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January 30, 2018
Aguadulce beach

Life’s a beach

Including Aguadulce, there are a grand total of 82 beaches on Gran Canaria. You can safely quote me here as I know this for a fact. Because when I first moved to Gran Canaria, I looked it up on the official tourist board’s site.

Aguadulce beach

Sand therapy

In my early days on Gran Canaria, I was a house husband looking after our then youngest son Alex who had just spent a half-year residency in Great Ormond Street Hospital after contracting leukaemia at a mere eight months old. His doctor advised Alex couldn’t attend nursery because of the risk of infection, but that the playa was perfectly safe.

Playa hopping

And so began our year of living as a pair of beach bums. Las Palmas itself boasts one of the great urban beaches in Las Canteras, but I wanted to explore beyond the capital. Thanks largely to Alex, I’ve now visited around half of Gran Canaria’s accessible shoreline.

Atlantic fantastic

One of my sister-in-law’s convinced that there isn’t a sandy beach in Britain. I shut her up with some shots from our family holiday to the Gower Peninsula. By the same token, many tourists assume all the beaches in the Canaries are sandy. However, some of the favourite ones I’ve visited, the likes of Guayedra, Juncal and Tasartico, are stony.

Aguadulce beach

One of the beaches I didn’t discover until relatively recently was Aguadulce, on Gran Canaria’s under-rated east coast. It’s one of Telde’s playas. As you can see from the picture, it’s a world away from the likes of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. For example, the only person with Fresh/Sweet-Water sand between his toes when I took this picture was my good self. Now that’s what I call getting away from it all.