First Published: March 25, 2024 |

Beach of El Socorro in the North of Tenerife

Playa de El Socorro, also known as Playa de Chimisay, is a very attractive beach for both tourists and locals, thanks to its unique black volcanic sand.

It is perfect for spending a pleasant time with the family, thanks to the waves breaking far from the shore. In addition, the light-moderate swell makes it the preferred choice for amateur and semi-professional surfers. In fact, national and European surfing competitions have been held at El Socorro Beach.

The clean and clear water, as well as the well-kept sand with few stones, have made it a Blue Flag beach for more than 20 years, which makes it one of your best options when visiting the north of Tenerife.


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Municipality: Los Realejos

It is located in the north of Tenerife, in the municipality of Los Realejos, in the centre of the village of El Socorro.

Hotels and Restaurants

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Relatively close by (5 to 7 min by car) you will find very comfortable hotels, with incredible views and excellent service, such as the Canary BioHostel. You will also find beautiful haciendas, such as Hacienda Cuatro Ventanas.

In Playa de El Socorro you’ll also find beach bars and bar-restaurant services, perfect for tasting delicious seafood dishes.


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The sand is dark grey and fine, very pleasant to the contact with the skin. It is perfect to lie down and relax while enjoying the view and the sound of the sea.


El Socorro Beach is classified as “Accessible Beach”, which makes it ideal for people of any age and physical condition. Its access walkways, ramps, showers and private car park make it very comfortable and pleasant to visit. It is also adapted so that people with reduced mobility can enjoy it without any problems.

What you can find

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Many tourists visit this beach because of its popularity with surfers. Surfing championships have been held at El Socorro Beach, such as the Canary Islands championship or the world surfing event “La Santa Pro Junior”, so it is your best option if you are an amateur or aspire to become a professional surfer.

What’s more, you won’t have to worry if you don’t know how to surf, thanks to the “El Socorro” surf school, ideal for both adults and teenagers.


At certain times of the year, there is a special entertainment area called “El Puntito de El Socorro”, where you can enjoy games and a book lending service.

Another plus is the free Wi-Fi zones, which allow you to stay connected at all times.


El Socorro Beach has its own free car park, with a capacity of around 200 cars. All in all, the best place to leave your car.

In high season, some tourists use the alternative of taking a taxi from their accommodation to the beach, to avoid finding the car park overcrowded.

Safety for visitors

The lifeguard post keeps the beach and tourists safe during their stay.

What you can’t do

In order to take care of the beach and the peace of mind of other visitors, it is indicated that you can’t:

    • Leave waste of any kind in the environment, including cigarette butts
    • Take stones, sand or other elements from the natural environment
    • Disturbing the tranquillity with loud noises, such as music
Beaches in Tenerife North
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