15 Best Beaches In The Canary Islands 2022
The Canary Islands are ideal for a holiday in the sun all year round, even during the winter months. We have prepared a list of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, including places in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria. They are beautiful!
- 0. Why visit the beaches of the Canary Islands?
- 1. Corralejo Great Beaches, Fuerteventura
- 2. Teresitas Beach, Tenerife
- 3. Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote
- 4. Cotillo Lagoons, Fuerteventura
- 5. Maspalomas Beach, Gran Canaria
- 6. Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
- 7. Cofete, Fuerteventura
- 8. Amadores, Gran Canaria
- 9. Famara Beach, Lanzarote
- 10. Leeward Beach, Fuerteventura
- 11. La Tejita, Tenerife
- 12. Playa Mujeres, Lanzarote
- 13. The Wall, Fuerteventura
- 14. Las Canteras Beach, Gran Canaria
- 15. Sand Beach, Tenerife
Why visit the beaches of the Canary Islands?
The islands in the eastern part of the archipelago, such as Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, have more natural white sand beaches surrounded by turquoise waters. In contrast, the others have a more excellent mix of black and golden sand beaches. These islands also have less vegetation, and the landscape is often arid and barren, but the beaches are lovely, some of the best you can find in Europe.
No two Canary Islands are the same, and diversity makes them one of the best beach destinations in Spain.
Corralejo Great Beaches, Fuerteventura
Located in the north of Fuerteventura, Corralejo Grandes Playas is part of the Corralejo Natural Park.
Here you will find several beaches that stretch for more than 7 km. They are ideal for taking long walks, practicing water sports, and having the most impressive view of the island of Los Lobos.
It is also one of the favorite spots for naturists in Fuerteventura, and Playa de la Bandera is always an ideal spot for kitesurfing; driving through the dunes of Corralejo is also one of the most amazing things to do in Fuerteventura, so don’t miss this place if you are ever on vacation on the island.
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Teresitas Beach, Tenerife
Playa de las Teresitas is located north of Tenerife and is probably the most beautiful golden sand beach on the island. In reality, the sand was brought from Africa, so it is not its natural appearance. It is still the most popular beach in the Santa Cruz area and probably the most beautiful in Tenerife. It is ideal for swimming and just laying in the sun, admiring the views.
Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote
When people talk about Playa de Papagayo, they refer to a set of beaches located within a natural park.
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If you enter the park by car, you have to pay 3 euros per vehicle, but you can also arrive by boat from Playa Blanca on a half-day cruise. Walking or cycling are also good options, but you must be careful with heat and sun exposure, as there are no places to hide in the shade.
As you enter the park, you have access to several white sand beaches, all beautiful, with stunning views, and great for swimming.
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Cotillo Lagoons, Fuerteventura
It is a charming and quiet place, a series of small coves with white sand and turquoise water, ideal for swimming. This beach is quiet and great for families with small children if you visit at low tide. During the high tides in September, the lagoons are a wonderful place to see and don’t miss nearby La Concha beach.
It is advisable to bring some food and drink as there are no shops or restaurants in the vicinity.
Maspalomas Beach, Gran Canaria
Like Corralejo Grandes Playas, Maspalomas beach is made up of sand dunes. It is an extraordinary and unique landscape: desert and beach, all in the same place.
Located in the south of Gran Canaria, this beach offers one of the most emblematic views of the island, and you will always find a private spot on it, which is why the place is popular with nudists.
Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Playa Grande is our favorite beach in Puerto del Carmen, and you have to see the views you have!
You will enjoy the clear and calm water (there are no big waves here), which is ideal for swimming. Also, the sunsets here are incredible, with views of the southern hills of the island.
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Bars, shops, and restaurants, everything is close and within reach in a few minutes.
Coffee was included in the Top 10 of the best beaches in Europe by Tripadvisor, along with El Cotillo.
So I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I dare to say that this beach offers the most spectacular view of Fuerteventura.
Wild, remote, undeveloped, with an otherworldly landscape: this is Cofete. Cofete is the best beach in the Canary Islands, but this is a personal preference and, despite the difficulties in getting there, we always visit this place when we are in Fuerteventura.
The road leading to Cofete is dirt so a 4×4 vehicle would be best. Small cars can also arrive, but you have to be patient and drive carefully.
Amadores, Gran Canaria
This is one of the busiest and most popular beaches in Gran Canaria. Many vacationers choose this place for family holidays because the water is clear, making it safe to swim without big waves. That is why Amadores beach is a recommended place for families with children.
There are two large hotels right on the beach, with excellent access. Here you will find umbrellas, sun loungers, and activities for children.
Famara Beach, Lanzarote
Famara is the ideal place to practice surfing in Lanzarote. It has a majestic aspect, guarded by the great cliffs on one side.
The beach is enormous, with constant winds and waves, and is located on the west coast.
Many surf schools take their students to Famara beach for lessons. In the town, you can find cheap accommodation and some restaurants, so it is an excellent place to stay in Lanzarote if you are interested in learning to surf.
Leeward Beach, Fuerteventura
You will see photos of Playa de Sotavento (especially Playa La Barca) on most postcards of Fuerteventura.
The World Windsurfing Championship is held here every year in July. Come at high tide if you want to see the enormous lagoon filled with water.
La Tejita, Tenerife
La Tejita beach offers views towards the Montaña Roja and is truly impressive.
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It is a natural beach with fine sand and was declared a Blue Flag beach. It is located near the airport, and if you stay in El Médano, you have to visit this beach.
Playa Mujeres, Lanzarote
It is part of the Papagayo beaches, so it is also located in the same area of the Los Ajaches natural park.
Playa Mujeres is the most extensive and most open of all the beaches in the park. It is also the first beach in the series, making it the easiest to access.
The Wall, Fuerteventura
Located on the island’s west side, Playa La Pared is ideal for surfing.
It is connected to the Playa del Viejo Rey, and access to the beach is by stairs. Although it is not a safe place to swim, the landscape is impressive, and it is a must-see in Fuerteventura.
Las Canteras Beach, Gran Canaria
Las Canteras is the largest and most popular beach in the capital of Gran Canaria.
This beach in Las Palmas is often considered one of the best urban beaches in Spain. It offers many facilities, with many restaurants nearby and various accommodation possibilities near the beach.
Sand Beach, Tenerife
This is one of our favorites and probably the beach we spend the most time on in Tenerife.
It has beautiful black sand, probably the darkest color of all the beaches in Tenerife. But keep in mind that it is not a very friendly beach for bathers because the currents are usually strong, and consequently, you will often see a red flag waving on the beach.
But it is still a lovely beach, with all the palm trees, the dark sand, and the beautiful views of La Gomera, especially at sunset.
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