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La Tejita Beach in El Médano (Tenerife)

  • Length: 1,000 metres
  • Width: 33 metres
  • Type: Dark sandy beach
  • Access: Easy walking
  • Parking: Yes (more than 100 parking spaces)
  • Bus: Yes (Line 470)
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Showers or footbaths: No
  • Litter bins: Yes
  • Sun loungers and parasols for hire: Yes

La Tejita beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife, classified as a protected natural area.

One kilometer of fine sand on a wild coastline sheltered by the Red Mountain, perfect if you are looking for tranquility, nature and fresh air.

If you want to make your first proper visit to El Médano, we recommend you to climb the Montaña Roja when it’s still cool in the morning. Afterwards, go down to enjoy the Tejita for a swim and relax sunbathing on the fine sand.

What to do in La Tejita beach?

Everyone is looking for something different, so we are going to show you all the possibilities that La Tejita beach has to offer so that you can enjoy it to the maximum.


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You have one kilometer of virgin beach of La Tejita to “set up your camp” in total tranquility. La Tejita beach is not overcrowded, so there is plenty of space even if you come with the whole family.

Right at the foot of the Red Mountain there is a small beach sheltered from the wind. Be careful, you can’t see it until you get close enough.

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If you come with the desire to enjoy the seabed, don’t forget to bring your diving goggles.

This small beach has rocky parts and when the tide rises it forms beautiful natural pools.

Snorkeling you will see colorful fish and other marine life in their natural habitat. The water is usually calm in this area and there is good visibility.


This small piece of beach at the foot of the Red Mountain is also a nudist area, so if in addition to taking a bath you want to feel free without your swimsuit or bikini you’ll be in the perfect place.

Although the atmosphere of the whole beach of La Tejita is ideal for nudism or topless.

Kitesurfing, windsurfing or surfing

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A day of wind and kitesurfing in La Tejita

Although these athletes are usually on the beach of Leocadio Machado (on the other side of the Red Mountain), there are windy days when the beach of La Tejita is a good spot for kitesurfing or windsurfing.

And for surfers of a higher level, there are days when there is a tube wave that breaks with force, not suitable for beginners!

Have a drink or eat at the Chiringuito Pirata

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Terrace of the Chiringuito Pirata in La Tejita

If you are one of those who like the contemplative life but with a beer in your hand, El Chiringuito Pirata is waiting for you. An ideal place both to eat and to have a beer or a soft drink on the beach.

Remember that it is closed on Sundays and Mondays!

How to get to La Tejita?

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How to get to La Tejita beach by foot from El Médano

To get to the beach of La Tejita you can walk from El Médano doing a short route. Totally recommended if you feel like walking and immersing yourself in the natural landscape of the Montaña Roja.

If you want to come by car, take the road from El Médano to Los Abrigos and on the left hand side you will find a free dirt parking lot that leaves you 2 minutes walk from the beach.

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La Tejita car park is spacious and only a minute’s walk from the beach.

Hotel La Tejita VS Platform “Save La Tejita”.

Currently there is a project for the construction of a large hotel on the beach of La Tejita, next to the Chiringuito Pirata.

The controversy came when a license was granted to build this 5 star hotel of no less than 25,000 m2, putting at risk the natural dunes and the unique flora and fauna of La Tejita.

This luxury macro hotel project is being strongly criticized for endangering the natural landscape of La Tejita. There are associations such as the platform “Salvar la Tejita” trying to stop it with protests and collecting signatures.

From we support the initiative of “Salvar la Tejita” and we position ourselves against the construction of the hotel.

We believe that this is a totally unnecessary project and that we should strive to preserve protected natural areas such as La Tejita to keep them out of the clutches of humans.

Why another macro hotel in Tenerife? There are already overcrowded tourist areas full of hotels in other parts of the island. Can’t there ever be enough?

The other beaches of El Médano