Hiking to my Favourite Black Sand Beach in Tenerife (Spain)

If you like almost private black sand beaches, big waves and enjoy an adventurous walk – then you’ll quickly fall for this beach as much as I did almost 15 years ago.

Playa Ancón, Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Starting at the far-end of La Paz (in Puerto de la Cruz), I took a small path leads into local agricultural land filled with canarian banana plantations. Shortly after, the same path gifts me with uninterrupted views of the ocean. The first beach on sight is El Bollullo – a familiar, beautiful beach protected from the ferocity of the ocean. I can see local families having a picnic and the occasional tourist venturing into the water (they must be nordic, I think).

I continue walking along th same path and realise that there are fewer people in sight. Venturing through more plantations (and fighting the temptation to grab a banana), I soon get sight of Playa Los Patos.

Playa Ancón, Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Los Patos is a beach frequented by surfers and the occasional nudist. By having its access restricted by the tides, it ensures an almost private getaway. Even with low tides, it’s very easy to get wet while climbing slippery stones to reach the sparkling black sand.

I watch the beach from the top and spot one adventurous soul and his dog, and one brave surfer. It’s a harsh day today. The waves are high, the water is irregular and the current is at its strongest.

I continue along the path, which, at this point, is less obvious. After a short ascent through land of nobody, and a short descent a few minutes later I reach the access to Playa El Ancón – my definition of paradise.

Playa Ancón, Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Playa Ancón, Tenerife (Canary Islands)

The beach-long waves have an hipnotic effect on me and I loose track of time watching them come and go. So predictable, but extremely captivating.

When I snap back I realize I’m smiling at the memory of spending nights around a campfire and waking up early to the sound of the waves. Feeling the burning black sand between your toes. Being caught by one of those waves that turn your entire World upside down and still wandering out triumphantly, wanting to do it all over again.

Practical Information

Route: From Calle Aceviño (in Puerto de la Cruz) to Playa del Ancón (La Orotava), Tenerife
Elevation: 320m
Length: 6 km
Duration: 1 hr if you rush, the entire day if you stay for a swim
Difficulty: Really easy (if you wear closed and comfortable footwear)
Wikiloc: For the one that wants a bigger challenge – From Puerto de la Cruz to Vista Paradíso (via Playa Ancón and Los Patos)

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14 thoughts on “Hiking to my Favourite Black Sand Beach in Tenerife (Spain)

  1. Nice post. My favourite beach on Tenerife and not far from where I live.

    I saw the comment about Gran Canaria above by MontgomeryFest – great name but I’m biased : )

    Although I live on Tenerife, I’ve walked across Gran Canaria. Like Tenerife it suffers from the same perceptions based on life in the resorts. There are some beautiful places there as well untouched by mass tourism. In fact all the Canary Islands are quite special in their own way and, ironically given the number of tourists that visit the resort areas, still largely ‘undiscovered’.

    1. It actually was completely empty – aside from a couple taking some bikini shoots! There are plenty of less frequented beaches on Tenerife, ideal for people that don’t mind not having a beach hut serving cold beers or walking a bit in the wild to get there 🙂

  2. I have never been to a black beach like this. It is an odd thing, I live in far N.Q. Australia and my idea of the ideal beach is pale sand and palm trees and rocky headlands on a tropical island. The black sand is so opposite, I shall have to wait until I visit one to decide for myself. 🙂

  3. Sounds like a wonderful experience. I did a hike not too long ago on the Olympic Peninsula on the Washington Coast that required reading tide tables and ascending cliffs. It was a great journey and at the end of it, I camped on the beach and listened to the waves crash all night.

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