Top 10 Beaches In The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are some of the most visited destinations by sunseekers from colder European climates. To know where to head to, we will help you discover some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands.

1 - Corralejo

Best Beaches in Canary Islands - Corralejo beach (Fuerteventura)

If your view of the Canary Islands is one of the tourists fighting for space to put their towels on sun loungers by a pool or directly on a beach, then you haven't been to Fuerteventura. An island where there are fewer people and if you like to be by the quiet seaside, you're going to have an amazing time.

Just shy of 10km long, Corralejo, one of the best beaches in Fuerteventura, is flanked by a nature reserve made up of sand dunes. There's a resort here too, for all your home comforts.

2 - El Bollullo

Best Beaches in Canary Islands - El Bollullo beach (Tenerife)

There's a black magic at work on Tenerife. An island that actually imports sand from the nearby Sahara desert to make its beaches more attractive to tourists. With slightly lighter sand El Bollullo is easily reachable from Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island.

A world away from the resorts of Las Americas and Los Cristianos, the chiringuito (beach bar) on the rocks serves the freshest seafood. And is a great venue to watch the sun go down with one beer or two.

3 - Playa del Inglés

Best Beaches in Canary Islands - Playa del Ingles (Gran Canaria)

There's Playa del Inglés, the resort, featuring 1970s developments which are hardly picture-postcard-friendly. Then you will find Playa del Inglés, on of the finest beaches in Gran Canaria, a lovely 2.7 km stretch of golden sand which is home to the banana boat, beloved of families with children, and jet skis for the more daring tourist.

4 - Famara

Lanzarote - Famara beach

Discover another one of Lanzarote’s best beaches on the sands of Famara, an unspoiled beach on the north-west of the island. Sheltered by mountains just over 600 metres tall, Famara's popular with surfers, along with paragliders.

5 - Hermigua

Best Beaches in Canary Islands - Playa de Hermigua (La Gomera)

La Gomera's more famous for its Parque Nacional de Garajonay, whose near 4,000 hectares of forest include 30m-tall laurels. It's not without its beautiful beaches, however, with the dramatically-set Hermigua in the north-east of the island a real stunner. If conditions are too choppy here, which they often can be, you can always use the natural seawater pool instead.

6 - Las Canteras

Best Beaches in Canary Islands - Playa de Las Canteras (Las Palmas, Gran Canaria)

Las Canteras, the area is a Mini Havana with streets of tightly-packed apartments, bars, houses, and restaurants. Las Canteras, the beach, at 2.8km, is the longest on the island. Located in the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, paradise doesn't get much more urban.

7 - Las Conchas

Located on the totally tropical isle of La Graciosa off the north coast of Lanzarote, Las Conchas (The Shells) is the place to go to if you really want to get away from it all. La Graciosa was supposedly the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Glancing its turquoise water and golden sand for the first time, you'll soon see why. A relaxing holiday in Lanzarote is just what you might need.

8 - Las Teresitas

Tenerife - Las Teresitas

The Canary palm trees on Tenerife's Las Teresitas are more natural than the sand which is transplanted from Africa. Catch the 910 bus from the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife if you want a break from driving. This northern beach belongs to San Andres, a former fishing village which houses some of the best fish and seafood restaurants on the whole of the island.

9 - Maspalomas

Gran Canaria - Maspalomas

At 2,710 metres, Maspalomas is the second-longest beach on Gran Canaria. A mere 10 metres longer than its neighbour, Playa del Inglés, is famous for its dunes. Maspalomas is one of the best nudist beaches in the Canary Islands.

10 - Papagayo 

Lanzarote - Papagayo beach sunset

Close to the resort of Playa Blanca in the south of Lanzarote, this beach is nevertheless tucked away. Get there by a 15-minute drive from Playa Blanca or by water taxi. Part of Los Ajaches nature reserve, its delicate current is a hit with snorkelers. Discover the spectacular Papagayo Beach and its surrounding with our guide.

Whether you prefer a busy urban beach or beaches with rocks and cliffs to explore there are beaches for all tastes for your Canary Island holiday

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