Playa del Inglés and the Maspalomas beach.
Those sound familiar, right?
These two beaches are the most popular ones shown in glossy tourist brochures about Gran Canaria. And it’s probably because of these stunning high-class photos that you´ve chosen to visit this miniature continent on your next holiday.
But how about natural, more isolated beaches away from all the tourists?
Beaches where you can just listen to nothing but the music of the waves and singing seagulls.
Where you can find the peace to recover your soul from the everyday stresses at home.
Where you can enjoy the view over the Atlantic Ocean instead of looking at your fellow beach goer‘s feet or his big bottom right next to your nose.
Yes, they do exist here and, in general, are easy to find.
So here´s your list of the 9 beaches in Gran Canaria only the locals know about, and you don´t want to miss:
1. Playa de Tasartico – GPS 27.9061322,-15.8282113
One of the most well-known, hard-to-reach beaches in Gran Canaria is the formerly hidden secret Playa de Güi-Güi. (It´s not that secret anymore.)
And very close to it (at least when you’re looking at the distance in Google Maps!) you can find the Playa de Tasartico on the Island‘s southwest coast.
If you don’t have an off-road car you should leave it in the village of Tasartico. Then hike about 2.5 hours downhill to reach this beach with its majestic cliffs at your back and a wide-open view over the Atlantic Ocean at your front.
Please don’t forget that you have to return to your car. It would be torture to hike all the way back without water and food, so make sure you pack some.
2. Playa del Puerto – GPS 28.0091282,-15.81835
The Puerto de la Aldea in Gran Canaria´s northwest is a meeting place of many village families and foreign visitors seeking tranquility.
But, only a few footsteps away, there´s a little hidden beach next to it, where you rarely find other people.
Park your car next to the building in the port (there´s only one) and take the hiking path over the hummock to reach this natural beauty in the Barranco de Perchel.
3. Playa del Barranco Juncal – GPS 28.1172943,-15.704365
If you´re brave enough for a real adventure, this is your destination.
To get to this beach in the middle of Gran Canaria´s never land, you need more than just an off-road car. You will drive through a huge area of country lanes, and you have to find your way through this labyrinth to reach this beach.
So, before you start your way to the north of the well-known village Agaete, print a copy of an area map and get familiar with it.
If you’re lucky, you will have a car in front of you driving towards the beach. Easiest thing is to just follow it.
When you see crystal-clear, cyan-colored water, you will know that you didn’t get lost.
4. Playa Boca Barranco – GPS 28.158213,-15.6653463
Every single visitor knows the village Galdar in Gran Canaria´s northwest, but very few know the village’s coast.
This beautiful sandy beach is not just a beautiful sandy beach.
On its right side, there is a natural pool where you can take a bath without being afraid of the typical strong Atlantic streams in the north coast.
There is nothing but a couple of houses and abandoned terrain for miles so don’t forget to take your picnic lunch with you.
5. Playa de Tiritaña – GPS 27.8021185,-15.740188
You reach this beach in the wilderness between Playa del Cura and Taurito comfortably with any car. The newly constructed street guides you directly to the beachfront.
And since there’s already the easily accessible street, it won’t be long until this beach gets its awkward touristic touch.
Take your chance to relax for a few hours in the Playa de Tiritaña as soon as possible. Because if I had written this article two or three years later, this beach probably wouldn’t be worth mentioning anymore.
6. Playa de Montaña de la Arena – GPS 27.7506716,-15.6403188
It may be difficult to get to this isolated beach near Pasito Blanco, but its peace is well worth it.
At least during the week. On the weekends, this beach is quite overcrowded due to being very close to Gran Canaria´s main tourist zone.
You may find several campers with tents or some tourists and a couple of dropouts. Though camping is not permitted and local authorities “clean” the beach regularly.
Its name comes from the dunes you have to pass to reach this beach. Walking down feels like walking through fluffy flour.
7. Playa de Las Mujeres- GPS 27.7485662,-15.6343603
Next to our beach at number 6 there is a smaller one called “Beach of the woman” or La Playa de Las Mujeres.
La Playa de Las Mujeres is a well-known nudist beach in the south of Gran Canaria. The beach is a bit windy but has moderate waves.
Just 10 minutes from the tourist hot spots, when you´re leaving Maspalomas, this is the first natural beach outside civilization with sand and stone..
8. Playa de Cueva Laya – GPS 27.847595,-15.413754,437
This is probably one of the least mentioned beaches in Gran Canaria.
And although it’s easy accessible, very few people (including the locals) find their way to this large beach between Pozo Izquierdo and Arinaga.
Situated at the end of nowhere and surrounded by abandoned farmland, it’s the perfect place to relax in nature in front of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you don´t mind the wind.
The area around Arinaga is quite windy, but it’s one of many surfers hot spots.
9. Playa del Cabron- GPS 27.87,-15.386803
The last beach worth mentioning in this list is found in a rough area at the other side of Arinaga, close to the light tower.
This part of Gran Canaria´s East Coast is another great example that you are on a miniature continent.
Visit the light tower, walk through the steppe with nothing but sand and dried grass around you and take a relaxing sunbath in the Playa del Cabrón.
Now you have your list of nine amazing beaches only the locals know how to find. Where you won´t be packed like sardines with thousands of other tourists (like is the case in Maspalomas or Playa del Inglés.)
The only thing you need to reach most of these fantastic beaches are:
- very good shoes (for hiking, not for bragging)
- enough water for drinking
- some energy to walk through a hidden no man´s land.
In case you are the worst fishermen in the world, you also shouldn’t forget some food. Because at these beaches you won’t find any restaurants or guys selling slices of melons like on the typical tourist beaches.
But after visiting these places, you´ll probably never take a sunbath in the touristic area again.
How about you? Did you already find your favorite beach in Gran Canaria?
Let us know about your favorites in the comments.