Visiting Tasarte Beach is quite an adventure, since it is one of the furthest points from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, just on the opposite side. That is, to the west of the island. Tasarte beach is located about 15 minutes from the town that bears the same name, in the municipality of La Aldea de San Nicolás, Gran Canaria island. In the town of Tasarte there are several bars, supermarkets, etc. and after several kilometers of roads surrounded by mangoes, papayas and avocados, we find a wide beach of black sand and stones.
The main reasons to visit this area of the island are: to know its virgin beach and enjoy a delicious meal with views of the sea. And not just any meal, local food at a good price in an authentic Canarian place. We will tell you everything below!
Despite being a beach of rounded stones, at low tide you can enjoy its black sand. The beach itself is quite large. The water here is so clear and the sea is usually good because it is a mini bay. You can kayak, ride a jet ski, dive, fish … Although there is any company managing it here.
Also, if there is no African weather (sand in suspension), you can perfectly see Mount Teide from the beach and a magnificent sunset.
As we said, the best thing about this excursion is to come with the idea of spending the day on the beach and having lunch at the bar on the seafront. This bar is called Oliva, although everyone knows it as the Tasarte beach bar or the octopus old clothes bar. It is one of the places with sea views that we recommend to eat on the island.
Bar Oliva, Tasarte beach
Here they specialize in octopus ropa vieja (typical local dish), as well as seafood paella. We have not tried paella (in the Canary Islands we do not make them as well as in the Valencian coast). Of course, the ropa vieja are delicious. For those who do not know, the recipe for Canarian ropa vieja includes chicken, pork or cow meat, chickpeas, pepper, potatoes, onion and tomato. In this case, they substitute the meat for the octopus.
Their menu doesn’t have much variety, but the important thing is that they offer Canarian food in a totally local environment. We recommend ordering the ropa vieja, grilled tuna, the fried calamari and the seasoned tomatoes.
If you are going to share dishes, keep in mind that the portions are quite large.
Grilled tuna comes with a mojo sauce or marinade. Perhaps, if you don’t like it like this, you can notify them before ordering it, since it is not specified in the menu.
Finally, please consider the following important factors:
- You can not pay with credit card!!! There is no phone signal neither.
- During weekends, bank holidays and summer you have to go before 1:30pm to get a table.
- The ropa vieja and paella are on request, reserve your portions by phone or as soon as you arrive at Tasarte
The Tasarte beach bar is open every day of the week from 11:00 to 18:00 except Monday and Tuesday. We recommend avoiding weekends if you can choose. Finally, we leave you the contact telephone number: +34928894424.
Camping in Tasarte
If you like camping, just behind the beach there is a camping site with 120 places for caravans. You can also camp with a tent. To make your reservation, we leave you the link with the contact telephone numbers. You should know that the campsite is also on the beach, so it must be wonderful. During COVID it has been closed and camping is nor allowed, so make sure it is already open.
Rural houses in Tasarte
There are some rural houses both in the town and on the beach of Tasarte. Take a look at the options below and stay in a very quiet place with sea views and guaranteed sun.
How to get to Tasarte beach
To get here from the city, the ideal is to go to the north. It is almost two hours by car along a very curvy coastal road, but it is worth it. In addition, you can make stops in Agaete, La Aldea and El Risco. If you are going from the south of the island, it is better to go through the Mogán Valley which will take you just over an hour. During this journey we recommend a juice stop at Fuente de Los Azulejos.
You should know that once you get to the town of Tasarte, to go to the beach is another 11 kilometers, do not despair. The path starts from this point, whether you come from the north or from the south. Almost reaching the beach, the road turns into dirt for about 1 kilometer. It is normally in good condition. We show it to you below.
As you can see below, the journey is very beautiful. All of this area takes part of the Biosphere Reserve of Gran Canaria, quite virgin. You will be able to see plantations of mangoes and other fruits in a totally rural environment with very typical Canarian landscapes. They remind us of those on the island of La Gomera.
We hope you are encouraged to discover the most authentic and profound Gran Canaria. Few places like this you have seen before, we assure you. We loved it and we are from here!
Video of Tasarte
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Gran Canaria guides
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