Local tips & secrets

Beaches, See & Do

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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