Gran Canaria: Europe’s nudist capital
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.
And yet, apart from the famous nudist areas at Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés, it’s nudist beaches are empty most days.
For fans of nudism but not crowds, that good news.
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 it’s not 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.
But before we get to the beaches, here’s some useful information about the legalities and practicalities of baring all in Gran Canaria.
Nudism and the law
It’s perfectly legal to be nude on any beach in Gran Canaria and indeed any public place in Spain. This is because the Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that nakedness in public isn’t offensive to others and is therefore perfectly legal.
That said, if you choose to exercise your right to go nude on busy beaches like Amadores or Las Canteras, you can expect the local police to come over and have a chat.
They can’t force you to put clothes on, but they can demand to see your passport as you have to carry photo ID in Spain.
With so many attractive nudist beaches in Gran Canaria, there’s just no need to test the law.
As for going topless, that’s completely fine on all Gran Canaria beaches.
Nudism and safety
Gran Canaria is an incredibly safe destination but theft, whilst rare, does happen. You really don’t want your stuff stolen on a nudist beach.
On the beaches in this guide, there isn’t much you have to do except keep an eye on your belongings and make sure you don’t leave anything valuable in the car. One good tip is to avoid sitting right by the main access to the beach as this is where grab and go thieves like to operate.
Take the standard precautions when heading to remote beaches; Charge your phone battery, carry plenty of water and tell someone when you plan to come back.
Perhaps the biggest danger to nudists, and all beachgoers, in Gran Canaria is the big waves that sometimes hit the coast. People drown every year in Gran Canaria so we advise everyone to keep an eye on the weather forecast and avoid rocky shores when big waves are forecast.
Don’t forget that the tides comes in fast, and that it’s often easier to jump into the sea on rocky coasts than it is to climb back out.
Nudism and sunburn
Lots of nudists come to Gran Canaria, strip off on the beach and end up with bright pink bits within an hour. It’s easy to forget that the sun here is African and that pale bits burns much faster than arms and legs.
Use a high factor suncream (30 is fine) for the first couple of days and reapply it frequently. Protect sensitive parts from the sun and gradually increase your exposure to prevent burning.
If you’ve read this too late, don’t worry as Gran Canaria has its own excellent natural remedy for sunburn.
The Aloe vera plant grows all over Gran Canaria and there’s a clump of it in most hotel and apartment gardens. The leaves are also sold whole in some supermarkets
An Aloe vera plant is an upright rosette of succulent green or pinkish leaves growing with their tips in the air. Each leaf has a row of spines along its edges.
To make your own Aloe vera gel, pick a leaf from the base of the plant; The fattest you can find.
The useful part is the transparent flesh inside the leaf: Get at it by peeling a section of leaf (a potato peeler works well) and washing off the smelly, yellow skin juice. Then crush the fillet of flesh and rub it onto the skin. The slimy juice soaks in fast and disappears leaving your skin feeling cool and refreshed. Apply as often as needed.
Nudism and sex
What has nudism got to do with sex? Well, some people who visit Gran Canaria for the nudist beaches also come for the outdoor swinging scene in the Maspalomas dunes.
This is never visible from the beach so there’s no need to be put off visiting Maspalomas or Playa del Inglés because of it. However, if you want to see what’s going on, it isn’t all that hard to find.
The main sex and cruising ground in Gran Canaria is in the Maspalomas dunes between the lagoon and the golf course.
To reach it, either walk west from the Dunas mirador, or east from the car park at the south end of Avenida Touroperador Neckerman in Campo Internacional.
Within the adult area, there are straight, gay and dogging zones and also plenty of private dunes. They aren’t signposted, but it’s not hard to work out which is which.
For detailed and up-to-date information, we’d recommend asking in Playa del Inglés’ swinging clubs.
Nudism, sex and the law
Outdoor sex in Gran Canaria is legal provided that you are not visible from a public road or footpath (engaging in sexual activity in public view of others is regarded as legally offensive, although just being nude is fine).
