While Tenerife offers some spectacular locations for soaking up the sunset, not everywhere on the island puts on a good show – find yourself on the wrong side of the Mount Teide volcano for example, and it’s all about the sunrises. Get to one of the island’s many elevated vantage points though, and you can view the sunset from above a sea of clouds. Whether you want to watch it with cocktail in hand or hike to a remote volcanic location, we’ve got the lowdown on the most awe-inspiring places to watch the sun go down.
Benijo beach, with its views of the Roques de Anaga, is an especially magical place to watch the sunset. The journey to this fairly remote beach is well worth it for the sight of the sun dropping behind the jagged volcanic rock formations and into the sea. You can drive reasonably close, but to access the beach itself there is a five minute walk involving steps.
This bar and restaurant’s dramatic location offers stunning sea views and is an ideal sunset spot (hence the name). Slightly awkward to reach, you have to park some way away and then take the restaurant’s regular shuttle service – in the form of a Landrover. Sunset 290 is built into the cliffs, serves fantastic food as well as excellent cocktails, and has private Bali beds on ledges hewn out of rocks, allowing you to lay back and watch the sun dip below the horizon in style.
The beach bar in Palm-Mar is right on the water’s edge and makes a great place to sit back in comfy seating on the sand, cocktail in hand, and watch the sun set over the sea. On a clear day you can see some of the other Canary Islands from this spot.
Chiringuito Palm-Mar, Paseo Alzacola, 1, Arona, Tenerife, Spain +34 618 63 60 05
Punta de Teno
Punta de Teno, with its lighthouse perched on the rocky peninsula, is Tenerife’s most westerly point – and consequently the site of many a beautiful sunset. The black rocks and sporadic cacti make a stunning contrast against the glistening sea and pink skies as the sun starts to drop. Access is also very easy with free parking and a bus stop just a couple minutes’ walk away.
Mirador de Chipeque
For views of the sunset with the spectacular Mount Teide volcano as a backdrop, head to the Mirador de Chipeque viewpoint in the Teide National Park. The volcano is often surrounded by a sea of clouds (mar de nubes) making the sight even more special.
It doesn’t get more dramatic than catching the sunset at 3555 metres (11,663 ft) above sea level, looking out over volcanic craters. As Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide offers incredible views at any time of the day, but particularly at sunset. Take the cable car to the upper station and either watch the sunset from there, or take a guided sunset tour to the Pico Viejo viewpoint.
Located on the road to Puerto de Santiago and with clear views of the cliffs at Los Gigantes, the sunsets at Mirador Archipenque are nothing short of spectacular. There is a cafe and gift shop, and an extended viewing deck with seating allows you to sit back and enjoy drinks or an evening meal while watching the show.