Gran Canaria, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, is known for its many beaches, stunning landscapes, and vibrant nightlife. While many visitors flock to the well-known beaches of Playa del Inglès and Playa de Las Canteras, there are plenty of other hidden gems waiting to be discovered. In this article, we’ll introduce you to 14 lesser-known beaches in Gran Canaria that are worth a visit!
Playa de Guayedra
Located on the northwestern coast of Gran Canaria, Playa de Guayedra is a secluded rocky (nude) beach that is surrounded by towering cliffs. This beach is not easily accessible, which makes it the perfect spot for a quiet and relaxing day in the sun!
Playa del Hombre
Located on the east coast of Gran Canaria, Playa del Hombre is a popular spot for surfers. The beach features soft, black sand and waves that can reach up to 3 meters high, making it a challenging but rewarding spot for experienced surfers.
Playa de Veneguera
Located in the south-western part of the island, Playa de Veneguera is a remote and untouched beach that can only be reached by a long and challenging hike. The (clothing optional) beach features dark sand and clear waters, and is surrounded by rugged cliffs. The road there is hard though; the 10 km dirt road will take you approximately half an hour, and it’s not suitable for every car.
Playa de la Aldea
Located on the west coast of Gran Canaria, Playa de la Aldea is a rocky beach, easily accessible by car. There are some cafés and restaurants nearby, only open for lunch. The waves at this beach can get pretty wild, though, so swimming is not (always) recommended. It’s a great spot for a sunset, though!
Playa de Arena de San Felipe
Playa de Arena de San Felipe is a quiet beach, located on the north coast of Gran Canaria. There are a lot of waves, so it’s particularly popular amongst surfers. When the tide is low, there’s a sandy beach; with high tide there’s only a rocky beach available. The current is strong, so swimming is not recommended.
Playa de Aguadulce
Located on the east coast of Gran Canaria, just north of the airport, Playa de Aguadulce is a small and quiet sandy beach that is popular among locals. The beach offers calm waters, making it perfect for swimming, snorkeling, diving and freediving. From here, you can easily walk to Playa Tufia.
Playa de Güigüí
Located on the west coast of Gran Canaria, Playa de Güigüíis a secluded beach that can only be reached by boat or a long and challenging hike. The beach is surrounded by rugged cliffs and offers stunning views of the ocean. Read more about Playa de Güigüí in this post.
Playa de Montaña Arena
Located on the south coast of Gran Canaria, Playa de Montaña Arena is a secluded beach which is popular with the locals. You can get there by bus and by car, though the parking lot is not suitable for all cars (lots of bumps and holes in the dirt road). The beach offers stunning views of the ocean and it’s a popular beach for (all night) parties. Read more about Playa de Montaña Arena in this post.
Playa de El Risco
A beautiful beach on the north-west coast of Gran Canaria. Playa de El Risco is easily accessible and has both sand and rocks. The views are amazing and on a clear day you can even see the neighboring island Tenerife. It’s recommended to go during low tide.
Playa del Juncal
Located on the north-west coast of Gran Canaria, Playa del Juncal is a secluded beach that can only be reached by foot. The beach offers stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding cliffs and with its crystal clear water, it’s a popular spot for photographers.
Playa de Medio Almud
Playa de Medio Almud is a small and secluded nude beach on the south-west coast of the island. It’s easy to access, but can get quite windy. There are some natural wind barriers, though, which are also perfect for some privacy. The beach is not dog friendly and the police is known for fining dog owners on the beach.
Playa de Sardina
Located on the north-west coast of Gran Canaria, Playa de Sardina is a sandy beach that is popular among locals. The beach offers great opportunities for snorkeling and diving, with clear waters and plenty of marine life. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a local beach, with some options for cafes and supermarkets nearby.
Playa de Taurito
Located on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria, Playa de Taurito is a small beach that is popular among families. The beach offers calm waters and plenty of amenities, including restaurants and bars. The beach has fine sand and clear waters, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Playa del Cabron
Located on the east coast of Gran Canaria, Playa del Cabron, just above Arinaga, is a rocky beach that is popular amongst divers. The beach offers clear waters and plenty of marine life, making it a great spot for snorkeling and diving.
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