31 mar. 2014

La Tejita

La Tejita may be the nude beach in Tenerife. The area around El Médano, in fact, comprises most nudist-friendly beaches in the island. Tourist development here has been quite respectful with the environment. La Tejita is the longest one, with plenty of space for nudists, who anyway tend to concentrate in a cove on the eastern part separated  from the main beach by a rocky outcrop. This section, at the foot of a volcano called Montaña Roja, is the most protected from the winds that have made from El Médano a Mecca for windsurfers.

Last visited: november 2010

Nude beach La Tejita (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)

Nude beach La Tejita (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)

How to get there

Very close to the international airport in southern Tenerife, La Tejita is perfectly connected by motorway  TF-1 with the main towns in the islands. You only need to take the exit to El Médano. This town is only 3 km away along the road TF-643. There are two parking areas on both ends of the beach, the best for the nudist section is the one on the east. Even better than road signs, Montaña Roja is the best landmark. From here, there are some 200 m to the beach.
You can also walk from El Médano. At the end of the beach promenade, follow the paths along the beach towards Montaña Roja. The path to La Tejita goes around its base, but it is highly advisable to make the easy climb to this mountain (less than 200 m high) to enjoy the wonderful views of the coast.

The beach

It is the longest beach in Tenerife, almost 2 km long. The main section is more than 100m wide, while in the eastern cove there are only 20 m between the shore and the cliff. The sand is quite fine, but it is mixed with some small pebbles when you get away from the sea.
The beach is quite flat, with only a big step close to the shoreline. There are some rocks in the water, specially on the eastern end, around the rocky promontory that divides the beach. It can be easily overpassed by a marked path partially equipped with a rail. On the other side, the nudist cove, the cliffs of Montaña Roja fall first with a certain slope, but soon almost verticaly, so there is a real danger of landslides or falling rocks. There are some warning signposts and a barrier to prevent people entering the dangerous area.
Swimming may also be dangerous due to the strong currents. The wind can also be upsetting, unless you like windsurfing. In that case, this beach is perfect for you.


Video by: Damián Santos

Facilities

There are lifeguards, two areas for renting sunbeds, and a little beach bar. It was closed when I visited the beach, but I think it opens a certain period of the year.

Nudism

95% of the people in the cove is naked, it is clearly the naturist section. But also on the other side of the promontory nudists are common, even using the sunbeds. The rest of the beach is occupied mainly by textiles, with a few people sunbathing in the nude in the empty areas. However, convivence is perfect and you don't need a swimsuit if you like strolling along the shore to the other end of the beach.

Links

Other nude beaches in the area

  • El Médano
  • Montaña Roja
  • La Pelada
  • Mareta

I like:
  • Nudism is perfectly accepted in all the beach
  • The environment, with Montaña Roja just besides
I don't like:
  • The airport so close

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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