One of the main attractions in El Médano is its beaches. It is home to the largest beach in Tenerife which is two kilometres long and has fine sand and shallow water. La Tejita beach is behind an impressive volcanic crater, named the 'Red Mountain' after its colour, with a cliff of more than 50 metres due to the erosion by the sea. There are protected zones around the city such as the Red Mountain to the west and to the east Pelada Mountain, a volcanic cone with a one diameter crater which is habitat to rare birds.
In the city, the main street runs parallel to the beach and is full of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as many places to rent equipment and wetsuits. El Médano celebrates its patron saint day with parties during the third weekend of September and 'Picacho' on the 28th October to celebrate the end of the summer. Granadilla de Abona is a historical city that is just 11 kilometres away and the Teide National Park is just an hour away. The island's capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is just 40 minutes away by car.