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.
Gando Bay beach, right next to Gran Canaria's airport runway, is within the military airbase and therefore off limits to civilians. It opens to the public on one or two days per year during sporting events.
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.
Gran Canaria's east coast beaches are a mixed bag with everything from windswept pebble beaches to sheltered coves with golden sand. Salinetas beach is the prettiest and most accessible of the east beaches.