The stony beach of Playa de El Risco lies in the heart of Tamadaba Natural Park on the west coast of the island of Gran Canaria. An unpaved track leads down to a car park and from here you have to walk another 400 metres or so to your destination. Once there, you will find an unspoiled beach without any infrastructure. Depending on the level of the water, there may also be a small area of black sand. But most of the time you have to be content with the different coloured and sized stones here. On the right-hand side a few locals trying their luck at fishing on the rocks. The waves are high and crash against the stones with great force. Active holidaymakers and nature lovers will get their money's worth here.
Playa de El Risco - Stony beach in the heart of a mountainous natural parkPlaya de El Risco lies in the west of the island of Gran Canaria in Tamadaba Natural Park, a vast nature reserve. In this mountainous biosphere reserve you will find the most extensive pine forests on Gran Canaria. Wild camping is prohibited here, as it is everywhere in Spain, but as you approach the beach you will find a few tents scattered, and near the car park there is an unofficial camp site.
The nearest town is about two kilometres away. From the main road an unobtrusive and unpaved track leads down past a few run-down fincas. You can leave your car on a former football pitch, which you will reach after a few minutes. From there you walk along a gravel track for another 400 metres or so to the beach. Once you're down there, the first thing you'll notice is the large number of anglers waiting for their catch of the day on the rocks next to the beach.
The waves on the vast beach, which consists of stones of different colours and sizes and a small area of dark sand, are high and can be dangerous. Inexperienced swimmers shouldn't bathe in the water here because the waves crash against the stony shore with great force. We would advise families with children not to choose this beach for a day trip, because, aside from the dangerous waves, there is also no infrastructure to be found on Playa de El Risco. There are no food outlets, toilets or water sports operators. It's just you and nature here.
However, if you're an active holidaymaker out and about or you're looking for a quiet, unspoiled beach without too many visitors and you're not put off by uncomfortable stones then this is the place for you.