The 5 Most Instagrammable Beaches in the Canaries
The archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa beckons with lots of diversity and warm temperatures, even in the fall. Don't miss out on these stunning beaches.
September 16, 2022
Warm temperatures even in late autumn, easy accessibility within 5 hours by plane and natural beauty wherever you look: it's no wonder that the Canary Islands are still a popular destination even when it's already getting noticeably cooler in Europe. There's still plenty to experience on Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma even in October and November. Make sure to visit the most beautiful beaches of the Canaries while you're there!
Playa de El Golfo, Lanzarote
The beaches on the Canary Islands are famous for their stark contrasts. The black beaches are especially fascinating. © Shutterstock
This beach scores with black lava sand and impressive rock formations of volcanic origin. Over the centuries, the wind shaped them to take their current form. A lagoon with deep green water forms a stark contrast to the dark sand. Thanks to its location in a nature reserve, you might just capture some animals in addition to stunning beach photographs as well.
Playa en las Dunas de Corralejo, Fuerteventura
The area also beckons with white sandy beaches. © Myke Simon
Speaking of contrasts, this nine-kilometer-long beach is the opposite of Playa de El Golfo. It's exceptionally white with very fine sand. The beach is almost reminiscent of the Maldives, as it was formed by the erosion of shells. In addition, it beckons with turquoise blue water and fantastic views of the neighboring islands of Los Lobos and Lanzarote.
Cala de Tacorón, El Hierro
The bay is easily accessible and is close to numerous attractions. © Shutterstock
The locals also call it "Mar de las Calmas", meaning the "Sea of Tranquility." The small bay of Taracón has incredibly calm waters that shine in different shades of blue and offer the best swimming conditions all year round. After cooling off, it's best to relax on the black lava sand and marvel at the reddish rock formations of the surroundings.
Playa de el Médano, Tenerife
El Médano is considered a surfer's paradise and is particularly popular with sunbathers. © Shutterstock
Playa de el Médano scores with golden, particularly fine sand. The water is shallow and offers plenty of leisure activities. The area is especially attractive for wind and kite surfers. There are numerous restaurants and bars in the vicinity, which enjoy great popularity.
Playa de Benijo, Tenerife
Playa de Benijo, located near the town of Taganana, alternates between black and yellow stretches of sand. © Istvan Varro
Traveling to this dreamy beach is an experience in itself. It lies at the end of a picturesque winding road that winds through a dense laurel forest. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The panorama is also defined by peaks and ravines of the surrounding mountains. Due to its location in the Anaga Landscape Park in the northeast of Tenerife, it's usually quite empty. Perfect for an extensive photo session!
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