El Médano Tenerife Review

El Medano, Tenerife

El Médano is a small resort on the south-east coast of Tenerife situated very close to the south airport. El Médano is a very laid back and casual resort popular with Spanish tourists, mature holidaymakers, families and windsurfers. The town is clean and well-kept and is very typically Spanish in its look and feel. It is really a town on the seafront that has turned its self into a resort.

Locally caught fresh fish, seafood, tapas and Spanish food is served in the seafront restaurants on the promenade and around the main square, Plaza de Principe de Asturía. More restaurants, crepe and ice-cream parlours are in located in the cobblestoned back streets, some on the seafront where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or tapas with a nice glass of wine.

El Médano will suit mature holidays makers, couples and families looking for a quiet holiday away from the hustle and bustle of some of the larger resorts on the south of the island. Mainly due to the windsurfers and hippie beach dudes it has a bohemian feel. It can also be windy at times here. Hence its popularity with windsurfers and kite surfers. The World Professional Windsurfing Championships have been held here at the Playa del Cabezo.

Most of the holiday accommodation in El Medano is villa and apartment rentals with only a few hotels. There are no luxury 5-star hotels here.

El Medano Hotels, Villas And Apartments

El Médano Nightlife

The resort nightlife is relaxed and casual but can be very busy and vibrant, especially at the weekends. If you are looking for wild nightlife with karaoke, music bars or night clubs with neon lights, you won’t find it here. There are no karaoke bars, discos, themed pubs, Irish pubs, sports bars, tribute acts or any other bars of that sort. However, if you are looking for a relatively peaceful resort with a café culture, this may suit you.

An evening out in El Médano consists mainly of eating and drinking outside in one of the many available restaurants. The restaurants will be bustling in the evenings, and the promenade is full of strollers milling around.

Street trader’s setup stools selling their bits and bobs, and musicians sit and play their instruments sitting on the wall by the hotel El Médano.

Places to Stay in El Médano

El Médano Attractions

El Médano is a traditional family resort, it is safe and friendly with families enjoying the beach and restaurants. Spanish families are often out at weekends. Parents can keep an eye on the children while enjoying a drink in the sunshine in Plaza de Principe de Asturía, which has a small children’s playground by the beach. A weekly market is held in the plaza and hosts local fiestas.

El Médano Beaches

El Médano's stretches of natural sand beaches are some of the best on Tenerife. Playa El Médano is a beautiful sandy beach made of golden sand with shallow water making it safe for families and is Tenerife's longest beach at 2km long. The seafront and beach are very popular and can get very busy, especially at the weekends, when the restaurants are packed even in the winter.

Windsurfers and wind kites congregate at the far western end of the resort, near the Montaña Roja. If you are already a pro, get out into some of the best windsurfing conditions in the world, or have some wind sport lessons. You can hire all the equipment you need in the surf hire shops, and chill out with the surfing crowd in one of the café bars on the beach.

Playa de La Tejita, a 1km stretch of sandy beach with parasols is beyond the Montaña Roja to the west of the resort (the remains of an ancient volcano and protected nature reserve). Explore rock pools, build sandcastles or fly a kite. Playa de La Tejita is not suitable for lilos or other inflatables as there are strong winds and sea currents. Nudism is allowed on this beach.

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Where is El Medano

El Médano is close to the airport, so there is some aircraft noise. The flight path is about 1km north of the beachfront, but the airport is not too busy, just be aware of your accommodation relative to the flight path.

You can see the location of El Medano on Tenerife on this map.

El Médano is in the sunny south of Tenerife. The high summer temperatures are kept down by the perpetual winds blowing from the Atlantic Ocean.

El Médano is located in the municipality of Abona on the south of coast Tenerife, close to Tenerife Sur airport. It is some 20 km from the resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas and approximately 23 km from Costa Adeje. The golf courses at Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf are about 11km by road.

Tenerife South Airport to El Médano Transfer Times

The distance from Tenerife South Airport to El Médano is approximately 8km by road that takes about 10 minutes. The taxi fare should be about €13. There is no direct bus service from Tenerife airport to El Médano. However, you can get to El Medano from the airport by bus if you change bus services.

How To Get To El Medano From Tenerife South Airport >>

El Medano Bus Services

Bus services from El Medano to other parts of Tenerife. Click on this link to Plan Your Bus Journey From El Medano. This map shows all the bus stops in El Medano. Click on the route numbers on the list below for the time tables of buses from El Medano.

Route 116

Santa Cruz


El Medano

San Isidro


Route 470


San Isidro

El Medano

Los Abrigos

Golf del Sur

Las Gallatas

Los Cristianos

Route 483

Costa Adeje

Los Cristianos

Golf del Sur

Los Abrigos

El Medano

Tip: If you are planning to catch a bus to Los Cristianos, it is much quicker to travel on the 483 bus rather than getting the 470 bus, as the 483 bus route is more direct. The 470 bus goes a long way round.

Places to Stay in El Médano


Additional Info

  • Airport Transfer Time: 10 minutes by car
  • Distance from Airport: 8 km
  • Direct bus from airport: None
  • Taxi fare from airport: €19
Last modified on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:13