The Teresitas Beach is one of the best known and busiest beaches of Tenerife for being the closest one to the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
How to get to the village of San Andres and the beach of Las Teresitas
Getting to Teresitas Beach is extremely easy and you will have no problem finding it, as well as the village where it is located. Once you are in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you should simply drive on one of its main avenues, Avenida Anaga, towards the mountains of Anaga. After a ten minute drive by car the first town you will find will be the town of San Andrés. At the end of which, continuing along the same main road, you will see the beach of Las Teresitas.
If you do not have a car, there is a bus line that has many transfers every day, like the line 910 from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Las Teresitas Beach.
Information about Playa de las Teresitas
Something that many tourists are unaware of is that the Beach of Teresitas is a beach created artificially in the 70s.Its original composition is of the characteristic black sand, typical of the north zone of the island of Tenerife. Nevertheless, it was decided to create on it a layer of sand exported from the Sahara desert, which allowed to enlarge the dimensions of the beach.
To this was added the creation of a wavebreaker, which allows to appease the waters for bathers, making it a perfect beach for the enjoyment with the family.
One of the main disadvantages of Teresitas Beach, derived from the artificiality of its sand coming from the Sahara, is that it is a very uncomfortable beach on windy days. This sand moves very easily, making the stay on the beach very uncomfortable from the moment the wind starts to blow with some force.
Playa de Las Teresitas has a length of approximately 1.3 kilometers and is fully wheelchair accessible. It has countless parking lots, despite which, on summer weekends, agglomerations can form.
Currently the Playa de Las Teresitas is in a remodeling process to improve the aesthetics of the surrounding area.
The village of San Andrés
San Andrés is a fishing village belonging to the district of Anaga, being one of the most ancient populations of the island. It counts with approximately 2,600 inhabitants.
Unfortunately, San Andrés is also known for continuous flooding that has occurred in the town, as a cause of strong waves, storms and torrential rains. Measures are already being taken with the objective of not re-occurring these events in the municipality.
The town has an iconic tower on the main avenue, Torre de San Andrés, also known as Castillo de San Andrés.It is one of the most important historical monuments of the island, to the point of being considered as Spanish Historical Heritage .
The function of the Tower of San Andrés was that of the defense of the island. It had special importance for its role in the victory against the attempt of conquest of the English alderman Horacio Nelson in the late eighteenth century.
Las Gaviotas, another beach belonging to the town of San Andrés
In addition to the beach of Las Teresitas, there is another beach not so well known by tourists. On weekdays, where there are not big crowds, it is a heavenly place for bathing.
It is the beach of Las Gaviotas, a beach hidden between the mountains that go from the Teresitas Beach to the town of Igueste de San Andrés.
To get to Playa de las Gaviotas you must take a road on the road that climbs the mountain just before reaching the beach of the Teresitas. After a few minutes of curves, you will find a road that goes down to the coast, where you can reach the parking of this beach.
It is a small black sand beach where it is allowed to practice nudism, and reaches its maximum splendor when the tide is low.
It has the disadvantage that due to the location of the mountain that shelters the beach, it has less sun hours at sunset than the aforementioned Playa de las Teresitas. In addition, parking spaces are scarce, which is why getting a place to leave the car on weekends is very complicated.
There is a bus stop just before the mentioned road that goes down to the beach of Las Gaviotas. But you will still have a long way to reach it, which although it will not be very difficult in the descent, if it will be in the ascent. This is the reason why it is highly recommendable to only go there by car.
At times there have been problems with landslides in the mountains surrounding the road and the beach of Las Gaviotas. This is why it is recommended to circulate with caution.
Know a little more about the beaches of the north of Tenerife
On our website we have a category of the blog exclusively dedicated to the beaches in the north of Tenerife. You will be interested to consult it, to plan which of them you want to visit on your future trip to the island.
Also, you can consult information about the most emblematic villages of the north of the island.
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