Length 7.8 km (4.8 miles), terrain: flat
If you want to go running in Gran Canaria's Playa del Ingles, you have basically two choices: run southwards along the beach past the gigantic dune towards Maspalomas lighthouse, or run along the beach in the other direction (northwards) towards San Agustin. And since the dune is a fairly obvious choice (lots of nature, no buildings and just the sound of the wind and waves), I think you would come up with that idea yourself. Go run it!
|View from start, with end at the end of those cliffs on the right horizon|
So, if you're ready, let's go explore the cliffs!
Get yourself to the starting-point, at the corner of Calle de las Dunas and Avenida Alféreces Provisionales (that's the squiggly street that heads downhill from the center of town, down towards the beach, kind of Playa del Ingles' version of San Francisco's Lombard Street, without the flowers).
|Start on Playa del Ingles beach in the early morning|
So head past Ciao Ciao through the open square to the beach. The dune begins just to your right (remember, that's your other big route). But now, on the sand, just turn left and start heading north, with the water on your right side.
After a few buildings, you will soon be running below a sand cliff, along the Bahía del Inglés.
|The sand cliffs, with town above|
Sand beach soon returns after the next stone jetty. This is San Agustin's first little beach. So now, at every stretch of beach, you have a choice: stay on the promenade or run on the sand. I personally prefer running along the packed sand near the water's edge, closer to nature and the sound of the waves.
|Fishing boats on the rocks|
The beach ends at the Don Gregory Hotel, and my favorite stretch begins: the pedestrian promenade rises above rocky cliffs, tracing the zig-zag shoreline for the next 700 meters, with nice bungalows lining the way.
|Runner along the San Agustin cliffs|
|The San Agustin cliffs: nice spot!|
|San Agustin Beach, with "Balcón" in distance|
|End of the trail here!|
NOTE: If you want to continue northwards, you can take the 9-storeys of steps that rise between the two balcon apartment buildings, then continue northwards along the street above, then take the steps back down (below Manni's bar) to the next beach, Aguila Playa. This is a cool little beach beneath shorter cliffs, with a walkway above for a few more blocks.