Well, almost alone, to be more precise. Beaches, where capturing the best spot isn’t a commonly accepted race.
Where you don’t have to get up at five in the morning, only to deliver your towel and fight for your right to ‘own’ a narrow slice of land at the sea. Where you don’t need to press your body so close to some stranger, you could count all of their birthmarks, or touch them with every unintentional movement. My personal selection of rarely visited, deserted, often isolated, and by man ‘untouched’ (almost) beaches includes 7 of them. A list of beaches which may help every introverted traveller with higher need of personal space find their own piece of paradise in a typical holiday destination. The feeling of isolation, and sudden fortune gained in the shape of a private island, does not come for free. Naturally so. Colder water, turbulent sea level, black hot sand, long distances, and often complicated ways to access, combined with long hikes in order to get there. If you are ready to sacrifice these, you will be rewarded with silence, solitude and gorgeous nature.
In the north part of Tenerife, there you can find the Benijo Beach. It belongs to the Anaga Country Park, which itself is a good enough reason to visit this part of the island. Benijo, as well as beaches El Roque de las Bodegas and Almáciga, belong to the town of Taganana. The mountain road here is really winding and narrow at certain parts, but it offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and hills surrounding it. Slightly gloomy and dramatic atmosphere is furthermore underlined by the weather, which is often cloudy and misty. Unlike most other beaches from this list, Benijo is very accessible. You can get right above the beach by car. Obviously, it is going to take some time, to find a vacant parking spot. You could park next to the restaurants above the beach, which offer large parking lots, but unfortunately, these are for their customers only. To get right to the beach, you have to walk along a neat path, where from you can enjoy the fabulous views of the rocks rising from the ocean. These rocks together with dark soft sand, mountains in the background, and strong waves create the most unusual and specific atmosphere, which you will appreciate for sure. (Unless you are a fan of common beaches.) And if you prefer something more vivid and striking, then this pure, untouched beach is the right place for you.
2. Masca Bay
Los Gigantes are one of the most visited places on Tenerife. The roads towards the Giants leading from other parts of the island are pleasant enough experience to go through, but the majestic cliffs are best to watch from the deck of a boat or a ship. There are more ways how to get to Los Gigantes and to the bay which is named after Masca – village located in the mountains. To get there, you might take a yellow water taxi. The boat is going to take you to the Bay of Masca in couple of minutes. We went for other option though, which included a 3 hour cruise combining observing whales and dolphins, a little snack and beverages, together with a swim in the sea. I am not a big fan of group activities and organized trips, but to see dolphins and whales swimming in their habitat was worth the discomfort of spending those hours in company of strangers. Swimming and diving in crystal clear sea, surrounded by magnificent gigantic cliffs, only confirmed the positivity of this experience in an exceptional part of Tenerife Island.
3. Los Patos
Los Patos is one of three adjacent sister beaches lying in a national park of El Rincón, which you can find in La Orotova Valley in the north of Tenerife. Its green, blossoming part with banana plantations, vineyards and specific weather offers three natural, isolated, and by ordinary tourists rarely visited beaches: Los Patos, El Ancón and El Bollullo. The longest one, Los Patos, is known for its black sand, but also for its higher occurrence of people without their swimsuits. When we were there, only two ‘forgot’ to put their swimsuit on, which however, doesn’t make the beach any less nudist. Silence, very few people, and cliffs everywhere around you; all of these aspects make you feel like you are the only living creature on the island. This feeling of isolation and sudden fortune of a private island does not come for free. You must earn this by overcoming more or less challenging hikes with a long walk, or climbing down some steep cliffs. To get to the Los Patos, El Ancón, El Bollullo beaches, you drive down the same road first. At the bus stop El Rincón, you can take it left to the beaches Los Patos and El Bollulo, or right to the El Ancón beach. You could guess which direction it is to get to your beach thanks to the orientation panels, where it is written, but as the panels are as old as the hills, so you really can ONLY guess. Camino el Bollullo, a narrow road, where only one car fits, and which gets your adrenaline going at certain points, will lead you to a parking space. There you can meet a nice English NON-speaker, who will keep an eye on your car for 2euros. Here you cannot get lost any more. You pass by a banana plantation and get onto a path towards the beaches. The access to Los Patos is the most challenging one from the beaches on our list. The original stairs, which you can see in the pictures, are fairly damaged and devastated. That is why this original path is closed now. Only a few meters away from this path, there is another one which is very much the same as the first one – in the same bad shape. There is big board which says No Entry in three languages, and informs you of the danger of injury. If you happen to act like not speaking any of those three languages, and decide to risk it anyway, you can enjoy the sheer beauty, Los Patos is offering.
