Playa de Vargas: The Gran Canaria Beach With A Campsite

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Playa de Vargas is where windsurfers go to practise their wave skills and camp right by the water but on the right day, you can sunbathe and swim in comfort.

Camping by the sea in Gran Canaria isn't easy as most campsites are up in the mountain, but at Playa de Vargas the tents are just behind the beach. However, this isn't not a spot for sun worshippers due to the consistent east coast winds. Vargas is where windsurfers and kitesurfers stay to be as close to the water as possible. It has wind and waves and is a popular spot for wave specialists. 

That said, Playa de Vargas can be pleasant during the winter when the east coast winds are at their weakest; Especially if you bag one of the stone sunbathing shelters. Visit when the tide is out and you even get a strip of sand between the sea and the pebbles. 

If you visit Playa de Vargas to sunbathe and swim, please look out for the signs and avoid getting in the water in the windsurf areas.

Playa de Vargas is just south of the airport in the Ingenio municipality. The easiest way to access it from the GC-1 motorway is by turning off at exit 25 (see directions here). You can park right by the beach.

Playa de Vargas campsite


Additional Info

  • Lifeguard: No
  • Calm water: No
  • You're sitting on: Sand, Pebbles
  • Sand colour: Volcanic black
  • Looks best at: Sunrise
  • Nudist: No
  • Hippy rating: 6
  • Disabled Access: Access is down a track and there are no beach facilities. The pebbles and stone beach is not suitable to people with reduced mobility.
  • Lat/Long: 27.891285, -15.393775
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    The Parafarmacia In Gran Canaria Is Not A Chemist!

    If there is one thing we hate it is visitors being tricked in Gran Canaria. In the past we've warned about overcharging at Gran Canaria chemists, and rip off electronics shops in resorts. 

    In this Tip Of The Day we return to the island's chemists or rather, to the island's fake chemists.

    A chemist in Gran Canaria is called a Farmacia and always has a green cross sign. Farmacias are the only place tobuy medicine in Spain, even basics like paracetamol.

    However, there is another kind of shop in Gran Canaria that looks and sounds like a chemist but doesn't sell medicine. This is the Parafarmacia and it also uses a green cross sign.

    A parafarmacia is a herbal medicine shop that is not allowed to sell any normal medicine such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or antibiotics. 

    Instead, parafarmacias sell herbal alternatives to medicine but don't have to prove that they work and they can charge whatever they want.

    We recently heard from a visitor to Gran Canaria who went into a parafarmacia and was charged 40 euros for a herbal alternative to Ibuprofen. It was only when they read the label that they realised what had happened. 

    To locate a genuine farmacia, see this website and search within your municipio (Puerto Rico is in Mogán, Playa del Inglés is in San Bartolomé de Tirajana). At weekends and on fiesta days many farmacias close but there is always one open, known as the farmacia de guardia, in each municipio.

    Search for the nearest one to you with this tool

    Lex Says: To keep costs down, see this article for the way to ask for generic medicine rather than expensive branded alternatives. 

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