Gran Canaria's nudist beaches range from huge Maspalomas to tiny, hidden bays miles from the nearest road. Anyone who wants to let it all hang out will find their perfect spot:
Topless sunbathing is the norm among both tourists and locals on all of Gran Canaria's beaches and around resort swimming pools. The popular resort beaches, other than the central section of Maspalomas' huge beach, are not nudist. The more remote or undeveloped the beach, the more likely you are to find nudists. Take your cue from those around you and you can't go wrong.
If you fancy letting it all hang out on Gran Canaria the easy option is to head to the main beach in front of the Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés tourist resorts. To find the nudist section, simply walk from either end towards the middle and stop when you reach the naked people in front of the sand dunes. The nude area has a specific gay zone centred on a snack hut flying a big rainbow flag.
Nude sunbathing on Maspalomas beach is a bit surreal as constant stream of fully clothed tourists (known as textiles in the nudist world) walks along the shore. To go for a swim you either have to put your bathers on or brave the stares. It is very popular and there are hundreds if not thousands of nudists there every day.
For more discreet naturist beach in Gran Canaria, take a bus from Maspalomas towards Arguineguin and get off at the Montaña de Arena stop. A short walk along an old track brings you to the island’s local nude beach, set in front of a huge sand dune. Don't go snap happy on Montaña de Arena beach as many of the locals don't want their dangly bits turning up on the Internet. Take supplies as there are no facilities other than an occasional ice cream and drink seller.
The smaller, mostly pebble beaches between Maspalomas and Arguineguin are clothing optional. You need a car to get to them and you will have to hike down from the road. Most small or remote beaches on the island are nudist friendly. The simple rule to follow is to see what other people are doing and to tuck yourself away behind a rock if you are shy. Please be careful along this coast if the sea is rough as the waves get very large.
To really get away from it hike down from Tasartico to Gui Gui Beach on the remote west coast of the island. The walk will take about three hours but you will probably have the beach all to yourself (apart from the resident hermit). While camping is not allowed on Canarian beaches nobody ever checks Gui Gui because it is so remote: Take all the water you need as there are no facilities. Another way of getting to Gui Gui is to hop one one of the boat trips out of Puerto Rico marina.
Another, very much local, option is Medio Almud beach just to the west of Playa del Cura. Tasartico itself has a nice and very natural beach.
La Laja beach on the way into Las Palmas from the south is now also a de-facto nudist beach after the local government unsuccessfully sued a group of nudists there. The authorities have now said that they will not pester naked folk on La Laja beach.
All these beaches mentioned above are covered in more detail in the post: The Top 20 Beaches in Gran Canaria.
For a nudist holiday on Gran Canaria, consider Magnolias Nature; the island's only completely naturist resort.
Alternatively choose a hotel with nudist facilities. The Gloria Palace Thalasso San Agustin has a rooftop pool for nudists. The Palm Beach Hotel in Maspalomas and the Sandy Beach Hotel in Playa del Ingles have nude terraces, the latter with a jacuzzi. Both are close to the main nudist beach at Maspalomas.
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