There are plenty of splendid beaches to choose from for holidays to the Canary Islands. However with nearly ten million visitors a year, the main beaches can get pretty crowded. For more privacy and for something more off the beaten track, it is well worth venturing out to some of the less visited beaches on offer. Here we have a look at some of the best hideaway beaches for each of the main islands for holidays to the Canary Islands – Fuertaventura, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. In many cases the journey to some of these remote parts is the highlight of a holiday and many come away with great memories of holidays to the Canary Islands from these adventures!
This is the second largest out of the Canary Islands after Tenerife and is probably the most famous for its beaches, numbering well over 150. Hiring a car to visit the different beaches is a good option.
Of the beaches on offer, El Cofete is a particularly beautiful, found in a natural setting with amazing views. The whole experience can be quite wild, with cliffs, strong wind and huge waves. These waves are probably more appropriate for surfing than inexperienced swimmers who may get caught in the currents. Reaching there requires driving on curvy, narrow dirt tracks through mountain passes, so it’s not for the faint of heart!
The name “Lanzarote” originally means “Island of Fire” due to the three hundred volcanos on the island. Don’t worry, though, they’re all now extinct. After Fuertaventura, it has the best range of beaches, with some of the most secluded found in the playas de Papagayao. This area is a collection of natural beaches protected from development, and they are also difficult to access. If you do want to travel here, bear in mind that the only means of access the sea and sand is off a rocky dirt road.
Gran Canaria, with over eighty beaches, sees most tourists choosing to stay in the South of the island, whereas most of the really deserted of the beaches can be found on the West coast. In order to reach secluded stretches of sand, transportation by car is recommended before having to cover a further distance on foot.
Gui Gui is actually quite a well-known beach but manages to remain unspoiled and peaceful due to it being so remote. It’s hidden at the bottom of a ravine and it takes over two hours to reach by foot from the road. Alternatively there is an intermittent boat service which travels there. It remains uninhabited apart from a hermit and an under used campsite. The campsite has a small shop selling limited supplies so it is advisable to take your own.
These are just a few of the many secluded beaches one can visit during holidays to the Canary Islands, and this covers just the main islands as those are the most commonly visited. BlueBay Resorts provide some excellent hotels for holidays in the Canary Islands. However if one is really interested in venturing further, there are also many other idyllic spots on some of the smaller islands, such as the Playa de la Cueva on the La Gomera. Whenever visiting any of these beaches, do prepare yourself for the possibility of nudists – as this practice is quite common in the more secluded spots!
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Bill Weston is a traveller and writer who has been spent time all over the world. He now combines his two hobbies and writes for a number of travel sites including BlueBay Resorts.