Playa del Cabrón - One of the loveliest diving spots on Gran Canaria and a very special bathing beach!From the parrot fish to the barracuda: on the Canaries divers can see over 700 different species of fish! Playa del Cabrón in the west of Gran Canaria is a great place for novices, but also for experienced divers. Even if you're not an expert, you don't have to forgo the delights of this superb underwater world, as Playa del Cabrón is brilliant for snorkelling as well!
But it won't surprise you to learn that this divers' paradise is a bit tricky to find. Your best bet is to enter the coordinates in your satnav. Once you arrive in Arinaga, you drive right through the village and then out on a small back road. This gets poorer and poorer until ultimately you find yourself on a gravel track through a rocky landscape. Eventually you reach an open space where you can park. From there it is only another 300 metres to the beach. Nonetheless, you do need sturdy shoes for the walk down, as apart from a few improvements made by the local residents the path is unsurfaced.
Yes, you did read that correctly. In this remote spot a number of nature lovers have built small houses and can now enjoy the view of the bay on a daily basis. As a fellow nature lover, you will definitely be welcome on the beach, but even so, you should be wary of spreading out your swimming towel too close to the houses, in case you bother someone. The houses integrate well into the landscape and will not impede your enjoyment of its natural beauty. However, you need to come well prepared with enough food and drinks and a sun umbrella – since you certainly won't find a kiosk or any shade on the beach.
But to make up for that you won't need bathing shoes here on Playa del Cabrón, as there is significantly more sand than stone and the beach slopes gently down into the water. Divers and snorkellers prefer to enter the water from the rocks at the side, saving themselves the long march through the shallow water. For local diving enthusiasts this fantastic place is inevitably no secret. But though it can sometimes get quite busy underwater along the rocks and the reef, the beach tends to be delightfully empty. Above the bay a clumsily built primary school and a pretty lighthouse stand sentinel over the scene. A dream beach!