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Arinaga Gran Canaria-Hidden hideaway

Arinaga Gran Canaria is a town that can be easily missed. Situated just off the motorway most people pass the exit for Arinaga Gran Canaria on their way to or from the airport.

Arinaga is on the east coast of Gran Canaria. This Seatown is 12km from the airport as you head south. One of the first things you will notice as you approach Arinaga is the number of wind turbines in the area.

Arinaga Main street
Arinaga Main street

Yes, Arinaga can be windy. Its position in front of Gran Canaria’s mountains can at times give ideal conditions for winds. The area is popular with windsurfers. Not all days are windy. You will also get times that there is just a gentle breeze.

Arinaga Gran Canaria Beach

The main reason people visit Arinaga is to relax on its promenade or swim on its beach. The walk runs 2.5km from end to end of this coastal town.

Arinaga Beach
Arinaga Beach

While the beach does not have much in the way of sand, the sea comes up to the steps and people sunbath and swim from here. Many locals also stroll the walkway in the evening as the sun goes down.

Arinaga walkway
Arinaga walkway

The town has several unusual statues as you walk the seafront. You will soon notice how important the sea is to Arinaga Indeed Arinaga hosts a great festival on the last Friday of August celebrating the town’s connection with the sea.

The festival is called Vara de Pescado. There is a procession of replica fishing boats and the parade makes its way down the boardwalk. Various types of fish are cooked and given freely to the participants.

Water carrier
Water carrier
Man in the sea
man in the sea

Arinaga is also a popular fishing area. Many locals line the pier to catch fresh fish which are plentiful.

Arinaga Pier
Arinaga Pier
Fishing in Arinaga

As the area is prone to winds some events for the world windsurfing are held nearby.

Eat and drink in Arinaga

There are some excellent fish restaurants on the boardwalk. Some are of exceptionally high quality, and range from value meals to high end offers.

Locals also meet at sunset to take coffee to watch the sun go down.

If the seafront is a bit windy, there is also an option of taking a few steps back and enjoy a beer and tapa’s one of the town’s bars.

Eat and drink in Arinaga
Eat and drink in Arinaga
Arinaga town
Arinaga town

Arinaga things to do or not

Should you stay in Arinaga on holiday? If yes you need to consider the town is affected by winds at times but not all the time. As Arinaga is also close to the airport and planes approach the airport near the town at times.

Arinaga is worth a visit but maybe for a day. It could be a stop as you make your way to the airport on your way home from your holiday.

Arinaga seafront
Arinaga seafront
Arinaga bars
Arinaga bars

The area name is from the original settlers, and there have been people living in Arinaga before the Spanish conquest of Gran Canaria. Today the area also has an extensive industrial area nearby.

Getting to Arinaga

The town is just off the main GC-1 motorway exit Cruz de Ariniga. It is just a five- minute drive from the motorway.

Regular buses also serve the town. Click here for bus information.

If you like Ariniga, you might also want to see the unique village of Tufia too located on the northern side of the airport. Click here for more information

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Comments (2):

  1. Peter Locke

    April 22, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Looking at your post on Arinaga I spotted my wife in one of the photos.

    Reply
    • PATRICK O Neill

      April 22, 2019 at 10:07 pm

      That’s a million to one chance lol. It is a nice place.

      Reply

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