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Gran Canaria east coast beaches

Gran Canaria East coast – Hidden jewels

The East Coast of Gran Canaria is a very underrated part of the island. Most tourists flock to the better- known resorts such as the southern areas of Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and Puerto Rico on the west coast.

The east coast of Gran Canaria attracts few tourists but is extremely popular with local people.

Gran Canaria East coast beaches

One of the main reasons the other parts of Gran Canaria have become the main resorts is that the eastern side of Gran Canaria is the area most affected by wind.

For many locals, this can be a bonus on days temperatures rise too high. The beaches on the east coast can be as busy as their more famous southern and western neighbours.

Below are some recommended beaches on Gran Canaria’s Eastern Coast.

Gran Canaria east coast

Playa La Laja Gran Canaria East Coast

Starting from the north Playa La Laja is on the outskirts of the island’s capital Las Palmas. The beach is a volcanic black sand beach.

The most popular part of Playa La Laja is its walled sea pools.

For many people who live in the capital, these pools are the place to go to cool down on hot days.

Playa La Laja has three pools including one shallow pool ideal for children.

Distance from Las Palmas 8km

Distance from Playa del Ingles 46km

La Garita Gran Canaria

As we make our way further from Las Palmas, we come to the coastal town of La Garita. The town has a main beach, but there are two smaller beaches to the north of the main square.

La Garita Gran Canaria

At the northern edge of La Garita, there is a small quirky beach. A wall protects the beach. If you are looking for a remote place to sunbathe, you won’t find a quieter place then here.


Walking towards the central area of La Gatita, there is another quiet beach. The beach is ideal for sunbathing, but there is no lifeguard service here.

The main beach of La Garita is the largest and most popular of the beaches. This is a blue flag beach and has lifeguard services.

On the main square in La Garita, you will find a good selection of places to eat and drink.

El bufadero La Gatita

Five minutes walk pass La Garita is the El Bufadero sink pool. This is well worth checking out. On high tide, there is a waterfall effect as the water sinks and rises again. Swimming is not encouraged by the lifeguard services here.

Distance from Las Palmas 20km.

Distance from Playa del Ingles 38km.

Playa Hoya del Pozo

Next up is the small Playa Hoya del Pozo. This is a favourite beach with local families. There are lifeguard services here and restaurants nearby.

Distance from Las Palmas 20km.

Distance from Playa del Ingles 38km.

Playa del Hombre

Just around the corner from Playa Hoya del Pozo is the more open Playa del Hombre. This beach can be very windy and is popular with windsurfers.

Gran Canaria East Coast

Distance from Las Palmas 21km.

Distance from Playa del Ingles 37km.

Playa Melanara Gran Canaria

Playa Melanara

Playa Melanara is the primary beach on this part of Gran Canaria. It is considered the main beach of Telde the second largest town in Gran Canaria.

There are some great fish restaurnts in Playa Melanara.

Gran Canaria East Coast

On both sides of Playa Melanara, you will find people swimming off the rocks into the sheltered sea.

When you are in Playa Melanara, don’t forget to say hola to Neptune.

Distance from Las Palmas 22km.

Distance from Playa del Ingles 36km.

Las Salinas Gran Canaria

A fifteen- minute walk from Playa Melanara is Las Salinas. The small town has a lovely beach only meters from the main street.

There are bars and resturants near the beach.

Distance from Las Palmas 24km

Distance from Playa del Ingles 34km.

Playa de Tufia Gran Canaria

Tufia is 5km from the airport, and it is a unique place worth a visit.

Gran Canaria East Coast

The sea at high tide covers the beach and comes right up to the houses. This is an ideal place for snorkelling.

The small town has a number of cave houses that people still live in. They are built into the cliff looking out at the sea.

Over the hill, on the other side of Tufia, there is a second larger beach but not as unique.

Distance from Las Palmas 29km

Distance from Playa del Ingles 34km

Playa Arinaga

Arinaga has a small stony beach that comes up to its promenade.

Gran Canaria East Coast

The town has a great selection of bars and restaurants.

Gran Canaria East Coast

Arinaga is prone to winds at times and many wind turbines are located here.

Distance from Las Palmas 38km.

Distance from Playa del Ingles 24km.

The northern coast of Gran Canaria is also worth seeing. Check here for more information.

For Gran Canaria bus routes and times click here.

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Comments (2):

  1. Tony Curtin

    June 24, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Happy birthday pat, have a good one


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