Playa de El Risco - Stony beach in the heart of a mountainous natural parkPlaya de El Risco lies in the west of the island of Gran Canaria in Tamadaba Natural Park, a vast nature reserve. In this mountainous biosphere reserve you will find the most extensive pine forests on Gran Canaria. Wild camping is prohibited here, as it is everywhere in Spain, but as you approach the beach you will find a few tents scattered, and near the car park there is an unofficial camp site.
The nearest town is about two kilometres away. From the main road an unobtrusive and unpaved track leads down past a few run-down fincas. You can leave your car on a former football pitch, which you will reach after a few minutes. From there you walk along a gravel track for another 400 metres or so to the beach. Once you're down there, the first thing you'll notice is the large number of anglers waiting for their catch of the day on the rocks next to the beach.
The waves on the vast beach, which consists of stones of different colours and sizes and a small area of dark sand, are high and can be dangerous. Inexperienced swimmers shouldn't bathe in the water here because the waves crash against the stony shore with great force. We would advise families with children not to choose this beach for a day trip, because, aside from the dangerous waves, there is also no infrastructure to be found on Playa de El Risco. There are no food outlets, toilets or water sports operators. It's just you and nature here.
However, if you're an active holidaymaker out and about or you're looking for a quiet, unspoiled beach without too many visitors and you're not put off by uncomfortable stones then this is the place for you.