Playa de la Aldea - Stony beach stretching over three bays on the west coast of Gran CanariaIn the west of the island of Gran Canaria is the fishing village of La Aldea and its stony beach, Playa de la Aldea. The village is encircled by high mountains that are, incidentally, a good area for hiking, so there is no avoiding the winding roads that snake along the mountainsides. The beach consists of three bays. The first is in a little harbour and is linked with the neighbouring bay by a tunnel a few metres long. This is where most visitors spend their time, as it has showers and sun loungers and is nearer to the restaurants and bars.
To get to the last bay you have to go through a park. Here there are a good number of trees which provide shade on hot sunny days. This is also the ideal spot for a picnic. Even in the peak season, when it sometimes gets quite full, there are enough tables for everyone. As you stroll among the trees, you'll pass a bar where you can get cool drinks and delicious food in summer. If you need a public toilet this is also where you'll find one.
After just a few hundred metres you will reach the last bay. This part is completely unspoiled. The only development is the fishing village, which you can just see at the very edge. If you want solitude with just the waves for company, this is where you'll find it. There is also a seawater pool here, after which the town festival ‘Fiesta del Charco’ (‘Pool Festival'), held annually in September, is named. The origins of the festival go back to the times of the earliest inhabitants and it is famous right across the island.
Nature lovers and walkers will feel at home here. If you are looking for peace and relaxation off the beaten track of the tourist centres in the south, this is the place for you.