5 Beaches In Las Palmas That You Have To Visit

Gran Canaria has fabulous beaches, and some of them are in its capital. Beaches of all sizes and for all tastes.
5 beaches in Las Palmas that you have to visit

If you visit Gran Canaria, you have to know its capital in order to enjoy the beaches of Las Palmas, among many other attractions that the city has. And we say beaches of Las Palmas , because without leaving its term there are several and of different characteristics. So it is impossible not to find one that suits your tastes and those of any traveler.

Las Palmas beaches for the whole year

Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas
Las Canteras Beach – Simon Dannhauer

One of the conditions that make the Canary Islands archipelago a privileged corner for sightseeing is an extraordinary climate. Thanks to this meteorological bonanza, any date can be a good time to take a trip to the islands  and, of course, also to Gran Canaria.

Perhaps there, the best known area is its southern zone with centers such as the famous Maspalomas. But the capital of Gran Canaria is a real discovery. Do not miss it! And of course, take a dip in one of the five beaches in Las Palmas: Las Canteras, El Confital, La Laja, Alcaravaneras or San Cristóbal.

Las Canteras Beach

Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas
Las Canteras beach – tb-photography

This is the busiest and most famous of the Las Palmas beaches. Las Canteras beach is kilometer long and is integrated into the city itself. It somehow becomes the great square for the population and also for all visitors, who come from any corner of the planet.

It is a sandy beach with very calm waters, taking into account that sometimes the Atlantic Ocean can be very aggressive. And it is that in front of the coast the so-called “bar” is developed, which is a natural barrier of lava that calms the waves.

El Confital Beach

El Confital beach in Las Palmas
El Confital Beach – The Instants Collector / Flickr.com

At one end of the former Las Canteras beach, the so-called La Isleta peninsula begins to develop. Well, there and as a continuation appears El Confital, another of the beaches of Las Palmas that can be enjoyed during a vacation in Gran Canaria.

In this case, the beach is more rocky, in fact, its name is related to that, since it is about rocks sometimes covered by calcareous algae that are reminiscent of “confectionery”.

This area was for a while quite neglected, but today it has achieved Blue Flag status. Although, its greatest fame is due to its excellent waves for surfing.

La Laja Beach

La Laja beach in Las Palmas
La Laja Beach – Canary Islands Photos / Flickr.com

La Laja is once again a beach of fine sand, but with a grayish tone. It is another of the beaches of Las Palmas in which it has been successfully intervened to better adapt it to bathers.

Since for this purpose a dam was built that has successfully calmed the force of the waves. As well as the accesses to it have also been improved, thanks to the promenade that closes it.

Las Alcaravaneras Beach

Beaches of Las Palmas, Las Alcaravaneras
Playa de las Alcaravaneras – The Instants Collector / Flickr.com

Let no one look for the famous stone curlews that gave it its name. Today, what is considered the second of Las Palmas’ beaches is, above all, recognizable for its stretch of sand that lies between Club Náutico and the marina.

In that arena it is common to spread the towel, but also to practice sports such as soccer or volleyball in its beach version. While the calm waters of this bay are ideal for relaxing with canoeing or sailing.

San Cristóbal Beach

San Cristóbal beach in Las Palmas
San Cristóbal Beach – The Instants Collector / Flickr.com

The last of the beaches of Las Palmas is that of San Cristóbal, which does not reach a kilometer in length and has a stone surface. This means that it is not very visited, so it provides a tranquility that is sometimes not possible to find in other locations on the island.

It does not have the usual services on the busiest beaches, but instead offers a surprising view of the city. The reason is that it is located in the San Cristóbal neighborhood, where the most maritime essence resides and where it is possible to enjoy really authentic restaurants and typical gastronomy.

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