Las Alcaravaneras, the sports beach of Las Palmas
Las Alcaravaneras beach is –together with Las Canteras, El Confital, La Laja and San Cristóbal– one of the beaches of the capital city of the island Gran Canaria: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Loved and hated in equal parts, people visit it all year round thanks to the mild climate on the island, being the second most frequented beach by the inhabitants of the city.
It’s a famous urban beach for two reasons: it’s a magnet for beach volleyball professionals who get ready in the winter months and, on the other hand, it’s the nerve centre of the city's summer camps.
In fact, it’s an ideal beach for families for several reasons: it practically has no waves as it’s located in the middle of the city's main port, and it has a park on the sand where children can play.
Where is Alcaravaneras beach located?
Las Alcaravaneras is located in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, boxed in by the Real Club Náutico de Gran Canaria to the north, the Muelle Deportivo de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to the south, the Puerto de la Luz to the east and the Alcaravaneras neighbourhood to the west.
It’s about 550 metres long and runs along the rising side of the isthmus of Guanarteme, once a tongue of sand and dunes that linked the mountains of the peninsula of La Isleta, located to the northeast, with the rest of the island of Gran Canaria.
Its name comes from the common stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus), a steppe bird that many years ago populated the area in abundance and which is not easy to spot due to its discreet colours and its elusive, nocturnal habits.
Sport and leisure in Las Alcaravaneras
The promenade runs along the beach and connects with the beach San Cristóbal and ends at the Playa de la Laja, ten kilometres to the south.
This promenade is one of the city's recreational areas and is very popular with people who like to walk, run, play sports or ride bicycles at the beach.
Furthermore, there are facilities for other sports such as beach volleyball or football and court sports such as basketball, football and volleyball.
The tranquillity of the bay and the proximity of the existing nautical clubs make the beach an excellent place for water sports such as sailing and canoeing.
How to get to the beach Las Alcaravaneras
There are different ways of getting to this beach, but the most common are:
We don’t advise going there by car since the beach has no parking facilities and the area usually has a lot of traffic, especially at rush hour. You’d have to park in the surrounding area, such as in the neighbourhood of Las Alcaravaneras, Ciudad Jardín, the Muelle Deportivo...
In any case, to get there from the south of Gran Canaria you only have to take the GC-1 motorway northbound until you reach the beach. Then you’ll have to leave your car and walk to the beach.
The beach has two bus stops. The first one is to the south of the beach, at the Torre Las Palmas bus stop, and is only used by line 1 of the Guaguas Municipales bus company.
At the other stop located to the north of the beach (Alcaravaneras) there are several lines that pass through, such as the 1, 12 and 17 of Guaguas Municipales and the 8, 30, 80, 91, 301, 327 and 328 of the company Global.
Services on the beach of Las Alcaravaneras
- Permanent lifeguard and first aid post.
- Sports facilities and children's games.
- Easy access by public transport.
- Pedestrian walkway.
- Bicycle parking on the promenade.
- Hotels, flats, restaurants and cafés in the vicinity.
- Beach kiosk.
- Access for people with reduced mobility. Ramps at the access to the promenade and from the promenade to the sand. Area enabled for PRM with monitors and equipment for swimming.
- Police surveillance.
- Weekly water sampling for sanitary analysis and quality control.
- Public toilets, showers and footbaths.
- Organization of leisure and recreational activities and various events.
- Comprehensive cleaning and conservation service for the beach and promenade. Daily raking, oxygenation and disinfection of the sand, showers, footbaths and walkways. Selective rubbish collection service. Free disposable ashtray dispensers located at each of the beach access points.
Where to stay in order to enjoy Las Alcaravaneras
If you want to enjoy Las Alcaravaneras beach in all its splendour, the best thing to do is to stay in any of the establishments that VillaGranCanaria has available in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.