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Discover all the most beautiful beaches in Gran Canaria!

SOUTH

The majority of tourists visiting Gran Canaria stay in the south of the island as there are located all the most popular beaches and hotels. Varying from small cosy beaches with ancient ports by the side till 5 kilometres coastline of amazing dunes, golden sand, always a sunny weather, mild ocean breeze, could you want more? Explore the richness of the tropical south beaches!

MASPALOMAS and PLAYA DEL INGLÉS

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Where? South of Gran Canaria.

Characteristics:
5600 metres of longitud.
75 metres wide.
White-golden sand.
Windy, moderate waves.

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Details: Maspalomas dunes is the part of the Natural Reserve of Maspalomas, including the area of Maspalomas dunes, Playa de Inglés, Meloneras beach. It is often compared to the famous beaches of Palm Spring in USA, California or Palm Beach in Florida. The whole coastline is about 5600 metres long and is very wide. Even though it looks very wild and exotic, Maspalomas is one of the most touristic places in the island. Around there are various restaurants, shopping centres, hotels and apartments. The beach of Playa de Ingles offers you plenty of sun-loungers and sun umbrellas for rent. Also, worth mentioning that one part of the beach is a nudist beach.

At first sight it reminds a dessert and you can just wander through the dunes until you come to the beach. At the end of Maspalomas there is an astonishing lighthouse. Even if you are staying further away this is a MUST SEE beach!

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How to come? Heading the main highway GC-1 towards south, follow the direction Maspalomas.

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SAN AGUSTíN

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Where? South of Gran Canaria, near the Playa de Inglés beach.

Characteristics:
670 metres of longitud
70 metres wide
Golden – dark sand
Windy, mild waves.

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Details: The San Agustín beach is a very calm place for those willing to escape and relax. It is totally different from Maspalomas and Playa de Inglés when looking for a peaceful and silent holiday. The beach is very wide and comfortable for taking sun baths and swimming or snorkeling as it is protected from the ocean currents. Around the beach you can find various restaurants and bars to try local dishes while gazing at the sea.

How to come? By the car: heading south on GC-1 highway, take the exit number 43 (it indicates San Agustín).

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PUERTO RICO

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Where? South of Gran Canaria.

Characteristics:
250 metres of longitud
50 metres wide
White sand from Sahara
Mild winds and almost no waves

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Details: Puerto Rico is the spot enjoying most sunlight during the year. A calm coastline is very well prepared for the water activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, water scooters, glass bottom boats, the excursions to the sea to see the dolphins, etc. There you can find all the commodities needed, such as showers and sun lounges. Around the beach there are lots of restaurants, bars and shops. It is a very touristic beach recommended for the active people and sports lovers. Puerto Rico is one of the two artificial sand beaches (besides Amadores) on the island.

How to come? Going from north, head the GC-1 highway towards Mogán until the Puerto Rico sign.

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AMADORES

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Details: Playa de los Amadores literally means – ¨The lovers beach¨. Indeed, the beach is for the most romantic ones reminding a little tropical paradise in the earth. It has a perfectly white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Very recommended for the couples to spend a fantastic day in the sun and watching a sunset in the sea. Due to the protected bay, there are almost no waves, so it is very safe for the families with small kids.The beach was awarded with a prestigious premium of ¨Blue flag¨ (Bandera azul, esp.) which includes the best standards of the water quality, the environment, security and maintenance. It is prohibited to play beach games in the beach and have a loud music which makes it so quiet and relaxing. It is easy to access the beach, there are cheap parkings near the beach.

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How to come? Just passing the Puerto Rico in the south of the island, few minutes heading the same road (GC-500) you will see a hotel in the valley Gloria Palace – down the valley there is the Amadores beach.

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PUERTO DE MOGÁN

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Where? Located in the south-west of Gran Canaria

Characteristics:
200 metres of longitud
50 metres wide
Golden natural sand
No winds, no waves

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Details: A small harbour of Mogán is a fishermen village, now being one of the most magical villages of the island. It has a small beach, which is quite protected from winds and ocean currents, but the most attractive part are tiny canals. Most often, Puerto de Mogán is called Little Venice due to these canals and small white houses covered in beautiful flowers. A very romantic place to take a walk, or enjoy a good food on the coast in the local restaurants. All fridays there takes place a typical canarian market, which gathers people from all over the island. It is a perfect place for the most relaxing and calm holiday!

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How to come? Heading GC-1 towards Mogán and following the signs saying Puerto de Mogán.

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EAST

What about seeing a beautiful dawn breaking from the sea? Even though the eastern part of the island, from the eyes of the tourist normally is considered to be very commercial, with no landscapes to see. But, actually, if you enter to any village in this area, you may discover small beaches that only locals know and are really worth visiting. You may experience an espectacular morning going to see the sun coming up from the horizon of the sea. Here we present you some of the most beautiful beaches in the east of Gran Canaria.

LAS CANTERAS

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Where? In the north east of Gran Canaria, in the capital Las Palmas.

Characteristics:
3100 metres of longitud
50 metres wide
Golden sand
Mild winds, in some parts (La Cicer) high waves, in some no waves.

