The Canary Islands have pleasant temperatures all year round, allowing visitors to enjoy the unique volcanic landscape of their surprising beaches and coves. Here are the ten best beaches on the Islands. Just choose the one that best suits your needs.
The onset of winter does not mean an end to one of the most popular pastimes in Spain: going to the beach. Thankfully, Spain has the Canary Islands. Everyone should visit them at least once in their life.
The Gulf is the name given to the coastline that faces the Atlantic Ocean on the island of El Hierro. El Charco Azul is located in the middle of this gulf. It is a unique beach thanks to a fantastic natural swimming pool created by the sea's waves and there are very few similar locations in Europe…
Playa del Papagayo, on the southern point of the island, is probably the favourite spot for the island's residents. There are seven kilometres of sandy coves interspersed with rocks and outcrops. After visiting the beach, enjoy a trip to another marvel of nature, the Timanfaya National Park.
Maspalomas beach looks like a slice of the Sahara that has crossed the Atlantic to Gran Canaria. It is a spectacular sight and very unusual in Spain. This area, with sand dunes as far as the eye can see, is one of the most famous tourist attractions on the Canary Islands. Everything has been designed to make the most of the sun, recreation and relaxation all year round.
This is the most famous beach on Fuerteventura and is the location chosen by many residents to enjoy the sun and the sea. But above all, it is a haven for surfers. Its windy conditions make it an ideal spot for watersports like windsurfing.
El Puertito is not exactly a beach. In fact, it is a series of picturesque little coves set around a tiny fishermen's wharf. Its waters are very calm thanks to its shape as a natural harbour protected by rocks and reefs. One of the great attractions of El Puertito is that it forms part of the Isla de Lobos Natural Park.
Over the years, this fishing harbour has become one of the most important tourist areas in Lanzarote. For many visitors, Puerto del Carmen and its beaches, including Playa Grande, are their first point of contact with the island. This is the perfect choice for those that want to enjoy the sun and the sea surrounded by services and facilities.
Fuerteventura, the largest of the Canary Islands in terms of coastline, has some of the best Atlantic beaches. The El Charcón area in El Cotillo is an excellent example, surrounded by almost virgin coastline. The open beach is more than 300 metres long and is pure sand with no rocks.
Las Canteras reflects the personality of Las Palmas like no other place, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It is the perfect spot for planning a visit to the capital of Gran Canaria. A large part of its charm comes from the Barra de las Canteras, a series of reefs that protect the beach from the Atlantic waves and create calm waters along the shore, even when huge swells can be seen crashing on the seaward side of this natural barrier.
This black sand beach, which is rarely visited, is one of the most interesting areas on Tenerife's coastline. It leads to San Cristóbal de La Laguna, one of Spain's thirteen World Heritage cities. It is not a crowded beach - and even less so in the winter. During the winter months, its black sand becomes a haven for dozens of surf lovers.
Acknowledgements: © Gran Canaria Tourist Board, www.grancanaria.com. Turismo de Canarias. Tino Armas. Tenerife Tourist Board. Fuerteventura Tourist Board. La Oliva Town Council. Turismo de Lanzarote. South Lanzarote Association. Yaiza Town Council. La Gomera Tourist Board. La Oliva Town Council. El Hierro Tourist Board. Gelmer Finol. La Frontera Town Council. Juan Sergio Socorro and Sergio Rodríguez. Puerto del Rosario Town Council. Tías Town Council. Canary Islands Whale Museum.