Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands located off the coast of Spain, is known for the beautiful sceneries to be found across the island. You can do tons of hikes, relax on the beaches and indulge in the nice foods and great wines served across the island. Natural pools are a great option for those looking for a mix between beaches and nature and are seeking an eco-friendly way to enjoy the island’s waters. Across the island, multiple natural pools can be found and this guide helps you to explore 7 natural pools in Tenerife.
Natural pools are created by volcanic eruptions and are fed by seawater, but they offer a safer and more tranquil swimming experience than the ocean. The pools are surrounded by natural rock formations, making them an excellent spot for sunbathing and picnics. Bear in mind that when visiting in should season, the sea can be quite rough, which means the natural pools won’t be accessible for swimming. Unfortunately, this was the case when we visited. Nevertheless, visiting these 7 natural pools in Tenerife should still be part of your trip to Tenerife, even when it is just to admire the beauty of nature.
Our first stop when touring the natural pools in Tenerife was Garachico. In Garachico you can find the Piscinas Naturales de El Caleton. The pools are surrounded by lush vegetation and are a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing.
The Charco del Vienta is located in La Guancha and was my personal favourite. This natural pool is known for its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The pool is surrounded by black volcanic rocks, and the water is crystal clear. The stairs down to the natural pool are a nice additional touch.
Even though Tenerife is my favorite Canary Island, Lanzarote is definitely also worth visiting. Read about my top 10 spots on the islands – a full guide of what you can’t miss when visiting this volcanic island.
The Charco de la Laja are also referred to as San Juan de la Rambla natural pools, as they are located in the village San Juan de la Rambla. The Charco de la Laja natural pools might be the best-known pools across the island. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to walk down to the pool itself, due to the stormy weather. Very unfortunate.
The final natural pool that we visited was close to home. We stayed in Los Gigantes (in the Royal Sun Resort) and this beautiful pool is located in Santiago del Teide, next to Los Gigantes. From the 4 pools described in more detail, this natural pool felt most like a pool for me, as it is located a little bit above the sea which made the water more flat.
Next to the pools described in this overview, there are more natural pools to be found in Tenerife. Examples are Charco Los Chocos, Punta del Hidalgo (in the north of the island) and Playa el Pris near Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
In my full Tenerife Travel Guide and matching Google Maps Guide, you will also find the location of all-natural pools shown in this guide to the best 7 natural pools in Tenerife.