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Every Gran Canaria Beach

Every Gran Canaria Beach

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide To Gran Canaria's beaches. Whether you love the wild beach and dunes at Maspalomas, the beautiful Caribbean white sand at Anfi beach, the resort beaches at Puerto Rico and San Agustín, or the urban splendour of Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas, this is the place to find all the info you need to enjoy the beach in Gran Canaria. 

This guide covers all the beaches in Gran Canaria, from busy Playa del Inglés and Puerto de Mogán to hidden beaches that even the locals don't know about. We've photographed them all, even hiking down to remote Güi Güi and Faneroque on the west coast. 

Each beach comes with detailed information about the type of sand, occupancy level, access, parking and even our exclusive hippy rating. You can even locate each beach on our useful Gran Canaria beach map.

For information about Gran Canaria's famous nudist beaches, read our guide or download the Dare To Bare: Nudist Beaches Of Gran Canaria book.

Tranquil Pasito Blanco is as close to a private beach as you get in Gran Canaria but is open to all. 
Hoya del Pozo beach is low-key even by east Gran Canaria standards, but it is clean and a pleasant place to sit in the sunshine.
Agualdulce is the prettiest beach on Gran Canaria's east coast and one of the island's best small beaches.
La Garita is popular with Telde locals thanks to its famous fish restaurants and wide, black sand beach. 
Golden El Cabron's beach is famous amongst divers but only gets a few local visitors. The snorkelling is spectacular, and it was named after a bucaneer.
Playa del Inglés must be Europe's busiest and most famous beach; its three kilometres of sand are packed every day and it gets millions of bums on sand each year.
Every tourist coming to Gran Canaria comes within metres of Ojos de Garza beach, but nobody ever visits.
Split in two by a little headland, La Aldea is the west coast's only beach that's accessible by car. 
Tufia hamlet is famous for it's existential battle against the Spanish government. Its beach, tiny as it is, is the headquarters of resistance.
The tiny patch of sand called Aquamarina Beach isn't much to look at, but it's got a great swimming channel and a perfect lunch spot right next door.
The blue water and white sand at Amadores gleam in the sunshine and, along with the restaurants, make it the island's most popular tourist beach.
Medio Almud beach is a natural and nudist beach in south Gran Canaria that is rarely crowded. 
Guayedra beach is where nature-loving locals from all over the north of the island go for nudist sunbathing in the west coast sunshine.
A tough beach to get to, but El Juncal rewards the intrepid with great swimming, total peace and rare Barbary falcons.
The south Gran Canaria beach where you're most likely to find a Canarii relic: Llano de los Militares, just east of El Pajar and Arguineguín, has its own archaeological ruin.
El Pajar village is literally in the shadow of Gran Canaria's cement plant but once you're on the sand you can't see the factory and the little golden beach is calm and pretty.
While Puerto Rio and Playa del Inglés hardly existed before tourism, Arguineguín has always been a local town first and destination second. It's Las Marañuelas beach is the only easily-accessible one in south Gran Canaria with a real local feel.
Arguineguín's Scandinavian winter residents hang out La Lajilla beach and natural swimming pool and are quite happy that nobody else knows where it is.  
Playa del Aguila is a long way from most people's idea of a south Gran Canaria beach: quiet, pebbly and almost completely local. And that's how its fans want it to stay.
Meloneras beach at the far end of the Meloneras seafront boulevard is a small, golden beach with a strip of restaurants just by the sand.
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