Playa del Águila, or 'Eagles' Beach', in the south-east of Gran Canaria, is the quieter and more intimate alternative to the nearby Playa del Inglés, and is much better developed than its two neighbours, Playa de Tarajalillo and Playa del Besudo. But 'Eagles' Beach', with its steady and strong winds, is first and foremost a really good windsurfing spot, and is also suitable for beginners when the wind is moderate. As well as an older bathing crowd, you'll mainly encounter young sports enthusiasts here!
Playa del Águila - Windsurfers’ beach with a laid-back atmosphereAt 'Eagles' Beach' you can fly with the wind in the truest sense of the word! This is because here at Playa del Águila, in the south-east of Gran Canaria, you'll find top conditions for windsurfing! For bathers, the beach is a quieter and more intimate alternative to the nearby Playa del Inglés and the tourist centre of San Augustin. Situated next to the less attractive Playa de Tarajalillo and the tucked away Playa del Besudo, Playa del Águila is also far better developed and connected than its two neighbours. But 'Eagles' beach', with its steady and strong winds, is first and foremost a really good windsurfing spot, which is why, apart from an older bathing crowd, you'll mainly encounter young sports enthusiasts here.
Playa del Águila is really easy to find: an exit near kilometre 49 on the GC-500 brings you directly here. From the car park you can already see the beach and an electronic display board will show you the air and water temperature and the wind speed. The few metres to the beach are not wheelchair accessible, but easy to manage on foot. A mixed beach of sand and stones awaits bathers, and other than a few hotel buildings, a picturesque backdrop of numerous palm trees and a historic lighthouse. Natural vegetation, consisting of bushes and small trees, provides shade here on hot days so you don't necessarily have to bring a sunshade. The slope into the water is gentle and in many places it is almost exclusively sand underfoot, so no bathing shoes are required.
The bathing crowd are mostly older couples from the holiday apartments in the resort, and windsurfers and their equipment are spread out all along the beach. The first port of call for windsurfing enthusiasts at Playa del Águila is the windsurfing school, Dunkerbeck. It’s a suitable spot for beginners when the wind is moderate, but as the lifeguards don't regularly patrol with their boats off the coast here, you're better off not going out too far to start with.