There are thousands of naked people on Gran Canaria’s beaches every day. So many, in fact, that it has to be the world’s leading nudist destination. With over 20 nudist beaches all around the island, the sun shining almost every day and the water temperature over 20ºC, nudism in Gran Canaria is always a pleasure.
And yet, apart from the famous nudist areas at Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria's naturist beaches are empty most days. For fans of nudism but not crowds, that good news.
And nudism in Gran Canaria isn't just a tourist thing; the locals have long embraced the freedom of nudism and outnumber foreigners on almost all of Gran Canaria’s beaches. They are easy to spot thanks to their deep all-over tans and habit of getting as sandy as possible.
More good news; you won’t cause any cultural offence and the only thing that’ll stick out is your lack of a tan.
The bare facts
For such a popular activity, there isn’t that much useful information available to Gran Canaria nudists. The tourist board acknowledges the popularity of naturism, but is coy about promoting it.
Vestiges of the island’s Catholic past perhaps, or a misplaced concern that nudism and family tourism don’t mix.
Either way, as enthusiastic nudists living in Gran Canaria, we’ve decided that it’s time every visitor to Gran Canaria has a useful guide to all of Gran Canaria’s nudist beaches.