Dog beaches in Tenerife

The first dog-friendly beach in Tenerife was inaugurated by Güímar Ayuntamiento, who opened the 200m playa del Puertito to the side of the Club Náutico Puertito de Güímar to dogs in 2013. It was only the second such beach in the Canaries, the first being allowed in Gran Canaria in May as I posted HERE. Alcaldesa de Güímar Carmen Luisa Castro Dorta said she was very satisfied with the new initiative, the result of requests by María Cabrera López, administrator of the Facebook 7 Islas X 4 Patas group. There is a notice at the beach outlining the rules of use, and particularly important is the requirement for owners to clean up after their pets or face fines of between €30 and €150. Dogs which are are classified as “potentially dangerous” must be kept on a lead and muzzled.

There are two other dog-friendly beaches in Tenerife, both in El Médano. The first of the two to be opened by Granadilla Ayuntamiento was El Confital, chosen as the best option for the municipality given its somewhat isolated location the other side of Montaña Roja from El Médano, effectively an extension of La Tejita beach. It is designated a “zona de baño permitida para llevar a las mascotas”, as now is the third dog-friendly beach, Playa El Cabezo, the other side of El Médano.



  1. I have to pick up our dogs poop when i take her out, i also wipe her bottom . this is the first time we have ever said we will take our dog away with us on Holiday i just needed to know about the beaches. Shes only a little pug but a very happy one loves to walk . Many Thanks

  2. I use this beach quite a lot since I adopted my little pup. I always pick up her mess even though it is smaller than 50p. And I have never seen any one leave doggy poop there!

  3. Everyone here wants to point out how well behaved dogs and owners are on the beach. I can tell you, I’m not going to El Confital any more since it’s dogs allowed… every 10 minutes you see a dog crapping on the line between water and beach and I still have to see an owner clean after their dog.

    I won’t generalize but dog owners behave the same on the beach as on the street… quite a few clean after their dogs… but the rest doesn’t give a sh*t… for me enough reason to call this dog beach initiative a failure.

    And please stop spreading lies about how well dogs and owners would be behaving… coz they aren’t!!

  4. Not much use to the Medano dogs it’s a long walk away from the town the other side of Montana Roja and is part of la tejita beach
    No need to worry about what dogs do far more humans use la tejita every day without any toilet facilities

  5. I have used el confital beach quite a few times ; it is a pleasure to take my dog there . The dogs and their owners are not only well behaved but also excellent company.!!

  6. I think its great that there are beaches specially for dogs however the “no dogs allowed” signs are frequently ignored. We use a small, rocky, sandy beach which does not have sun beds or parasols but does display the warning flags and a “dogs prohibited” sign. It is situated in a very popular area of Las Americas. This sign is totally ignored and as there is nobody to monitor it, what is the point? The police frequently ride past during the day so it is not off the beaten track. The dogs are usually well behaved and kept in check by their owners but I can’t say whether they also use it to do their “business”.

  7. I am sorry Janet but this news makes me smile. There is a small pebbly beach in Playa de Las Americas which is a favourite with surfers. There is a Dogs Prohibited sign on the beach which has been there for about a year or more. This is totally ignored although I have to say that most of the dogs are well behaved and are kept pretty much under control. As far as clearing up after them….I don’t know.

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