The Best Beaches in Gran Canaria

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Looking to book a beach holiday in Gran Canaria? The exotic island’s 60km coastline has plenty to offer when it comes to brilliant beaches. Here’s a rundown of some of the best spots to visit whether you want to lounge in the sun or surf the waves.

Maspalomas Beach

Maspalomas is often regarded as the top beach in Gran Canaria. It’s located on the southern tip and consists of white sands and plenty of dramatic dunes. The beach is divided into three sections. The first is the most popular section, reserved for families and average holidaymakers. The second section is the island’s most popular nudist beach. The third section meanwhile has become a hotspot for the gay community. Along all sections of this beach you’ll find an array of bars and plenty of stalls selling aquatic activities from pedalo-hire to jet-ski to scuba diving.


Pozo Izquierdo

This north-facing beach gets pretty windy, making it generally unsuitable for sunbathing. However, its large waves make it the perfect hotspot for budding surfers. You’ll find a surf school here and a few surf shops. Pozo Izquierdo is often regarded as the European capital of windsurfing and there are places to hire windsurfing gear here.


Puerto Rico

This beach is popular amongst British tourists. Whilst it is a big beach, it can get pretty crowded in summer, making it worthwhile to reserve a sunbed. The sea is calm and there are few waves. Families with children should consider this beach for this reason and the fact that there are plenty of activities and child-friendly places to eat in the region. There’s also a promenade on this beach with a swimming pool at the end of it.  



Amadores is a calm beach that’s ideal for families. There are lots of bars in the proximity for having a drink in or eating food whilst peering out over the sea. The area is also great for shopping for beachwear and souvenirs. Two giant hotels overlook this section of the coast.



This beautiful beach is home to many lavish hotels and is a great shopping hotspot. The beach is huge and joins onto Maspalomas beach. A big golf course also backs onto this beach for those that want to have a game. Many holidaymakers wanting a taste of luxury will visit this beach.


Playa Del Ingles

Another popular spot on the island, Playa Del Ingles literally means ‘Englishman’s beach’ and is similarly popular amongst Brits. You’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants here sporting all types of drinks and foods. In fact, it’s one of the top locations for those wanting to experience the island’s nightlife. In the evening it can get quite windy making it unsuitable for sunbathing at dusk. However, during the day it can be relatively calm. There are plenty of watersports to try here for adrenalin seekers.


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