Playa de La Laja - Super surfing beach despite the motorwayLess 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.