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“Landslide protection at the nudist beach of Playa de Las Gaviotas”

Playa de Las Gaviotas
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Reviewed 30 May 2015

From the lovely and civilized "Playa de Las Teresitas" (constructed with Sahara sand) you head north-east along the winding serpentine road "TF 121" for 3,3 km, (you pass the satellite town of El Suculum on the way as well as the Mirador point (with an ugly wartime lookout concrete building (the graffiti does not beautify it either) - but do focus on the beautiful and stunning view instead).

From road "TF 121" you serpentine 1200 m down the newly re-asphalted "Carretera Igueste de San Andrés" to the Gaviotas parking, which is a rather a big parking lot on top of a dirt and rock foundation, right next to the sea and the Gaviotas beach.

Googlemaps shows a little beach-bar "Casa Charly" at the entrance to Gaviotas beach, but at Christmas it was not there. I do wonder if the beach-bar is going to revive after the completion of the extensive renovation of the road, and especially of the landslide protection measures taken, concerning the somewhat loose cliffside behind the Gaviotas beach.

The Gaviotas beach is about 200 meter long, but only the first cirka 50 meter is black sand. The rest of the beach consists of stones in microwave-oven-size.
Beach-guests through the years have collected stones to build a nice "sofa" along the steep back-cliff. So people do love coming here.

However, when we visited at Christmas-time, the amount of sunshine and temperature and cool north-easterly wind was not convincing enough for us to undress, so we just looked a while at just one textile family with a little child, as well as at a bunch of young surfers at the south-west end of the beach, who were treading water while waiting for a somewhat bigger wave to carry them toward the vertical cliff!
The surfers did stop short of the cliff, of course - but the build-up of the waves was best at this point (down in front of the Mirador previously mentioned).

In the winter-months cool north-easterly winds are frequent on Tenerife.

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Reviewed 25 November 2014

For arrive, you need to have a car (by bus also but really tiring). Supposed to be a nude beach but almost nobody do it. Really calm and not overcrowded. Be careful with drifts and recommend to bring own food & drinks there isn't any bar (usually there's someone selling by himself).

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Reviewed 5 November 2014

Black sand and rocky, with cliffs. If you like a challenge, go. Access depends on the parlous state of the crumbling road around the cliffs. Natural beach. No frills.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Very quiete and nice, black sand, free parking, nudism, waves for bodyboarding. Open minded people, here you have from family to gay couple and surfer, a big mix but very peaceful.
No music, no bars, no food, if you plan to spend the day there you better bring you own food and water.

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Reviewed 28 April 2013

Very small beach (nudists are also present) 5 minutes drive from Las Teresitas.
We arrived and the road was closed, so we parked the car and enter the gate (that was saying closed) and went.
We found quite a bit of people but not at all near being crowded (maybe 40 people max).
Waves are nice and the cliffs really spectacular.

Top tips: 1. Rent a car to go there (no buses go there)

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