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Best beaches in the Canary Islands | A Family Travel Guide

When visiting the Canary Islands with kids, there’s nothing better than finding a stunning beach with all the facilities your family needs. There are seven Canary Islands and over 500 beaches spread across the islands. That’s a lot of beaches to choose from!

From beaches in the more well-known islands of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote to hidden gems in La Graciosa and La Gomera, you’ll find some fabulous beaches to visit in the Canary islands here. The Canary Islands have some of the best beaches in the Spanish Islands.

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The Best Beaches in the Canaries MAP

#1 Playa de los Amadores Beach, Gran Canaria – One of the best beaches in Gran Canaria

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Located on the second-largest island in the Canaries, Gran Canaria, you’ll find the white sands of Amadores Beach. This man-made beach sits at the southwest of the island in a calm, turquoise bay sheltered by two dykes. The clear, tranquil water is perfect for swimming and has a shallow sandy area to walk in well-suited for children.

Snorkelling is another popular activity, particularly in the area near the breakwater. There are no ball sports or other water sports allowed at the beach, so you’ll easily be able to relax, lay back and enjoy the sun. 

In 2004, Amadores Beach earned its Blue Flag status, a reflection of the top-notch services it offers. You’ll find a car park, restaurants, and shops near-by, as well as lounge chairs, towels, and parasol rentals. The beach is also disabled-friendly, offering amphibious chairs, handrails, and buoys to its disabled guests.

There are many places to stay near Amadores beach, but if you’re staying in nearby towns, the beach is easy to access. From Las Palmas, you can take a 30-minute taxi ride, or if you’re staying in Puerto Rico, simply take the cliff-top trail that departs from the Puerto Escala marina, roughly a 20-minute walk. 

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A panorama of Adamores beach (Credit: Attila Hajdu)

#2 Caleta de Famara, Lanzarote – Best for surfing

Caleta de Famara beach is located in the North of Lanzarote in the area of Teguise. The beach is the largest in Lanzarote and runs for a whopping 6km!

The beach is popular with watersports, especially different types of surfing including kite-surfing, windsurfing, bodyboarding and simply surfing. However, the beach is less safe for swimming. Caleta de Famara beach often has a red flag although sometimes the waters are safe and the lifeguards will display a green flag. A yellow flag means to swim with caution.

Another popular pasttime on Caleta de Famara beach is a long walk. The beach is large enough for a wilderness walk and great for a run with kids in all seasons.

So if you’re looking for a lovely beach for a long walk or you want to try out some surfing sports, this is one of the best beaches in the Canary Islands for you.

Read More: Best Places to Stay in Lanzarote for Families

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(Credit: Jan Helebrant)

#3 Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote – One of the most famous beaches in the Canary Islands

Playas de Papagayo beach is the perfect day trip in Lanzarote with kids. This beautiful beach is not near any of the major resorts. Papagayo is located in a natural park consisting of five pristine beaches.

There is a small resturaunt on the beach but its probably best to bring a big bag with plenty of food and drinks to keep the kids full all day long.

Papagayo beach can easily be visited by car or by an organised boat trip.

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#4 Morro Jable Beach, Fuerteventura – Best white sand beach in the Canary Islands

Best for: Watersports, accessibility, size, swimming

The southern coast of Fuerteventura has some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands. Morro Jable beach is located on the south of the island on the picturesque Jandia peninsula.

There’s plenty of water activities on offer. from snorkelling and diving to boat hire and jetskiing, there’s something for all the family to try out.

The beach is very pushchair friendly, there’s a large promenade running alongside the beach with a wooden track running from the promenade down to nearby the sea.

Warning: Morro Jable beach is popular with nudists.

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5. #5 Cofete Beach, Fuerteventura – Best wilderness beach in the Canary Islands

Best for: Scenery, wilderness

Cofete beach is often named as the best beach in Fuerteventura, if not the best beach in the Canary Islands. Cofete beach is relatively unspoilt compared to others in the Canary Islands with mass tourism.

Although the beach isn’t brilliant for a family day in the sun (the water is full of currents), Cofete is a brilliant place to let of some steam on a wilderness walk, surrounded by picturesque views. Despite the difficulties reaching the beach, a visit is something you won’t regret.

Warning: The water is not safe for swimming. The currents are very strong.

Read More: Best Places to stay in Fuerteventura for Families

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#6 Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Best for: Watersports, size, views

Beaches in Corralejo are part of ‘Corralejo national park’ where there are many beaches over a 7km stretch. The wind makes the heat bearable and also makes the beach a great place for watersports, including windsurfing and kitesurfing. All year round you can enjoy some fantastic wilderness walks.

The resort town of Corralejo has expanded significantly in the last decade. The area used to be a fishing port until it was discovered by tourists. 

Corralejo beach, Fuerteventura
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#7 Las Conchas, La Graciosa

Best for: Remoteness, scenery

North of Lanzarote you can hop on a ferry to La Graciosa, one of the most remote and least crowded island in the Canary Islands. The main beach of La Graciosa is Las Conchas.

Although the Canary Islands are famed for black sand beaches and volcanic landscape, it is possible to feel like you’re in the Caribbean here. The beach has pristine crystal clear waters, white soft sand and breathtaking views.

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#8 Playa Las Teresitas, Tenerife – One of the best beaches in Tenerife

Best for: Ease of access, crystal clear water

This golden sand beach is by far the best beach in Tenerife. Located near the popular resort town of Santa Cruz, there’s not a huge treck to get there. The crystal clear, calm waters make a great swimming spot for kids.

The beach itself has an abundance of palm trees making the beach a perfect holiday spot.

Behind the beach, you’ll find plenty of beach bars and restaurants for hungry tummies to suit all budgets.

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Photo by Lukas Medvedevas

#9 Playa San Sebastian Beach, La Gomera

Best for: Volcanic landscape, ease of access, activities

Playa San Sebastian beach is located in the capital of La Gomera – San Sebastian. The beach consists of 600m of pure volcanic sand backed with cafes, shops and restaurants. Playa San Sebastian is one of the best beaches in La Gomera and ease of access to the island’s capital makes the beach a perfect beach day in La Gomera.

The beach is protected by a jetty making the area perfect for safe swimming. There’s also a children’s play area on the beach. The beach, combined with the abundance of things to do, will keep the kids entertained all day.

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