13 Best Beaches in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are ideal for holidays in the sun all year round, even during the winter months.

We've prepared a list of the best beaches in the Canary Islands, including places from Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

The islands that are situated in the east part of the archipelago, like Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, have more beaches, with either white or golden sand and turquoise waters. These islands have less vegetation and the landscape is often arid and barren but the beaches are amazing, some of the best you can find in Europe.

1.Corralejo Grandes Playas - Fuerteventura

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Situated in the North of Fuerteventura, Corralejo Grandes Playas is part of Corralejo Natural Park.

Actually here you will find a series of several beaches that stretch for more than 7 km. It's ideal for long walks, water sports and offers great views towards the island of Los Lobos.

2. Las Teresitas Beach - Tenerife

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The Teresitas Beach is situated in the north of Tenerife and it's probably the nicest beach on the island. It has golden sand, brought over from Africa. It's ideal for swimming and just lounging in the sun, admiring the view.

3. Papagayo Beach - Lanzarote

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Papagayo Beach is the most famous beach in Lanzarote and it's situated inside a natural park.

There is a 3 Euro fee for entering the park by car. You can also get here by boat from the port in Playa Blanca.

By entering the park you have access to several white sand beaches, all beautiful, with breathtaking views and great for swimming.

4. Cotillo Lagoons - Fuerteventura

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The lagoons at El Cotillo were include in the Top 10 Most beautiful beaches in Europe 2015 by Tripadvisor.

It's a lovely place, a beach with white sand and with turquoise water, ideal for swimming. This beach is quiet and great for families with small kids, if you visit during the low tide.

It's advisable to bring some food and drinks, since there are no shops and restaurants in the proximity.

5. Maspalomas Beach - Gran Canaria

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Just like Corralejo Grandes Playas, Maspalomas Beach is formed by dunes of sand. This is a very special and unique landscape: desert and beach, all in the same place.

Situated right in the south of Gran Canaria, this beach is near the most popular tourist resort in the island.

6. Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen - Lanzarote

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Playa Grande is the nicest beach situated right in the heart of a touristic resort in all the Canary Islands.

You will enjoy clear water, without big waves, ideal for swimming. Also, the sunsets here are amazing, with views towards the hills in the south of the island.

Bars, shops and restaurants, all are nearby and within reach in just a few minutes.

7. Cofete - Fuerteventura

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Cofete was included in the Top 10 Best Beaches in Europe by Tripadvisor, along with El Cotillo.

So I don't think that I'm exaggerating when I dare to say that this is the most beautiful beach in all the Canary Islands.

Wild, remote, undeveloped, with unreal scenery - this is Cofete.

The road that leads to Cofete is a dirt road, so an 4x4 vehicle would be best. Small cars can get there too, but you need to have patience and drive carefully.

8. Amadores - Gran Canaria

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This beach is very calm and the water is clear and without big waves. Amadores beach is recommended place for families with kids.

There are two big hotels right on the beach, with great access. You will find here umbrellas, sun beds and activities for the kids.

9. Famara Beach - Lanzarote

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Famara is the ideal place for surfing in Lanzarote. It has a majestic appearance, guarded by the big cliffs on one side.

The beach is really big, with constant winds and waves, situated on the west coast.

Many surfing schools bring their students to Famara beach for lessons. In the village you can find cheap accommodation and a few restaurants also.

10. Sotavento Beach - Fuerteventura

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Pictures of Sotavento Beach (especially La Barca portion) you will see on most postcards from Fuerteventura.

The World Championship of Windsurfing is held here every year in July. Come at high tide if you want to see the massive lagoon filled with water.

11. La Tejita - Tenerife

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La Tejita Beach offers views towards Montana Roja (Red Mountain) and it's really impressive.

It's a natural beach, with fine sand and was declared a Blue Flag beach. It is situated near the airport and El Medano and it is best to come to this beach on days when there is no wind.

12. Playa Mujeres - Lanzarote

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This is part of the Papagayo beaches, so it's also situated in the same natural park area of Los Ajaches.

Playa Mujeres is the largest and most open of all the beaches in the park. It's also the first beach in the series, so it's the easiest to get to.

13. La Pared - Fuerteventura

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Situated on the west side of the island, Playa La Pared is ideal for surfing.

It's connected to Playa del Viejo Rey and the access to the beach is done by a set of stairs. Although it's not a place for safe for swimming, the landscape is breathtaking and it's a must see in Fuerteventura.

Want to explore more? Read our complete guide to beaches in Tenerife and beaches in Fuerteventura.


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