There are many beaches spreading along the whole coast of Gran Canaria. They are characteristic for their yellow sand and particularly shallow water in some parts. The most popular beaches include Maspalomas, famous for its spectacular sand dunes; Amadores, the beaches located in the small fishing communities Puerto de Mogán and Puerto Rico; as well as the beaches located close to the capital, Las Palmas.
The Maspalomas beach is situated in the state-protected Maspalomas dune reservation in the north of Gran Canaria. When visitors first encounter the site, they will only be able to see sand dunes stretching endlessly as far as the eyes go, however, after they cross several sand dunes, they will be rewarded with a magnificent beach with its characteristic fine, yellow sand. As the beach is very long, it is easy to find a secluded spot if you and your partner seek a bit more privacy.
Las Canteras is a long, sandy beach spanning the shore of the capital, Las Palmas. The local people say that this particular beach is one of the best city beaches in all of Spain. An escape from the city’s crowd and noise is available at this beach, where you can swim, sunbathe, surf (this is, in fact, the ocean, so waves are a normal occurrence), as well as enjoy many restaurants and bars.Gran Canaria is a great sea life reservation. There are a thousand species of fish in the ocean around the island.
The El confital is located at the base of mountains, and almost looks as a continuation of the sea. Here, the sun’s heat is utilized for evaporating water out of pools for the local salt plant, and it is widely thought that this beach offers the best waves for surfing, so it is no miracle that you can meet many people with their surfing boards chasing waves.
The Mogán beach is situated in the fishing village of Mogán, which is characteristic for its two-story houses painted in many different ways and colors. The town itself is an attraction worth visiting on its own, and the beach is significantly smaller than the rest of the beaches that can be found on Gran Canaria, as sand beaches on this island are usually several kilometers long. Although small, this beach has a particular flare because of the very town it is located in and named after. You will definitely enjoy a one-day field trip to the city.
This beach is located in the south of the island, and is widely regarded as one of the more laid-back beaches of Gran Canaria. If you are a person who seeks an active vacation, this isn’t the place for you, as it is intended to welcome those who like to swim, enjoy the sun and read books and magazines all day long. Everything about this beach was carefully tuned to maximize relaxation. Nevertheless, the beach is absolutely worth the visit, as even if you seek a more active vacation, one day of relaxation is surely recommended.