Just a few kilometres from Icod de los Vinos in the northwest of Tenerife lies the charming coastal village of San Marcos with its popular black sand beach. The seafront is sheltered by cliffs and it is also possible to sea some great views of Mt Teide from San Marcos. Just along the coast is Garachico and its El Roque landmark at sea.
The village has just one supermarket in the apartment block Edificio Lourdes on the road into it, a chemist on the front and a selection of bar restaurants. It has a little church and back in the residential part there is a square and sports club and cultural centre, and this is where many fiestas are celebrated although other festivities like the Night of San Juan take place on the beach and along the front.
There is quite a large carpark within easy walking distance to the beach. There are usually long-term and short-term rentals available in San Marcos but as a village it has a strong community feel and is mainly made up of local residents.
The beach is popular with sunbathers and swimmers and also anglers fish from the rocks, whilst fishermen with boats still catch fresh fish at sea. There are cliffs in a ravine that are popular with climbers and also caves, although some of these have been blocked off.
It is also possible to view the La Suerte pyramid on a banana plantation along a side road that turns off the only road into San Marcos.
There are regular bus services from Icod de los Vinos station and back. The 362 runs hourly from Icod on the half-hour but the last one back from the beach is at 8.30 pm in the evening.
San Marcos is well worth a visit and once you have discovered its charms you will be likely to want to go there again.