In the north of Gran Canaria, municipality of Gáldar, we find the beach of El Agujero (the hole) and its natural pools. Next to the beach it is the coastal town of the same name. It is a very authentic area of the island where there are no tourists. El Agujero stands out for being a paradise for bathing and practicing sports such as surfing or bodyboarding. All in a 100% local environment. In addition to the beach, it has natural pools of sea water. Below we will share with you some tips if you want to visit this part of the island.
El Agujero beach: characteristics and services
In addition to the beach, El Agujero has a large natural pool. You must keep in mind that in El Agujero there are hardly any services such as showers, footbaths, sun beds and public toilets. Of course, a few steps away is the Bar Tú Mismo where you can buy drinks and something to eat. Next to El Agujero beach there is also a small and beautiful promenade.
The beach is not accessible for people with reduced mobility. However, the access to the natural pool is, since there is a ramp and there are also handrails in several parts. The water in the pool is totally clear, remember to take your goggles to see the fish and swim a bit 🙂
Paradise for bodyboard
The beach of El Agujero is a claim for surfing or bodyboarding due to its strong waves. However, you have to be very careful if you like these sports and do not know the area well. Of course, in the natural pool you can bathe without any risk. Just a few minutes away by car is El Frontón. Also ideal for practicing this type of sports. Of course, for professionals due to the size of the waves and their currents.
How to get to El Agujero, Gáldar
As we said, El Agujero is very close to the historic center of Gáldar. This city was the first capital of Gran Canaria and not Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. You should know that getting to El Agujero is not very easy, since you have to cross several alleys and slopes of the historical center of Gáldar and there is hardly any signage. However, if you have GPS or maps.me, google maps or Waze apps you just have to look for El Agujero – Gáldar. It will take you to this wonderful and authentic place of the island. There is parking next to the beach and it is usually easy to find a place to park, as long as there is any surfing or bodyboarding championship in the area.
What else can I visit around El Agujero beach?
In the surroundings of El Agujero, in addition to the historical center of Gáldar and the Cueva Pintada (indigenous painted cave), you can visit more natural pools and coastal towns in the area. For example, the town of La Caleta de Arriba, also in Gáldar. The natural pools of La Furnia (Gáldar) and Roque Prieto (Guía municipality)
To have a nice view of the neighborhood of Caleta de Arriba you can see the viewpoint of the fisherman.
All the north of the island is surrounded by banana trees. A unique landscape of Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands, especially the western islands.
Where to eat in Gáldar and El Agujero
To eat at El Agujero you have the fast food place named “Tú mismo” which we mentioned before. Moreover, there is a restaurant called “La Marejada” where you may it some local dishes. We haven’t tried it ourselves, but we have heard that it is not bad. If you have the chance, we recommend you to eat in Gáldar centre at Tasca de Juan Pedro, La Cuarta and La Trastienda de Chago. All of them in the main square of the town.
Holiday homes and rural houses
As we said, this area is very frequented by surfers, many of them international. Therefore, holiday homes in El Agujero and rural houses in Gáldar have emerged. If you want to stay on the beach front of El Agujero, we recommend Apartamentos Ondina with sea views.
Video of El Agujero & Gáldar
We have prepared for you a video of this area of Gran Canaria that you should not miss 🙂 Ah! If you have not yet subscribed to our YouTube channel, you can do so here. We have good news: you can activate the English subtitles in all our videos!
Finally, don’t miss our local Gran Canaria Guides to discover the island on your own and at your own pace.