Playa de la Arena
Playa de la Arena, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Located on the south west coast of Tenerife, Playa de la Arena is the most southerly of the trio of resorts in this area; Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago being just a few minutes away and linked via the coastal road.
Playa de la Arena
Playa de la Arena has a wide black sandy beach and enough bars and restaurants for a relaxing beach holiday. The area is quite hilly and nightlife is low key but it has great views across to La Gomera, plenty of sunshine and very little rain.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Playa de la Arena Reviews
The beach at Playa de la Arena is set back between two rocky headlands and has wide natural black sand backed by palm trees. The water shelves quite steeply and the waters are not always suitable for bathing but the beach does has a lifeguard monitoring the currents.
Things to Do
Boat trips run from the harbour in Los Gigantes, perhaps the most popular being the dolphin and whale watching trips but you can also take cruises which get you the best view of the magnificent cliffs as well as fishing trips and diving trips.
If the sea is a little rough and you fancy a swim, make for the Lido in Los Gigantes where you can relax on the sun terraces and dip in and out of the lagoon style swimming pool. If you have children, the Oasis Club might be the better choice.
Out and About
Above the beach, the beach front promenade is lined with beach shops, pavement cafes, bars and restaurants. You can follow this road into Varadero to the south or, if you walk in the opposite direction you will find yourself in the narrow streets of Puerto de Santiago and from there you can continue your walk into Los Gigantes.
There are a few traditional tapas bars but menus and entertainment tend to be lean more towards Chinese, Indian, English breakfast, Irish bars and sports bars.
Explore mountain villages as Chio and Guia de Isora, the old and the new quarters of Adeje, or the tiny historic hamlets of Chirche and Aripe high in the Teide National Park; all of which are within 20 to 30 minutes drive.
The beaches, nightlife, designer shops and family attractions such as water parks and wildlife parks in the southern resorts of Costa Adeje and Playa de las America are all with 30 minutes drive.
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