|Melenara Beach in the east of Gran Canaria|
Melenara Beach is a popular local beach with great seafood restaurants. It is far enough south to escape the cloud that often sits over the north east coast and is the best beach close to the large towns of Telde and Vecindario. Melenara gets no tourists because it's sand is brownish and there are no direct bus links to the resorts.
You can smell the seafood here before you get to the sand and the locals flock to Melenara Beach to chow down on fried fish and heaps of squid. The line of fish restaurants behind the sand knock out excellent seafood at low prices and with lashings of mojo. Like all good Canarian restaurants the focus is on big portions of good food rather than décor Expect plastic chairs, makeshift roofs and impatient waiters. Oh and bloody tasty grub.
Melenaras Beach is artificial, or at least enhanced. It's a bit of a mystery why they chose to use dark sand rather than white or golden sand as it could have been a tourist beach with the right coloured grains. Maybe Telde wanted to keep its favourite beach local and not share the calamares!
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