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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