Las Burras beach

Las Burras beach in south Gran Canaria Las Burras beach in south Gran Canaria

Las Burras beach is the most local of the golden sand beaches in south Gran Canaria and only gets busy at weekends and during school holidays. 

With calm water, plenty of sunshine, and even a few fishing boats on the sand, it's a quiet alternative to Maspalomas beach that's within easy walking range of Playa del Inglés. With 300 metres of golden sand, there's always room to sit down in peace.

The beach is 300 metres long with a hook-shaped western end where the fishing boats are stored. At the eastern end, there's a little viewpoint with its own palm tree that is great for photos. Las Burras can be windy but it's enjoyable on most days.

The east end of the beach is the prettiest and the most sheltered and where you'll find the sun lounger concessions and the beachfront restaurants. Las Burras has a lifeguard and foot washers but no public toilets: You can always buy a coffee and use the restaurant toilets.

Swimming at Las Burras is safe unless the red flag is up but it's best to stick to the east end as it is protected by a rocky headland. Snorkel along these rocks for a wide range of small colourful fish and the odd octopus. 

Get to Las Burras along the coastal path by walking from Playa del Inglés, or jump on any bus running between Playa del Inglés and San Agustin. You can see the beach from the road just before you get to the San Agustín shopping centre. 

Additional Info

  • Lifeguard: Yes
  • Calm water: Yes
  • You're sitting on: Sand
  • Sand colour: Sahara yellow
  • Looks best at: Sunset
  • Nudist: No
  • Hippy rating: 3
  • Lat/Long: 27.7660486,-15.5512105
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  • The Parafarmacia In Gran Canaria Is Not A Chemist!
    The Parafarmacia In Gran Canaria Is Not A Chemist!

    If there is one thing we hate it is visitors being tricked in Gran Canaria. In the past we've warned about overcharging at Gran Canaria chemists, and rip off electronics shops in resorts. 

    In this Tip Of The Day we return to the island's chemists or rather, to the island's fake chemists.

    A chemist in Gran Canaria is called a Farmacia and always has a green cross sign. Farmacias are the only place tobuy medicine in Spain, even basics like paracetamol.

    However, there is another kind of shop in Gran Canaria that looks and sounds like a chemist but doesn't sell medicine. This is the Parafarmacia and it also uses a green cross sign.

    A parafarmacia is a herbal medicine shop that is not allowed to sell any normal medicine such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or antibiotics. 

    Instead, parafarmacias sell herbal alternatives to medicine but don't have to prove that they work and they can charge whatever they want.

    We recently heard from a visitor to Gran Canaria who went into a parafarmacia and was charged 40 euros for a herbal alternative to Ibuprofen. It was only when they read the label that they realised what had happened. 

    To locate a genuine farmacia, see this website and search within your municipio (Puerto Rico is in Mogán, Playa del Inglés is in San Bartolomé de Tirajana). At weekends and on fiesta days many farmacias close but there is always one open, known as the farmacia de guardia, in each municipio.

    Search for the nearest one to you with this tool

    Lex Says: To keep costs down, see this article for the way to ask for generic medicine rather than expensive branded alternatives. 

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