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Gran Canaria is a miniature continent, and is right on Europe’s doorstep, with a wide range of beaches as diverse as the changing sceneries waiting to be discovered. Nearly 60 kilometres of beaches, out of 236 kilometres of coastline, lie under a gentle sun that seems to have made this island its home.

Gran Canaria boasts many different types of beaches, and is a real magnet that has lured generations of travellers from all over the globe. They are world famous and crowded, such as the long stretch of sands at Maspalomas, a huge strip of yellow sand, stretching from Playa del Inglés to the foot of the great Maspalomas lighthouse, bordering a dune desert on the island’s southern tip.

The south of the island has another long series of beaches. Quiet family ones such as  San Agustín, Amadores, and the small Puerto de Mogán, or livelier ones such as the traditional tourist enclave of Puerto Rico, one of the spots with the best weather in the country.

View from the air of the sand dunes at Maspalomas

A romantic couple on the seafront in Gran Canaria

A myriad of small beaches are packed into the south of Gran Canaria, all of them boasting fine weather practically the whole year round. Some are for tourists, with a wide range of amenities. Others provide the perfect getaway for those in need of more secluded spots.

The beaches at the north of the island fit the latter profile better, such as the small sea enclaves like Agaete, the perfect spot for those who wish to leave their busy lives behind.

The capital city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – also to the north – proudly boasts it own special landmark: the cosmopolitan Las Canteras Beach, an urban 3-mile long stretch of sand that packs the city out with swimmers and surfers.

Two teenagers laughing in the sand at Las Canteras

Two girls laughing in the sand at Las Canteras

Gran Canaria offers all the services of a fully guaranteed holiday destination, with a fine tourist tradition, and where thousands of Europeans return each year. Come and see a world of beaches concentrated into one island. Just come whenever you like, as our fine weather rarely takes time off.

We look forward to welcoming you to the island of Gran Canaria!

Key information

Time difference
+ 2 hours
Local currency
Peak season
May - August