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Details: Las Canteras beach is the most famous urban beach in Gran Canaria and one of the most important in Europe. It is certificated with an ISO standard which guarantees that all activities made in the beach are accorded to the highest environmentally friendly standards.

Almost the whole beach is protected from waves due to the natural barrier formed 200 metres from the coast, so it is very safe if you are with children. In the beach you can find all the commodities needed – showers, sun-loungers, parasols. Also, it is recommended for the snorkeling lovers as you can see a wide variety of underwater species.

Next to the beach there is a beautiful promenade with a lot of restaurants and shops. During the weekends it is very crowded, but in the weekdays there are less people – perfect time for you to enjoy this beautiful beach!

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The history: The name of the beach comes from the ¨cantera¨ – (quarry, eng., is a type of open-pit mine for producing  rock or minerals), which in XIX th century was being extracted in the barrier of the beach. It was mainly used for the water filters, but also the big part of those rocks was a material for the building of the Cathedral of Las Palmas.

It was only the end of XIXth century when the beach of Las Canteras started having the face that it has today. An architect Fernando de la Torre, designed the promenade by the beach and in this time the first buildings, basically summer vacation houses, had risen in the area.

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How to come? Going from south head the GC-1 highway until you come to the city, the beach is in the centre, the parking is normally paid, unless you see a place in the street with no coloured border. For the parking, head towards the harbour (you will see a sign saying Puerto).

EL CONFITAL

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Where? In the north east of Gran Canaria, in the capital Las Palmas.

Characteristics:
180 metres of longitude
58 metres wide
Golden sand
Windy, mild waves.

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Details: This beach is the prolongation of the most famous beach of Las Palmas – Las Canteras. It is very different from the typical beaches due to its wild surroundings and great view to the city of Las Palmas.

In 2012 the El Confital was awarded with a prestigious premium of ¨Blue flag¨ (Bandera azul, esp.) which includes the best standards of the water quality, the environment, security and maintenance.

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The beach is perfect for the surfers, as many of them state it to be the best beach on the island due to the variety of underwater currents. There is a wooden promenade to take a walk and it is adapted for the disabled people to access the beach.

During the weekends you might find it quite crowded as it is one of the favourite places of the locals. Moreover, it is the first urban – nudist beach in the island!

While in Las Palmas it is a MUST SEE place, as well as you might see a beautiful sunset to the sea.

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How to come? Going from south on the highway GC-1, continue to the city of Las Palmas by the coast heading towards the harbour, enter to the neighbourhood of Isleta (following the signs) and follow the road towards Las Coloradas. Before you reach the cross of Las Coloradas, go down turning to the left street called Coronel Rocha  until you see the beach and the parking place. Access by going down the stairs.

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PLAYA AGUA DULCE

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Where? In the east of Gran Canaria, near the municipality of Telde.

Characteristics:
140 metres of longitud
20 metres wide
Golden sand
Windy, mild waves.

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Details: This beach is a typical countryside shore, as there you will barely see any people. Its name means Sweet Water (Agua Dulce) because of the crystal clear ocean water by the shore and golden sand. Due to that, it is highly recommended for those doing the snorkeling as you will be able to see perfectly the underwater life.

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How to come? Heading the GC-1 highway, you need to take the exit number 15, saying ¨Ojos de Garza¨ and go further following the map below.

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EL HOMBRE

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Where? In the east of Gran Canaria, near the neighbourhood of Telde.

Characteristics:
270 metres of longitud
65 metres wide
Black sand
Windy, strong waves.

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Details: It is a precious beach, especially known for the surfing and kitesurfing activities held there due to the strong winds and waves. Besides sports, it is also a very nice place to relax and sunbath. It is very popular amongst the local people, so during the weekends can be a little bit crowded. Very recommended to come there before the sunrise as you will enjoy a beautiful dawn breaking from the sea!

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How to come? When going the highway of GC-1, take the exit number 10 and follow the signs towards the beach.

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NORTH

The north of Gran Canaria is one of the most exotic places in the island! Moreover, there are less tourism than in the south, that is why the places are still undiscovered by the majority of tourists. Be unique and brave to explore this part of the island and its exotic beaches!

SARDINA DEL NORTE

Where? North of the island, village of Sardina near Galdar.

Characteristics:
80 metres long.
40 metres wide.
Golden sand.
Windy, mild waves.

Details: This romantic beach is located near the small fishermen port. In the zone you can find some restaurants to try local fish if you plan staying all day. This place is perfect for the diving lovers as it has great conditions and marvellous underwater fauna and flora. During the weekdays it is quite calm for the sunbathing and relaxation.

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How to come?

By bus: the lines that go to Galdar are those 105, 101,125,102 y 103. From Galdar you should take the local bus going to Sardina del Norte.

By car: you should take the exit from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria towards Agaete. In about 18 kilometres you will see the direction to Galdar and at the end of the road you will come to a roundabout and take the Sardina del Norte exit.

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CHARCO DE LAS PALOMAS

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Where? North of the island, near the town of Arucas.

Characteristics:
60 metres long.
10 metres wide.
Black stone beach.
Windy, strong waves.

