It is the second time that we venture to visit Tasarte beach. And we say “venture” because it is really far from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, exactly at the oposite side. This means at the west side from the island. The Tasarte beach is located in the village with the same name at La Aldea de San Nicolás municipality. In this village there are some bars, supermarkets, etc. and a stone beach, though when the tide is low there is some black sand. Moreover, if there is no weather from Africa (sand in the air), you can see perfectly Tenerife from here and an awesome sunset.
The main reasons to visit this part of the island are: know its virgin beach and enjoy a yummy meal with sea view. The food offer is local 100% with good prices and in a very authentic place. We will let you know about it in a while!
As we said before, the Tasarte beach is with smoothed stones and with low tide there is some black sand. The beach is quite big and you can practice kayaking, jet-ski, snorkel, fishing… Though there is any company in charge of this type of activities there. The water is really clear and the sea is normally calmed since it is a small bay.
Hotels and rural houses in Tasarte beach
There are a few rural houses at Tasarte beach. Have a look at at the options and stay in a very quiet place with sea view and sunshine guaranteed.
Camping in Tasarte Beach
Moreover, just behind the beach there is a camping area with a lot of caravan parking places. Moreover, you can also camp there with your own tent. To make a booking, you should contact with the owner, Manuel, on this phone +34928894294. You should also know that the camping is also in the sea front, so it could be marvelous to spend a night there.
Oliva bar, Tasarte beach
As we mentioned before, the best of this excursion is coming with the idea of spending the day at Tasarte beach and having lunch at the bar which is almost at the sea. This bar actually is named Oliva, although the locals know it as the bar from Tasarte beach or even the bar from “ropa vieja de pulpo” (a kind of stew made with pulpo).
As we said, they are specialized in ropa vieja de pulpo, so as in seafood paella. We haven’t tried the paella (in the Canary Islands we do not prepare it as nice as in the Valencian coast). We have to say that the ropa vieja was so nice. There is no translation in English, but it usually has chicken meat, pork or veal meat, chickpeas, pepper, potatoes, onion and tomato. In this restaurant, they change the two types of meat and they replace it with octopus.
Menu Oliva bar
We want you to have a look at its menu. As you may check, there is no much variety and the prices are affordable. The most important thing is that they offer Canarian food in a real Canarian landscape and environment.
If you are planing to share dishes, please consider that the portions are quite large. The waiter recommended us to order half portion of all the dishes which we wanted to try and it was perfect. Tomatoes with garlic, ropa vieja, grilled tuna fish and grilled baby cuttlefish.
The tomatoes with garlic where delicious. The garlic was a bit strong sometimes, even though they were yummy yummy.
Concerning the octopus ropa vieja, to be honest, it was incredible. Maybe we missed a bit more octopus. At least we didn’t have many peaces of it this time.
The grilled tuna is marinated with some mojo sauce. If you do not like it, maybe you can let them know when you order, since it is not explained in the menu. Even though it was delicious, so as the boiled potatoes (papas arrugadas) which came with the tuna.
Finally, we wanted to try the grilled baby cuttlefish. Also very tasty, though the half portion in this case was a bit short.
Concerning the service, it was super fast and the waiter was so kind. Please be informed about two important things:
- You can not pay with credit card here!!!!!!!!!!
- On weekends, bank holidays and during summer, you should go before 1 pm if you want to find a table
Price and opening hours
The price is quite good considering the food quality and location. We payed about 12€ per person without any alcoholic drink and desserts.
The Tasarte beach bar opens every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are not sure, but we think that they accept reservations. When we arrived there was a group table booked. However, for any question you can always call them directly: +34928894424.
How to get to Tasarte beach
To get here the ideal thing is that you use the north road stepping by La Aldea de San Nicolás. There are almost two hours drive, but is worth going. If you are staying in the south it is better that you go through Valle de Mogán. It is about 1 hour and a half. In both road options you will find out different highlights so that you can make a pause and recover from the curves. You should know that once you reach Tasarte village, to get to the beach, you should drive about 11 kilometers more. Be patient.
The way starts from this point, if you drive from the North or South.
As you may see from the pictures, the journey is very beautiful. You can see some mango trees and other fruit trees in a rural area with typical landscapes from the Canary Islands. It reminds us to La Gomera island.
Almost reaching the beach, there is around 1 kilometer dirt road. Normally it is in good conditions. We show it below.
We hope that you feel like discovering the real and deep Gran Canaria. Be sure that you won’t have seen a place like this before. We loved it, even when we are from this paradise island…
If you want to discover more authentic places like this, you can not miss our local guides of Gran Canaria!