About El Médano
long been popular with island residents, because
of its natural sandy beaches and year round
sunny climate. It is between two mountains with
cliffs into the sea. Both Montaña
Pelada, ‘the bald mountain’, and ‘the red
Nature Reserve areas and can be climbed in less
than half an hour giving extensive views.
beneath the west side of Montaña Roja . This
beach is ideal for beach picnics and now has a
beach bar, loungers and palm-leaf covered
roundels. Nearest to the mountain is a secluded
small naturist beach, and the sea here is fine
for snorkelling. This bay is used by windsurfers
and kite boarders when the wind is from the
is the longest natural sandy beach in Tenerife.
It stretches from Plaza
de El Médano, the town square, to foot of
Montaña Roja to the west. There are wide variety
of restaurants and bars around the square and
along the boardwalk at the top of the beach.
This whole area is traffic free. By the square
the beach is sheltered from the predominantly
easterly wind by the Hotel El Medano which
extends out over the sea. Towards Montaña Roja
the bay is very popular with wind surfers and
kite boarders and there are shops for their
Playa El Cabezo. To
the east of El Meulle, the small harbour, is
Playa El Cabezo, ‘The head’. Although rocky it
is the favoured area for experienced windsurfers
and kite boarders because the wind and wave
conditions are often to their liking. A
refreshment bar on the beach provides the social
Playa de la Jaquita. Further
along the coast the bay area beside the Hotel
Las Arenas is used by those learning the sport.
Pelada Cove. Beneath
Montaña Pelada is the sandy beach Ensenada de
la Pelada. It is an undeveloped beach where
beachwear is optional, ideal for sunbathing and
swimming. Under the unusual weather-sculptured
cliffs is a good snorkelling area.
are a good variety of small shops in El Médano
including a pharmacy, opticians, photographers,
and of course many small boutiques, souvenir and
gift shops. Also, there are several small
supermarkets as well as one large one, Hipodino.
In the town square is the Tourist Information
Office and a Bank and the taxi stand. The town
has many good restaurants, including Italian,
Chinese and Japanese.
Busses. There is a
good bus service called Titsa . The local name
for a bus is gua-gua, pronounced ‘gwa-gwa’ Find
your gua-gua at the harbour, El Meulle, to go to
Santa Cruz, Granadilla, Los Cristianos and Las
Médano has a new health centre and there is a
very good English doctor in Los Cristianos.
Dr Karen Whittaker has her surgery in the line
of shops attached to the Arona Gran Hotel. It
is next door to the pharmacy. I can recommend
her. It is best to book an appointment to avoid
what could be a long wait. Telephone 922 798226
Medano Tourist Office
Oficina de Turismo, Plaza de El Médano,
38612 El Médano, Granadilla de Abona Fax &
Tel. 0034 922 176002
Office hours Monday to Friday 9.00 to 15.00
hrs. Saturdays 9.00 to 13.00 hrs. You will
find Esther Gladys at this office very helpful
indeed when you require local information and
how to book for trips.
Guided Excursions from El
Teide - Puerto de la Cruz - Loro
Teide - Icod - Garachico - Masca
Santa Cruz - Taganana
Some Organised Entertainment
Castillo San Miguel, Medieval
Exit Palace 'Show and dinner'
Pirates Attack with feast and
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