The Best Canary Islands Beaches

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  • 46. 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 »

  • 47. 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 »

  • 48. Playa de los Guios // Tenerife

    Playa de los Guios
    Michal Gorski
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Playa de los Guios is a black lava sand beach surrounding by the modern concrete seawall of the port to its south and high rugged cliffs to the north. It is also known as Playa Los Gigantes – the name given to these cliffs.

    At around 100 metres in total, it is not the largest of beaches in Tenerife. However, calm waters and the presence of lifeguards do make it a… read more »

  • 49. Playa de la Concha (Lobos) // Fuerteventura

    Playa de la Concha (Lobos)
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Almost closed off from the seas that surround the Isla de Lobos, Playa de la Concha lies at the end of a bay formed by a jutting peninsula. It is pretty much the only beach on this uninhabited island since the rest of its coastline is dominated by volcanic rock.

    Easy to access thanks to its proximity to the pier where ferries dock, Playa de la Concha comprises white sands and… read more »

  • 50. Playa del Aljibe de la Cueva // Fuerteventura

    Playa del Aljibe de la Cueva
    Great for:
    • Surfing
    • Kitesurfing

    Separated from its neighbouring beaches by low walls of natural rock, Playa del Ajibe de la Cueva is just south of the village of El Cotillo on Fuerteventura's northwest coast. Approximately 400 metres in length, it is primarily formed from fine sand a beautiful golden colour.

    Particularly population with the island's young people, Playa del Ajibe de la Cueva is also regarded as a top destination for windsurfing and kitesurfing due… read more »

  • 51. Playa de Gran Tarajal // Fuerteventura

    Playa de Gran Tarajal
    Frank Vincentz
    Great for:
    • Fishing
    • Swimming

    Playa de Gran Tarajal sits along Fuerteventura's southeast coast. Edged by whitewashed villas that climb part of the way up the surrounding hills, it stretches for approximately 600 metres with sand that shifts between golden yellow and black dependent upon the prevailing weather conditions.

    A favourite with locals rather than tourists, it can be up to 90 metres wide at low tide and generally has good swimming conditions thanks to a… read more »

  • 52. Playa de La Cantería // Lanzarote

    Playa de La Cantería
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Facing north, Playa de la Cantería is Lanzarote's most northerly beach and has something of an edge of the world feel to it. Located close to the village of Órzola, it is a beach made of pale yellow sand, although at high tide it can look black because of a ribbon of loose volcanic rocks further back.

    Surrounded by a typical Lanzarote landscape of steep, bare cliffs, it is around 300… read more »

  • 53. Playa de los Charcos // Lanzarote

    Playa de los Charcos
    Frank Vincentz
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    A short drive north of Arrecife, Playa de los Charcos is jujst one of a string of semi-circular bays on this part of the Lanzarote coastline together known as the Costa Teguise. Protected in part by artificial sea walls, it is close to several accommodation options and a good choice of bars and restaurants.

    At low tide swapping the sand for the water requires crossing some rocks, but that shouldn't stop… read more »

  • 54. Playa de Alojera // Gomera

    Playa de Alojera

    If it's peace and quiet you're after, then this place hits the nail on the head.

    This unique, cosy beach is nestled along La Gomera's north west coastline, just a five-minute drive away from the tiny town of Alojera.

    The beach is only around 200 metres long, and it's made up of fine, black volcanic sand, which blends in perfectly with the rugged volcanic cliffs that stand tall behind it, and the… read more »

  • 55. Playa Santa Catalina // Gomera

    Playa Santa Catalina

    This rocky black beach has bagged itself a scenic stretch of La Gomera's north east coastline. 

    On a practical scale, this spot's at the lower end, with no facilities to speak of, and no bars or restaurants nearby. However, it's the views that people come here for - the black gravel that makes up the beach will look pretty special on your Insta feed, and the rugged mountains that stand watch… read more »

  • 56. Playa de La Puntilla // Gomera

    Playa de La Puntilla

    This predominantly sandy spot on La Gomera's west coast is one of the island's better connected stretches of beach.

    Right next to the beach here, you'll find a hotel, plenty of places to park, and a decent sprinkling of restaurants. It's also just a 10-minute stroll to one of La Gomera's busier towns - Valle Gran Rey.

    As for the beach itself, as with most La Gomera beaches, there are no facilities… read more »

  • 57. Playa del Inglés // Gomera

    Playa del Inglés
    © Jörg Bergmann

    This volcanic, black sand beach is nestled along La Gomera's western coastline, just a couple of miles north of Valle Gran Rey.

    Like most of the island's beaches, there's a shortage of facilities and amenities on the sands, which helps to keep them unspoilt. Like you'd expect though, the scenery is stunning and the sand is scattered with volcanic rocks.

    As for the waters, they're very calm and clear, and although there… read more »

  • 58. Playa de las Cucharas // Lanzarote

    Playa de las Cucharas
    © Lapping
    Great for:
    • Kitesurfing

    If you're after a lively swathe of shoreline with something for everyone, then Playa de las Cucharas will tick all of the boxes.

    This 650-metre stretch of golden sandy beach is the largest and busiest in Costa Teguise, on Lanzarote's east coast. 

    The beach is effectively split into three smaller beaches, with vast differences between the two opposite ends. The northern end of the beach is a family favourite, where a breakwater… read more »

  • 59. Playa los Cancajos // La Palma

    Playa los Cancajos
    Frank Vincentz
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling

    Within two kilometres of both Santa Cruz de La Parma and the international airport on the east coast of the island, Paya los Cancajos has black volcanic sands and calm warm waters thanks to protection from manmade breakwaters.

    Surrounded by a good selection of bars and cafés, the beach is popular with both locals and visitors to La Palma, generating an authentic life's a beach vibe. A good choice for families,… read more »

  • 60. Playa San Sebastián // Gomera

    Playa San Sebastián
    Rico van Manen
    Great for:
    • Swimming

    One of La Gomera's busier beaches, this stretch of sand sits just outside the town of San Sebastian, which doubles up as the island's capital. 

    As with all of the beaches here, the sands are volcanic black and the waters are crystal clear. However, unlike many of the other beaches you'll find around the island, this one's pretty strong on the facilities front. There are toilets right by the beach, a… read more »