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Faro de Sardina, Gáldar

Sardina Lighthouse talks to the Atlantic

The lighthouse at Sardina del Norte, in Gran Canaria, and the surrounding area create an atmosphere akin to the beginning and the end of the world.

The old lighthouse at Sardina del Norte, on the Gáldar coast, to the northeast of Gran Canaria, flashed its first beam over this corner of the Atlantic on 15th February 1891. The current structure, built on the same site, replacing the former one there in 1986, took over the task of guarding the sublime rocky coastline where the vigorous waves come crashing in almost at slow motion speed, doubtless tired after their long oceanic voyage.


El Puertillo, Arucas

The social hub at El Puertillo Beach

El Puertillo Beach, in Arucas, Gran Canaria, is an attractive and balanced blend of environments with a variety of uses.

The early morning sun rises up behind the silhouette of the mountains and begins to warm the sand, while Manuel Sosa and his group of friends observe the antics of a group of surfers, on El Puertillo Beach, at the northwest coast of Gran Canaria. Manuel is 92 years old and fondly recalls past times when those who went bathing, and that means properly bathing, numbered barely two or three: a couple from local village Bañaderos, along with another bather from Arucas. Many years and thousands of dawns on, Manuel comes here every day and sits along the promenade overlooking the ocean, just to check it is the same sea out there, while his Puertillo has become a dearly beloved jewel along the Arucas coastline.


Gran Canaria Blue

Gran Canaria Blue, the ocean in your hands

The new Gran Canaria Blue website enables visitors to learn about and make bookings on the fascinating range of nautical activities on the island.

There they go. Someone on board points to the spot where a mysterious shape slinks around under the water, moving ever nearer to the surface. The contained excitement lasts barely a few instants, in the a few short seconds the dolphins take to emerge and once again transform the waters of Gran Canaria into a blue canvass with their manoeuvres, jumps and somersaults. In this way, with the same precision with which the pod of dolphins moves forward, another dream has been fulfilled on an island in whose waters a third of all known cetaceans have been spotted.


El Burrero

Burrero Beach: its sea and its people

El Burrero Beach, in Gran Canaria, has a clearly defined personality and a history etched in salt letters.

The town of El Burrero spends its days with one foot on land and the other in the Atlantic. This coastal spot is an extension of the sea that laps up to the vibrant shores of the municipality of Ingenio, in Gran Canaria. They are like two worlds that blend in together and are constantly overlapping eachother. Hence there are houses whose entrances bear the sculptures of dolphins, while others have giant snails decorating their inside walls, and even huge waves with slim palm trees painted onto walls.


La Garita beach

La Garita beach, moon-like and earth-like

The urban and the wild fuse together naturally at La Garita beach in Gran Canaria, and in its surrounding environment.

The stunning shorelines around Gran Canaria reveal themselves in different guises. Sometimes they can be decked out in a black suit, as is the case of the cosy little volcanic beach at Garita, on the Telde coastline, close to both Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and to the south of the island. A burning volcanic spirit, which led to the formation of this Atlantic territory, is clearly apparent around here. La Garita is another of the gifts of nature that this spectacular geological formation provided for the future.


Salinetas, Telde

The clock that ticks on las Salinetas Beach

The tides and waves are the only things to mark the hours and minutes on Las Salinetas Beach, in Gran Canaria.

The tamboril fish flits around the sandy depths near to Salinetas beach (Telde, Gran Canaria), like it’s in its own larder. If it feels it is under threat, it expands like a balloon to make it look larger than it actually is, at least physically. On the shore, on the other hand, summer holiday makers have nothing to fear, as their only worry is to decide which restaurant to go to for lunch, or whether they would prefer going for a splash in the crystal clear waters, go for a snooze, or flick through a couple of pages of their book. That’s about as tough it gets during the day in Salinetas.


View of Las Marañuelas beach, Arguineguín

Arguineguín: legendary seas

Arguineguín, in Gran Canaria, is ideal for anybody to star in an unforgettable story.

Legend has it among fishermen that near to Arguineguín, in the south of Gran Canaria, there is a tuna sanctuary. What is sure is that the migratory route map of these oceanic athletes includes a line through this sunny spot with its pleasant waters.


Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Beach, where life is simply swimming

Puerto Rico beach, in Gran Canaria, welcomes and pampers all who come to bask in this brightly luminated spot.

There are two types of families who come together on the beach at Puerto Rico, at the south of Gran Canaria, where light and warmth invade every nook and cranny. The first type live under the blue haze that bathes the region’s coastlines. These are the dozens of dolphins that move around in large shoals, leaving behind silvery trails on the surface of the water. Nearby, on the shore, on golden sands, other families who come down to Puerto Rico in search of endless, perfect days, are milling around.


Las Canteras

The Blue Walking Tour: 7 kilometres of wonders

The “Sendero Azul” of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a live tour around the geology and history of Las Canteras and El Confital.

Open your eyes wide. The ocean spreads out at your feet, hugging a promising coastline where sands, reefs, rocks and in the distance, the volcanoes, all converge. Breathe a deep breath and let the sea breeze overpower you. Just let yourself go and walk on. Don’t miss a single detail. The Blue Walking Tour along the Bay of El Confital and Las Canteras Beach, here in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, offers plenty of surprises along a seven kilometre stretch of wonders. The information boards will help you understand the geology, biology and the historical evolution of this outstanding landscape.


Playa del Inglés

Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria’s universal coastline

Playa del Inglés, in Gran Canaria, is the expression of a warming, natural environment where the common language is that of enjoyment.

Sometimes calmness can be measured. In this case, it extends for around three kilometres, the distance between the two extremes that mark out Playa del Inglés. This southerly enclave of Gran Canaria forms part of the map of dreams for millions of Europeans who annually come pouring into an area where the sun is virtually a perennial feature.


Playa de Melenara

Melenara Beach, the blue kingdom

Melenara Beach, in Gran Canaria, makes us feel like kings of the sea for at least a day.

Sculptor Luis Arencibia carries the sea in his piercing stare, as did poet Rafael Alberti. The Atlantic glint in his eye has an explanation and an origin. As a boy, the artist used to swim out to the point of volcanic rock that poked out over the sea on the south side of Melenara Beach, in Telde (Gran Canaria). Many years later, Arencibia would create a four metre high bronze sculpture of Neptune that still towers over the area to this day, and which allows the lord of the seas to look out over his kingdom from his watch tower.


San Agustín beach

San Agustín Beach, more than words

San Agustín Beach, in Gran Canaria, is a place full of peace, light and magic.

San Agustín Beach is a child who is building sandcastles next to the water’s edge. His parents watch over him from where they have laid out their towels and stuck their sunshade into the ground, which flaps away like a flag right at the centre of the family’s private paradise.