If outdoor shenanigans are your thing and you make a reasonable effort to be discreet, the most the police will do is ask you to move behind a bush.
Nudist Etiquette in Gran Canaria
If in doubt about whether nudism is accepted on a particular beach, look to see what the locals are doing. Often, you'll find that one end of a beach is nudist, even though there are no signs. For example, nudists cluster at the east end of Aguadulce beach and at the far west of El Confital.
Respect other people's space when you pick a spot on a nudist beach. Even though it gets pretty crowded around the kiosks at the Maspalomas nude beach, many people like a decent patch of sand around them. A good rule is to leave at least 10 metres between bare bums.
Canarians don’t mind tourists on their nudist beaches, but they don’t like tourists with cameras.
We know that being nude in public is a liberating experience and that you want to have proof to show your friends at home, but be careful where you point the camera.
Some nudists like to keep their habit secret and many are sensitive about anyone photographing (and especially filming) near children. There's no problem with taking a selfie or a few photos but don't focus on others, and don't linger too long on the angles. If anyone gets annoyed, just put the camera away.
Opinion is divided about the need to put on clothes to use the beach kiosks at Maspalomas. Most people don't bother and the staff say that they've seen it all before. However, if you use one of the stools, do sit on a towel.
Staring into the middle distance is fine but staring at people isn't, even if you are wearing sunglasses. It's never polite to gawp on the beach and especially not on a naked one.
If you sunbathe nude in the Maspalomas dunes close rather than on the beach, expect the odd gawper.
Gran Canaria’s best nudist beaches
At least 20 beaches in Gran Canaria beaches are either nudist, de-facto nudist or have nudist sections. Any quiet area of coastline is effectively nudist.
Maspalomas / Playa del Inglés
Maspalomas / Playa del Inglés beach is the heart of the Gran Canaria naturist scene and the mother of all nudist beaches.
It’s Europe’s top nudist beach and, given that it’s busy every day, almost certainly the world’s busiest nudist beach.
Just think, there are more naked people in Gran Canaria at any time than anywhere else on Earth.
The division between Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas beach is theoretical: It’s all the same stretch of sand; six kilometres long and golden all the way. The beach stretches from Playa del Inglés in the east, all the way to the Maspalomas lighthouse in the west.
The nudist part of this vast beach is right in the middle, in front of the big sand dunes. The central two kilometres are signposted as nudist, although bare bums spill out at either end of the official zone.
Most nudists gather around the beach kiosks: Their staff have one of the most surreal jobs on the island as nobody covers up when they feel like an ice lolly. Shy people and newbies head back from the sea and hide behind a dune until they get used to the freedom.
The LGBT nudist area on Maspalomas beach is easy to find as its beach hut flies a big rainbow flag. It blends into the main nudist area pretty seamlessly. The main difference is that, on average, the abs get more defined and the sunglasses more stylish the closer you get to the rainbow flag. Except during bear week.
Start at either end of this beach and walk towards the middle until you see the signs. Most people cluster around the three beach huts, but there is plenty of space. Or hike across the dunes from the Dunas Mirador at the end of Avenida Tirajana (it’s a slog, especially if you it during the heat of the day).
Montaña de Arena
The most accessible of Gran Canaria’s legendary remote beaches, Montaña de Arena has been a nudist favourite for decades. Recently the locals have been moaning that it is full of tourists but they are being ridiculous; we’ve never seen more than 50 people on Montaña de Arena beach at once.
The beach itself is a narrow 250 metre strip of dark golden sand at the base of a huge sand dune. It faces south so it gets the sunshine all day.
Take all supplies as there are no facilities at this beach, apart from the odd vendor selling drinks at weekends.
Montaña de Arena is normally a safe swimming beach but can be rough if the wind or waves come in from the south. The safety rule at Montaña de Arena is simple; don’t swim if the water is all stirred up as this indicates strong waves and currents.
