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Playa de las Alcaravaneras

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria

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Playa de las Alcaravaneras is the name of the golden sandy urban beach of Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. It lies in the middle of the port and is framed to the left and right by the marina, where there are hundreds of sailboats from all over the world. The container port denies you an unobstructed view of the open sea and a noisy street runs along in the background. If that doesn't bother you, you will find a beautiful sandy beach in this central location, with lots of sports facilities on shore, and calm water that is wonderful for swimming and stand up paddle boarding.

Playa de las Alcaravaneras - Golden sandy beach in the middle of a port

We are in the north of Gran Canaria in the capital Las Palmas, or more precisely, in the main port of the Canary Islands, which serves as a transit point for goods from all over the world and a stop-off point for yachts before or after they cross the Atlantic. It's just masts and loading cranes as far as they eye can see. Or is it? No, in the middle of the port there is an area of golden sand more than 400 metres long - the beach of Playa de las Alcaravaneras.

Because of its central location in the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Playa de las Alcaravaneras is especially popular with locals and it can get quite crowded in summer. Despite this you'll always find a spot for your towel on the large expanse of sand. There are no loungers or beach umbrellas for hire, but there are public toilets and showers. A small kiosk sells snacks and drinks, and lifeguards ensure your safety in the water. The bathing conditions in the water, which is well sheltered from waves from the port, are pleasant. The only compromise to be made is the cleanliness of the water, given the large number of motorised boats and ships that use the port.

A few fishing boats lie on the beach and in the boat garages in the background. Playa de las Alcaravaneras was originally a fishing beach and is still used as such today. On the shore a few anglers regularly go about their hobby. It's not really the place for water sports, unless you rent a sailboat to set sail from here and discover the beaches of Gran Canaria from the water. The calm water is also very good for stand up paddle boarding, but you'll need to bring your SUP boards with you because there are no water sports operators on the beach.

On shore, on the other hand, there is a much wider range of sports facilities: an area for football, volleyball and basketball, and a children's play area. The wide pavement along the road that runs behind Playa de las Alcaravaneras beach, Avenida Maritima, is also a popular stretch for jogging. However, the noise level is quite high on the beach because of the road. The sight of the container harbour, which obstructs the view of the open sea, is not exactly idyllic either. Despite this Playa de las Alcaravaneras is still worth a visit, given its special and central location.

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Playa de las Alcaravaneras 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 38 of 58
This beach is not great for relaxation, but you will find the odd suitable space to settle down here.
Family: 9/10 points
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At this beach you will find everything you need to spend an enjoyable day with the family.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 30 of 58
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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