Playa de Tiritaña, in the south-west of the island of Gran Canaria, is a thoroughly natural and unspoiled beach. It lies in a bay framed by high cliffs. The route there is very difficult - from the car park on the main street you must first follow a beaten track and then climb down rocky cliffs - but the sandy beach is enjoyed especially by wild camping enthusiasts, with whom it is very popular. So don't be surprised if there are lots of tents and camping equipment. It is also well-known on the gay scene. In some places the beach is very dirty, although the water is clear and clean.
Playa de Tiritaña - A bay of dark sand surrounded by cliffs
Close to Puerto Rico, in the south-west of the island of Gran Canaria, is the small bay of Playa de Tiritaña. The thoroughly natural beach lies between high cliffs and has dark sand that can get very hot in the sunshine. One of the main features is that on both sides there are a lot of stones of various sizes in the sand, and these make access to the water difficult and hazardous. In the middle, however, you can get down to the water quite easily, although the seabed drops away relatively steeply.
To get to the bay from the car park on the main street you have to scramble down steep cliffs with rocks that are quite sharp in places, so it’s a good idea to take sturdy footwear with you. To start with you have to climb over the guardrail by the beach sign and then walk down a beaten track. Don't be surprised when this path ends quite quickly - after that you'll be required to demonstrate your climbing skills. You should allow 20 to 30 minutes for getting down to the beach. The return trip will be a bit faster. To avoid all this, you could come by rented boat instead. There are no ferries that come here.
Playa de Tiritaña is well-known to wild camping enthusiasts, despite this being illegal here. So it's highly likely that the first thing you will see when you arrive down there is the tents, as there are a lot of these round the edges. The beach is popular with the gay scene, as well.
As there is no waste disposal service here, and it appears that some people just leave their rubbish behind when they leave, the beach is unfortunately very dirty in some places, which has a thoroughly negative effect on the scenery. The water is very clear and clean though. Nonetheless, you should be careful when you bathe, as there is a strong undertow pulling you out to sea.