Playa de la Arena

Regarded as Puerto Santiago’s quieter and more relaxed neighbour, Playa de la Arena is an unpretentious little holiday resort that often gets overshadowed by more the lively  destinations on the west coast, such as Los Gigantes. Although not action-packed with trendy clubs or exciting theme parks, Playa de la Arena offers a natural, rugged type of beauty that the mainstream holiday resorts can’t compete with.

Far from being the next Los Cristianos or Playa de Las Americas, Playa de la Arena is an up-and-coming resort ideal for couples – both young and old – or young families who are looking to take some time out and just enjoy relaxing in each other’s company.

One of the resort’s most prominent characteristics is the pure black colour of the beach, which is made up of volcanic sand. This intriguing shade is much darker than most of the island’s other bays and is in fact the natural colour of sand on the island. Many of the other beaches have sand that has either been imported or dug up offshore and transported back to land.

The colour of the sand – as well as the swaying palm trees, glistening ocean and mysterious shadow of La Gomera on the horizon – lends Playa de la Arena a tropical feel unlike any other resort on the island.

Overlooking the beach, you’ll find Pancho – one of the most elegant and sophisticated restaurants in the area. Equally ideal for a leisurely lunch or decadent dinner, this eatery offers an extensive menu and beautiful views rolled into one. 

Just a short stroll away from Pancho lies The Blarney Stone. With 2x1 deals on local spirits and pints for just €1.50 during happy hour, we don’t need to give you any other reasons to pay the popular Irish pub a visit. 

Playa de la Arena is found in a part of the island which enjoys some of the best weather in Tenerife because it hardly ever rains – even during the winter months. This makes the resort one of the best places in the island to stay if you’re in search of sun, sand, sea and serenity.