Playa de la Arena

Playa de la Arena is located on the south-west coast of the island of Tenerife. It is becoming a popular destination for tourists from all over Europe and is close to two other resort towns, Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes. There are several beaches nearby, with Playa de la Arena beach being the most known, with its fine-grained volcanic sand, and its deep blue waters.

Weather in Playa de la Arena

The weather in Playa de la Arena is pleasant and warm, almost all-year round. The warmest days of the year here tend to occur at the height of the summer, in August or September, reaching an average of around 24°C. In the winter, the temperatures can be expected to drop, but not by much, averaging at approximately 20°C.

Things to do

Los Gigantes

Only a short drive away from Playa de la Arena is Los Gigantes, a town with a set of giant rock formations, the Acantillados de Los Gigantes. These rocks rise from the sea up to 850 meters, giving the city its name “The Giants.” There are several viewpoints in the village which provide varying views over the Acantillados, each more stunning than the other, and is definitely a must-see stop for any visitor.

Los Gigantes Cliff of the Giants
Los Gigantes Cliff of the Giants – ©amoklv

Playa de la Arena Beach

The beach of Playa de la Arena is a black sand beach, which makes for a delightful stop on days when sunbathing and swimming are on the agenda. The volcanic sand absorbs the heat from the sun, making it warm at all times of the year. Shops nearby offer an opportunity for some holiday shopping, while the cafes and restaurants make for the ideal spot for a quick snack or a meal, with a view of the ocean.

Masca Gorge Trek

The Masca Gorge Trek in the Masca Valley is a 7.5-kilometer hike which follows a stream through the canyon, leading to the Masca Bay. It can be a challenging trek, and should only be attempted by relatively experienced hikers. This hike will lead visitors through stunning landscapes and makes for a spectacular backdrop for any photos. Tour operators can help organize the trek, allowing for it to be done with a guide – a much safer option than to attempt it alone.

Llano de Ucanca

The Llano de Ucanca is a volcanic plain which can be found at around 2000 meter above sea level. It is said that this landscape resembles the surface of Mars, and it is for this reason that several movies have been filmed here. A rocky outcrop which resembles a cathedral can be found right next to Ucanca, which serves as a popular spot for visitors to take photos.

Teide National Park

The Teide National Park is a vast park around Mount Teide, which is the highest mountain in Spain, at around 3,718 meters. The landscape here is made of craters, petrified lava, and patches of greenery, a stunning compilation of nature’s wonders. It is a sigh not to be missed, especially for travelers with a penchant for the outdoors. There are centers which cater to visitor’s needs, with a bar and restaurant where they can stop for refreshments and a meal.

Hotels

Be live experience Playa la Arena

Located on the Santiago del Teide Coast, only 50 meters from the La Arena beach. The rooms here are spacious and minimally decorated, and yet chic. Amenities here include a tennis court, mini golf, table tennis, and an outdoor pool. It is most popular among visitors traveling as a couple and comes highly rated by its previous guests, as it is an excellent choice for a hotel close to all the sights and attractions.

Allegro Isora

Only a 10-minute walk from the La Arena Beach, the Allegro Isora, formerly known as the Barcelo Varadero, features 3 outdoor pools, a wellness center, and a children’s pool. There are many activities offered in this hotel, as well as a long list of beauty and spa treatments. The restaurants at the Allegro Isora feature a buffet restaurant, a snack bar, and a lounge. Book Now!

Allegro Isora
Allegro Isora – @ barcelo

Hotel Bahia Flamingo

The Hotel Bahia Flamingo is a stylish hotel on the Playa de la Arena promenade, with a vintage feel and matching décor. Due to its proximity to the beach, it is very close to shops, cafes, and restaurants. A buffet restaurant serves meals daily, for both breakfast and dinner, while a bar provides the opportunity for refreshment. The spectacular attraction Los Gigantes can be easily reached from here, as it is only 2.5 kilometers away. Book Now!

Hotel Bahia Flamingo
Hotel Bahia Flamingo – @ bahiaflamingohotel

Hotel Blue Sea Lagos de Cesar

A hotel just 400 meters from the beach, the Hotel Blue Sea Lagos de Cesar is a fantastic choice for a kid-friendly resort, where the whole family can feel welcome. Here guests can take advantage of the fitness center, an entertainment program, and activities for children. The hotel’s décor is minimal and spacious, while the rooms have a hint of vintage quirkiness. Book Now!

Hotel Blue Sea Lagos de Cesar
Hotel Blue Sea Lagos de Cesar – @ blueseahotels

Aparthotel Los Dragos Del Sur

Visitors traveling with a more massive party, or perhaps a small family, will love the Aparthotel Los Dragos Del Sur, as it offers spacious modern apartments, at a steal. The amenities at the hotel include a fitness gym, swimming pools, and massages. There are ways to experience water sports at the Playa de la Arena, which the concierge will be happy to arrange for their guests at any time, as well as tours and shuttle rides. Book Now!

Aparthotel Los Dragos Del Sur
Aparthotel Los Dragos Del Sur – @ hoteles-losdragos

Restaurant / Bars

Bombay Babu Playa la Arena

The most popular restaurant at the Playa la Arena, and is frequented by guests who love and appreciate an authentic Indian dinner. They are known here for their selection in curries, as well as their homemade sauces. Many guests return again and again for the excellent menu, but also the reasonable prices, as well as the consistency in quality.

Night and Day

An absolute favorite and a must-try for families is the Night and Day Restaurant, which serves authentic Italian cuisine, including pasta, fish soups, and pizzas. The custom cocktails are a delight here, and a great way to start a meal. The service here is also excellent, as the chef himself will often come and say hello and chat with guests, all in all, creating an atmosphere that guests love to return to.

Bar Pizzaria El Gourmet

Another excellent choice for an Italian meal is the Bar Pizzaria El Gourmet, located close to the water, with an excellent selection of items on the menu. The portions here are significant, and will definitely take care of the hunger accumulated from a long day in the sun. The garlic mushrooms here come highly recommended, as well as any of the pizzas and pasta.

Abundia Ristorante

The Abundia Ristorante is an excellent choice for a date night, as their menu here is not only abundant but also finely served. Classics such as pasta can be found here, but also dishes such as seafood risotto, a fish casserole, and Sicilian focaccia. A glass or bottle of wine will go perfectly with a meal in this establishment, topped off with a homemade dessert of your choice.

The Chicken Shack

Famous among English guests, the Chicken Shack is as English as it gets. Here they serve the classic chicken and chips, pink gin & tonics and pints. Children also love this restaurant for the simplicity of their dishes. Chicken Shack focuses on their fried chicken and does this so well that there is no need to add too many things to the menu. The staff does its part to keep their guests happy and entertained at all times, keeping the atmosphere light and friendly.

Getting to Playa de la Arena from the airport

Playa de la Arena is about 40 kilometers from the Tenerife South Airport. From here, one has the option of taking a bus, which will cost around 14€ and take approximately 2 hours. A taxi is available for hire from the airport, but can be a little steeper in pricing – this will cost around 75€ for the whole trip.

One of the most convenient ways to travel from the airport to the final destination in the Canaries is by booking a shuttle. These shuttles can be booked in advance, but is the most price efficient, as it ends up dropping the passenger off directly at the doorstep of their hotel. On average, these coaches prices start at around 11€ and go up depending on how far the hotel ultimately is.

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