Playa de Melenara

  • Playa de Melenara - Spain
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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 this spot. You won’t find watersports, sunbeds or umbrellas, but you will see essentials like toilets, and a large car park right by the beach.

There’s a picnic area too, and a playground for little ones, while the food offering is varied enough to keep everyone happy. There are a handful of independent places to try out, with seafood a particular favourite on the menus.

If you fancy grabbing your fishing rod and casting your line, there’s a pier at the far end of the beach. It’s also the best place to grab a photo of the imposing four-metre high statue of Neptune that’s close to the water’s edge.

As far as crowds go, this place never feels overwhelming, thanks to the relatively low numbers of tourists, and the more local feel to it. There’s a family-friendly vibe here too, so it’s great if you’ve got kids in tow.

Nearest town/city

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Type of beach



  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Restroom/toilets

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