PWA windsurfing World Cup – El Médano 2018

This summer elite water sportsmen and sportswomen came together again on the beach of El Médano in the south of Tenerife. From August 5th to 11th and for the eighth year in a row the PWA windsurfing World Cup took place in the discipline “waves”. Challenging the laws of physics, more than 70 people from more than 18 different countries participated: 48 men, 19 women and 17 new talents in the junior category – all athletes who practise this demanding water sport with love and passion.

Windsurfing World Championship in El Médano

The coastal town of El Médano was full of life this month as hundreds of people gathered to watch the spectacle. Councilor for Tourism, Maria Candelaria Rodriguez, said that El Médano is “one of the best destinations for water sports of this kind”, and the participating men and women proved that with their breathtaking jumps. El Médano and the area of El Cabezo have always been a meeting place for this sport due to the length of the beach and the constant strong winds – simply a paradise for windsurfing! In addition, it is a wonderful place to enjoy the typical Canarian cuisine, with fresh fish and seafood. Tenerife has excellent beaches for windsurfers, such as Playa de Las Américas and La Tejita.

The PWA World Cup Tenerife was presented by the mayor, José Domingo Regalado, the head of the Sports Club and organiser of the event, Daniel Bruch, the Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands Government (Gobierno de Canarias), Cristóbal de la Rosa, Deputy President and Tourism Adviser of the Government of Tenerife (Cabildo de Tenerife), Alberto Bernabé, and the Councilor for Tourism, María Candelaria Rodriguez.

The opening of the event took place on August 5th with a rhythmic parade of Bloko del Valle. Under applause of the public, the participants presented themselves with the flags of the countries represented by them.

Adrenaline and emotion to the end

The youngest were the first to participate in the competition on Monday afternoon. María Morales (Médano) and Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Gran Canaria) started first. Alexia won this heat by a hair. In the male sub 13, Tobias Bjorna (Denmark) and Carlos Kiefer (Gran Canaria) faced their jumps; Tobias beat Carlos. In the sub 17, Julia Pascuale (Pozo Izquierdo), Mar de Arce Sánchez and Alexia Kiefer competed against each other, Julia became first, Alexia second and Mar third. The male sub 17 was held in two parts. In the first heat, the Japanese Takuma won, second place gained Jose Casanova and the third took Adrián. In the second heat, Marino Pascuale from Gran Canaria gained the first place ahead of Mike Friedl and Aaron Leonard, who finished third. In the sub 20 Tessa Nikki Coraline and Julia Pascuale competed, Julia was first.

The two qualifying finals were really exciting. The champions Iballa Ruano and Víctor Fernández were crowned in the women’s and men’s categories respectively. Sarah-Quita Offringa was first in the women’s category, followed by Iballa Ruano, second, Daida Ruano and Sniady with the third and fourth place respectively. In the men’s category, Lewis qualified with a wonderful second place and places three and four took Campello and Stone. Last year’s winner, Philip Köster, surprised with his elimination as he could not overcome Campello. Nevertheless, he left us some incredible memories. The huge waves and jumps really gave the audience in El Cabezo a tremendous spectacle.

Congratulations to the winners and of course to all participants, organisers and staff. In the meantime, until the world championship takes place again next year, we just go on windsurfing or try other sports. Because here in the south of Tenerife you can enjoy the sun, the beach, the water, the wind and the waves all year round. Until next year!

Best beaches for families in Tenerife – part 2

On our island you will find a great variety of beaches… This might cause some questions. For example, what are the best family beaches in Tenerife? If, even after searching, you still couldn’t find your ideal corner, don’t worry. Today we present you more family friendly beaches! So you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Beach Playa del Bobo

Playa Bobo Tenerife

Just 10 minutes walk from the bus station (estación de guaguas) you will find the beach Playa El Bobo. It is ideal for spending the whole day with your children at the beach, as there is even a small playground nearby, small supermarkets, numerous shops, bars, restaurants and cozy seating areas.

Beach Playa de La Pinta

Playa La Pinta Tenerife

Are you looking for a beach with calm swell and colourful sunsets? Then Playa La Pinta is your beach. There is also an incredible offer of water activities, ranging from thrilling jet ski rides, scuba diving, parascending, to ocean bouncy castles. Kids (and of course adults) love this beach!

Beach Playa de Las Galletas

Playa Galletas Tenerife

As soon as you arrive at the beach Playa de Las Galletas, you can already feel the fishing atmosphere. In the harbour there are different types of boats and even fishermen occasionally fish at the jetty. If you are looking for excursions or want to try the local cuisine, then we recommend you to visit the nearby Marina del Sur. There is fresh fish and the possibility of taking a short boat ride.

Beach Playa de Arenisco

Playa Arenisco Tenerife

It is the reference beach if you want to experience marine customs and local fishing atmosphere. The Playa Arenisco beach is located in Punta del Hidalgo, which belongs to the municipality of San Cristobal de La Laguna. Here at this beach, families like to meet and refresh themselves in the natural lava pools.