Details: When the sea level is low the beach has natural swimming pools for those who like swimming in a crystal water – an amazing experience! Very calm and little crowded, perfect for the privacy lovers.

How to come?
If you want to go by bus here are the bus lines that would take you there 105,103,125,116,206,213,204,202 y 234.
Going by the car it is quite easy. Heading north of the island take the GC-2 road with a direction Agaete. Then in the second crossroad, take the road heading to Arucas C-810. When you cross the small bridge, take the left side-way with a direction of El Puertillo. You will pass the village and in a few minutes will see the beach.

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SAN FELIPE

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Where? In the north of the island,the village of San Felipe.

Characteristics:
450 metres long.
25 metres wide.
Black sand.
Windy, strong waves.

Details: This beach is a great pick for the big waves lovers and surfers and at the same time not advisable for those without experience bathing when the sea level is high and dangerous. During weekends quite crowded, but on the weekdays barely can see few persons. There are few restaurants nearby to try local fish and typical food. Also there are flags indicating the sea danger level.

How to come?
By the car – heading north follow the GC-2 highway until you see the San Felipe sign on your right.

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JUNCAL

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Where? North of Gran Canaria, near the town of Agaete.

Characteristics:
120 metres long
20 metres wide.
Dark rocks.
Protected bay – no strong winds, no waves.

Details: the beach is considered to be one of the widest beaches in the North! It is, due to the fact that around there are no houses, restaurants, no streets to take a walk, only beach. Located in a small bay the beach allows you a totally exotic experience, with no dangerous waves, neither winds. It is advisable for the nudists as there are barely any people during the weekdays or you might see nudist people camping there, it is pretty common.

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How to come? Heading north the highway GC-2  from Las Palmas towards Agaete. See the map below.

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GUAYEDRA

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Where? North west of the island, Natural park of Tamadaba.

Characteristics:
200 metres long.
48 metres wide.
Black sand and rocks.
Windy, strong waves.

Details: Guayedra beach is one of the wildest beaches in the zone. Amazing landscapes, situated in a Natural park of Tamadaba. The open sea offers quite strong waves, so it is advisable to be careful when swimming. If you get there on a sunny day, you might get luck to see an impressive sunset!

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How to come?
Those who want to explore this beach, must be ready to walk 1,3 km on foot, because the parking is far and the only way to get to the beach is on foot. See the map below to follow the direction.

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WEST

The west of the island is considered to have the most wild face of Gran Canaria, due to the virgin beaches, high mountains and very little civilization. In the main coast of 33 kilometres you may discover the incredible views, high cliffs, with its highest peak reaching 1300 metres and of course its small beaches in the mountain valleys. Just like a phrase of one American western movie, here one can discover a true ¨Wild Wild West¨. Are you ready to explore?

LA ALDEA DE SAN NICOLÁS

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Where? West coast of Gran Canaria, near San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Characteristics:
720 metres of longitud
25 metres wide
Black stone
Might be quite windy, mild waves

Details: Going down the valley towards the village of Aldea, You will find yourself in a nice fishermen harbour with a beach by it. Around there are some tiny local restaurants, which are mainly family run business, offering you the fresh food, especially fish. During winter it might be really cloudy and a bit cold to sunbath, but still worth visiting, while during summer season it is a perfect beach for relaxation. There is also a nice promenade to take a walk while gazing at the mountains and a sunset to the sea.

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How to come? The best way to go is from the north, the capital Las Palmas heading the road GC-2 towards Agaete and then following the road GC-200 until you come to Aldea. This part of the road is a quite narrow mountain road by the coast – precious views, but also be sure to drive safely as it is very curvy.

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PLAYA DE GUIGUI

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Where? West of Gran Canaria, a 2 hours walk from San Nicolas de Tolentino.

Characteristics:
360 metres of longitud
25 metres wide
Black-golden sand
Mild winds and waves

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Details: Adventure lovers attention please! This beach is one of the pearls of the island. Totally wild, with no civilization, the beautiful beach offers You an escape for the weekend. You will have to walk at least two hours to get to the beach, so normally people go with an intention to sleep there. Near the beach you can find the drinkable water, so you would not need to carry it.

It is also available to come here by boat from Puerto de Mogán as the local people can bring You with their boats.

How to come? Heading the road of GC-200 till San Nicolas. Take a route on foot shown in the map to get to the beach (approximately 2-3 hours).

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VENEGUERA

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Where? West of Gran Canaria, near Mogán village.

Characteristics:
370 metres of longitud
30 metres wide
White sand and stone
Mild winds and waves.

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Details: Are you looking for a total wildness to spend a marvellous day with your couple or family in a virgin beach? This one is just perfect for that, due to its location. Apart from the Guigui beach, this one is the second virgin beach in the west of the island. It is considered to be a nudist beach, as there are very few people. Due to its difficult access (you need to go through a narrow valley in the mountain), it is advisable to plan the whole day in the beach.

How to come? The best way would be to go from south, reaching Puerto de Mogán and follow the road to Lomo Quiebre, and just when you see the sign of the direction to Tabaibales, turn there and follow the road until Barranco de Veneguera.

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