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Playa de La Laja

La Laja, Gran Canaria

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On the long, black sandy beach of Playa de La Laja the wind and waves are perfect for surfing almost every day and sometimes the big breakers even entice real pros to the bay. The reason why the beach is less popular as a bathing beach is apparent at first glance: Playa de La Laja is located right next to the motorway. However the plus side is that you don't have to spend long looking for it. There are also three lifeguards keeping a watchful eye on you, but the beach is not entirely risk-free due to the currents. Against a really fantastic panorama of the sand-yellow mountain slopes typical of Gran Canaria you can spend a day on the board here and make the most of the usually empty beach!

Playa de La Laja - Super surfing beach despite the motorway

Less than three kilometres from Las Palmas lies one of the most popular alternative surfing beaches near the capital in the north of Gran Canaria - the long sandy beach of Playa de La Laja. The wind and waves here are perfect for surfing almost every day and sometimes the big breakers even entice real pros into the water. The reason why the beach is less popular as a bathing beach is apparent at first glance: Playa de La Laja is located right next to the motorway. The plus side is that you don't have to spend long looking for it and surfers love the empty beach!

Against a really fantastic panorama of the sand-yellow mountain slopes typical of Gran Canaria you can enjoy a day on the board to the full here. The car park is above the beach, tarmacked and well-maintained so you don't have to lug your board too far. There are also three lifeguards on duty in peak season - but with good reason! Particularly in the right-hand section of the beach the waves can be huge and throughout the bay there is a current that is not to be underestimated.

This doesn't seem to bother families from the surrounding area much though, as you'll come across a few of them here on this wide, black sandy beach, which slopes gently into the water. In fact we recommend Playa de La Laja for surfer families, and brave kids can romp through the waves with their parents on a bodyboard. On top of this, the real insider's tip here is that there are two hidden rock pools in natural lagoons with access to the water. Children who are able to swim on their own can easily bathe and splash around here.

And once you've had enough of the waves, you can take a nice stroll as well. The promenade runs along the beach, stretching almost as far as Las Palmas, and there are wheelchair accessible ramps leading from it onto the beach at regular intervals. You don't have to search long for a good meal either. Although the former restaurant in a tower on the beach is deserted nowadays and only inhabited by pigeons, if you head back towards Las Palmas, after a few kilometres you will come across numerous fish restaurants where you can order fresh fish.

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Playa de La Laja 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: 2/10 points
Place 54 of 58
This beach is not suitable for relaxation seekers as there is not really anything here.
Family: 2/10 points
Place 41 of 58
The beach as well as the atmosphere of the location are not appealing for families.
Water sports: 7/10 points
Place 10 of 58
Water-sports conditions are so good that it is worth coming to this beach just for the surfing.
Party: 1/10 points
Place 37 of 58
There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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geo coordinates: 28.064293, -15.41929
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  • Sea urchins
  • Glass shards
  • Large waves