The beaches in Gran Canaria are probably one of the reasons that you are visiting here, and they are as abundant as they are diverse.

All beautiful with different atmospheres, natural conditions and types of sand, from untouched beaches and hidden coves to people watching promenades with bars and restaurants, they meet every picture-perfect expectation, and with such variety, everyone’s needs and tastes.

And what fun you can have discovering and exploring them! Here are just a few of our recommendations……..

Maspalomas Dunes & Beach

Maspalomas is famous for its vast expanse of coastal dunes & Maspalomas beach – a postcard picture often seen to advertise the island. The Maspalomas Dunes – a protected nature reserve since 1987- contain several ecosystems, including the La Charca Lagoon, palm groves and the impressive dunes, which are abundant in birdlife. The Maspalomas Lighthouse is still active and has been operating since the late 19th century. A popular pastime for many visitors and residents is the walk from Playa del Ingles beach towards the lighthouse, approximately a 2-kilometer walk, dipping in the strong surf (or the “Chiringitos” for a refreshment) along the way. Maspalomas beach is also popular with nudists.

Playa de las Canteras

Easily accessed for those visiting the island on cruise ships to Las Palmas, award winning Las Canteras beach is a stretch of approximately 3 kilometres of soft golden sand and calm waters located in our cosmopolitan capital and has been quoted as one of the best city beaches in Europe.

La Barra, a volcanic rock reef that protects the beach around 200m from the shore, is a natural breakwater and provides a safe bay for swimmers and other beach users.

Stroll along the bustling promenade and take in the numerous cafes and resturants or dip your toes in the water, Las Canteras is a special place which will win your heart.

A natural extension to Las Canteras is “El Confital” a stunning area to watch local surfers, as it is voted as some of the best waves in Europe.

Puerto Rico Beach

Boasting sunny and perfect beach weather almost all year round and a calm golden bay with gentle waves perfect for families, it´s no wonder that Puerto Rico beach can be described as one of the most crowded beaches on the island. Nestled in the middle of the 2 ports of Puerto Rico, this beach has easy access and numerous choices of boats available to enjoy a sun soaked day on the sea.

Amadores Beach

Amadores (“Lovers” beach) is a relatively new choice for sunbathers to visit, having been developed over the past 12-15 years. Accessed easily by local bus, car or walking along the beach front walk from Puerto Rico (Puerto Escala), Amadores encapsulates the feeling of “mañana” and “relax”.

Dotted with sunbeds and umbrellas and lined with restaurants and shops, the white sanded bay enjoys glorious all year round weather and stunning sunsets. Not a sand lover? Try the Amadores Beach Club, a sophisticated beach club with salt pool and comfortable lounge beds, funky music, drinks and restaurant.

El Pajar

Off the beaten track for most tourists, El Pajar has two infamous points of interest. A soft golden sand bay with gentle waves (without any sunbeds or facilities) it is reached on the old coastal road between Meloneras and Arguiniguin. Some argue whether the famous cement factory situated at the end of the bay is an eye sore or a national monument (personally we love it) and the other famous motive for visiting El Pajar are the fish restaurants on the beach. Our personal favourite is La Bahia, with meditating views of the fishing boats on the water and the sounds of the waves lapping, it’s the perfect spot for a late lunch.

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