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So this is going to be an ongoing project which we started back in the summer of 2013 to cover all of the main beaches of Gran Canaria, whether it be a man-made tourist beach in the touristy part of the south or something more natural and deserted on the west coast perhaps. 

Maspalomas Beach

Gran Canaria has more than 80 beaches (more than 100 if all the smaller, rocky coves are included) to choose from, many are golden sand, dark volcanic sand, pebbles .... we have pretty much all types of beaches here. The beaches in the towns and resorts are developed for the mainstream/tourism whilst those more secluded remain (for the moment) unspoilt havens to discover.

Have a look at the map below and where you see "Playa" then there's a beach. The map's split into 4 parts for easier viewing

North West - North East

South West - South East

Before I get started, a few things to bear in mind that perhaps you didn't know about beaches here :-

  • All beaches are public. If a hotel decides to spend a small fortunate improving one of the beaches, it still has to remain accessible to the public.
  • Saturdays beaches get much busier than normal as many locals use them and Sundays they get very, very busy as most locals are using them.
  • All ball games should be played 100 meters back from the shoreline. Of course nobody really pays much attention to this rule but if you're playing by the sea and someone complains, they are right and you are wrong.
  • No camping or BBQ on any beach. Again , on some more secluded beaches this rule is often broken but should the police come along there'll be problems.
  • Puerto Rico, Amadores and Mogan beaches are mainly non-smoking each with its own smoking zone. Also on these beaches swimming after dark is not permitted.
  • A sun bed is 2.50 / 3.00 euros for the day and an umbrella is another 2.50 / 3.00 euros (price depends on which beach)
  • Here is a nice link to check the sea temperature and as it's aimed for surfers, you can also check the wave forecast & other conditions.
There's a little extra info also in our blog section here

El Confital

The beach is on the very north-eastern point of the city known as “La Isleta” and not far from the Port. There’s fantastic access down with parking, pathways, steps and even boardwalks on the beach itself.


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El Puertillo de Banaderos

If Las Palmas is too big and too busy for you but you'd like to pass the afternoon on a golden sand beach in the north then this is your spot. A 10 minute drive away from Las Canteras, El Puertillo de Bañaderos is generally a quiet little beach (other than Sundays and most days during July & August).

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Las Salinetas

Las Salinetas is one of Gran Canaria's many beaches that each year is awarded the Blue Flag for excellence. It's found in the town of Melanara (not far from the airport next to the island's second cuty of Telde).


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Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles beaches are side-by-side and together stretch for some six kilometres or more. Between the two is a point where the shoreline heads north and which marks the start of Playa del Ingles beach. To the other end of the beach is Faro de Maspalomas, a lighthouse. What really makes this beach unique is that going back some three kilometres in parts and running all along both beaches are the Maspalomas sand dunes.

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Melenara beach is probably my favourite beach on the island and if you’re here on hols with a hire car then it’s a must day out which can be combined with a morning of shopping in the largest commercial zone in the Canary Islands, “Las Terrazas & El MIrador”. Forget public transport, too complicated and infrequent but send us a message if you’d like to try and we’ll tell you how (and wish you luck).

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I’m going to try and stay unbiased and tell you lots of nice things about Meloneras beach but as long as those pebbles are still there and the beachfront restaurants charge as much as they do it won’t be easy; there’s a reason they took away the blue flag.


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