Playa Arena Negra - Black sandy beach underneath steep cliffsAre you looking for a quiet beach with black sand? Playa Arena Negra, which is also known under the names of Playa de Mesa del Mar and Playa de la Arena, is just the one for you. Situated in the north of the island, it can be reached via a steep and winding coastal road leading to the village of Mesa del Mar which gives the beach its name.
Once you have reached the beach you will probably need to take a deep breath after the long and winding journey. You can then relax at the outdoor pool which is just next to the car park. There are also showers, toilets and clean wooden areas to lie on. At high tide the waves crash over the quay wall, creating waves in an otherwise calm pool.
To reach the beach you have to go through a tunnel through the hillside. On arrival you will find lots of room to spread out with amenities nearby. The tides and currents occasionally wash up large quantities of seaweed, and unfortunately also rubbish. There is a promenade which goes around the beach and continues to the cliffs and rocks.
Signs at the beach explicitly warn about the danger of falling rocks and there are nets for protection hanging from the cliff face and at the promenade. Although the bay is sheltered by the cliffs at the side, the waves can be high and the currents strong. Therefore, care has to be taken whilst swimming especially as there are no lifeguards. The best time to go to this beach is after lunchtime, as in the mornings it can be still fairly cool and breezy while the sun is still making its way over the mountain in the background.