Gran Canaria's 7 Creature Beaches Named After Animals

Las Burras beach in Gran Canaria: The name translates as Donkey beach Las Burras beach in Gran Canaria: The name translates as Donkey beach

Of Gran Canaria's 80-odd beaches, here are the ones named after animals. Why? because life's a beach :-)

Las Burras beach in south Gran Canaria

Las Burras: Female Donkey Beach 

Between San Agustín and Playa del Inglés, tyhis beach has golden sand, calm water and is sheltered at the eastern end. A great local beach and the only one with fishing boats on the sand. Las Burras has sun loungers, lifeguard and beachfront restaurants.


El Cochino beach in south Gran Canaria

El Cochino: Pig Beach

Actually three small beaches formed behind rock dykes. Much quieter than Playa del Inglés beach just to the north and with loungers and beach bars. 


Ojos de Garza beach in east Gran Canaria

Ojos de Garza: Heron's Eyes Beach

This laid-back east coast beach is as local as it comes and has serious coastal charm. Eat overlooking the sand and walk north along the shore for some surreal dune landscapes. 


Sardina beach in north west Gran Canaria

Sardina del Norte: Sardine Beach

It's appropriate that Sardina del Norte is named after a fish as it's famous for its superb diving and local seafood. The little, south-facing sandy beach is gorgeous. 


Playa del Aguila

Playa del Aguila: Eagle Beach

As low-key as they come, Playa del Aguila between San Agustín and Bahia Feliz is a pebbly local beach with a great seafront restaurant and not much else. That's why its fans love it. 

 Patalavaca beach in south Gran Canaria

Patalavaca: Cow leg beach

The south Gran Canaria beach the Scandinavians don't want you to know about, Patalavaca is the quietest of the area's sandy beaches. Great restaurants and a chilled atmosphere make it a top spot.


El Cabron beach in east Gran Canaria

El Cabrón: Male Goat beach

Named either after a male goat or an Andaluz pirate, east coast El Cabrón is famous for its world-class dive site but also has this lovely little sandy beach. The water here is as clear as it comes.


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