Gando Bay: The Gran Canaria Beach The Military Keeps To Itself

Gando Bay Beach in east Gran Canaria is military only Gando Bay Beach in east Gran Canaria is military only

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. 

Gando Bay beach is the longest golden beach in east Gran Canaria and with a promenade, beachfront bars and sheltered water it could be a highlight of the area. However, it's within the base that hosts NATO fighter jets and the military is the only organisation is Spain that can deny people walking access to the coast.

So no Gando Bay beach for us civilians then? 

You can't just walk to Gando Bay beach, but there are a couple of ways to see it.

You can make friends with a member of the Spanish military and get a private invite to the base. This is a hassle because all guests have to be vetted in advance.

Or, you can sign up for the May Day fun run within the base, or the Gando Triathlon in late May. Runners and their families get a free pass for the day and can sit on Gando Bay beach, walk the promenade and even visit the jets. 

Additional Info

  • Lifeguard: No
  • Calm water: Yes
  • You're sitting on: Sand
  • Sand colour: Sahara yellow
  • Looks best at: Sunrise
  • Nudist: No
  • Hippy rating: 1
  • Lat/Long: 27.935110, -15.375669
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