4. El Ancón
El Ancón is an adjacent sister beach to Los Patos, and it is the smallest from the three mentioned. With rising sea level, at high tide, the amount of space where you can lie down is decreasing soundly. To get to this picturesque beach, you only have to manage 2 km long difficult stretch from a spot, where you have parked your car. No entry sign, and also lack of courage, will not let you drive any further. The route around banana plantations takes about 25 minutes and offers some spots with a gorgeous view, where you can take a break. El Ancón is preferably chosen by locals, who find it popular for practising their sports. Swimming is quite difficult here, if not impossible.
5. El Bollullo
The way to El Bollullo is already described above, and if we don’t count narrow parts, which lead to the parking space above the beach, it is one of the most easily accessible beaches we have visited here. Unlike the other beaches, El Bollullo also offers services, which you usually can find on common city beaches. In a blue lodge, underneath a cliff, there is a bar, which gives you a chance to buy something to eat and drink, perhaps even you can borrow a sunshade here. From what we have noticed, the opening hours are scheduled by the person working there, but he usually opened in the afternoon. Nothing luxurious or fancy, but it is pleasant and totally sufficient to have a lifeguard, bar and toilets handy. Especially when you know, those are usually absent in these types of beaches. El Bollullo is among the leaders on my list, because it combines the intimacy of solitary beaches and comfort of services of those city ones.
6. Los Roques
Los Roques is a beach destined for relax, brooding about life, reading books, or taking pictures. The real beach activities like swimming in the sea, playing beach games, or sitting in a comfy beach chair are a real challenge in this stony area with strong waves. The only exception are the locals. Those really know how to enjoy tempestuous sea, and did proudly and confidently so, between the rocks of Roque Grande and Roque Chico to our amazed and puzzled looks. It really was an impressive performance, which we only recommend at your own risk. Above the beach, there is a touristic trail Sendero del Aqua, leading directly to the beach. It starts at the Maritim Hotel, and continues to the closest rocky jag. You can leave your car next to a shop at the hotel mentioned above, or at Playa de Los Roques Apartments, and in 10-15 minutes you are going to reach your final destination. You can get to the beach also by a bit longer, but easy walk from the centre of Puerto de la Cruz. In this forgotten place, so close to the tourist bustle, you can find only a few people enjoying the intimacy and beauty of the nature.
Antequera is one of the most beautiful beaches, which the island has to offer. It is untouched and clean, which has to do with its isolated area where it is situated. The access to Antequera is really difficult. The walking trail leading through canyons will take you about 3 hours, and you really need to be fit to manage it. From this reason, most tourists choose to enter the beach from water, and they come by ship. The ship, you can take from the city of Santa Cruz, which is nearby, or San Andrés, which is not that far either. Antequera belongs to the national park Anaga, and according to what the brochures say about it, it is a natural paradise with beautiful sceneries and vistas. Which, unfortunately, were not meant to be revealed to us. The first attempt to get to Antequera failed. We somehow managed to forget about it. When you are on holiday, it happens that you don’t distinguish between days of a week, and it is hard to tell whether it is Monday or Thursday. They seem the same. And so, one lovely Sunday we realised, that that particular Sunday, we were supposed to be on the other side of the island, cruising towards another adventure. Way too little a nuisance for us to be overwhelmed by, and so we booked another cruise to go on. We definitely did not want to miss the second chance, and so we came all eager and excited half an hour early. We waited at the peer in San Andrés, close to the Playa de Las Teresitas. And waited. And waited. The ship did NOT come. And so, our hopes to see Antequera were sinking deep, with our vain effort to find a captain, anybody with a ship, or anyone from the company we had booked the cruise in. We came to understanding that it is out of our reach. And thus, if the conditions for Antequera to become a paradise were met, we cannot tell.