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Playa del Ancon

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

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Summary of the Beach Inspectors
Totally untouched by mass tourism, Playa del Ancon is a true insider’s tip, not just for nature lovers. This wonderful, long, black-sanded beach is fully untouched and often almost entirely deserted. The fantastic view of the steep, lush green cliffs in the background and the constant sound of the surf arouse your senses. It is breathtakingly beautiful. However in order to get here you have to be good on your feet and a bit adventurous, because the path is arduous and can be dangerous. Sturdy shoes are a must here.

Playa del Ancon - An isolated beach in a breath-taking natural landscape

Those who want a beach which does not suffer from mass tourism and also those seeking adventure and seclusion will be certainly be pleased to discover Playa del Ancon. The route here is not the easiest, but you will be richly rewarded for your exertions.

Playa del Ancon is situated near Puerto de la Cruz on the edge of El Rincón. From here a narrow, single-lane road leads through an area of banana plantations to a small parking area of the neighbouring beach of Bollullo. The footpath continues to the right here to Playa del Ancon, also known as “Los Patos”. A crumbly stairway, partly with railings, leads down to the beach. The last part leads over rocks which can sometimes be slippery. The path is somewhat tricky and it is at your own risk that you head for the beach.

Nevertheless, once you have arrived, it becomes clear that the journey was worthwhile. Waiting for you is a wonderful, long, beach of black sand, completely untouched and often almost entirely deserted. The fantastic view of the steep, lush green cliffs in the background and the constant sound of the waves arouse your senses. It is breathtakingly beautiful.

As the majority of visitors prefer the neighbouring Playa Bollullo due to the easier access, few people are found on Playa del Ancon. Nobody feels disturbed by nudism here and the beach is also well known in the gay community. Those wanting to surf should bring their own equipment, as you can get good waves here. A word of caution: the way back is more difficult at high tide and you should think about what you can carry when you need to balance on the slippery stones.


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Playa del Ancon is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 7/10 points
Place 4 of 51
Here you can simply relax and enjoy the pleasures of life.
Family: 1/10 points
Place 49 of 51
No facilites and completely unsuitable atmosphere - this beach is not for families.
Water sports: 5/10 points
Place 11 of 51
Wind and waves are not ideal here, but you can still have some fun in the sea.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 37 of 51
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

Atmosphere at the beach
8/10
Ease
5/10
Beauty
7/10
Romance
2/10
Exclusivity
1/10
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We from Beach-Inspector were actually at the beach for you and have spoken personally with the locals to get the complete picture.
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geo coordinates: 28.419896, -16.510626
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