|Gran Canaria beaches:From endless stretches of golden sand to tiny, remote bays|
Gran Canaria has dozens of beaches, from the Saharan splendour of Maspalomas to the tiny patch of sand at Sardina del Norte. Some are packed with sun loungers and parasols, while others are hours away from the nearest Full English Breakfast. Whatever your taste, the island is guaranteed to have the perfect beach for you.
Lex has over 600 excellent photos of Gran Canaria's beaches on Gran Canaria Info.
Beach and its dunes make up Gran Canaria's biggest and most popular beach. It is over 6 kilometres long, with huge, golden dunes and calm water. It has a nudist zone in the centre and snack stalls at regular intervals. Maspalomas Beach is so big that you can always find a quiet spot!
Anfi del Mar
The Taurito valley or barranco is dominated by apartments with purple tile roofs, and a huge swimming pool. You have to pay to use the pool, but the little, sandy beach at the mouth of the valley is free. It is small, and is often quite empty. The snorkelling along the cliffs to either side is very good.
Mogan beach used to be stony but a big delivery of Saharan sand has turned it into a lovely, sheltered beach. It is right next to Puerto Mogan and has some lovely fish restaurants on its promenade. The beach makes Mogan a complete day trip and holiday destination.
There are several beaches in the bay, including El Llanillo, Los Bigotes, and Playa Triana. Just park up alongside the GC 500 where you see other cars and head down the track to the beach. Los Bigotes is right by the road!
Veneguera Beach is important because it marked the high tide mark for rampant tourist development in Gran Canaria. When plans for a mega-resort in the valley were announced the islanders protested so much that the plans were shelved indefinitely. Thanks to local indignation, Veneguera remains pristine. All it has is an old quay that was used to ship tomatoes, and a couple of mango farms. It is mostly pebbles, with a few patches of dark sand. Take all supplies with you!
Get to Veneguera down the rough track from the Mogan Valley (see Google Map).
Sandwiched between two marinas, and the main beach for the whole resort, Puerto Rico Beach is often very busy. It is safe, calm and clean, but many people head round the hill to Amadores Beach to avoid the crowds. Mogan's town council, which governs Puerto Rico, has recently announced that it is to ban smoking and night-time swimming on all its beaches. This affects Mogan, Amadores and Puerto Rico Beaches.
Playa del Ingles
Not so much a beach in itself, but the part of Maspalomas Beach that is in front of the Playa del Ingles resort. It has recently grown thanks to three groynes that have trapped sand and formed three new beaches between Maspalomas Beach and Las Burras (see Google Maps). Playa del Ingles Beach is a good place to book water sports!
Meloneras is Maspalomas' other beach. It is right at the end of the new promenade in front of the big hotels like the Villa del Conde and the Baobab. Meloneras is rarely busy, but has loungers, plenty of sand, and restaurants. If Maspalomas beach is windy there is a good chance that Meloneras won't be.
Puerto de las Nieves
About 2 kn north of Puerto de Las Nieves is the stunning pebble beach of El Juncal. Walk there by following the promenade north and continuing along the track. Juncal really deserves its own entry!
See this post for more on Puerto de las Nieves.
Gui Gui or Guigui Beach is Gran Canaria's most remote and unspoilt beach. It is a three hour hike from the nearest road and is best reached by boat. Either take a day trip from Puerto Rico that includes a stop at Gui Gui, or the water taxi from Puerto de Las Nieves
There is much more about Gui Gui in this post:
Watertaxi to the Legendary Gui Gui Beach
Do you know of another beach in Gran Canaria that deserves to be on this list. Which Gran Canaria beach is your favourite? Leave a comment and let me know!
Great YouTube video of Veneguera Beach and Valley:
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