Best beaches for the family in Gran Canaria
I remember with so much fondness our trip to Gran Canaria. The dramatic scenery and warm climate are just two reasons to consider Gran Canaria for your next family holiday. To help your decision along, we’ve listed out our 5 favorite beaches in Gran Canaria below. Dreaming of going back already!
It’s not surprising that Maspalomas is often named one of the best beaches in Gran Canaria. The sand dunes that line the beach are simply out of this world. It feels a little like seeing your kids bouncing along the surface of Mars, but without the hassle of space travel :)
With a special space on the beach for families, Maspalomas has it all. 3.7km of beach, Sand dunes for as far as the eye can see (make sure you have good footwear as the sand is hot) and plenty of kiosks for refreshments.
Just keep an eye out for the nudist parts of the beach if that is not your thing..
Playa del Ingles
The name is a bit of a giveaway as this is called “The englishman (or woman’s) beach”. So you guessed it - this beach is very popular with british tourists! If you want to get away from british tourists, then probably not the beach for you. Having said that, this beach has a lot to offer - the beautiful sand is perfect for sandcastles and the promenade is lined with shops and restaurants which should keep tummies full and any shopping desires fulfilled.
Melenara is heaven for seafood lovers of all ages. Foodies amongst you will be delighted by the famed restaurants near this beautiful beach. Not only that, the beach sculptures that line the prominade should intrigue any budding artists in the family. Add in a lifeguard on duty and it's easy to see why this beach is a firm favourite with families - both locals and tourists. On that note, worth mentioning that the beach can get busy during the weekends given its popularity with the locals.
For those of you who want to get off the beaten track, Gui Gui is sublime. It’s not for the faint hearted - the lack of lifeguard and 2.5 hour hike across uneven terrain will likely put off families with younger children. But if your family enjoys hiking, then this might be the perfect day trip for you all. Also if you want to avoid the walk but still go, you can get a water taxi from Puerto de las Nieves hotel.
Playa de las Alcaravaneras
Looking for somewhere to do watersports, look no further! Great for sailing & kayaking, with beach volleyball nets along the beach - this is an ideal beach for all the family and less crowded than some of the other popular beaches in Gran Canaria. Sat on the edge of Las Palmas, there are plenty of restaurants nearby too so make a day of it when you head over - we think you’ll love it!