There are no facilities at Montaña de Arena beach
Montaña de Arena beach lies just west of Pasito Blanco marina and is a few minutes walk from the GC 500 road that links Maspalomas and Arguineguín. Get to Montaña de Arena on Blue Bus lines 01 and 31 or by driving. For the shortest walk from the GC 500 road to Montaña de Arena beach, park your car here.
Access is easiest at the east end of the beach as the old footpath between Los Carpinteros beach and the west end of Montaña de Arena is a bit narrow these days.
The beach is about 10 minutes walk from the road and the easiest access point is next to a big sign at the top of the dune (you can see it from the road). The track down the dune is steep so don’t head to this beach if you don’t like heights.
To drive to Montaña de Arena, take the GC 500 and park your car by the roadside.
To go by bus, catch Global Bus Number 01
A taxi ride from Playa del Inglés costs around 30 euros.
Playa del las Mujeres / Pasito Bea
Pasito Beach beach is one of the quietest in south Gran Canaria despite its turquoise water and fine, if slightly dark, sand.
Between Pasito Blanco marina and Montaña de Arena beach, Pasito Bea is also known as Playa de las Mujeres; The nickname comes from the pre-tourism era when the land behind the beach was all tomato plantations and Pasito Bea beach was the traditional bathing spot for the women who worked in the fields.
History hasn't recorded where the men went for an after-work swim.
The beach is only 100 metres long but is wide and pebble free. Its sand varies between golden and volcanic depending on the tides and the light but the water here is almost always clear and a gorgeous turquoise colour.
Nudism is fine on Pasito Bea but it's also popular with locals who keep their swimming costumes on. If you want a completely nudist experience, head west (about 500 metres walk) to Montaña de Arena.
Nudists tend to cluster at the west end of the beach.
Pasito Bea is popular with dog owners so expect a few dogs on the sand, especially at weekends.
There are no shops or facilities at Pasito Bea beach and no bins so please take your stuff (and anybody else's that's left lying around) with you.
Getting to Pasito Bea beach
Get to Pasito Bea beach on any bus (Global Bus Number 01) that goes between Maspalomas and Arguineguín on the GC 500 coast road (tell the driver where you want to stop). The beach is about 10 minutes walk from the road along a wide, safe track.
The track to the beach is now pedestrian only so park your car here.
A taxi ride from Playa del Inglés costs around 30 euros.
The beach that the have-yachts keep to themselves, although the have-nots are free to visit as all beaches in Spain are public.
Pasito Blanco beach, just west of Meloneras, is a long stretch of almost white sand that only gets busy at the weekends. While it isn’t officially a nudist beach, nudism is fine at the east end of the beach closest to Meloneras.
Pasito Blanco beach has rubbish bins but no toilet facilities. There’s a Spar supermarket next door to the boatyard within the marina.
To get to Pasito Blanco beach, first you have to get into the marina. The problem is that you can’t technically drive in unless you own a property or a yacht. However, the chill-out bar at the end of the harbour wall is open to the public so you just tell the gatekeeper that you are going to La Punta.
This doesn’t work in the summer or on fiesta weekends as La Punta access is limited to members.
A taxi (around 30 euros from Playa del Inglés, less from Maspalomas) will get you to the marina entrance; Just walk through the marina on the land side of the marina until you find the beach gate in the north east corner.
To go by bus, catch Global Bus Number 01, get off at the Pasito Blanco stop and walk down the hill into the marina.
Playa Triana / Llano de los Militares
With the beachside GC 500 road now quiet thanks to the motorway, Playa Triana and nearby Llano de los Militares beach now feel much more private than they used to.
Both are made of large, smooth pebbles with a strip of dark sand at low tide.
Triana has a couple of smooth rock outcrops to sit on, while Llano de los Militares has its own Canarii ruin and even a carved rock that was once used by whalers to cut up their catch.
These two beaches get busy during fiesta weekends, easter and in July and August as lots of locals bring their caravans and camp.
These beaches have bins but no facilities and no lifeguard.
There are several roadside car parks by these beaches. LLano de los Militares is a short walk down from the road while Triana is right by the road.
Bus Number 01 stops here.
