sandals in black sand

Dreaming of Black Sand Beaches in Tenerife

Temperatures have dropped here in London.  I don’t mind the cold if I am wrapped up warm.  These old English houses though are pretty to look at but completely draughty.  I have the heating cranked up but am still feeling cold.

A couple of years ago, before the children started taking skiing seriously, we went to Tenerife during February half-term break.  The average high temperature in Tenerife is in the low 70’s which is pretty good for a quick break from England.  The flight time is only 4 hours.

Tenerife has a lot of black sand beaches which is the result of a volcanic basaltic coastline meeting the erosion of the sea.  In fact, most of Tenerife’s golden sand beaches are man-made.  The were created by importing soft yellow sand from the Sahara.  The yellow sand beaches are in the more touristy areas on the south of the island.

yellow sand beach tenerife
Image credit: Benoit Deniaud

Due to their colour, black sand beaches also retain the heat better – a big plus in the winter months!

black sand beach at Tenerife
Image credit: Perlaroques

I find black sand is a bit stickier and less grainy than yellow sand.  My children absolutely loved it.  They filled up sand holes with water and pretended they were Peppa Pig jumping in muddy puddles.  The children looked a fright once they were finished playing.  On the plus side though, all the sand washes off and it was definitely easier to spot black sand caught in little crevices than yellow sand.

sandals in black sand
Image credit: kubonbon

Our favourite beaches were Playa de las Arenas (on the West coast) and Playa Jardin (on the North Coast).  Playa Jardin is also very convenient to Loro Parque (Tenerife’s version of Sea World) which my children also thoroughly enjoyed.

Loro Parque

Now, if I can convince the rest of my family to give up skiing next month I would be back in sunny Tenerife in a heartbeat!

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I am an American expat based in London with my travel-loving family. I write at Just Go Places Blog about luxury, cultural and family travel.

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