The best beaches on the Canary Islands

9 September 2016 0 Comments Category: blog, Matthew Hirtes

Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. So, whilst there are many attractive beaches across the Canary Islands, deciding on the most stunning is a difficult task. On a par with separating competitors at a beauty contest.

So perhaps you’ll get all hot and bothered by the artificial charms of Tenerife’s Las Teresitas. Or maybe your jaw will be sent floorwards by the natural curves of Fuerteventura’s Cofete beach. And, no doubt, you’ll lose your heart to one of the world’s finest urban beaches, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Las Canteras; which is more area than mere playa.

There are two beaches called Playa del Inglés. There’s the naturist-friendly, unspoilt Playa del Inglés which is easily accessible from La Gomera’s major “resort”, Valle Gran Rey. Then there’s the 18-30 favourite Playa del Inglés on Gran Canaria which spawned one of the most infamous, a touch unfairly so, resorts on the Canary Islands.

Fear not if you want to get your kit off on Gran Canaria. The next-door beach to Playa del Inglés is Maspalomas which has a clearly-marked nudist section. Other beaches of note on the island include the wild west’s Playas de Güi Güi which you can only reach by boat or on foot, Gáldar’s Sardina del Norte where you can swim with sardines and then eat them fried with a wodge of lemon to douse them in, and Anfi beach which timeshare owner Bjorn Lyng designed as a Caribbean-style playa for the exclusive use of his clients before the courts ruled that it could be enjoyed by all and sundry.

Over on neighbouring Lanzarote, escape the resorts with the minimum of effort at the Playas de Papagayo. It’s rather harder to reach La Graciosa’s totally sub-tropical Las Conchas beach. First, you’ll have to catch a ferry from the northern port of Orzola to Caleta de Sebo and then hike or hire a 4×4 to a playa with the most brilliant white of sands and extreme turquoise of waters.

Staying in Las Palmas province, Fuerteventura boasts the prettiest beaches in Spain let alone the Canary Islands. You won’t forget the stretch of the FV-1 which leads into the northern resort of Gran Canaria. Appropriately enough it’s named Avenida Grandes Playas as it cuts across the Parque Natural de Corralejo with sand to the left and right of you.

Over in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife province, there are beaches aplenty too. Beat a retreat from the Tenerife capital at out-of-the-way Benijo beach, get your boat afloat (figuratively rather than literally) at the natural pools of El Hierro’s Cala de Tacorón, and cool off after a hike to Fuencaliente in La Palma with a refreshing dip in the Atlantic. And whilst the ocean can be far from pacific at Hermigua’s Playa de Santa Catalina, the nearby seawater pool boasts calm waters all year round.

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