Playa de Güigüi - Unspoiled bay with black sand as soft as powdered sugar
Playa de Güigüi (pronounced 'wiwi') lies on the west coast of the island of Gran Canaria. The unspoiled beach of black, very fine sand is surrounded by high cliffs, which provide a spectacular backdrop. There are also stones piled up against the cliffs, so you won't get wet feet even at high tide - unless you want to. The beach consists of two bays. However, the rear of the two is only accessible on dry ground at low tide. Otherwise you have to swim, which can be rather dangerous because of the high waves. Either way, bear in mind that you have to come back the same way and that the tide can rise rapidly and take you by surprise.
There are two possible ways of getting here. To reach the beach from the car park, you have to negotiate a path that leads over a mountain. This can take up to three and a half hours, depending on how many stops you include. There is virtually no shade along the way, so it's a good idea to take your time and bring plenty of water. There's no opportunity to buy food or drinks on the walk or on the beach itself and you won't get far without sturdy footwear either, so don't forget to pack some. We also recommend that you bring one or two (walking) poles.
For those who want to avoid this long and somewhat dangerous hike, there are various other options, such as riding here on jet skis, which you can hire at Playa de Taurito. Local tour operators there offer trips here as well. However, these trips only include a short stop at Playa de Güigüi and then only when the weather permits. If it’s a beach you definitely don't want to miss or if you want to stay here longer, rather than walking you can hire a private water taxi (official water taxis no longer offer this service). It's worth asking around amongst the locals if you want to do this, because they usually know someone with a boat.
Although wild camping is actually banned in Spain, the beach is known as a popular spot for pitching a tent. This is mainly because you can experience breath-taking sunsets here. On a clear day you can see all the way to Tenerife with its conical towering volcano, Teide. Naturists will feel right at home here too so you can leave your swimming trunks back at the hotel. Even those of you who don't normally like to strip off can do it without a second thought here because you can easily go the whole day without seeing another soul.
Since essentially very few tourists negotiate the route to Playa Güigüi, you can have an adventure in this untouched little part of the great outdoors, away from the tourist centres at Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas.