Playa de Las Gaviotas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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The Playa de Las Teresitas is a beach north of the village of San Andrés municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Tenerife, Spain.Originally the beach consisted of mostly rocks and a small strip of black sand. It was divided into three distinct parts that had different names: Tras la Arena which was the original, Los Moros in the middle, and finally the area bounded by the ravine of Las Teresas. In 1973, 270,000 tons of white sand was shipped from Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara, part of the Sahara Desert) to create an artificial beach of white sand. Two piers and a kilometer long breakwater located 150 meters from the beach was constructed to prevent waves from carrying the sand out to the sea. The project cost 50 million pesetas and in addition 400 million pesetas in 1998 when another 2,800 tonnes sand from Sahara was added to replenish the sand lost in the beach's 25 first years of existence.It is one of the most popular beaches of the Canary Islands, and is one of the few on Tenerife that do not have the black, volcanic sand that most of the rest of the Canary Islands have. Others such as Las Vistas, in Los Cristianos, are artificial, but the beach at El Médano (the Dune) is entirely natural.Curiosities The Playa de Las Teresitas was chosen for the promotional spot for the third season of the reality show, Geordie Shore, "Chaos in Cancún" (aired on MTV in the UK). On the beach of Las Teresitas there is an important paleontological site of the Quaternary. It is a submarine reservoir in a submerged beach, approximately 400 square meters. It contains fossil mollusks, some endemic.
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  • we got there too late in the day to swim but had a drink at the bar next to it (nice people running it). nice little black sand beach  more »
  • I really recommend to visit that beach in the first part of the day as in the late afternoon sun is behind the mountain. Beach is not crowded probably because the only way to get there is by car. The ...  more »
  • Nudist versus Naturist. According to Webster Web-Dictionary there is no serious ”versus” involved here. Americans most often say nudism for plain nakedness, whereas in Britain the word naturism is mos...  more »

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