• Distance: Round trip 5.6km approx.
  • Difficulty: Moderately easy, not challenging
  • Terrain: Some hilly bits and some rough ground
  • Risk factor: Safe
  • Landscape: Banana plantations, Barranco, ocean

If  you like a shortish walk that is not demanding or dangerous and you are  in the north of Tenerife, then there is a beautiful walk from Puerto de  la Cruz along the coast through banana plantations to the secluded  beach of Playa Bollullo. The beach is not well known to most of the  tourists who visit Puerto de la Cruz but is very popular with the  locals.

Start of walk from Puerto de la Cruz to Playa Bollullo
Start of the walk to Playa Bollullo

The  walk is not difficult but it is a bit hilly in places, you also need to  cross a Barranco so there is also some rough terrain and quit a lot of  steps to climb, you will need to be fairly fit and is not suitable if you have mobility problems.

Banana Plantation, Tenerife
Foot path through banana plantation

Start of the Walk to Playa Bollullo

The  walk starts from La Paz, an area to the east of the resort of Puerto de  la Cruz in north Tenerife. Find the Hotel Best Semiramis on the cliff  tops of Puerto de la Cruz, then keep walking east along the road keeping  the ocean on your left, this leads you directly on to the foot path to Playa del Bollullo.

Walk through banana platation
Walk through banana plantation

Walk Through Banana Plantations

The  first part of the walk to Playa Bollullo starts as a well paved and  flat foot path with fabulous views of the ocean, then you go through a  short tunnel under the TF-31 road. On the other side the path takes you  through wonderful banana plantations with banana trees on both sides of  the foot path, and the ocean to your left. The walk continues mostly  downhill through the plantation, then you come to the steps down into  the Barranco de la Arena

Baranco de la Arena
Barranco de la Arena

Baranco de la Arena

Once  you get to the foot of the steps the Barranco is of course rough  terrain, but is easily walkable, you only have a short crossing at the  foot of Barranco to get to the foot path up on the other side. The foot  path is loose ground, but there is a barrier all the way up, so you are  safe from the drop.

Walk to Plata Bollullo, Tenerife
Road to Playa Bollulllo

This  path exits on to a narrow lane on the other side of Barranco de la  Arena and along the cliffs above Playa Bollullo, this is the only part  of the walk where there may be cars. Up here above Playa Bollullo there  is the restaurant Bollullo Beach where you can enjoy a drink or lunch on  the terrace with fabulous views over the ocean.

Restaurante Bollullo Beach, Tenerife
Playa Restaurante Bollullo

This is also where you  need to make the decision whether to continue on down to the beach, down  the cliff on the quite rugged foot path with lots of steps, not so bad  going down, but you’ll have to walk back up as there is no alternative  way off the beach

Playa Bollullo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Steps down the cliff to Playa Bollullo

Playa Bollullo

If  you are heading for the beach, there is a long foot path and steps down  the cliff to the beach of Playa Bollullo. Here you will find a secluded  black sand beach at the foot of the cliffs, with huge Atlantic waves  where you can relax and sunbathe. There is also typical basic beach bar  serving tapas, beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and coffee. There are  lifeguards on patrol but sometimes bathing in the sea is prohibited due  to the large waves and strong currents.

Beach bar Playa Bollullo
Beach bar Playa Bollullo