Playa Güigüi is a remote beach on the west coast of Gran Canaria which can only be reached by boat or by a 2-3 hour hike. As the beaches in the touristy areas of the island tend to be quite crowded I was more than excited to visit this untouched virgin beach.
To avoid having to hike all way back again on the same day we decided to spend a night on the beach and camp there. If you return on the same day you’d have to hike 4-6 hours that day, which is quite a lot considering the heat on Gran Canaria.
After a long and curvy drive we finally arrived to the starting point of the trek. It was 13:00 when we started to hike, which is the worst time to go as the sun is the strongest. If you can, go early in the morning.
To get to the beach you have to cross a mountain. So first you climb it and then you descend to the beach. It takes approximately 1 hour until you reach the peak of the mountain.
I was actually surprised how easy it was to reach the peak as people have always told me how exhausting it was. But I’m also used to hiking and if you make breaks it will take longer than 1 hour. In case you’re not used to climbing mountains the hike may be quite demanding and the sun and the heavy backpacks don’t really help there. Nevertheless, the beautiful views make up for it. Especially during the descend the view is stunning as you’re surrounded by impressive mountain ranges, beautiful nature and you constantly see the ocean in front of you. The lower you get, the greener the scenery gets.
When we reached the point where we could spot the beach for the first time I couldn’t hold my excitement back anymore. Like a kid on Christmas I was running down the last part of the hike, incredibly happy to have arrived.
I was totally amazed by the beauty and the calmness of this beach. The first thing I did when we arrived was jump into the water. You can imagine how refreshing this feeling was after such a long walk in the heat. There were a few other people on the beach who visited Güigüi just for the day and one by one they left until everyone but us was gone. It’s such an incredible feeling to have this whole place to yourself.
Playa Güigüi consists of two beaches. Güigüi Grande is the first one you see when you arrive. The second one is called Güigüi Chico and it can only be reached when the tide is low. At the end of Güigüi Grande you can walk around the rocks to get there. But be careful if you’re on Güigüi Chico to head back on time before the tide rises, otherwise you won’t make it back anymore!
Just before sunset we put up our tent. It’s important to put it not too close to the water as the tide rises overnight and we wanted to avoid being woken up by a soaked tent. The atmosphere on the beach was so peaceful, especially when the sun started to set. But the highlight of this trip was yet to come and it was so unexpected. At night when we were already inside the tent I was wondering if we could see the stars from there. I gazed outside the little door and I was left speechless. The whole sky was full of stars and you could see them so clearly as there’s no light around. It was so overwhelming to be on a beach in the middle of nowhere and hearing the waves while looking up to the sky and watching the stars. I can’t put into words how breathtaking this moment was. And we even saw some shooting stars.
Falling asleep to the sound of the waves was incredibly relaxing. However, I didn’t sleep much as the wind got super strong at night and it felt like the tent would soon be blown away. The next morning we woke up at around 7:00 and the wind has calmed down again. Gazing out of the tent we enjoyed the view of pink clouds and the blue ocean – I didn’t even want to leave this place. But we had to leave early to avoid hiking in the heat. At 8:30 we had everything packed up and made our way back to the car.
Playa Güigüi was my personal highlight of Gran Canaria and I recommend this hike to everyone how enjoys exploring places off the beaten track. If you can, camp there! This was the best part about it as you can stay on the beach while all the others have to head back before it gets dark. Especially the sunset and the stars were worth staying and you can really enjoy your time on the beach without having to think about the long hike back.
In many blogs I’ve read about how hard this hike is supposed to be and that you have to be well prepared. Please don’t be daunted by that – I expected it to be way harder and if you’re used to hiking it’s actually quite easy!
How to get there by car:
Follow the GC-1 until Puerto de Mogán and then continue on GC-200 for 30 minutes. Then you turn left on GC-204 to Tasartico and follow it for 15 minutes. It will turn into a dirt road. Drive until you see a big green sign on the right pointing to a “Güigüi Snack bar” and a camping site. On the opposite side of the sign there’s a small parking lot and this is exactly where the hike starts. On the hike you can’t really get lost as there’s only one possible way.
- Bring enough water and food. I’d recommend 3 litres per person. There’s a pipe on the beach which dispenses drinking water but I’m not sure if it always works, so don’t rely on it.
- Bring sunscreen and a hat to protect your head from the strong sun.
- There’s no shade on the beach. Bring an umbrella if you need shade.
- If you return on the same day make sure to start the hike early in the morning. The roundtrip takes 4-6 h in total (depending on how fast you walk) and you also want to spend some time on the beach.
- If you camp there, make sure to fix your tent well with heavy stones as the wind gets crazy at night.
- Don’t leave any garbage behind! There are no bins so please take all your garbage with you.
- Try to go during the week as there might be more people on weekends. We went on a Tuesday.
- There’s no cell reception on the whole hike. It was a great feeling to be disconnected for almost 24 hours.
- On the way to the starting point of the hike you’ll pass by “Los Azulejos” in Veneguera, which are rocks coloured in blue. I recommend making a quick stop there.
- If you don’t feel fit enough for the hike there are companies that offer boat trips to Playa Güigüi. But I think the experience is way better when you do the hike.
If you have any questions about the hike to Playa Güigüi or other questions related to Gran Canaria feel free to contact me on Instagram! I was living on the island for 6 months.
Do you enjoy exploring places off the beaten track too?