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Top 5 beaches on Gran Canaria

Did you know that Gran Canaria has over 80 beaches?
I was very surprised when I found this out but after exploring the island I do believe we have that many.
Of course we have some very famous ones, the beach in Maspalomas next to the dunes and we have some more hidden gems like Playa Gui Gui (In this blog route number 4).


Today I will tell you my top 5 (in no particular order).

Anfi del Mar

We are going to start this list strong with one of our beaches that look like you are in the Caribbean. Anfi del Mar is a white sand artificial beach which makes the beach very attractive. As it lays in a bay there are no high waves and the water is always calm. In Anfi you can also find several restaurants, a beach club, a newly opened Spar supermarket and a delicious ice cream shop called Helamore.

Some practical information:

  • from Las Palmas you can take bus 91 and from Playa del Ingles you can take 39 (Check here for more info on the buses).
  • There is enough (paid) blue zone parking close by but if you drive a bit past the parking lot you can park for free.
  • It is a 5-minute walk from the parking areas to the beach.

Amadores beach

The Second beach I want to talk to you about is Amadores beach. Amadores is about 800 metres long and it has wave breakers in front of the beach, so the water is calm. This beach is perfect to go to with children because of the shallow water. With all the facilities you may need during your beach day, this beach is definitely a good option. From restaurants and bars to water sports to changing rooms, you can find it all on Amadores beach.

A lunch tip when you are there: Bistro salsa

Las Canteras

Our pride of the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is Las Canteras. This 3.1km long beach is attached to a promenade where you can enjoy the ocean and mountain views while enjoying a drink. During a clear day you can see the silhouette of Tenerife. On Las Canteras you will find a surfer area (La Cicer), an area where you can snorkel (La Barra) and a children’s playground area (Parque de Arena). In this area you also have a public toilet. On several locations on the beach you have showers.
This beach is definitely a must go when you are in Gran Canaria.

Taurito beach

Taurito beach is a small beach in the town of Taurito. Next to the beach you have several restaurants and supermarkets. When the tide is low, the left side of the beach reveals something special, a cave which you can enter. This cave is amazing for pictures and it is interesting to see how nature created it. Also this beach is great for watching the sunset!

*disclaimer, as I said it’s only accessible when the tide is low and the ocean is unpredictable so make sure you are aware of the surroundings at all times!

Playa del Inglés

Probably one of the biggest beaches that Gran Canaria has to offer is Playa del Inglés. It is attached to the dunes which gives you a breathtaking view. Because of the size of the beach there is always a space for you. If you are feeling a bit active you can walk to the Faro of Maspalomas or the other way in the direction of San Agustin.
If you prefer to walk through the dunes, make sure to go to RIU palace Maspalomas where you can find the official starting point.

Tip: make sure you have sufficient water with you & use sunscreen

These were 5 of the beaches I enjoy going to. What is your favourite beach on the island?
All of these beaches have easy access by bus, so you have no excuse to stick to the beach closest to you (wink face).

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