Six Beautiful Gran Canaria Beaches

Gran Canaria, one of the Spanish Canary Islands, has many beautiful beaches (playas in Spanish). Below are the six beaches we visited, working from the north east of island in the capital, Las Palmas in a clockwise direction to Puerto de Mogan in the south west.

Playa de las Canteras, Las Palmas

The five kilometre Las Canteras beach lies on the west coast of Las Palmas. The beach is sheltered by a rocky lagoon, known locally as “The Bar”, a few hundred metres from the shoreline. It’s said to be one of the best city beaches in Spain. There’s a prom along which you can walk if you don’t want to go down on the sand. This beach is very popular with locals of all ages. There’s a sports area at one end of the beach.

Playa de San Agustin

Our first hotel, the IFA Beach, was on San Agustin Beach. It was pretty wavy when we were there due to the wind. We enjoyed walking along the prom there.  It’s fairly quiet with a few cafes and restaurants along the prom.

Playa de San Agustin

Playa de Ingles

Playa de Ingles could be reached from the ground floor exit of our second hotel, the IFA Dunamar. This is a big beach which gets pretty busy, with lots of bars, cafes and restaurants.

Playa de Maspalomas

It’s quite spectacular at Maspalomas Beach, as there’s the lighthouse at one end and the sand dunes at the other. There’s also a small lake (Charca) which is separated from the sea by a strip of sand. We stayed at the Lopesan Baobab Resort, a ten minute walk from the beach.

Playa de Maspalomas with the Charca on the left

Playa de Puerto Rico

The beach is in the popular town of Puerto Rico. The sea was very calm during our visit and the beach was hotching with quite a few people in swimming.

Playa de Puerto Rico

Playa de Mogan

This narrow strip of sheltered beach is in the pretty village of Puerto de Mogan which has some canals and a working harbour.

Playa de Mogan

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Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels