Are you looking for a new adventure on your travels? Look no further than Playa de Güigüí, a hidden gem on the east coast of Gran Canaria, waiting to be discovered. This isolated, pristine beach, backed by high cliffs, is one of the few remaining virgin beaches on the island. The difficult access means that it’s an unspoiled paradise where you can enjoy its beauty almost entirely to yourself.
Starting point from Tasartico
To get to Playa de Güigüí, you’ll need to drive to the village of Tasartico, which is around a 1.5-hour drive from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or 1 hour from Maspalomas. Once in Tasartico, keep driving until you arrive at a dirt road. Continue until you see a sign indicating the way to the beach, where you can park your car.
Hiking to Playa de Güigüí
The hiking route to Playa de GuiGui is approximately 5 kilometers each way, but don’t be fooled by the distance. The route is quite challenging, and you’ll need to be prepared for a strenuous hike. There’s a big hill to climb, and the only way to avoid it is by taking a boat. However, we highly recommend taking the hiking route, as the stunning landscape along the way is worth the effort. The trail is well-marked, and you’re unlikely to get lost. It takes around 2 hours to hike to the beach, depending on your pace.
Discovering Güigüí Grande and Güigüí Chico
Playa de Güigüí consists of two beaches: Playa de Güigüí Grande and Playa de Güigüí Chico. The first beach you’ll see after the hike is Playa de Güigüí Grande, a beautiful, isolated beach with stunning views. The second beach, Playa de Güigüí Chico, is only accessible at low tide or when the sea is calm enough to swim.
I would like to emphasize that it is not an easy hike. You need good shoes, sun protection and enough water. If you plan to make it a round trip during one day, I would suggest starting as soon as possible in the morning because it will take you between 2–3 hours to get to the beach. Leave the beach at around 3–4 PM to get back before it gets dark, because you don’t want to do the hike without daylight.
Tips for Visiting Playa de Güigüí
There are a few things you should keep in mind when planning a visit to Playa de Güigüí:
- There are no shops or restaurants at the beach, so you’ll need to bring your own food and drinks. Make sure to pack plenty of water, especially during the summer months when the sun can be intense.
- Start your hike early in the morning, before 9 am, to avoid the heat of the day. During the summer, it’s even better to start even earlier. The trail has little shade and can be challenging in high temperatures.
- Bring enough water for the round trip, at least 2 liters per person. Pro-tip: leave (a small portable fridge with ice and) water in your car to enjoy a (refreshing) drink when you return.
- In winter, the sun sets around 6PM, so you’ll need to leave the beach around 3PM unless you plan to camp there or have lanterns for the hike back.
- There’s no phone signal or internet access at the beach, so be prepared to disconnect completely from the world.
- Nudism is permitted at the beach, so if you’re comfortable with that, go for it!
- Pack light and bring only what you need in a lightweight backpack.
- It’s also important to be aware of the tides. The smaller beach, Playa de GuiGui Chico, is only accessible at low tide, so plan accordingly.
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