Nowadays there are few unspoilt beaches left in Gran Canaria, and Güigüi beach is one of them. This is due to its difficult access, making it an earthly paradise where you can enjoy immense and beautiful beaches practically all to yourself. It is also located in an area of great environmental value, as it is one of the main centres of the territory of Gran Canaria, which is a World Biosphere Reserve. Don’t worry, in the following lines we’ll help you find out how to get to Güigüi beach.
Where is Guigui beach?
Güigüi, Güi güi, Guguy, Guigui or Güy-güy belongs to the municipality of La Aldea de San Nicolás and is located in the west of Gran Canaria. As you can read, everyone calls it what they want. Here we find one of the less populated and less touristic areas of the island of Gran Canaria. The beach of Güigüi and its surroundings have been declared a Special Nature Reserve and Area of Ecological Sensitivity due to its special characteristics. Therefore, if you are going to visit this place, we ask you to collaborate by taking any waste that you may generate after your visit.
How to get to Güigüi beach on foot
One of the hiking routes to Guigui beach starts from Tasartico. As far as the path is concerned, we’re not going to deceive you, the route is a bit difficult if you’re already used to doing sport, but don’t be discouraged, if you’re well prepared, you’ll reach paradise and, believe us, it’s worth it. Along the way you will see native species such as the giant cardon, which we show you below, a unique landscape in Gran Canaria.
To get to Güigüi, enter the village of Tasartico in your navigator or Google maps. From Las Palmas de Gran Canaria it is about an hour and a half by car and from Maspalomas about an hour. When you are approaching Tasartico, go along the road until you reach a dirt road and see the posts marking the start of the path. Here you have to park your car wherever you can.
Route characteristics and track from Tasartico
In principle, the trail is perfectly marked, but we leave you the track in case you would like to download it. As you can see, the distance is not very long, the problem here is that it is quite hot (there is no breeze) and the total ascent is about 600 metres. If you are in good physical shape, don’t worry, you will be able to do the walk to Guigui, but it is important that you follow the advice we give you at the end of this article to avoid heat stroke.
|Estimated duration||3-4 h|
|Total ascent||877 m|
|Provisioning en route||No|
It took us three and a quarter hours (there and back). It should be noted that we left Tasartico at around 9 a.m. to avoid the sun, so the climb was not so hot. We also walked at a very good pace, occasionally jogging, and did not take long breaks. We also recommend that you check the weather forecast and prepare your hiking kit before you go. Below, you can download the track of the trail for free. If you are downloading the map from an Android device and are having problems with the file, here is the solution. In that article we also explain how to follow a track with an app.
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!
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