Tenerife's south-coast beaches come complete with mojito-mixing beach bars and chic restaurants; for something more low-key, head to the beaches at the nearby towns of Las Galletas and El Médano.
Playa de Los Cristianos This 1km-long taupe-coloured sandy stretch is the main beach in town and very family friendly with a lifeguard, rows of sunbeds, volleyball net, plus bars, restaurants and ice-cream kiosks.
Playa de las Vistas A sublime 1.5km long beach with fine golden sand (imported from the Sahara Desert!), linking Los Cristianos with Playa de las Américas. The beach is backed by bars and restaurants and protected by breakwaters, so perfect for swimming.
Playa de Troya One of several beaches that merge seamlessly into each other in central Playa, with soft dark sand and excellent facilities.
Playa del Duque Appropriately named, the 600m-long Duke’s beach is an appealing golden sandy stretch backed by jaunty striped changing huts, chic cafes and restaurants.