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.
C a n a r y F o r u m
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.
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.
Before I get started, a few things to bear in mind that perhaps you didn't know about beaches here :-
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).
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.
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).