Gran Canaria Beaches
In Tropical Canary Islands

Gran Canaria Beaches are some of the Best in Spain. The Canary Islands are located off the coast of Africa. They are an archipelago of 7 islands and 6 islets.

For government purposes they are divided into two provinces, Las Palmas on the east with 3 islands, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

On the west is the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with 4 islands, Tenerife, La Palma Island, La Gomera and El Hierro.

The Canary Islands are an integral part of Spain despite the distance from the Iberian Peninsula. Because of its latitude they feature some of the Best Beaches in Europe and a mild warm weather all year round.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria welcomes millions of tourists a year

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria welcomes millions of tourists

Here we are going to mention some of the Best Gran Canaria Beaches. They are some of the best of all Canary islands Beaches. I use the Spanish word of Playas for Beaches.

Playa de las Canteras

Located on the district of Las Canteras, this Gran Canaria’s beach resort features a great city beach offering hotels, shops, restaurants and bars.

It is near Santa Catalina and La Isleta. It lies on a bay near Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s capital city. The beach is protected by La Barra, a reef protecting the beach and making it practically a lagoon where even those that don’t swim can enjoy its waters.

Playa de las Alcaravaneras

It is located in the Capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.This is a beautiful stretch of golden sand with a selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. This beach offers lots of activities like beach volley ball, sailing and canoeing. It also features sun beds, showers and kiosks with refreshments.

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San Agustin Beach Resort in Gran Canaria

San Agustin Beach Resort in Gran Canaria

San Agustín Beach

San Agustin Beach resort was first established in 1970 even before Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. It is located near Bahia Feliz, a very popular windsurfing spot.

It is resort with character and offers all the amenities you can expect. A Gran Canaria resort with class, San Agustin has all the amenities you'd expect from a good resort like plenty accommodation, commercial centers with shops, restaurants and bars.

They even have casinos. In summary a good beach for swimming and snorkeling. The sands at this beach are dark, lined by a busy promenade.

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Alcaravaneras Beach in the Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Playa Maspalomas

Maspalomas beach is located on the islands southernmost tip. Together with Playa del Ingles, they form the largest stretch of beach of Gran Canaria and also the most popular.

Here you may realize you are next to Africa’s coast because the large dunes of sand that continues to the beach. They are called Dunas de Maspalomas.

The white sands stretch for about 4 miles. It offers many water sports, bars, restaurants and night clubs. It has all the facilities you may expect from such an important beach resort.

Playa Las Canteras

Playa Las Canteras is one of the Best Gran Canaria Beaches

Playa del Inglés

Located next to Playa de Maspalomas, it is Europe’s second largest resort, after Benidorm, Gran Canaria’s largest.

If you are the kind of traveler looking for action, you found the right place.

During the day is great for swimming and relaxing and in the evenings the nightlife is full with activities.

It is more popular with the young crowd of 18-30 for summers, but the rest of the year is ideal for people of all ages.

You will see the beaches full with German, British and Scandinavian tourists as well as from all other European countries.

Maspalomas Beach

Maspalomas Plaza next to Maspalomas Beach in Gran Canaria

Playa de Puerto Rico

In honor to its namesake, my beautiful island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, it is the warmest spot on Gran Canaria. It features a beautiful beach with a great selection of water sports that range from jet skiing and sailing to diving, fishing and windsurfing.

It is a family oriented resort with lots of children games and activities in the golden sand. The Atlantic waters are warm and a constant breeze cools the weather to make it excellent for a great beach holiday.

The resort has public pool located near the beach and a garden of tropical vegetation and flowers. In Puerto Rico you’ll find many amenities, like showers, sun beds and more, to enjoy its crescent shaped beach with sands brought all the way from neighboring Sahara Desert. This is a real paradise for sun worshipers.

Playa de los Amadores

This beach, translated to English means “Lovers Beach” is located a few minutes’ walk from Puerto Rico. It is a half mile cove of golden beach protected from the sea.

The waters are crystal clear. Since ball playing is not allowed on this beach it is good for families with small children. It has a variety of restaurants and bars.

For more information visit Canary Islands Tourism Board

Playa Puerto Rico

Playa Puerto Rico is a family beach resort

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Puerto de Mogán

Puerto de Mogán is located on the south of the island, is a beautiful fishing village, with a well protected beach and marina.

The surroundings a classy and relaxing, and some claim that this place has the best climate in the world. All year round the temperatures are in the twenties and low thirties degrees Celsius and always accompanied by the cooling breezes.

Playa Taurito

Playa Taurito is located on the southwest coast of the island and is an elegant resort for those looking for a tranquil holiday on the beach. The hotels are carved into the cliffs. Fishing, diving, and sailing are sports available on this beach.

Playa Puerto Mogan

Picturesque Playa Puerto Mogan is a fishing village

Nude Bathing

Some of Gran Canaria beaches offer secluded areas for naturist that like to swim in their birth attire. Look for the signs.

Gran Canaria Beaches offer everything for everybody. On another article we’ll going to talk about Tenerife beaches.

Image Credits:
canteras by pepelopex
puerto mogan by nick iredale
maspalomas plaza by kriki
puerto rico by dan kamminga
alcaravanera n/a

All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.

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