Beaches in Gran Canaria
For many, a visit to the Canary Islands and Gran Canaria means one thing: a trip to the beach. The year-round warm climate, pristine beaches and pleasant Atlantic Ocean attracts over two million visitors every year to this resort island. With over 230 kilometers of coastline and almost 60 beaches, Gran Canaria’s beaches are a sun-worshiper’s paradise. Each has its own charm and keen observers will notice how the scenery along the coast constantly changes as you move around the island.
For those who like to be at the center of the action, go on down to the lively Playa del Inglés, Meloneras and Maspalomas, which are located close to restaurants, shops and a vibrant nightlife scene. The latter is famous for its cascading sand dunes and an old lighthouse that sits on the headland. This area is also home to Aqualand, a popular waterpark for children.
If you prefer a more secluded beach, head down to the southern tip of the island, where you will find a rugged coastline and private sandy beaches nestled away from the main tourist destinations.
Unlimited Water SportsWith the ocean at your fingertips, the choice of water activities is unlimited. Most of the larger beaches offer a variety of watersports, fishing spots and rental boats. Whether you are a novice or expert, you can also try bodyboarding, surfing, wind surfing - or combine the two activities with a bit of kitesurfing. With the Atlantic Ocean as your playground, partaking in any of these water sports is the ideal way to spend a day at the beach.
Scuba diving is a popular pastime in Gran Canaria, since there is an abundance of fascinating marine life just waiting to be discovered underneath the surface. Alternatively, guided boat trips in search of dolphins and whales offer a way to stay dry while enjoying the ocean’s beauty. If you need a break from the water, then head inland and explore a different side of the island. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through one of Gran Canaria’s 32 nature reserves, or indulge in one of the many mountain sports. Our family-friendly hotel, the Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria, is close to trails that are perfect for hiking, rock climbing or mountain biking.