Smaller than Melenara beach just 10 minutes walk north, Salinetas is also more compact and feels like the small town beach that it is. The beachfront restaurant serves good Canarian food and seafood, but can be slow, and there's a famous hotdog shop at the north end of the beach. Walk to Melenara beach for a wide range of quality local restaurants right by the beach.
The beach is 320 metres long and up to metres wide and it's sand is a dark golden shade known as 'toasted' by the tourist board; perfectly pleasant to sit on and lovely and warm in the winter.
Salinetas gets small waves most days but is a safe swimming beach and has a full lifeguard service at weekends and on fiestas. During the week, it's quiet with just a few locals on the sand. At low tide there's a big pool at the southern end that is perfect for kids and toddlers.
Drive to Salinetas beach by turning off the G1 motorway here and take the GC 117 road down to the coast. Park in the streets behind the beach (trickier at weekends). To get to Salinetas beach by bus, take any bus to Telde and get a taxi to the beach.
While all east coast beaches are windy in July and August, Salinetas is the most sheltered option. It gets busy during the summer holidays.