About Matthew H
Lives in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Since May 2012
35-49 year old
I'm a journalist/blogger who's been residing in the totally tropical city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 2004. The capital is a great base to cover Gran Canaria for my blog, Gran Canaria Local. I've also visited the rest of the islands including Lanzarote and Tenerife to write features for magazines like Living Spain and newspapers such as The Independent.
Arguably Spain's greatest urban beach, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Playa de Las Canteras attracts scuba divers, surfers, and sunseekers alike.
Sardina del Norte, to give it its full name, is a cracking locals' beach belonging to the Galdár municipality in the northwest of the island.
This beach is an unspoilt oasis of vanilla-coloured sand.
Dunas Maspalomas are magnificent, and Maspalomas beach is the second-longest on the island after Las Canteras - 2,710 metres, and 10 metres longer than neighbouring Playa del Ingles. There's plenty of room for everyone, with those seeking more privacy heading into the dunes.
The east coast of Gran Canaria is a well-kept secret. Its prettiest beach is undeniably Melenara.
This artificial beach features a gentle surf that's a hit with couples and families alike.
Located in the southwest part of the island, Playa de Mogan has the best weather on Gran Canaria, owing to a combination of southern heat and western clear skies.
Playa de Guigui is only reachable by boat or on foot. It is in fact made up of two beaches: Chico (small) and Grande (big), but Chico is actually bigger than Grande!
This south-western beach is sheltered from the wind, which can get harsher than on other Gran Canaria beaches.
A firm family favourite, Puerto Rico is one of the most popular beaches in the southwest of the island.