Playa del Juncal - A stony beach with a beautiful underwater world and appreciated by localsTucked away in the north-west of the island of Gran Canaria you'll find the unspoiled Playa del Juncal. This stony bay is situated in the gorge of El Juncal, and is surrounded by high rocks and cliffs. It's almost exclusively locals that come here. This is probably because the bay is not very easy to reach. From the main road you have to drive off-road for a few minutes through the plantations in order to reach a large gravelled area where you can park. From there it is only about fifteen minutes’ walk down a few winding dirt tracks into the gorge. Every now and then you'll see a car negotiating the bends, but this is really only advisable in an SUV, because the descent is not entirely risk-free even on foot, which is why we recommend that you come prepared with sturdy shoes.
Playa del Juncal is a stony beach with very clear water, which is perfect for snorkelling. As well as a snorkel you should make sure you have some beach shoes because the stones can be slippery. Those who know the bay and the water well enough can even jump in from the cliffs. There are enough private spots for everyone here, thanks to the little hollows and hidden corners that can be found on both sides of the bay.
The beach is completely unspoiled. You won't find any toilets, showers or food outlets here so it's important to bring everything that you'll need for your beach day. The beach is great for relaxing and you can enjoy the wonderful surroundings, which are also very much appreciated by one or two mountain goats and sheep.