Best Beaches In & Around Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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  • 1. Playa de Las Alcaravaneras

    Playa de Las Alcaravaneras
    Pepelopex

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

    Less than five minutes' drive away from Playa de las Canteras is the slightly lesser-trodden sands of Playa de las Alcaraveneras. 

    Whereas surfers and snorkellers head to the waves and reefs at its near-neighbour, this particular spot is more popular for sailing and canoeing.

    The sands are what you'd expect from a Gran Canaria beach, with a soft texture and a custard cream colour to them, while there are enough ice-cream… read more »

  • 2. Playa de Las Canteras

    Playa de Las Canteras
    Bengt Nyman

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

    This golden sandy beach on Gran Canaria's northeastern tip is just a few miles from the island's capital, Las Palmas.

    This place is a real hotspot for snorkellers, who flock from far and wide to check out the natural reef and the sea creatures that swim in the calm waters here. And if you fancy giving snorkelling a go but don't have your own gear, there are plenty of shops and… read more »

  • 3. Playa del Confital

    Playa del Confital
    Bengt Nyman

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

    This laid-back spot is Gran Canaria's most northerly beach and is fairly off the beaten track. The vast majority of beachgoers who come here are locals, and it's a popular spot for sunset picnics and family barbecues.

    In terms of facilities, there aren't any, and that's how the locals like to keep it. There's a tiny town with a supermarket and a handful of restaurants that's just over five minutes' drive… read more »

  • 4. Playa de Melenara

    Playa de Melenara
    Wiki05

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

    This cosy black sand beach is tucked along Gran Canaria's eastern coastline, just a 10-minute drive from the airport, and around double that to the island's capital, Las Palmas.

    It's more locals than tourists here, so you're more likely to get an authentic Canarian beach experience than you would at some of the island's busier beaches.

    In terms of facilities, they've kept things simple, which perhaps explains the lack of tourists in… read more »

  • 5. Playa del Hombre

    Playa del Hombre
    Alejandro Castella

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • 6. Playa de Tufia

    Playa de Tufia
    Victor R. Ruiz

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • 7. Playa Ojos de Garza

    Playa Ojos de Garza
    © Francisco Javier Toledo Ravelo

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • 8. Playa del Burrero

    Playa del Burrero
    Lisa Risager

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • 9. Playa de Vargas

    Playa de Vargas
    Victor R. Ruiz

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • 10. Playa de Sardina del Norte

    Playa de Sardina del Norte
    Wolfgang Sauber

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

    You'll find this picturesque beach in the far north of Gran Canaria, away from the hordes of tourists that flock to the busier seaside spots of Playa del Ingles and Playa de las Canteras.

    With its rugged cliffs, whitewashed buildings and soft gold sands, this place is perfect for some Insta-worthy snaps, and it has a far more traditional Spanish feel to it than some of its more popular… read more »

  • 11. Playa de Guayedra

    Playa de Guayedra
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    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

    Nestled along Gran Canaria's northwest coast, this secluded beach is as far away from the tourist trail as it gets. 

    The closest town, Agaete, is around 15 minutes' drive away, or just over an hour if you fancy the scenic walk, which takes you along the roads and down the hillside.

    Alternatively, if you are driving straight to the beach, you'll still need to park up and take a five-minute downhill stroll,… read more »

  • 12. Playa del Cabrón

    Playa del Cabrón
    Lisa Risager

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • 13. Maspalomas Beach

    Maspalomas Beach
    © Tono Balaguer

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 1 hr

    Set on the southern tip of the island of Gran Canaria is a little slice of the Sahara Desert. Over the centuries the fine golden sand here has been sculpted into an extensive network of dunes extending several hundred metres back from the beach. With a landscape like this you won't be surprised to know it hardly ever rains and the temperature rarely dips below a balmy 20°C (68°F). And… read more »

  • 14. Piscinas Naturales. Salinas

    Piscinas Naturales. Salinas
    Krzysztof Belczyński

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 0.5 hrs

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  • 15. Playa del Inglés

    Playa del Inglés
    StefanWedrac

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 1 hr

    This sprawling strip of biscuit-coloured sand is on Gran Canaria's southernmost tip, and it's undoubtedly one of Europe's best-known beaches.

    The golden sand stretches for a little under three kilometres, and the rolling dunes dotted along the beach make it one of the more unique stretches of shoreline you're likely to come across.

    On the facilities front, there's a good mix of big name chain restaurants and independent beach bars dotted along… read more »

  • 16. Playa de las Burras

    Playa de las Burras
    © Wouter Hagens

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 1 hr

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  • 17. Playa Meloneras

    Playa Meloneras

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 1 hr

    Tucked away in Gran Canaria's southwestern corner, just a short way up the coast from Maspalomas' sand dunes, you'll find the soft golden sands at Playa de Meloneras.

    This 500-metre stretch of family-friendly beach rarely gets too crowded, with most tourists opting for the larger, busier spots along the coast, so it's ideal if you like plenty of wriggle room while you're catching the rays.

    The waters are warm and calm,… read more »

  • 18. Güi-Güi

    Güi-Güi
    Lexthoonen

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 1 hr

    All but hidden by the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean at high tide, at low tide Güi Güi Beach reveals a narrow stretch of dramatic sand. A rich brown-black in colour and backed by towering mountain slopes dotted with tall cacti, it lies in a remote area of the Reserva Especial Natural de Güi-Güi.

    Pronounced ‘wee wee', Güi Güi Beach can be subdivided into two sections. The first reached is… read more »

  • 19. Playa de la Aldea

    Playa de la Aldea
    Cristian Bortes (www.eyeem.com/bortescristian)

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 1 hr

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  • 20. Playa de Anfi del Mar

    Playa de Anfi del Mar
    © FrodeCJ

    Travel time from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: approx 1 hr

    This cosy little bay is nestled snugly along Gran Canaria's south coast.

    The beach is an ice white sandy strip that draws families in, partly due to the calm and clear water, which is ideal for young children taking a paddle, and partly due to the family-friendly atmosphere here.

    Sunbeds and parasols can be rented on the sands, and there's a watersports centre on the beach too, where you can hire jet-skis,… read more »