Amadores Beach, Gran Canaria Playa de los Amadores – Image courtesy of thomson.co.uk

Best beaches in Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria offers a large number of beautiful beaches where the water temperature is warm enough for year round swimming – around 18°C (64°F) in winter and 22ºC (71°F) in summer.

A round-up of the best beaches on Gran Canaria, include…

Playa de Las Canteras, Gran Canaria

Playa de Las Canteras

(Las Palmas) – Pick your own spot to sunbathe on this 3km-long crescent of soft golden sand that fringes a sheltered reef-protected bay that is perfect for swimming.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets, lifeguards and a palm-fringed promenade lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Conditions just beyond the reef are ideal for windsurfing, body boarding, surfing and scuba diving.

Playa de Las Canteras is located on the northeast corner of Gran Canaria and on the west side of the capital, Las Palmas.


Playa de Alcaravaneras, Gran Canaria

Playa de Alcaravaneras

(Las Palmas) – Sunbathe on this golden-sand beach that stretches for almost a kilometre and offers calm conditions for kayaking, swimming, sailing and body boarding.

Facilities on this broad beach include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets, lifeguards and a palm-fringed promenade lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Playa de Alcaravaneras sits on the other side of the headland from Playa de Las Canteras on the east side of the capital, Las Palmas.


Playa de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

Playa de Maspalomas

(Maspalomas) – Dig your toes into the fine golden sand of this 2.7km-long beach, backed by giant Sahara-like sand dunes and stretching east from the popular resort of Maspalomas to the adjoining Playa del Inglés.

Pick your own spot to sunbathe – the beach is divided into distinct sections for families with children, naturalists and gays. Facilities on this south-facing beach include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets and lifeguards.

There is a selection of cafes, bars and restaurants nearby. The beach is ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, body boarding, parasailing, jet skiing and water-skiing.

Join a camel train or hike through the giant sand dunes, then relax in comfort at the luxurious Hotel Palm Beach or the Hotel Maspalomas Tabaiba Princess, both overlooking the beach.

Maspalomas is located at the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria, around 57km south of Las Palmas.


Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria

Playa del Inglés

(Maspalomas) – Find your own spot to sunbathe and swim on this wide golden-sand beach that stretches for 4km from the adjoining Playa de Maspalomas to neighbouring Playa de San Agustín.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets, lifeguards and a palm-fringed promenade lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Water sports include canoes, parasailing, jet skiing, waterskiing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing and body boarding. Relax on the beach or join a camel train through the giant sand dunes that fringe the beach.

Playa del Inglés offers an excellent range of 4- and 5-star hotels, including the luxurious Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas and the Hotel Gran Canaria Princess, and is located at the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria, around 55km south of Las Palmas.

Playa del Inglés sits east of Maspalomas and is one of Europe's most popular gay resorts, notorious for its rowdy and hedonistic nightlife at a variety of adults-only bars and nightclubs.

The combination of a great beach, good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets and the nearby attractions of Maspalomas makes Playa del Inglés very popular with families, in spite of its reputation.

The beach is rated as one of the best in Gran Canaria, with distinct areas for families, gays and naturalists.


Playa de Puerto Mogán, Gran Canaria

Playa de Puerto Mogán

Unwind on the soft golden sand of this small, 190m-long beach backed by a promenade lined with shops, cafes and al fresco tapas bars.

The beach sits beneath a dramatic mountain ridge and fronts a chic, low-key town of whitewashed and pastel-coloured buildings alive with bougainvillea blossoms.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets and lifeguards. Water sports including sailing, surfing, windsurfing and body boarding.

Come for a day or stay in style at the beachfront Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments or the Hotel Puerto De Mogán Club de Mar, which overlooks a picturesque harbour full of gleaming yachts.

Puerto Mogán is located on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, around 80km from Las Palmas.


Playa de los Amadores, Gran Canaria

Playa de los Amadores

(Puerto Rico) – Unwind on the golden sand of this 250m-long beach that faces a sheltered cove with perfect swimming conditions for families with young children.

The beach sits beneath rugged mountain scenery and is the perfect spot to watch a sunset silhouette of nearby island, Tenerife.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, showers, toilets and lifeguards.

Water sports include pedalos (foot pedal boats), sailing, jet skiing and parasailing as well as dolphin watching, game fishing and pleasure boat cruises, which are available from the port area.

The beach is fringed by colourful gardens and two freshwater swimming pools – all just a short walk from a choice of bars, cafes and restaurants. Stay at the Morosol Suites or at the hilltop Hotel Montebello.

The beach resort of Puerto Rico lies just south of Puerto Mogán on the southwest coast, around 77km from Las Palmas.


Latest update: Best Beaches in Gran Canaria: 31 July, 2020


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