A taxi from Arguineguín costs about 10 euros. A taxi from Playa del Inglés €40+
If you want a secluded beach experience in Gran Canaria, but don’t fancy the long hike down to GüiGüi, this is your beach.
From the road, just follow the dry barranco down towards the sea. The 10-minute walk is easy although you have to scramble over rocks in a couple of places.
Tiritaña beach itself is only small and can be more rocky than sandy, although so far in 2016 it’s been sandy. It’s secluded and almost always empty apart from the friendly resident hermit.
Avoid swimming at Tiritaña beach if the swell is coming in from the south, or if there is an alert for big waves along the south coast. Otherwise the water is calm and clear.
Bins by the road, but no toilets and no lifeguard.
Bus Line 1 takes you past Tiritaña beach (tell the driver know in advance), as do lines 33 and 91. Otherwise there is parking by the road. A taxi from Puerto de Mogán costs around 15 euros, while a cab from Puerto Rico will be more.
The local nudist beach now that Montaña de Arena has been ‘discovered’ by the tourists, Medio Almud is a wide beach set in a sheltered cove.
It’s between Puerto Rico and Taurito resorts.
Medio Almud beach is a mix of sand and pebbles and the water is clear and calm. It’s not the most attractive stretch of sand, but it’s quiet and almost always sunny.
Access is via a blocked off road built by over-optimistic developers in the early 1990s. The ban on new hotels is about to go, so take advantage of the peace at Medio Almud while it lasts.
Bins by the beach and the road, no toilets or lifeguard.
Bus Line 1 takes you past Medio Almud beach (tell the driver know in advance), as do lines 33 and 91. Otherwise there is parking by the road. A taxi from Puerto de Mogán costs around 15 euros, while a cab from Puerto Rico will be more.
Güi Güi (pronounced Wee Wee) isn’t Gran Canaria’s most isolated beach or its most attractive. In fact, if it was next door to Maspalomas nobody would think twice about it. The sand is on the dark side and disappears completely during the winter. At times it is covered in driftwood and seaweed.
Nevertheless, Güi Güi's remote location, stunning sunsets and high cliffs make it Gran Canaria's Shangri La; the place anyone with hippie pretensions has to visit.
Güi Güi is so remote that it is almost always deserted (except during the easter and summer holidays when Canarians camp illegally). Years back there was a permanent hippy colony that grew its own weed and wittered on about "the Man", but it has disappeared except for one hermit.
There are actually two beaches at Güi Güi: Güi Güi Grande or Big Güi Güi, the first one you get to, is actually the smaller of the two at about 350 metres long). The name comes from the size of the barranco behind it rather than the beach.
Güi Güi Chico (Little Güi Güi) is just south of its neighbour and is about 650 metres long. You reach it by walking along the rocks but be careful at high tide or when the sea is rough as it can be inaccessible.
Note that locals and tourists alike have been fined in the last couple of years for camping illegally at Güi Güi (there is no legal way to do it). If you avoid peak times, you’ll most likely be fine. Do not camp here at Easter as the police visit every year.
The unofficial camp site behind Güi Güi has a small shop but don't count on it being open outside peak periods. When open, it sells all the important stuff, like bread, cigarettes, rum and water. The stream that is quoted in many articles is a bit slimy but is clean enough for frogs to live in.
We advise you to bring enough water for your stay.
Nudists, hippy types and nature lovers make the five kilometre trek from Tasartico down to the beach; A tough trail but easy to follow.
Uphill at first, then down into the steep barranco, it isn’t an option for anyone who doesn’t like heights.
The walk takes about two hours one-way. Take plenty of water as hikers have died of dehydration in the area.
An alternative walk is from La Aldea town to the north; It’s about four hours one way. You may also be able to persuade local fishermen at La Aldea or Tasarte to drop you at the beach, but be aware that the sea can be rough along this coast and they may not be able to pick you up.
Or you could just jump on a yacht or catamaran cruise in Puerto Rico marina and get to Güi Güi the easy but much less satisfying way. Boat charters can take you to the beach, but they aren’t currently allowed to drop you off and pìck you up later. However, there’s nothing stopping you from swimming to the beach.
