Nudists, Kestrels And Complete Peace At Montaña De Arena Beach

Montaña de Arena nudist beach in south Gran Canaria Montaña de Arena nudist beach in south Gran Canaria

Nudist Montaña de Arena is one of Gran Canaria's legendary wild beaches along with GüiGüi, Guayedra and El Confital. However, it's surprisingly accessible as it's right between the island's main resorts.

South-facing Montaña de Arena beach forms where a giant sand dune hits the sea. Humans here are just guests as the whole dune seems to belong to a family of kestrels which aren't shy about defending it. The occasional flurry of activity as they see off a seagull is the only exciting thing that ever happens here. 

The beach, about 250 metres long, has long been south Gran Canaria's hippy, nudist hangout and although it's become better known in the last few years, it's rarely busy during the week.

Lex says: The area between the road and the beach is likely to be developed at some point so enjoy it as it is while you can.

Montaña de Arena beach is a popular spot with local nudists and they don't like foreigners with cameras. You're fine to take a selfie and a photo of the beach, but don't point your camera at other people and don't make videos. 

Take care when swimming on Montaña de Arena beach as there are no lifeguards. It's calm with clear water most days but can be rough when the swell comes in from the south. 

Montaña de Arena has no facilities so please take your rubbish away with you. 

Montaña de Arena beach lies just west of Pasito Blanco marina and is a few minutes walk from the GC 500 road that links Maspalomas and Arguineguín.Get to Montaña de Arena on Blue Bus lines 01 and 31 or by driving. For the shortest walk from the GC 500 road to Montaña de Arena beach, park your car here. Walk to the east end of the dune (the old footpath from Los Carpinteros beach just to the west is difficult after recent erosion) and follow the path down to the sand. 

Alex Says: Don't turn off the road when you see a sign for Montaña de Arena that points inland. That's the hill, rather than the beach.

Additional Info

  • Lifeguard: No
  • Calm water: Yes
  • You're sitting on: Sand
  • Sand colour: Sahara yellow, Volcanic black
  • Looks best at: Sunrise
  • Nudist: Yes
  • Hippy rating: 9

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