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Anfi Beach: Gran Canaria's Most Tropical Beach

Twenty-five years ago Anfi beach and resort was a hillside by the sea. Then a Norwegian entrepreneur and billionaire called Björn Lyng went past on a boat and said, "I'm going to turn that into a huge resort with a Caribbean beach".

"Really?" said everyone else.

"Yes!", said Lyng.

And then he did.

He literally moved a mountain in order to make his vision a reality. Lyng cared so much about his resort that he rejected the first delivery of sand for not being white enough. Luckily for us, hiss vision of a private Gran Canaria beach just for his customers was against Spanish law. Anfi beach is open to everybody and it's a great family and couple's beach with a real Caribbean feel thanks to the white sand and coconut palm trees. 

Anfi today is a stunning beach fringed with coconut palms. Next door is a tropical garden built on an island made of the rocks from the original hill. Anfi also has a pretty marina and plenty of shops and restaurants. While Anfi Beach doesn't have the sweeping views of Maspalomas or the wild charm of Güi Güi, it's the perfect family beach, with lifeguards and warm, calm waters. You can do anything at Anfi, from renting a giant pedalo shaped like a swan, to eating pizza on the sand. 

While on the beach you can see Lyng's huge and very attractive time share complex (they prefer vacation membership group these days) behind you. Don't worry though, you never get pestered by sales people at Anfi. 

If you want a tour of the complex, approach one of the Anfi salespeople in Playa del Inglés. You'll get a free taxi to Anfi Beach, a hard-sell tour and, in exchange, use of their pools for the day and a couple of free park tickets. Careful though, their sales people are good and you could end up with a timeshare week that you never even knew you wanted.

Anfi beach is on the coast road between Maspalomas and Puerto Rico. Most buses to and from Puerto Rico stop by the resort and there is plenty of parking. From the car park or the bus stop, walk down the winding road to the beach. You can also get to Anfi by ferry from the south's other marinas.

The toilets at Anfi are just behind the promenade in the centre of the beach. Loungers cost four euros per day and parasols three. 

Additional Info

  • Lifeguard: Yes
  • Calm water: Yes
  • You're sitting on: Sand
  • Sand colour: Tropical white
  • Looks best at: Sunset
  • Nudist: No
  • Hippy rating: 1
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