Gran Canaria most isolated and least visited beach, Faneroque is a wide stretch of jet-black sand right under the island’s highest cliff.
It’s as beautiful as it is difficult to get to and the sea can be rough and dangerous. However, if you make it to Faneroque beach, you’ve done something that hardly anyone in Gran Canaria, local or tourist, ever manages.
It wasn’t always difficult to visit Faneroque; there used to be a track all the way from the road to the beach but a landslide destroyed it. That’s why there’s a bulldozer stranded on the sand; It was there when the road collapsed and has been there ever since.
There are no facilities at Faneroque. The only people who make it here are fishermen and the odd extreme camper. There is no mobile reception and no fresh water.
First you need to get to where the track down towards Faneroque meets the GC 200 road just south of El Risco village. Then it’s a good 30 minutes down to the coast and a 10 minute scramble north along the rocks to reach the sand.
The last section is dangerous at high tide and we’d seriously advise you not to try and get to Faneroque without a local guide who knows the tides and weather intimately.
This north west beach can be rough and the sand comes and goes, but it’s almost always sunny (Agaete and the west coast get far more sunshine than north Gran Canaria) and is set in a gorgeous barranco within the Biosphere Reserve.
The views from Guayedra are fantastic as you see Tenerife and Teide on the horizon, Puerto de las Nieves to the north and the rugged west coast stretching out to the south.
Take care swimming at Guayedra beach as the waves are dumpy and can pull you out to sea. Take your cue from the locals and don't swim if others aren't in the water. Visit at low tide for the smallest waves and the most sand.
Guayedra is popular with locals from Agaete and Galdar towns but tourists are as rare as hen’s teeth. Nudism is the norm and it’s almost always quiet enough for shy nudists. Camping isn’t allowed but people do stay overnight.
Guayedra beach has no facilities or rubbish bins and no lifeguard. Mobile reception is spotty.
Get to Guayedra beach by driving about five kilometres along the GC 200 road from Agaete towards La Aldea. The turnoff is just after the Barranco de Guayedra signpost by the bins and the bus stop. Follow the dirt track (fine for all cars) and park by the house as the final bit of track is a dead end.
Walk down the hill to the shore and turn north (left) at the sea. Guayedra beach is about two minutes walk.
Blue bus 101 between Agaete and La Aldea stops at the Guayedra bus stop provided it is running you tell the driver in advance. The walk from the road is about a kilometre.
Alternatively, walk the track from Puerto de las Nieves or Agaete. This takes about an hour and involves a short walk along the road and a couple of steep bits.
There’s no sand or pebbles at La Caleta but the smooth rock and crystal clear water make it a great nudist spot within walking distance of Agaete and Puerto de las Nieves.
La Caleta gets a mix of local nudists and textiles and the atmosphere is relaxed.
This is the place to go nude snorkelling in Gran Canaria.
There are no facilities at La Caleta and the nearest shop is in Puerto de las Nieves about a kilometre away.
From the natural swimming pools just north of Puerto de las Nieves, follow the coastal path until you reach La Caleta.
El Confital, known as El Confi, is Las Palmas’ chill-out beach and is where the locals go for picnics, surfing and a spot of nude sunbathing.
20 years ago the area behind the beach was a shanty town but the whole area has been returned to nature and El Confital is protected from development. The locals are so worried about losing El Confital to hotel development that they won’t even tolerate plans for a food and drink shack.
Most people cluster at the sandy east end of the beach but nudists head towards the end of the boardwalk and hang out on the thin strip of sand between the path and the rocks.
You’ll always find a quiet place to disrobe at El Confital if you walk far enough west. However, be careful once you go around the corner as the sea gets rougher.
El Confi has portaloos and lifeguards at the east end but only during the easter and summer holidays when it’s at its busiest. There are plenty of bins but nowhere to buy water.
