Nowadays there are not many virgin beaches at Gran Canaria, but Güigüi beach is one of the exceptions. This is because of the difficult access. That is why it is a huge paradise where you can enjoy its wide and beautiful beaches practically for yourself. Moreover, Güigüi is one of the most important parts of the Biosphere Reserve of Gran Canaria. Do not worry, we are going to show you how to reach Güigüi beach and some tips in this post.
The area of Güigüi, Güi güi, Guguy, Guigui or Güy-güy belongs to the municipality of La Aldea de San Nicolás and is located just in the west of Gran Canaria. As you can read, each one calls it what they want. Here we find one of the least populated and tourist areas of the island of Gran Canaria. Güigüi beach and its surroundings were declared a Special Nature Reserve and an Area of Ecological Sensitivity due to its special characteristics. Therefore, we ask that if you are going to visit this site you collaborate by taking any waste that you may generate after your visit.
How to get to Güigüi beach on foot
In this post, we are going to show you step by step how to get to Güigüi from Tasartico village. We are not going to lie you, the way is quite tough if you are not used to make some sport. Don’t worry, if you are well prepared, you will get there and it’s worth going.
To get to Güigüi, introduce in your navigator or google maps the village Tasartico. From Las Palmas de Gran Canaria it is around 1 hour and a half drive. From Maspalomas it is about 1 hour. Once you are in Tasartico, keep driving on the main road until you arrive to a dirt road. Keep going until you see the sign shown bellow and park over there. As you may see, the path is marked and it is so during the way until you get to Güigüi beach.
You can check that there are only 5 kilometers per way, but don’t claim victory as there is a big hill to walk up. The only way to avoid the high hills is taking a boat. If you have enough time and you fill fit, we will always recommend you to go on foot. We don’t think you’ve seen a landscape like this. As we told you before, the signage on the trails is good, you will not get lost.
It took us 1 hour and a half to go and 1 hour and 45 minutos to return. In total 3 hours and 15 minutes. You have to consider that we started at 9 in the morning from Tasartico to avoid the sun. We were also walking fast and even sometimes jogging. We didn’t make long stops either. Likewise, we recommend that before going you check the weather forecast and prepare your basic hiking kit.
Tips for visiting Gui gui beach on your own
- At Güigüi beaches you won’t find any place to buy food or drinks. You can’t buy anything at all.
- You have to depart before 9:00 am in the morning from Tasartico and during summer time even before. The sun at 11:00 am is so severe and there is no breeze or shade during the trail.
- You should take enough water to the round trip, at least 2 liters per person. You can even leave a small portable fridge with ice and water in your car in order you can drink water when you finish the round trip. It is true that reaching Güigüi grande beach there is drinking water coming from a black hose. However, we never know if it will always work.
- You should take enough food to spend the day there. Also water… (again)
- In winter you will have daylight until 6:00 pm. This means that you have to leave Güigüi beach about 3:00 pm. Unless you are planing to camp there or take lanterns with you as the sunset here is awesome.
- There is not network at the beach, so you might not be able to make phone calls or use internet.
- Nudism is permitted.
- Take with you only the necessary stuff. We recommend you a lightweight backpack.
- Access with pets. Our dogs enjoyed a lot the trail, but even for them it was too hot. Take water for them too!
Güigüi Grande and Güigüi Chico
Güigüi beaches are two: Güigüi grande (big) and Güiguï chico (small). Concerning the first one which you will see after the trail is the big one. The small one is only reachable when the tide is low or if the sea is calm you can go swimming. The sea could be brave sometimes here watch out. We had luck since the tide was super low when we arrived and there was nobody at the beach 🙂
We hope that the information is useful for you. If you have any question about how to get to Güigüi beach or even other questions, you can leave us a comment! We hope you enjoy this Canarian paradise!
Guide to beaches and natural pools
Finally, if you want to be an expert of the island beaches, you can not miss our beaches and natural pools guide with more than 80 options to get tan and enjoy our coast.
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