Local tips & secrets

Beaches, See & Do

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What about seeing a beautiful dawn breaking from the sea? If you enter 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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