Getting to El Confital
Walk as far north as you can along the beachfront promenade behind Las Canteras. It goes past the big Cesar Manrique wind sculpture at La Puntilla and along the rocky shore in front of the La Isleta barrio. At the end there is a dirt track that carries on to El Confital. The first bit is shared with cars (there aren't many) and then a track with iron steps forks left. Follow this to the board walk.
Taxis will take you to the beginning of the track, but most won’t drive all the way to the beach. It’s about a kilometre walk from the end of the road and you can’t get lost.
If you are driving to El Confi, get ready to ask for directions once you get lost in the maze of streets in La Isleta barrio. Once you are on the track, look out for cars coming the other way as there are only a few spots where cars can pàss each other. There is plenty of parking at El Confi.
Drive into Las Palmas along the coast road from the airport and you can't miss La Laja beach and its mob of seagulls.
It’s a 1200 metre, east-facing, black sand beach located on the south-eastern fringe of Las Palmas and linked to the city by the seafront promenade that runs the length of Las Palmas' east coast.
La Laja is an official nudist beach thanks to a campaign by local nudist associations. A combination of nudist activism and legal wrangles forced the local police to stop pestering nudists on La Laja’s black sand. However, since then not many local nudists use La Laja.
The beach is virtually empty most days apart from local surfers. Nudists tend to use the central section away from the car parks and main pedestrian access points.
Toilets are at the north end of the beach. La Laja has lifeguards on weekends and during local holiday periods. There are no shops or bars by the beach; the nearest restaurants are in San Cristobal village about a kilometre north.
Getting to La Laja
Walk to La Laja beach along the coast from San Cristobal village or all the way from the centre of the city via the Avenida Marítima.
Parking is easiest at the south end of the beach by the giant bronze of Triton. At the north end, there is parking on the side of the road but crossing the road is a pain.
For bus travel to La Laja, Take the Line 01, 04 or 05 bus from San Telmo bus station and get off at the La Laja bus stop.
A taxi from anywhere is Las Palmas will cost between 5 and 10 euros depending on traffic.
Gran Canaria’s east coast has a reputation for being windswept but this is only true during the summer and when the wind comes from the east or south.
During the winter, it’s sheltered beach like Salinetas are calm and pleasant. The same is true of Aguadulce beach just a few metres north of Tufia village.
With 200 metres of fine, golden sand, clear turquoise water and a sand dune behind it, Aguadulce is the prettiest east coast beach and makes it into the Gran Canaria Info list of top small beaches.
Rarely crowded and often empty, Aguadulce is nudist at the east end by the small cliff.
This beach has no facilities apart from bins. Next-door Tufia village has no public toilets and only an occasional chiringuito snack bar.
Getting to Aguadulce beach
From the resorts, drive up the motorway and take the El Goro exit 3.5 kilometres north of the airport. At the roundabout at the end of the slip road, take the Tufia exit (you may have to go round a couple of times to find it). From the north, take the El Goro exit just before the Cepsa petrol station and then drive under the motorway to the roundabout.
Follow the road through the dunes to Tufia and park at the end of the road by the village. Walk north and you'll see the beach within a minute.
Because Tufia is within a nature reserve, it is fighting a battle for its existence as it was built illegally; One consequence is that public transport doesn't run to Tufia or Aguadulce.
When developers announced plans to build a vast resort in the Veneguera valley in south-west Gran Canaria, all hell broke loose. Canarians decided en-masse that enough was enough and staged demonstrations all over the island. To general surprise, the protesters won the day.
An unfinished road between Puerto de Mogán and Veneguera beach now marks the high tide line of rampant resort building in Gran Canaria. Veneguera is now protected and is a beacon of hope to ecologists fighting to protect the island from further development.
However, the entire valley is currently owned by one of the island’s biggest hotel and construction companies. The battle of Veneguera may not be over just yet.
Veneguera beach is 370 metres long and sheltered by rock outcrops at each end. It's mostly colourful rounded pebbles although patches are dark volcanic sand build up at either end during the calm summer months.
