On Playa el Pajar in south-west Gran Canaria a convivial, informal atmosphere awaits you. Between the industrial harbour for Gran Canaria's cement factory and a spectacular rock face, this little beach, with its gentle slope down to the water, is a meeting place for local families in particular. But tourists from Germany and Great Britain happily spend a beach day here as well. El Pajar is easy to find, as it is clearly signposted from the GC-1.
There's good reason for El Pajar's popularity with the locals, since this quiet, well-sheltered beach is one of the few truly natural and unspoiled beaches in Gran Canaria. This makes it difficult to find a parking space here, especially at weekends, though in low season it's not a problem. At that time of year you can just park your car in one of the residential streets and head for the beach via a paved footpath approximately 300 metres long.
There are sanitary facilities here, though unfortunately there are no foot showers. The beach as a whole is not very developed for tourists, but there is a small promenade with a nice little café called Cafeteria Magalí where you can sit under the trees and watch the fishing boats coming and going at the end of the bay. Sporting enthusiasts will be pleased to find they can hire a canoe on the spot. Another way of exploring the bay is on a rented stand up paddle board. It's also interesting to watch the waterborne deliveries to the cement factory: huge barges chug in from the Atlantic past the impressive rocky backdrop before depositing their loads at the factory's industrial harbour.