We all know that Gran Canaria is an island with attractive beaches. In fact, it has one of the most popular beaches on the Canary Islands such as Maspalomas or Playa del Inglés.
Nevertheless, many people forget the beautiful north or do not even know that they can also find nice beaches there. Could be because it’s far away from the tourist centres in the south of the island.
The north coast, however, offers, apart from the best natural saltwater pools, some picturesque beaches that you can only find here on the island. We suggest you to take a tour and discover the 5 treasures.
Where to go to the beach on the north coast of Gran Canaria
First of all, you should know that one of the attractions of these beaches is that they are free from mass tourism. So, grab your towel and the sun cream and discover these 5 treasures. Are you ready?
1. Las Canteras (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
The capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has one of the most beautiful urban beaches in the world. The reasons for this are not only its natural charm but also the quality of the services and its sensational promenade it offers, always full of life.
Here it is possible to profit from an unique climate and calm waters the whole year. Its natural reef plays an important role as it is the best place for snorkelling and also a natural barrier against waves.
With a length of about 2 kilometres, you will find golden sand areas for sunbathing and sun lounging and areas with black sand where you can practice surfing while admiring the Alfredo Kraus auditorium.
Parking facilities, fully accessible access, showers, changing rooms, toilets, restaurants, supermarkets, bars and much more make this beach deservedly receive the blue flag.
2. El Puertillo (Arucas)
The beach El Puertillo is a classic spot in the north. Why can we see it in the top 5? The answer is simple: the habitants of this area also come here..they sure know why.
The municipality of Arucas offers a 350m long and 20m wide sandy beach full of natural saltwater pools, restaurants and a high quality gastronomy.
In addition, the black stone coastline offers the perfect protection against waves, making it a safe area with calm waters. At low tide, bathers take advantage of this to admire the beautiful marine fauna, either with the naked eye or with snorkelling equipment. Don't forget your swimming shoes so that you don't hurt yourself on the rocks!
3. Caleta de Arriba (Santa María de Guía)
On the municipal border of Santa María de Guía you can find the beach of Caleta de Arriba, where man and nature meet. The result? One of the most photogenic and picturesque beaches on the island.
The white houses of this tiny coastal district are located on the cliffs of a small bay that offers the best protection against the waves. It is a small stone cove that was once a refuge for fishermen.
Nearby is the Necrópolis de La Guancha, one of the most important archaeological necropolis of the island. Nevertheless, it is not really well known, not even among the inhabitants.
4. Sardina del Norte (Gáldar)
Sardina del Norte, in the municipality of Galdar, has one of the most beautiful beaches on Gran Canaria, in the north of the island. Apart from being one of the fewest sandy beaches in that area, it stands out for the perfect diving spot it offers.
The seabed of the small beach in this fishing village has a unique marine fauna with no currents, which makes it perfect for snorkelling and diving. Even the most experienced divers will be impressed.
The area lives not only from the diving activity, but also from the other services offered by this beach where the local touch gets not lost. You will rarely find tourists here.
5. Las Nieves (Agaete)
The small fishing village Puerto de las Nieves is located in Agaete and is one of the most beautiful and authentic corners of the island. Undoubtedly and without discussion. All visitors are impressed by its beauty and flair.
And not for nothing, because this spectacular and peaceful stone beach (called callaos in the Canary Islands) is the ideal refuge for a good dose of fresh saltwater, where you feel "reborn" and where you also get very close to the sea.
Not to mention the many services that the area offers, with a wide range of restaurants where you can try the delicious Canarian cuisine, toilets, supermarkets and so on. For this reason and many others, it is not unusual for it to be awarded the Blue Flag.
Gran Canaria north coast - home of unique beaches beaches
The varied landscape of the island is reflected in its north coast. The beaches of Gran Canaria are varied in every way: golden and black sand or pebbles... Don't miss the chance to visit them and enjoy a different and relatively hidden side of the island!