If there truly exists another life in paradise, it should quite resemble the Anaga mountains and beaches found therein. Among these are the famous beach Benijo and Taganana beach.
Where are Playa de Benijo and Taganana situated?
The beaches of Benijo and Taganana are in the north of Tenerife in the municipality of Anaga. The journey by road is very beautiful, but if you tend to get dizzy on winding roads you need to be prevented, because to get to this beach will have to endure numerous curves. Keep in mind that if this is the first time you go, you may be feeling that instead of going to the beach, you go for a hike in the mountains, because to get there, you must first raise up the Anaga mountains and then back down the coast on the other side of it.
When you reach the first of the beaches, which is next to a small promenade and some restaurants in the area, you must continue, because this is the first of three beaches. The next one you find is Taganana and then finally Benijo.
The weather tunnel
At the height of the road you will come across a tunnel through the mountain and after which it begins to descend back to the coast. A tunnel that seems to be a weather tunnel, because often you can be rising on one side with a sunny day and find yourself on the other side of the mountain with fog and drizzle, or vice versa. If you’re lucky enough to find a sunny day during the descent after passing the tunnel, you’ll come across some viewpoints from which you can enjoy views that overwhelm the soul.
Eating in the area
As we stated earlier, along the promenade in the first beach you’ll find, you can enjoy some restaurants where you can eat quite well and where it is common to find fresh fish and typical Canarian food.
Parking is one of the most conflictive points of the beach, because after passing the first beach and if you go to the beach of Taganana or Benijo, parking is scarce, occupying virtually every possible parking on the side of the road, that on weekends with good weather is usually full. These days you will have to find a way to leave the car in a place where does not disturb the traffic or wait to be lucky to see if a car leaves. Anyway, if you go to the beach on weekdays, you should not have much problem to find parking.
Sundowns at Playa de Benijo
The sunsets on this beach are one of the best experiences you can live in Tenerife, because you can enjoy it in all its glory because the sun always lurks on the horizon that is visible from the beach. This combined with the texture and color that takes the wet sand when the tide is falling, form an idyllic landscape that makes reflect the sun on the sand, bathing the sky in a very beautiful color.
Extreme caution with the currents
The downside of these beaches is usually that its waters are extremely turbulent and often the sea currents are so strong that if you’re not careful it will be a little difficult to return to the coast.
Almost every year some tourist who has not taken the necessary precautions has been surprised by these currents. Sometimes surfers who come to practice this sport on the beach and who know it well, have been the only help, so that these situations did not end in the most fatal outcomes. It is also necessary to note that no lifeguards are at these beaches.
Therefore, if you go to one of these beaches on a day with a lot of waves, do not venture to go beyond where you can still stand in the sand and you will avoid a possible shock.
How to make the most of the day
Since it is a beach that is quite far away, it is worth it if you go spend the whole day in this heavenly environment. Do not forget to bring sunscreen and umbrella to safely withstand the strongest hours of heat, and we recommend that you wait until evening to enjoy the magical sunset in this area of the island. Also do not forget to bring some fruit to appease hunger when it appears, and some games to liven up the time you spend on the beach, since both have plenty of space to practice any activity without disturbing anyone.
Differences between Playa de Taganana and Playa de Benijo
The main and most noticeable difference between the two beaches is that on the beach Benijo nude bathing is allowed, while in Taganana it is not allowed.
On the other hand, if you do not like a lot of walking, you should know that to access Benijo have to go down some stairs to the coast for a few minutes. Either way, the accesses are not particularly complex.
Visit more beaches in Tenerife
The environment Anaga and its beaches are a heavenly environment, but not the only one, the island of Tenerife is full of beautiful beaches to visit and which you can know in the articles we have written about the 5 best beaches of Tenerife, as well as all the blog section dedicated to the beaches of northern Tenerife.