10 BEST BEACHES IN GRAN CANARIA
Gran Canaria is packed with great beaches from north to south of the island. Most of the best beaches in Gran Canaria are located in the south of the island due to the constant temperatures throughout the year. This makes them a paradise for beach lovers. In the next section, we have a list of the most popular beaches (not listed by popularity). As a bonus point, we have added some beaches that are off the beaten track. Mostly only the local manage to go to them but we think you might like them too.
OUR LIST OF 10 BEST BEACHES ON THE ISLAND
Maspalomas beach is one of the best beaches on the island for its impressive sand dunes, the amazing sunsets, and its iconic lighthouse. This beach is 2,76 km long and it is the continuation of the Playa del Ingles beach.
This beach is on a natural reserve known as the Maspalomas sand dunes Natural Reserve. This beach is covered in sand from the Sahara desert that has been depositing over the years and has formed beautiful dancing dunes that move with the wind. At the edge of the dunes natural reserve, there is a natural lagoon that attracts many species of birds, eels and guppies.
There are many family-friendly services such as sunbeds and beach umbrella rentals, bathrooms, showers and, snack stands. The nudist area starts at kiosk nº4 and at kiosk nº7 “El Siete” we have the area known for being the gay zone.
It is important to mention that there are no lifeguards along the beach (only near the lighthouse). Use your common sense when swimming and be careful of the currents as they can get quite strong on windy days. If you are looking to do some watersports in Gran Canaria, next to the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse, we have the perfect spot for surfers and bodyboarders.
PLAYA DEL INGLÉS BEACH
Playa del ingles beach is one of the most popular resort beaches on the island. It is the continuation of the above mentioned Maspalomas beach. With almost 3 km long beach of golden sand and calm waters make it an ideal place for everyone to visit. There are many services next to the beach with a diverse range of restaurants and bars.
Here you’ll also be able to practice sports like bodyboarding, surfing, beach football, volleyball or beach tennis. There are many surf camps in Gran Canaria visiting this beach every day of the year. It’s a safe place to surf since there are no rocks and there are lifeguards along the beach till kiosks nº6. Around the area of that kiosk is also known for being a nudist zone.
Many people that stay in the resort of Playa del Ingles like to enjoy nice walks from this beach to the Maspalomas lighthouse which is not recommended on windy days.
SAN AGUSTÍN BEACH
San Agustín beach on the south of Gran Canaria is a nice and calm beach located in the resort under the same name. This 600-meter long beach is frequented by many locals during the weekends and summer months. For those with a car, this beach has a very easy to access it and you can leave your car at the free car park. There are not as many restaurants nor bars at the beach but the San Agustín shopping center is just around the corner and you there will be able to find what you need.
Although this beach has a lifeguard you must be aware of the currents during windy periods or when the flag on the beach is yellow or red. This beach is also known to be a great spot for bodyboarders when the tide is right.
The San Agustín beach has been hosting the Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival for free since 2015. Some of the best soul bands from all over the world have participated in this 3-day summer event. Everyone is welcome to enjoy one of the most fun family-orientated musical events on the south of the island.
ANFI DEL MAR BEACH
Anfi del Mar beach is one of the jewels of Gran Canaria located outside the Aguineguín fishing village. This dreamy looking beach with fine, white Caribbean sand is sheltered by a bay and a heart-shaped marina. This beach is a must for those visiting the island for the first time.
Anfi del Mar beach is surrounded by the Anfi Hotels and Resort where there is a wide range of places to enjoy some nice food and cocktails.
Amadores beach is located just a small walk from the famous Puerto Rico resort in the southwest of Gran Canaria. These two beaches are linked by a seafront promenade. This man-made beach is more than 800 meters long and has a blue flag status since 2004 due to its quality services. Sheltered by two dykes, this beach is perfect for those looking for a tranquil beach to sunbathe in and enjoy the beautiful turquoise waters.
This beach has one of the best sunsets on the island with a view of Teide’s mountain in Tenerife while you enjoy one of the amazing cocktails or a cold beer at the many restaurants and bars on this family-friendly beach.
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