After the obligatory dip you can take a walk around and if you stay until sunset and the day is clear, you will have one of the most beautiful views of the north coast with Mount Teide in the background.

Beach Playa de San Juan

Playa San Juan Tenerife

This beach is a great family beach, which is connected to the urban centre of the same name. Thanks to the fishing port and the nearby jetty, which gives it an attractive traditional touch, the beach is sheltered from waves and wind. It is very popular with tourists and locals alike.

Beach Playa de San Marcos

Playa San Marcos Tenerife

The beach of Playa San Marcos in Icod de los Vinos is always guarded by the majestic silhouette of Mount Teide. The black volcanic sand is a nice contrast to the fine, golden sandy beaches of the south. In the summer months there is a nice family atmosphere here. There are also several restaurants with stunning views of the coast. Here you can spend a great day with your family and relax well.

Beach Playa del Puertito de Güímar

Playa Puertito de Güímar Tenerife

The last family beach we present you today is in Güímar, more precisely in the modest fishing port. This beach has a swimming area especially for dogs, perfect for romping with your best friend in the water. Along the coast you can take a long walk. It is definitely a great beach to enjoy the Atlantic Ocean, coastal walks and the local cuisine in one of the nearby restaurants.

Did you like our selection? Do not forget to visit our blog for more recommendations. And if you have already decided to come to Tenerife, plan your trip with the virtual guide.

Best beaches for families in Tenerife – part 1

You may have wondered which are the best family beaches in Tenerife. First of all, there are some requirements that a family-friendly beach should fulfill: a place to have fun, safe and easily accessible, kiosks or restaurants, toilets… No problem! We suggest you some of the best beaches in Tenerife, so you can spend with your children extensive and most of all unforgettable beach days.

Beach Playa Las Teresitas

It is THE beach that is often used to promote the island by tour operators, airlines, etc… It’s the typical postcard motif of Tenerife (next to Mount Teide). The beach is located very close to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of Tenerife and it is quite easy to get here. You can take the bus, the TITSA line 910, or even go by bike along the coast. But most of you probably travel by car. You do not have to worry about parking as there is a large parking lot directly behind the beach.

The beach has a golden fine sand and thanks to the breakwater, there is hardly any waves. About 1,300 metres long, it’s the perfect place to relax, walk or build castles in the sand. It has the Blue Flag, which guarantees water quality and services (Red Cross, toilets, changing rooms, sun loungers, parasols, children’s area, kiosks…). A good choice if you are in the metropolitan area of Tenerife!

Beach Playa La Arena

Playa Arena Tenerife

More than 20 years in a row achieving the distinctive Blue Flag make this beach very popular to both, our visitors and the local people.

It has all the services you need, including loungers, restaurants nearby, a tourist office and even an area for diving and snorkelling with an interesting underwater world.

If you plan to stay until the afternoon, then it is worthwhile to watch the sunset – a great experience when the sun sinks into the sea overlooking the neighboring island of La Gomera.

Beach Playa El Camisón

Playa Camison Tenerife

Let’s visit this Blue Flag beach in the municipality of Arona. It is very centrally located and a variety of leisure options are offered.

From sun loungers for relaxing sunbathing to fun boat trips, El Camisón beach offers many activities that will fascinate the little ones.

Try Stand Up Paddling (SUP). It’s a simpler way of surfing, standing on a board with the help of a paddle and moving forward. Don’t worry about the waves. The two breakwaters keep the tides calm.

Beach Playa Jardín

Playa Jardín Tenerife

From the south of the island we drive directly to the north. We go to the beach Playa Jardín, which is also awarded with the Blue Flag. Located in the tourist town of Puerto de la Cruz, you can easily walk from the city centre (and have a look at the works of Puerto Street Art).

Playa Jardín is a complex of three small beaches whose surroundings were designed by the Canarian artist César Manrique. The beach is lined with gardens, playgrounds, terraces and cafes. That is why it’s called “Playa Jardín” (beach of the garden). Oh yes, and Loro Parque is very close, so you could combine your visit right away.

Beach Playa Fañabé

Playa Fañabe Tenerife

The last beach we present you today takes us back to the south, more specifically to Fañabé, which has a fun paradise for the little ones: inflatable castles in the water, jet skis, parascending, inflatable banana boats…

For the parents there are also Balinese beds, beach bars and hammocks for resting. It is a very accessible beach with plenty of parking nearby.

Seawater pool of Bajamar

Playa Bajamar Tenerife

From the south, it goes straight back to the north to Bajamar. There are seawater pools (and a nearby beach), which are very popular with families. Maybe you already know La Laguna and its historical and cultural heritage, but of course its coastline is also worth a visit. Particularly impressive are the months of September and October, when the “Mareas del Pino“ waves break on the coast.

These were our recommendations for you to spend great beach days with your family. Although there are still many more beaches to discover (what we will do very soon). Meanwhile, you can have a look here.