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Playa Palo Grande

La Estrella, Gran Canaria

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The beach of Playa Palo Grande on Gran Canaria is easy to reach and a good size. Its dark sand, backed by a steep rock face, and the rock formations in the water make it a really magnificent sight. Although it is centrally located, the fact that it's a bit tucked away behind a residential district means that few holidaymakers find their way to this little idyll. Anyone who does come is rewarded with a stunning rugged natural backdrop, plenty of peace and quiet and good waves that are appreciated by surfers.

Playa Palo Grande - Dark sandy beach with good waves and plenty of peace and quiet

On the northern section of the east coast of Gran Canaria, and about 10 minutes' drive south of the capital city of Las Palmas, is the beach of Playa Palo Grande. It is easy to get there via the coastal motorway. It's just below the village of La Estrella, whose dwellings you can see from the beach. The overall length of Playa Palo Grande is about 540 metres and it is spread over a large bay and a significantly smaller one. The surface underfoot consists of dark sand. Playa Palo Grande is bordered at the back by a steep rock face of black rocks and some outcrops are to be found on the lounger area and in the water.

Access to Playa Palo Grande beach is via well-constructed stone steps. Once you arrive on the beach you will be impressed by the scenic rock face at the back of the larger section. The village houses up above, close to the steep cliffs, are unlikely to bother you, as they are a good deal higher than the lounging area. The beautiful broad expanse of sand allows plenty of space to spread out and in the afternoon the crags provide natural shade. However, you will have to manage without amenities such as showers, toilets and sun loungers. There is also no lifeguard in situ, nor is there anywhere to buy food and drink.

The southern edge of Playa Palo Grande adjoins what is essentially a residential district. To the north it is bordered by holiday chalets and a holiday complex. There are hardly any holidaymakers from abroad here: most of the visitors to the beach are locals, although a few Spaniards from the mainland spend their holidays here. If you are hoping for a bit of seclusion in an unusual setting, this is the right place for you, as it never gets really full at Playa Palo Grande and, despite the proximity of the village, the ambience is natural and idyllic. In the water the conditions are often good enough for surfing, and the locals like to take advantage of this. During low tide a lagoon forms on the sand at the northern end, and children especially like to splash around in this.


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Playa Palo Grande is suitable for
Every beach is unique. Apart from how the beach looks and its surroundings it is mainly the people and the amenities here which give the beach its character.
Relaxation: 4/10 points
Place 36 of 58
This beach is not great for relaxation, but you will find the odd suitable space to settle down here.
Family: 1/10 points
Place 43 of 58
No facilites and completely unsuitable atmosphere - this beach is not for families.
Water sports: 6/10 points
Place 12 of 58
Wind and waves are ok here and therefore the beach is popular with water-sports enthusisasts.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 7 of 58
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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Romance
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