Playa de Leocadio Machado - Tenerife's kite-surfing and windsurfing hotspot
The Playa de Leocadio Machado beach is located at the edge of the holiday resort of El Médano on the south coast of Tenerife, between the town beach of Playa del Médano in the north-east and the Montaña Roja, the red mountain, in the south-west.
The beach is known as the absolute hotspot of Tenerife for windsurfers and kite-surfers and numerous windsurfing and kite-surfing schools offering courses and equipment to hire are situated directly at the beach. Not surprisingly, the sea is often crowded with surfers.
The scene from the shore is simply fantastic. Numerous colourful kites flap like birds in the wind, giving the beach a very special atmosphere. Conditions here are however rather demanding and are not suitable for beginners. Wind conditions are good all year round, but the wind is especially strong in June, July and August.
If you are not a surfer yourself and would prefer to swim and sunbathe, then you will not normally be able to enjoy it here. Relaxed swimming in the sea is not possible because of all the surfers and on land the wind is too strong to lie comfortably in the sun. Non-surfers are better off going to the neighbouring town beach of Playa del Médano, situated in the same bay. From there you can still watch the spectacle of the surfers, but there is much less wind and there is an area for the exclusive use of swimmers.