The Arinaga beach and town belong to the municipality of Agüimes in the southeast of Gran Canaria. It is a very local area, hardly traveled by tourists. We are sure that, when you discover its coast, you will fall in love. You should also know that it is one of the windiest areas of Gran Canaria, as in Pozo Izquierdo. The entrance is full of windmills that generate wind power, next to an industrial area. Then we tell you all the places to visit in Arinaga and places to eat.
✔ Arinaga beach and its town
Along its coast there is a walk of approximately 2 kilometers that runs from one end of the town to the other. On this walk you will find some restaurants and bars. As for the beach itself, you should know that a large part is of stones. However, when the tide is low there is more sand. The beach has showers and surveillance. In the same way, locals often bathe on the dock and jump into the sea from there.
✔ Zoco negro natural pools
Once past the pier, in the direction of Risco Verde, we arrive at other sea water swimming-pool areas named Zoco Negro. Look how cool!
Unlike the main avenue of Arinaga where it is usually quite windy, once you past the port direction north it only runs a light breeze. If we continue advancing along the promenade, we will see that there are several wooden sun beds on the stones of the beach. A perfect solarium.
✔ Risco Verde bay
At the end of the walk we will reach the swimming area of Risco Verde. There are also wooden sun beds along the beach for sunbathing and there are areas equipped with ramps for swimming. You should know that this entire coastal area is known for the richness of its seabed, excellent to snorkel and scuba diving in Gran Canaria. In the walk there are informative posters that will help you discover the species that live in this protected area.
Next to the mountain at the end of the avenue, there was a restaurant with sea views. The restaurant Hornos de la Cal (lime kilns). But they closed in 2022. The restaurant was called so because right next to it are the old kilns that produced the lime that was supplied to the whole island.
✔ Arinaga lighthouse
Another site that you should visit from Arinaga is its lighthouse. To get here, you better take the car because it is on top of a mountain. Here you will have a panoramic view of the Cabrón Beach, the Roque or rock of Arinaga and the town. The building next to the lighthouse is currently a restaurant. If we continue along the coast to the north along a dirt road, we will reach El Cabrón beach.
✔ El Cabrón beach
As we said, the access to this small and beautiful cove is by a dirt road. It has a lot of bumps, so if you go with your rental car we do not recommend it. Better leave it next to the school that you will see at the beginning of the road and walk about 10 minutes. Unless you have a 4×4. From the beach you can see the lighthouse and enjoy the tranquility, since it is not a tourist beach, despite its beauty. We have a complete post about the Cabrón Beach that we encourage you to visit.
Restaurants in Arinaga
There is a wide gastronomic offer in this coastal town. We recommend Vaquería Las Salinas, despite not having sea views, its place and food are worth it. We are sure that you have not been in a place like this before. Undoubtedly you can not stop trying the pork leg sandwiches with Canarian artisan cheese and, if you have the chance, its artisan ice cream, the black canary pig…
We also really enjoyed eating at Kabane Avenue with its super original and tasty dishes. We recommend the samosas, the fresh tuna salad and the truffle ravioli. The restaurant Nelson is also very famous here, although it is not suitable for all budgets. Another option is El Timón. They have good fresh local fish and good value for money. In the municipality of Agüimes you can also find more places to eat inland.
Hotels in Arinaga beach
Although it is not a tourist area and there are hardly any hotels, there are holiday homes in Arinaga, as well as apartments. We leave the link for you to do your queries.
If you plan to visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the tourist areas in the south, Arinaga can be an excellent area to look for accommodation in Gran Canaria. It is just 20 minutes from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by car and about 15 minutes from Maspalomas.
La vará del pescao, the best festival in Arinaga beach
If, in addition to getting to know Arinaga, you want to have a blast at one of the funniest popular festivals in Gran Canaria, we invite you to join the Vará del Pescao. It is a maritime pilgrimage that goes from Risco Verde to the end of Paseo de Arinaga and takes place every year on the last Friday of August. This 2023 will be on Friday 25 August.
Video of Arinaga beach and surroundings
In addition, we have prepared a video about the route for each of the sites we have mentioned in this post. We wish you like it. Thank you for sharing and subscribing to our YouTube channel! You can activate the subtitles for English 😉
Guides to Gran Canaria
Finally, we invite you to take a look at our island guides to discover the best things to do in Gran Canaria. In this way, as well as saving time in planning your holiday, you can get to know the most authentic side of Gran Canaria, just click on the photo below and you’re ready to go!
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