El Pajar: Great Beach With Its Own Cement Factory

El Pajar beach close to Arguineguín in south Gran Canaria El Pajar beach close to Arguineguín in south Gran Canaria

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.

Locals descend on El Pajar at the weekends to eat at the beachfront El Boya seafood restaurant. After midday, it's impossible to park in the town. However, go during the week and sleepy El Pajar is a great beach-and-seafood day out. 

There are no toilet facilities or loungers at El Pajar beach, but you can rent a kayak and use the loos in the bars and restaurants if you buy a coffee or a bottle of water. 

The village is a short taxi ride from Arguineguín town. Alternatively, get off the 01 blue bus at Cruce el Pajar and walk for 15 minutes down to the beach. The path is shaded by eucalyptus trees.

Alex says: El Pajar has one other claim to fame: It's where local football hero Juan Carlos Valerón was born (David Silva is also from Arguineguín). 

Additional Info

  • Lifeguard: No
  • Calm water: Yes
  • You're sitting on: Sand
  • Sand colour: Sahara yellow
  • Looks best at: Sunset
  • Nudist: No
  • Hippy rating: 5
  • Lat/Long: 27.7535443,-15.6709535
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