Top Tips: Gran Canaria beaches

The third entry in our 4-part series on the best beaches of the Canary Islands highlights the splendor of Gran Canaria beaches, the largest of the group.best beaches gran canaria

Playa de Las Canteras 

Considered one of the best beaches in Spain, Playa de Las Canteras boasts 3000 meters of golden sand and calm waters. The beach has a very good range of facilities for the entire family with restaurants, bars, and shopping in the direct vicinity. For the snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, the coral reef protecting the beach is about 2km for the shore. Something for everyone means windsurfers and body boarders will love it as well. Located in Las Palmas, this is the best and busiest beach on the island.

Playa de Maspalomas

Sand. Miles of sand. This is Playa de Maspalomas, home of the famous sand dunes of Gran Canaria. Stretching for 12km is a nature reserve of soft golden sands that leads down to the sea. This is a very busy beach as well, with different areas for families and nudists. Watersports enthusiasts will enjoy the winds in the as well. Hint: don’t bring anything to this beach you don’t want getting sand on.

Playa del Inglés

If you continue down the coast of Maspalomas, you will arrive at the highly organized and very busy Playa Del Ingles beach. This beach has plenty of facilities for everyone and quite a bit less sand than Maspalomas, which makes it more accessible to the surrounding restaurants, bars, and shops.

Playa de Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico beach is man-made and filled with white sand. Shaped to resist the winds, the waters are turquoise and calm as a result. This beach is very well organized and has all the amenities to make your stay both relaxing and entertaining. Ideal for families.

Playa Meloneras

On the other side of the Maspalomas beach is the beach of Meloneras, home to the outstanding H10 Playa Meloneras Palace. This is also a busy beach with golden sands, calm waters, and characteristically windy for this side of the island.

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  • MS

    Hi Kate! I am visiting Gran Canaria for a very short stay at the end of March. Could you please recommend me some places that are good for accomodation? I am planning to spend some time at the sea side and rent a bike for a day or two. Should I look for some places near the beaches you mentioned above?

  • http://www.purpletravel.co.uk Kate

    Hey Bethany! Thanks for your comment, what sort of holiday are you looking for? Beach, bars, relaxation, a bit of sport? let me know and I’ll get some recommendations for you!

  • http://www.beyondthesuitcase.blogspot.co.uk/ Bethany

    Which side of the island do you recommend staying?

  • Bethany

    Finally a post that’s helpful in my travel planning! Great work!

  • http://www.purpletravel.co.uk Julia M.

    Hi and thanks for all the great comments! Puerto Rico, thank you for mentioning those beaches as well – you have a great website!

  • rachat credit

    Man, really want to know how can you be that smart, lol…great read, thanks.

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