El Médano Tenerife Review

El Médano is a small resort on the south east coast of Tenerife very close to the south airport. It is really a town on the sea front that has turned its self into a resort. El Médano is a very laid back casual resort, with restaurants and bars lining the sea front promenade and around the main square, Plaza de Principe de Asturía, that is also situated on the sea front.

The town is clean and well-kept and is very popular with windsurfers, tourists tend to be Spanish, mature holiday makers, families and windsurfing beach types. In the back streets you will find restaurants, some right by the sea, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner overlooking the sea, or tapas a nice glass of wine. Restaurants are also to be found around the cobbled stoned lanes linking the two town centre squares, ranging from establishments serving locally caught fresh fish and seafood, traditional tapas and Spanish food, to pizza, pasta, crepes and ice-cream parlours.

El Médano is largely occupied by Spanish and foreign tourists with some northern European expats and some traveller types, and is very typically Spanish in its look and feel. The resort will suit mature holidays makers, couples and families looking for a quiet holiday away from the hustle and bustle of some of the other larger resorts on the south of the island. El Médano has a hippie bohemian feel manly due to the windsurfers and hippie beach dudes. It can also be ridiculously windy at times here, hence its popularity with windsurfers and kite surfers, and the World Professional Windsurfing Championships have been held here at the Playa del Cabezo.

Due to the resorts small size hotel accommodation is limited here, and there are no luxury 5 star hotels, most of the holiday accommodation in El Medano is villa and apartment rental.

El Médano Nightlife

The resort night life is relaxed and casual, and centres around the square on the seafront, which is lined with restaurant bars and is very busy and vibrant especially at the weekends. If you are looking for wild night life with loud music bars, night clubs and neon lights this is not the place for you, and should look elsewhere as you won’t find it here. However, if you are looking for a relatively peaceful resort with a café culture, this may suit you.

There are no karaoke bars, discos, themed pubs, Irish pubs, sports bars, tribute acts or any other bars of that ilk. An evening out in El Médano consists mainly of eating and drinking alfresco in one of the many available establishments, and is low key and very casual.

In the evenings the restaurants will be very busy and the promenade is full of strollers milling around. The wall by the hotel El Médano is where the street trader’s setup selling their bits and bobs, and the local musicians sit and play their tunes.

Places to Stay in El Médano

El Médano Attractions

El Médano is a traditional family resort, this makes the resort feel safe and friendly with families enjoying the beach and restaurants. Often you will see Spanish families out at the restaurants at weekends. The square, Plaza de Principe de Asturía, by the beach has a small children’s playground, so parents can keep an eye on the little ones while enjoying a drink in the sunshine. The square hosts the local fiestas and is where the weekly market is held.

El Médano Beaches

El Médano has some of the best stretches of natural sand beaches on Tenerife. Playa El Médano at 2km long, making this Tenerife’s longest beach, is a really nice sandy beach right by the town’s main square which also has many cafes and restaurants. This beach is made of natural golden sand with shallow water making it safe for families. The seafront and beach are very popular and can get very busy, especially at the weekends, as the locals do enjoy the sunshine, and the restaurants are packed even in the winter.

The far western end of the resort near the Montaña Roja, is where the windsurfers and wind kites congregate. Here you can take wind sport lessons, or if you are already a pro get out into some of the best windsurfing conditions in the world. There are surf hire shops where you can hire all the equipment you need, and a couple of café bars where you can chill out with the surfing crowd.

Beyond the Montaña Roja to the west of the resort (the remains of an ancient volcano and protected nature reserve) is Playa de La Tejita, a 1km stretch of sandy beach with parasols, where the kids can explore the rock pools, build sand castles or fly a kite. The main draw back here is the sea strong currents and therefore this is no place for lilos and other inflatables, and be warned it is also a beach where nudism is allowed. Take a look at our photos of El Medano

Where is El Medano

El Médano is close to the airport so there will be some aircraft noise, the flight path is about 1km north of the beach front, but the airport is not too busy, but be aware of your accommodation in relation 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 where the high summer temperatures are kept down by the perpetual winds blowing from the Atlanic 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 approximately 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 the 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, 07 July 2020 09:10