El Medano Beach

El Medano Beach ("The sand dune" in English) is located in the southern part of Tenerife, in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona. El Medano is located just south of the Reina Sofia airport, that is why, aircraft noise can be heard quite regularly. The beach comprises of two smaller beaches separated by "The Red Mountain" - the Playa Grande and the Playa Tejita. The area features the sunny year round weather, sky-blue shallow Atlantic water and natural golden sand created from the erosion of the pale, pumice coastal rocks.

There is a large town square in front of the beach which holds many local markets, fiestas, especially during the summer months and the annual public firework. Along the beach, there are also a number of bars and restaurants where you can take Spanish tortilla and tapas with "cafe con leche" (coffee with milk). El Medano is a small coastal resort that has a more Spanish theme than most other resorts in the south of Tenerife, crowded, especially on weekends, by local people with their children. Beyond the iconic Montana Roja which landmarks the resort, Playa Tejita is the popular place for nude sun bathers.

In summer, trade winds are a constant guest to El Medano, providing the perfect conditions for world class windsurfing and kiteboarding competitions. The World Kite Surfing Championship takes place here every year and gather hundreds of adrenalin-fuelled sportsmen and women performing tricks on surfboards. Thus, if you love water sports, this is the best place for you.

Surfers use one end of the beach while most of the swimming and sunbathing goes on far side: this allows children to play safely while adults relax in the sun. There are plenty of sunbeds, sunshades and showers, as well as special facilities for people with disabilities. That is why, El Medano has earned the prestigious Blue Flag award. During the winter the winds ease off a little and sometimes a whole week can go windless.

This post is taken from www.DreaCoasts.com

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