If someone asks you, what is the ideal place for you to get lost? Does your mind automatically flies to a wild beach, to a small piece of paradise where you can disconnect and disappear for a few hours? Then your dream will come true. On your trip to Tenerife you will be able to fulfil it if you dare to live the adventure of spending a few hours on the Ancón Beach, also known as Santa Ana beach.
The whole coast of the Valley of La Orotava, where the cliff flows into, is one of those unique and precious gifts of nature, like a sunset or the shapes of the clouds in the sky. And the Ancón Beach is not an exception, but quite the opposite.
It is a small corner in which it seems that at some point time stopped, which remains intact, as it always was, because for us, who live so quickly, nature changes calmly. That’s where you find the magic of the Ancón Beach: it is a time machine. And you can travel in it.
You do not need to take much. With a passion for adventure, your mind prepared to enjoy to make the most of the moment and these instructions, you will live, for sure, an amazing story.
Paths are made by walking
That’s why reaching the Ancón Beach is not a piece of cake (although it is perfectly possible). You already know that the best things in life require some effort, but then you get a great reward.
Access to this almost wild beach, with dark sand and very clean waters, requires you to pay attention to the road and take extreme precautions to avoid slipping. It’s not dangerous, you do not have to worry, but it’s not fixed and you have to be careful.
If you are an adventure lover, you will enjoy every step and if not, the difficulty of the road will have vanished from your mind once you step on the beach.
These are the instructions you should follow:
– Take exit 32 of the north motorway (TF-5).
– At the crossroads, turn left, towards El Rincón.
– Proceed until you find the San Diego Restaurant and, at that point, take the right, along a concrete road. With a car you can only get to a point, and there you should park.
– Start walking and, when you reach the first crossroads, take the path on the left. This will be the one that takes you to the beach.
Route from Puerto de la Cruz to the Ancón Beach
You can consider this experience as an excursion to the beach and make the route that takes you there from the municipality of Puerto de la Cruz. It is a different and more complete plan, that will allow you to live all the wonders offered by a tour along the north coast of Tenerife with a dream landscape.
If you bet for this option, keep in mind that it will take you a little more time: approximately two hours round trip. But it’s worth it, because the path connects with all the beaches in the area and you can stay with the image of how the landscape is as a whole.
When nature does its magic
When nature does its magic, things like the Ancón Beach happen, a perfect conjunction, a small point where time passes more slowly.
Some 160 meters of black sand remind of the volcanic origin of the islands and give it a wilder and primitive look. The cliff and the vegetation covering this area melts their aromas with the smell of sea and saltpetre. And the clear waters invite you to swim with the constant beat of the waves.
You know how the weather in Tenerife is, almost always pleasant. That’s why you can visit the Ancón Beach whenever you want, at any time of year, hot or cold. It is worth it in summer and also in winter. What you should keep in mind is that the swell in the area is sometimes somewhat temperamental, and the amount of sand (and, consequently, of space) varies from season to season.
If you have ever dreamed of stopping the time, a visit to the Ancón Beach will make you feel that it is possible. For people who knew the Valley of La Orotava years ago, it is always a special experience, like going back to the past, a kind of déjà vu.
It seems a paradox in this small point of the map: the constant movement of the waves is in contradiction with a static reality, a bubble in the shape of a beach.
Haven of peace
You can rest like no other place because another feature of the Ancón Beach is its calm. Visitors and locals coexist in perfect harmony and showing great respect to the environment.
From a nudist tradition, today all types of people come to it to enjoy a day with family, friends or even in solitude.
Due to the complexity of its access, it is not a mass beach at all. On the contrary, it is usually very quiet and it is a pleasant place to enjoy the silence and sounds of nature.
A choice that will make a difference
If you are deciding what to do in Tenerife, you have to choose this hidden beach on the north coast. The whole island has real wonders to offer, but now you know the secret of this piece of paradise, and it fulfills all the characteristics of your perfect destination: virgin nature, some adventure, tranquility… and an incomparable beauty.
The Ancón Beach is not a tourist place, and that’s why it’s so authentic, so pure. That’s why you should know it, and that’s why it will be what makes the difference in your trip.