The Best Canary Islands Beaches

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  • 31. Playa de Amadores // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Amadores
    © Julio Cruz
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    This 800-metre stretch of golden sand sits on Gran Canaria's south west coastline, between Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan

    Its English translation is ‘Lovers' Beach', so it's no surprise to know that this place is particularly popular with couples. 

    While the beach does get busy in the summer months, there's a blanket ban on ball sports, watersports and loud music, so if you're after some peace and quiet then… read more »

  • 32. Playa del Reducto // Lanzarote

    Playa del Reducto
    © Alfred Derks
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    Immediately to the west of downtown Arrecife, the beautiful white sands of Playa del Reducto circle around shallows sheltered by a natural reef. Suitable for children to play in the gentle waves as a result, it has a Blue Flag award for its cleanliness and range of facilities.

    The recently-renovated promenade behind the beach is the home of most of these facilities, including changing rooms, showers, bars and restaurants. Its right-hand… read more »

  • 33. Playa de Anfi del Mar // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Anfi del Mar
    © FrodeCJ
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    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 »

  • 34. Playa Chica // Lanzarote

    Playa Chica
    Frank Vincentz
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    This cosy little beach is the Southernmost in Puerto del Carmen, just along the coast from the harbour in the old town.

    It's one of the more secluded beaches you'll find in the area, and is somewhat off the beaten track compared to its bigger neighbours up the coast, like Playa Grande. It's also a pretty snug spot, which is great when it's quiet, but as a result, it doesn't… read more »

  • 35. Playa Flamingo // Lanzarote

    Playa Flamingo
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    Great for:
    • Swimming

    This 200-metre stretch of ice white sand is pulled right up to the calm, crystal clear sea on Lanzarote's southern tip. 

    It's particularly popular with families, partly due to the breakwater in place, which helps to keep the waters calm, and partly due to the number of facilities and family-friendly amenities nearby.

    Showers and sunbeds are just a couple of the nice-to-haves you'll find at this beach, and there's a lengthy palm… read more »

  • 36. Playa del Confital // Gran Canaria

    Playa del Confital
    Bengt Nyman
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    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 »

  • 37. Playa de Troya // Tenerife

    Playa de Troya
    Ayuntamiento de la Histórica Villa de Adeje
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    This caramel-coloured stretch of sand sits in Tenerife's Costa Adeje area, just a two-minute stroll along the coast from the loud and lively Playa de las Americas

    With its soft sands, calm waters and plentiful facilities, this beach has a Blue Flag tick to its name. On the facilities front, you'll find showers, toilets, umbrellas and sunloungers to name just a few. There's good disabled access too, and lifeguards are… read more »

  • 38. Güi-Güi // Gran Canaria


    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 »

  • 39. Playa de los Pocillos // Lanzarote

    Playa de los Pocillos
    Katie Belle
    Great for:
    • Swimming
    • Surfing

    This laid-back Lanzarote town sits on the island's east coast, just a 15-minute stroll away from the much livelier, Puerto del Carmen.

    Unlike many other parts of the island, Playa de los Pocillos doesn't have a long history of tourism, with most of the town's development taking place in the early nineties. As a result, despite being relatively busy, it remains one of Lanzarote's lesser-trodden resorts.

    As for the beach, it's a… read more »

  • 40. Playa de Mogan // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Mogan
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Fishing
    • Swimming

    There's a best-of-both-worlds vibe to this golden crescent of sand, which is the westernmost beach on Gran Canaria's south coast. 

    The picturesque town that sits just behind the sand is a hub of whitewashed houses and narrow, cobbled streets, which are far removed from the tourist-filled spots on the island like Playa del Ingles, and far more in keeping with a traditional Spanish fishing town.

    As for the beach itself, the… read more »

  • 41. Playa de Puerto Rico // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Puerto Rico
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    This family-friendly beach on Gran Canaria's southwest coast is probably best known for being the island's sunniest spot, with more hours of sunshine than anywhere else. 

    Combine this with a sheltered sandy beach and it's no surprise to know that it's an extremely popular spot with tourists, but it can get busy quite quickly. 

    Adrenaline-filled watersports are big business here, with usual suspects like jet-skiing and windsurfing on the cards. If you… read more »

  • 42. Playa de Sardina del Norte // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Sardina del Norte
    Wolfgang Sauber
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    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 »

  • 43. Playa de Guayedra // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Guayedra

    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 »

  • 44. Playa de Melenara // Gran Canaria

    Playa de Melenara
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    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 »

  • 45. Playa del Inglés // Gran Canaria

    Playa del Inglés
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    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 »