Taken on its own, Veneguera beach isn't all that attractive but it is south Gran Canaria's biggest pristine beach and the water is calm and clear. It's best to visit in late spring when the valley is at its greenest and full of flowers.
Veneguera is a nudist beach although most of the Canarians who camp and BBQ here keep their clothes on. Head to the west end of the beach if there are textiles by the parking area.
Walk east along the coast from the three palm trees by the car park and you get to the remnants of Veneguera's old fruit jetty. The road to it has crumbled away, but a chunk of the stone jetty is still in place. Only jump off it when the water is completely calm.
Note: If you drive to Veneguera, it's worth going a couple of kilometres past the Veneguera turnoff on the GC 200 to see the psychedelic rocks at Fuente de los Azulejos. Have a juice at the shack as it's made with sun-blasted local fruit and is delicious. The rocks are at their best in the morning when the sun hits them.
There are no facilities at Veneguera beach and mobile reception is spotty.
Getting to Veneguera beach
To reach Veneguera beach, first drive inland from Puerto de Mogán until you pass Pueblo de Mogán. Then take the left fork and you are on the spectacular GC 200 road that winds all the way to Agaete in the north-west. Veneguera village is about 10 km past the fork.
The Veneguera track starts in the village and winds down through an idyllic rural valley full of banana, mango and papaya plantations before flattening out into a wide, flat-bottomed barranco.
You can get as far as the village on a Line 38 bus from Puerto de Mogán but be prepared for a long walk down the valley; You can't count on lifts because there's hardly any traffic.
The track between village and beach is currently in good condition and any car will (just) do the trip on a normal day.
However, be aware that the valley runs with water after rain and that sections of track are often washed away. Hire car companies won't appreciate having to come and rescue you and rental insurance doesn’t cover off-road damage.
Tauro is the place people go to get away from the resorts in south Gran Canaria but its days are numbered. However, there is an alternative; Tasarte beach is old school south Gran Canaria and isn’t going anywhere.
It’s also a great place for nudism in a natural setting that isn’t far from cold beer (but you do have to put your clothes on to buy it).
The Barranco de Tasarte is one of the island's most pristine and the whole area around the beach is undeveloped apart from a few houses, a beachfront restaurant and lots of fruit orchards on the valley floor. You can stay at Tasarte at the Bla Bla Bla hostel just ten minutes walk from the beach.
The beach is a 700-metre strip of rounded pebbles although you get a strip of volcanic sand at low tide. The sea here tends to be calm but watch out if there is a south swell.
The La Oliva restaurant by the beach is something of a local legend; Beer is cheap, the food is great value, and the setting is as low key and shabby-chic as Tauro ever was in the glory days.
If you are upset that Tauro beach is about to be developed, then Tasarte is the place to go for chilled out beach vibes and cold beer by the sea.
The beach is nudist towards the east end away from the restaurant.
There are no public facilities at Tasarte beach, although you can use the restaurant's toilets if you buy a beer.
Getting to Tasarte beach
Get to Tasarte beach by driving along the GC 200 road past Veneguera until you see a turnoff for Tasarte village. Head down to the village and follow the road all the way to the sea. The drive is just under 10 kilometres and all but the last bit is on tarmac.
To get the bus to Tasarte, your only option is the Line 86 bus that goes all the way down the Tasarte road to Playa de Tasarte; One kilometre from the beach.
Line 38 takes you to the Cruce de Tasarte but you are still 10 kilometres from the beach.
A taxi to Tasarte would cost a minimum of 50 euros from the main resorts but you may be able to do a day-trip deal with a friendly driver.
The area just west of El Puertillo in north Gran Canaria is often recommended as a nudist area. However, it is the area’s gay cruising ground and we wouldn’t recommend hanging out there unless you are cool with being approached.
Nudism is about freedom and we hope this guide inspires you to get out onto Gran Canaria’s beaches and enjoy the feeling of being nude in nature.
If you have any questions, please join our private Gran Canaria Facebook group and ask away. There’s a great mix of Gran Canaria residents and visitors and between us, we answer pretty much every question that we get.