Gran Canaria beaches

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Gran Canaria beachesThe island has 150 beaches (30 of them naturist or nudist) giving you up to 60km of appealing sand.

The Most Popular Blue Flag beaches:

Note – The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to 3849 beaches and marinas in 46 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. See www.blueflag.org for more information.

  • Las Canteras, just west of Las Palmas is a long, attractive length of reef-protected sand with full-service promenade and quality surfing at the far end.
  • Maspalomas beach is part of a Dunes Nature Reserve that rolls all the way into the shining sea, thus no shortage of sand and local facilities are above average although tourists have to choose where to park their towels with care – nudists have a section, as do the gay community.
  • The Playa del Ingles Blue Flag beach is big, clean and loaded with every possible attraction.
  • Playa de Amadores is a man-made white sand beach a few minutes walk from Puerto Rico town, protected by artificial harbours and well supplied with facilities off the promenade. Please note that music and ball games are not permitted here. Puerto Rico is well known for its water sports.
  • Puerto de Mogan is a beautiful little beach, well protected from wind and waves and next to a great yacht harbour and one of the most pretty towns on the island, Pueblo de Mogan, with its calm, pedestrianised centre.
  • Puerto Rico’s beach is comfortable and protected, with many facilities nearby but can get very crowded.
  • San Agustin beach is clean and luxurious though the sand is grey and entertainment options limited.

Top Gran Canaria Beaches

Maspalomas
This is an unrivalled place to sunbathe, bordered by the dazzling dunes.

Las Canters
Don your snorkel and swim with the fish in the crystalline waters of the capital’s 3-km (2-mile) golden beach. A rocky reef (known as La Barra, “The Bar”) keeps the waves back, making this a superb place for families to swim. Further south, the reef ends and surfers take advantage of the breaks. If you prefer to stay dry, take a gentle stroll along the promenade, stopping in La Puntilla for a seafood lunch.

Playa de Amadores
Located in the sunniest part of the island, Playa de Amadores offers a wide crescent of golden sand with plentiful services and facilities such as windsurfing, diving and boat excursion as well as mini golf and golf courses nearby. The beach is also lined with restaurants and bars. The fabulous cliff walk between Amadores and nearby Puerto Rico gives superb views of the beach.

San Agustin
Most of the bathers here are Canarian day-trippers from the capital, but some tourists are getting wise to this gem. Calm waters border the black sand beach, split into three sections by rocky outcrops.

Montana Area
Untouched by the swathe of development that plagues the south coast, this stretch of dark sand has no amenities. Favoured by nudists, it is away from the crowds without being too far from civilization. To get there, park at the camp site west of Pasito Blanco, head for the stony beach and take a vertiginous path to the left.

Veneguera
This is another pristine beach favoured by nudists but largely ignored. After Veneguera village the roads are only passable by 4WD; otherwise, park and walk the last section. Backed by towering cliffs, the black sand and pebbles are lapped by a calm stretch of ocean.

El Ingles
Maspalomas’s closest neighbour is one of the island’s busiest beaches, but it’s large enough for all to enjoy its fine golden sand. For those who like a few amenities while they bathe, there’s no lack of bars or sun-loungers and, as you’d expect, the resort here is well-served with restaurants and hotels.

El Juncal
Few sun-seekers venture to this secluded cove, but those who do are rewarded with exceptionally calm waters surrounded by stunning cliffs. From the GC2 heading west, take the exit after km 29, then keep heading left through the tomato plantations. Once you reach a plain, park and walk the last 20 minutes.

Aguas Dulces
Below the Guanche settlement of Tufia lies a quiet, sheltered cove with 140m (150 yds) of golden sand, and good snorkeling and diving opportunities. Though easy to reach, this east-coast beach is often deserted, as the majority of holidaymakers prefer the guaranteed good weather further south. Watch the planes take off and land at the nearby airport, or contemplate the aboriginal ruins at Tufia.

Las Burras
For those who don’t mind black sand, Las Burras is a fine alternative to the busier resort beaches further along the coast. A favourite with locals, the calm waters are perfect for those with children.