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Las Palmas Beaches

Las Palmas Beaches – Take your pick of five beaches.

Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria. It is a bustling city, but uniquely Las Palmas has five beaches. Anyone that knows even a little about Las Palmas beaches will know about the famous Playa Las Canteras. The city does have another four lesser-known beaches.


1. Playa Las Canteras Las Palmas Beaches

Playa Las Canteras is rightly the number 1 beach in Las Palmas. With it’s over 3km of sandy beach, it must be considered one of the best city beaches in the world. The golden sandy beach is just minutes from some of the busiest shopping areas of the city.

Las Palmas Beaches

Playa Las Canteras has a few sections. The largest part of the beach is Playa Grande. Here is the most popular part, and there are sunbeds available for rent here.

This area also has the most number of bars and restaurants but there, are bars and restaurants lining the full 3km of Playa Las Canteras.

Just down from Playa Grande is the small Playa Chica. Here is ideal for snorkelling. It is also a popular dining area.

Las Palmas Beaches
Las Beaches

Next up is the La Zona del Pena. It could be described as the central point of the beach. Also ideal for snorkelling. There are many eating and drinking options here.

Las Palmas Beaches
Las Palmas Beaches

The last section of Playa Las Canteras is La Cicer. This area is the choice area for surfers and a lot of young people. This area has a few bar restaurants and surf schools. The Las Arenas shopping centre is also here.

Las Palmas Beaches
Las Palmas Beaches

Playa Las Canteras also has the famous Barrier. The barrier is a natural reef that protects the beach from waves. Because of this gives the water inside the wall has a swimming pool effect. Many people swim out to the barrier at low tide. The Barrier runs for about three- quarters of Playa Las Canteras from Playa Grande.

Las Palmas Beaches

Pros

Clean. Great facilites. Life gaurds

Cons

It can get very busy on Sundays and Holidays


2. Playa de Las Alcaravaneras Las Palmas beaches

Playa de Las Alcaravaneras is the second beach of Las Palmas. It is a short walk from Playa Las Canteras.

The beach is popular with sporting clubs and families. It is next to the marina, so many boats operate near here.

Playa de las Alcaravaneras
Playa de las Alcaravaneras
Playa de las Alcaravaneras

Pros

A nice place to relax on a summers evening. Child-friendly facilities.

Cons

The beach is next to a very busy road so it can be noisy.

3. El Confital Las Palmas beaches

El Confital is more an area than a beach. Located north of Playa Las Canteras it is almost the edge of Gran Canaria.

A popular place for surfers and family picnics. Further on there is a nudist zone. Only swim in official swimming areas here. El Confital is well worth a visit if just for a walk.

El Confital Las Palmas
El Confital
El Confital

Pros

Great for a family barbeque or if you are looking for a place to play music as you sunbathe.

Cons

Not a sandy beach.


4. Playa de La Laja Las Palmas beaches

This beach is not on the radar for most people when they are in Las Palmas. The beach is on the edge of Las Palmas as you enter the city from the south.

You will see few tourists here. The main attraction of Playa La Laja is the three-walled swimming pools next to the beach. These natural pools usually are busier than the beach.

Las Palmas Beaches
Las Palmas Beaches
Las Palmas Beaches

Pros

The natural walled swimming pools.

Cons

The sun can be hidden by the nearby cliff later in the day blocking the beach section but not the pools.

5. Playa San Christobal Las Palmas beaches

The small fishing area of San Cristobal is within the city of Las Palmas. San Cristobal is famous for its seafood restaurants. It has retained its small fishing village atmosphere despite being part of a big city.

The beach is at the end of San Cristobal, and almost exclusively locals go here.

San Cristoba beachl
San Cristobal
San Cristobal

Pros

Chilled fun relaxed and cool location.

Cons

Small beach.

For Las Palmas city bus routes click here

For more information on things to do in Las Palmas click here.

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