiful and secluded white sand beaches on the island. A place to spend a relaxing day lazing in the sunshine away from other tourists.

Lanzarote, playa de papagayo

Lanzarote, playa de papagayo

6. Sotavento, Fuerteventura

This one has a stunning location with white sand and turquoise sea. This beach is picture-postcard perfect. There are also numerous water sports available to keep you entertained in this lovely location.


5. Playa de La Arena, Tenerife

This black sand beach has been given the Blue Flag every year since 1989, making it one of the most prized beaches in Spain. The beach also gets the brightest sunlight on Tenerife. Its facilities are top notch, with changing rooms and gardens with sunbeds, as well as bars and restaurants.

4. Playa del Duque, Tenerife

Featuring a wide white sand beach with a calm sea, this location is perfect for families. Some of the best 5-star hotels in Tenerife are found here and come right up to the beach. Upmarket shops and restaurants can also be found nearby.

3. Famara, Lanzarote

Located a good distance away from the resorts, this unspoilt, long beach is peaceful and secluded. It is set in front of pink cliffs and its unusual setting has been used in a number of famous films.

2. Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Our runner up is renowned as being the most picturesque beach in Fuerteventura. It is a golden sandy beach lined with huge dunes. It is about 6 miles long so you can’t see the end when looking up it. It feels like paradise.

1. El Bollullo, Tenerife

Our number 1 spot goes to El Bollullo. This is a black sand beach set against the backdrop of volcanic rocks and banana leaf plantations. It’s a bit of a walk to get to, but you’ll be rewarded with a truly spectacular setting when you get there. A must see!

With so much sun-soaked beauty to choose from, why not start with looking at Tenerife holidays? The island is home to three of the beaches in our top ten and celebrates our top choice.

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