Playa de Güigüi
The unspoiled Playa de Güigüi lies in the west of the island of Gran Canaria. The beach can only be reached by hiking for several hours along a route that is somewhat dangerous, or by riding across water on jet skis, a boat trip or a private water taxi. The black sand is so fine that it resembles powdered sugar. It's mainly campers and naturists that make themselves at home here, although it's actually illegal to pitch a tent on the beach in Spain. If you decide to stay overnight anyway, you can experience a breath-taking sunset. The view of the volcano, Teide, on the neighbouring island of Tenerife also makes this beach exceptional.

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.

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    5/10
  • Family
    1/10
  • Water sport
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Playa de Güigüi 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: 5/10 points
Place 23 of 58
Although it can get a little busy, you will find a nice spot here where you can relax.
Family: 1/10 points
Place 49 of 58
No facilites and completely unsuitable atmosphere - this beach is not for families.
Water sports: 1/10 points
Place 31 of 58
No wind and no waves here mean that this is definitely the wrong place for water-sports enthusiasts.
Party: 1/10 points
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There is nothing going on at this beach and no party in sight for miles.

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