There are plenty of beaches in the Canary Islands and especially in Gran Canaria, making it difficult to choose where to go. Don’t just walk to the closest beach and miss out on all the rest on offer. Check out our guide to the top eight in Gran Canaria, and we guarantee you will be spending most of your time at all of them!
1. Playa de Las Canteras
This beach, nestled in the northeast of the island is the perfect blue water welcome. You can take a dip in the ocean and turn around to find colorful buildings adding to the vacation vibe. Playa de Las Canteras is one of the most popular on the island so there is no shortage when it comes to restaurants and cafés, all lined up along the promenade. The water is pleasantly warm as the temperature never falls below 15°C, so prefect for a round of snorkeling.
Psst! Between the months of October and May you can even surf!
2. Playa de Maspalomas
This vast beach is truly one of a kind. Spanning 12km in length, this beautiful beach has sand dunes that stretch endlessly towards the water and a famous lighthouse that was built in 1890 to guide ships setting sail between Europe and the Americas. There are an abundance of sunbeds available to lounge on, or you can stay right next to the beach and have convenient access to the crystal clear waters at Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria.
3. Playa de Mogán
This lovely beach, sitting just next to Puerto de Mogán, also known as "Little Venice" is the idyllic location for a lounge by the water. You can relax here and just watch the day go by with ease, or visit the Friday market with stalls lined up with vendors selling everything from fresh fruit and clothes to jewelry and art. You can visit this beach in just a 10 minute stroll from the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria, Mogan, where you also have an array of water sports, activities and services waiting for you!
Psst! If you're looking for more opportunities for water sports then check out our guide for everything you need to know!
4. Playa de Amadores
Believe it or not, this is actually a man-made beach. This artificially constructed beach was designed in such a way as to protect its visitors from the strong winds. But fear not, water sports are still part of the daily routine of many of the visitors here. The beach is well organized with plenty of sunbeds, facilities and refreshments, so you will be well taken care of.
5. Anfi del Mar
This well maintained beach is the perfect place for families and children. With an array of facilities including a volleyball court and beach activities, children are sure to have a blast. You are less than 8 minutes away by foot from the Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria where you can continue the rest of your day by the hotel pool of you've had enough sand.
6. Playa Puerto Rico
Another beach your children will love owing to the shallow water and soft sand. There is a vast and great selection of restaurants and bars in the area so you can spend the day here and then end the evening with a delicious meal at Restaurante Don Quijote which serves everything from local cuisine to international dishes.
7. Playa del Confital
This is not one of the other traditional beaches with soft white sand, instead surrounded by awesome rock pools where children can explore. Further out at sea, the waves are perfect for surfing. This area attracts less tourists than the other spots on the island, so you are sure to find more space for yourself.
8. Playa de Guigui
This is the spot to go to if you are looking for a secluded and secret spot to tan or swim. Playa de Guigui is incredibly beautiful with breathtaking scenery, and in fact, an adventure to get to. Getting to this beach involves a three hour hike, so make sure you pack appropriate footwear with you - but the vista is well worth the journey.
There is clearly an abundance of beautiful beaches in Gran Canaria, so no matter which you choose, you are sure to have an excellent time with lots of memories to take home with you. Stay comfortably at the Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria for quick access to Anfi del Mar and Playa de Maspalomas, or Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria, Mogan where you will be right by Playa de Mogán. Either way, you are sure to have a beach-y time!