Las Burras: Female Donkey Beach
Between San Agustín and Playa del Inglés, tyhis beach has golden sand, calm water and is sheltered at the eastern end. A great local beach and the only one with fishing boats on the sand. Las Burras has sun loungers, lifeguard and beachfront restaurants.
El Cochino: Pig Beach
Actually three small beaches formed behind rock dykes. Much quieter than Playa del Inglés beach just to the north and with loungers and beach bars.
Ojos de Garza: Heron's Eyes Beach
This laid-back east coast beach is as local as it comes and has serious coastal charm. Eat overlooking the sand and walk north along the shore for some surreal dune landscapes.
Sardina del Norte: Sardine Beach
It's appropriate that Sardina del Norte is named after a fish as it's famous for its superb diving and local seafood. The little, south-facing sandy beach is gorgeous.
Playa del Aguila: Eagle Beach
As low-key as they come, Playa del Aguila between San Agustín and Bahia Feliz is a pebbly local beach with a great seafront restaurant and not much else. That's why its fans love it.
Patalavaca: Cow leg beach
The south Gran Canaria beach the Scandinavians don't want you to know about, Patalavaca is the quietest of the area's sandy beaches. Great restaurants and a chilled atmosphere make it a top spot.
El Cabrón: Male Goat beach
Named either after a male goat or an Andaluz pirate, east coast El Cabrón is famous for its world-class dive site but also has this lovely little sandy beach. The water here is as clear as it comes.