Gran Canaria Beaches: Golden Bocabarranco In Galdar

Bocabarranco beach in north Gran Canaria Bocabarranco beach in north Gran Canaria

Contrary to popular belief and what most guidebooks say, there are sandy beaches in north Gran Canaria and Bocabarranco is one of them.

Playa de Bocabarranco, also known as Playa del Agujero, is on the coast of Galdar just a few minute's drive from the town and is a lovely golden colour. One a sunny day, it's a beautiful beach.

However, it's not all that popular as a sunbathing spot for a couple of reasons. One is that it is exposed to the swell and is pretty wavy and windy most days. The other is that there is still, scandalously, some untreated waste flowing into the sea offshore and people don't trust the water. 

Most locals drive straight past Bocabarranco beach and swim in the gorgeous natural pool next door, or at El Agujero natural pool about 500 metres to the east. Both are safe and clean.

Bocabarranco beach deserves far more than its current neglect as it has a couple of great surf waves close by and also a top dive site just offshore. 

Guide to all of Gran Canaria's beaches.

Five local beaches in north Gran Canaria

Additional Info

  • Lifeguard: No
  • Calm water: No
  • You're sitting on: Sand
  • Sand colour: Sahara yellow
  • Looks best at: Sunset
  • Nudist: No
  • Hippy rating: 8
  • Disabled Access: You can drive right to this beach, but there are no facilities
  • Lat/Long: 28.158292, -15.665360
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