Gran Canaria - Beach Life
Although Gran Canaria has a glut of cultural and verdant attractions, the majority of visitors are lured by the stretches of sand. Roughly 20 percent of the coastline is made up of beaches varying in size, facilities and colour.
Playa Del Ingles
Playa del Inglés is located at the 8 km long beach that runs between San Agustin and Maspalomas. On the westernmost part of the beach of Maspalomas, is the 65 meter high lighthouse Faro de Maspalomas, built in the late 1800’s. This golden beach with sand originated from the Sahara is combined with an attractive promenade and plenty of bars, restaurants and shops.
In Puerto Rico there are two high-class beaches. The actual Puerto Rico beach that lies between two harbors, and the new artificial Amadores Beach. It has pure white sand and breakwaters in order to get the water as calmly as possible. All along the beach there are shops and restaurants. The ports are easy to find boats offering dolphin trips and other fun rides.
The village of Sardina del Norte’s neighborhood is a small fishing harbor with beautiful and colorful houses. In the summertime the dark-brown sand beach is filled with school vacant youth and families. The island’s sport divers take willingly to this small sheltered harbor, offering the island’s best night dives.
Playa de San Augustín
Playa de San Augustín is more quiet than Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. This is a place where you can spread out and get a break from all the other tourists. The conditions here are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. The promenade offers a variety of sea food restaurants, cafés and shops.
Playa de Amadores
On the south west coast of Gran Canaria lies this 800 meter stretch of golden sand and crystal clear waters. Playa de Amadores means "Beach of Lovers", and the site is indeed perfect for loving couples. Ball games and loud music are prohibited, which creates a peaceful and serene setting.
Walking in the sand dunes, or along the amazing beach is enormously popular. Maspalomas is situated next to the famous Maspalomas Desert, a mini-Sahara of protected natural golden sand dunes as it is an amazing experience to walk around here. The beach is five kilometers long and is bordered to the neighboring destination Playa del Inglés.