Gran Canaria’s 236-kilometre-long shoreline means that the sea is a constant presence. In these latitudes, the Atlantic has an intense blue and a singular wave formation, owing to the Canary Islands’ narrow coastal shelf. As a result of this, the action of the sea has sculpted the Canary coast, carving out sheer cliffs of awesome height and beauty.
The Andén Verde cliffs, on the north-west coast, afford some of the most spectacular examples of this combination of marine erosion and tectonic plate building. Running the length of this area, a “must” for those who are not prone to fear of heights, is a corniche road which, from the town of Agaete, climbs and winds along the cliff face, until finally descending to the beach of San Nicolás, a village over 30 kilometres away.
Along with its steeply rising shoreline, Gran Canaria can boast a great quantity of beaches of all types. In fact, due to the island’s geological variety, a series of different beaches account for some 50 kilometres of seaboard. This must undoubtedly be one of Gran Canaria’s most attractive facets: while enjoying sea and sun at any of its seventy beaches, one can simultaneously delight in the island’s exotic and varied scenery.
Some beaches, such as the Playa del Inglés (literally, English Beach) and Maspalomas Beach, with its 250 hectares of shifting dunes and palm tree oasis, are internationally known for their unrivalled beauty.
While the latter are undeniably the most attractive beach areas on the island, throughout the entire length of the Gran Canaria coast there are many more where one can laze in the sun. Of these, four have been singled out for special mention: these are the resorts of San Agustín, Puerto Rico, Mogán and Las Canteras. Like Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas, all are equipped with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants and attractions of every kind.