Get to know Gran Canaria

By | 20 October, 2014 | 0 comments

We know that Palm Oasis Maspalomas boats of privileged surroundings. We often talk about the beaches of Gran Canaria because they are so spectacular. They are different, peculiar sometimes, and each one has its own characteristics but one thing they have in common is that they are all dream-like.

In the same way we talk about interesting sites of the island, as we gradually reveal its intimacy, we will talk about its beaches, the main characteristic of the Canary Islands.

Let’s start with the most famous beaches of the island: Maspalomas beach, in the south of the island, where Palm Oasis Maspalomas is located, and Las Canteras beach, one of the most beautiful city beaches of the country.

Maspalomas Beach

Maspalomas holds the most emblematic beach of the island of Gran Canaria. This beautiful and singular place is a natural reserve framed by 403 hectares of sand dunes. This landscape is unique in the world and was declared a protected area in 1987 (Natural Place of National Interest). Maspalomas beach is no doubt one of the most visited attractions on Gran Canaria, and has been for more than 30 years.

An old lighthouse also rises from the beach. Its construction started in 1861 and lasted 28 years. It was used as a guide for vessels that used to stop over at Gran Canaria on their way to America. Nowadays, great commercial activity has developed around the beach with hotels, seafront promenades and commercial areas.

Las Canteras Beach

It is a long strip of sand that stretches over various kilometres along the bay. It is a place of special charm and here is why…

Locals keep saying Las Canteras is one of the nation’s best urban beaches, and they have every reason to believe so. This is a beach blessed with fine weather practically all year round. It’s a real getaway within the capital city.

Moreover, it is a large marine life reserve. The seabed is home to a thousand species of fish. The beach also has a particular feature: “La Barra” (the reef) which is a long rock formation that stretches not far from the sand and protects a great part of the beach from the tides. This rocky line makes the bay one of the best places for swimming and even walking on water on days of low tide.

We recommend the long walk along the sand, accompanied by cafés and ice-cream parlours. At the beginning of the promenade, you will find the terraces of La Puntilla with restaurants that serve fresh fish. At the other end of the beach, there are more terraces and cafés facing the sea and the meeting point of surfers near the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium.

Las Canteras is known by everyone as the Changing Beach. It will never be the place you saw on previous days. This is one of its special traits: it’s always the same place, but not one day is the same.

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