Monday, 29 October 2012

The Best Beaches of Gran Canaria

The Canary Island of Gran Canaria is home to over 226km of coastline with 60km of that coastline being home to over 150 different beaches. Six of its most famous beaches have also been awarded prestigious Blue Flag status. There really is a great choice of beaches in GranCanaria for any type of holiday maker.

Puerto de Mogán
The beach at Puerto de Mogán although man-made, is a great spot for a day at the beach. It is well sheltered and in an area known as Little Venice due to being criss-crossed by canals. The beach is perfect for families as it is sheltered from the Atlantic by large cliffs and the entry to the water is gentle with golden sands. The current is also not too strong at Puerto de Mogán and there is a good provision of sunbeds and parasols. 

Playa de San Agustín

Located next to Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas beaches, Playa de San Agustin offers a quieter spot to spend the day than its more famous neighbours. It is very large at 670 metres long and allows for you to have plenty of space at the beach in a safe environment with a shallow slope into the water. It is worth noting that the sand at Playa de San Agustin is volcanic and a grey colour which can put some visitors off visiting. This beach may be a good choice during the months of July and August. 

Playa de Meloneras

Located in the south of Gran Canaria is the wonderful Playa de Meloneras which is as close to paradise as you are able to get on this island. Unlike at Playa de San Agustin, the sand here is golden and the water is also calm. Playa de Meloneras has a great vibe and attracts families as well as younger visitors. It is 500 metres in length and only gets very busy during the peak months. It is surrounded by several restaurants and bars and is  a great place to spend a lazy day. 

 Playa de las Alcaravaneras

If you are looking to be seen whilst at the beach and to be more active, then Playa de las Alcaravaneras could be the one for you. Popular with Las Palmas residents, it is the beach where you will see people playing volleyball and also popular with local joggers and roller bladers. The beach is located close to the city centre and is very easy to access from other parts of the island. Despite all of the activity going on at Playa de las Alcaravaneras, it remains a great beach with lovely sand and waters to take a dip in the sea.  

I couldn’t have written a beach guide to Gran Canaria without including the world famous Maspalomas. It is truly spectacular and worth visiting at least once during a trip to the island. Its golden sand dunes are part of a 400 hectare nature reserve which includes a large lagoon.  Maspalomas beach is divided into four sections, one that is for families another that is popular with the gay community and two that are designated for nudists. The fine golden sands, set against its blue waters are a spectacular sight and the beach is also well served with refreshments stands. It is worth noting that despite its size, the Maspalomas beach can get very busy and is worth visiting in the quieter months if you can.

Even if you are planning a trip to Gran Canaria on an all inclusive basis, it is worth venturing out from your hotels complex to take in the great beaches of Gran Canaria.

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