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Playa de Las Canteras

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Gran Canaria

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Summary of the Beach Inspectors
Situated in the heart of the island's capital, Las Palmas, a three kilometre long sandy beach with lots of variety awaits you. The face of the beach changes with the tides. This means it's not just families who will get their money's worth here, but also surfers and snorkelling fans. A natural chalk reef, which runs parallel to the beach, provides calm bathing conditions at low tide and offers a breathtaking underwater world. As well as a few shops, there are numerous restaurants on the long beach promenade serving local specialities. A beautiful sunset rounds off the beach trip.

Playa de Las Canteras - An urban beach for water sports fans with lots of variety

Right in the heart of the island's capital, Las Palmas, you will find Playa de Las Canteras. According to the city's inhabitants, this is one of the best urban beaches in the country. The three kilometre long sandy beach is multi-faceted and offers lots of variety, which is why the beach is so popular with both locals and tourists. Along the beach there are several places to park, but the bus links are good too. The beach is wheelchair accessible and very popular with families as well because there are showers and toilets, plus lifeguards to take care of your safety.

The busy Paseo de Las Canteras promenade runs along the beach. There you will find lots of shops, restaurants and cafes, where you can enjoy Canary Island specialities with views of the sea. At the northern end of the beach you can observe traditional fishing and watch the many old fishing boats coming and going. While those looking for peace and quiet relax on one of the sun loungers in the northern section of the beach, surfers get their money's worth in the southern part. This is a real surfer hotspot, which is suitable for all abilities. A surf centre by the beach supplies you with equipment and offers various courses.

The remaining stretch of beach is protected by a natural chalk reef called La Barra. This runs parallel to the beach over a length of 1500 metres, ensuring that the water is calm and you can swim easily here. Playa de Las Canteras is a multi-faceted beach and its face changes with the tides. At high tide the chalk reef disappears completely under the water, as do some narrow stretches of sand on the beach. While bodyboarders and surfers conquer the waves at high tide, at low tide you can stroll through the calm water because the reef rises about a metre above it. In the space of a few hours, the beach is transformed from a surfer-Dorado with high waves, to a snorkelling paradise. Especially in the middle of the beach you'll find lots of snorkellers at low tide. Numerous stones in the water are home to more than 350 different creatures. Here you can get up close and personal with colourful fish, crabs and clams.

At Playa de Las Canteras, you can see out a good day at the beach properly. Thanks to its western orientation the sunset here is beautiful and can either be enjoyed on the long promenade or snorkelling towards the sun.

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Playa de Las Canteras 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: 6/10 points
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At this well-equipped beach you can switch off and forget your day-to-day stress.
Family: 10/10 points
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Fun, games and entertainment - a paradise for families!
Water sports: 9/10 points
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This beach is a well-known hotspot for surfers from all over the world.
Party: 3/10 points
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You will not find much partying or any good party locations at this beach.

Atmosphere at the beach
6/10
Ease
7/10
Beauty
5/10
Romance
4/10
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5/10
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We from Beach-Inspector were actually at the beach for you and have spoken personally with the locals to get the complete picture.
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Restaurants, Bars & Water sport providers
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Restaurante La Marinera

Offer: Food, Snacks, Drinks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: Normal

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La teta de la vaca

Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks

Price level: Upscale

Exclusivity: High

Clientel: Normal

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El Dorado

Offer: Food, Drinks, Snacks

Price level: Local standard

Exclusivity: Normal

Clientel: Low

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Gastronomy at the beach
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California Surf Center
Offer:
Surfing, Kite surfing, Stand-up paddling, Canoe

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    Offer:
    Surfing, Kite surfing, Stand-up paddling, Canoe

Location of the beach
geo coordinates: 28.148668, -15.431143
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Risks
  • Jellyfish
  • Sharp stones
  • Theft