Arguineguin is a small fishing village along the coast from Puerto Rico in the south-west of Gran Canaria. Although small, there are plenty of things to do in Arguineguin, whether browsing the weekly markets, dining or hitting the beach.
Hopefully the Arguineguin Guide will tell you everything you want to know about this hidden gem, if not you can always ask in the comments. 🙂
There are 3 very different beaches to choose from in Arguineguin.
Playa de las Marañuelas is in the heart of Arguineguin and proves very popular in the Summer when it’s a display of colourful parasols contrasts against it’s dark sand. This is good beach for families and it has a public toilet at the left side of the beach. Usually quite calm, this beach is good for Stand Up Paddle sports.
Playa la Lajilla also known as Costa Alegre is a natural pool behind Bull Hotels Dorado Beach & Spa and is great for cooling off especially in high tide. This small beach leads to a really nice beach walk, which takes you all the way to Anfi del Mar. You can also take the top beach road walk which looks down onto the coast.
Playa Callao is the beach that stretches from Fusion Restaurant all the way up to the cement factory of El Pajar and is very popular with surfers. There are occasional sunbathers near to the children’s playground but it’s not the best beach in Arguineguin for swimming.
Fiestas and Parties
Although small, Arguineguin can throw one heck of a party! Most of the village celebrations take place around the Church Square, Market Square or beach road and harbour.
The big fiestas to look out for in Arguineguin are Carnival (February/March), Fiestas del Carmen (July) and the Christmas celebrations including New Years Eve and the 3 Kings Parade every 5th January. There are smaller events throughout the year too such as Tapas Street Market and sporting activities.
There are 2 main shopping centers in Arguineguin: C.C Ancora and the more recent C.C La Marea.
Ancora Shopping Center is home to bars and places to eat such as Taj Palace Indian Restaurant. There are plenty of hairdressers, real estate and places to buy beach wear.
La Marea shopping center has sports shop Burbujita, where you can find surf labels, trainers and sports equipment. There is a Hiperdino supermarket on the ground floor with convenient underground car parking. There isn’t much else in this center aside from a couple of clothes shops and La Marea Restaurant which gets busy on Market Day.
The high street in Arguineguin is full of various shops, such as El Kilo fabric shop, Hiper90 with assorted items like stationary, home essentials and toys, Muebles Baez furniture shop where you can purchase anything from beds to washing machines. You can pick up many home essentials in Rocasa or Happy Shopping. If you are looking to do some home improvements then head to Ferreteria Tomas for everything from drill bits to paint.
Spar supermarket is in the heart of Arguineguin, with all you need grocery wise and in an ideal location for taxis and buses. Hiperdino (formerly Herdisa Supermarket) is in a small street off Calle Franciso Navarro, the newest branch of Hiperdino supermarket can be found on the bottom floor of C.C La Marea (see below)
Besides the main supermarkets, there are vegetable shops to buy very fresh produce and at reasonable prices. In the main entrance of the Ancora Center there is a very popular vegetable shop where a typical bag of food would cost around 4€. You can also pick up a bag of veggies from the Tuesday market.
There are 2 weekly markets in Arguineguin Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesday is the main market day and is held at the Plaza Negra (market square) and has a vast amount of stalls, with clothing, beachwear, souvenirs, wooden ornaments and is close to bars with terraced areas to enjoy the sunshine.
The Thursday market is held in the Ancora Center and has a strawberry stall, scarves and clothing, plus there is often a pan pipe band at the entrance to the center.
There are plenty of bars to enjoy an afternoon drink or snack after a day strolling round the market stalls on both market days.
Arguineguin Schools and Education
There are two Junior Schools and a High School in Arguineguin. The CEIP Playa de Arguineguin and CEIP Artemi Semidan are next to each other by the Church. The IES Arguineguin high school is on the main road at the back of Pino Seco. The school year runs from September to June and there are various Summer programmes run by the Town Hall to keep kids entertained during the holidays.
If you are looking for a language school in Arguineguin, there are several to choose from. Escuela Talk in the Ancora Center teaches Spanish and English. The classes are small in size and they even offer a free trial lesson.
There is food for every palette in Arguineguin, whether you are looking for something traditional, spicy or sweet n sour. Lun Chinese Restaurant is the BEST Chinese in the south! They even do takeaway and home delivery.
Although there is currently some never-ending roadworks going on, Los Canarios I is a lovely place and very popular for an evening meal. If you like ice cream then the colourful Palacio del Sabor is your best bet. For a cheap morning coffee and sandwich mixto Luna Cafeteria on the main high street is a good option. If you fancy a freshly pressed tea and delicious cake with views of Mt.Teide then take a walk down the beach road to The Lighthouse.
There are many more restaurants for you to discover, the fun part is finding your favourite!
Arguineguin Real Estate
Arguineguin which means ‘quiet water’ in native Guanche language means this little village is the perfect place to set up home. Often referred to as Little Norway, Arguineguin has a property for everyone, whether you are looking for a sun soaked balcony studio or a million euro property in the exclusive Loma Dos area.
Rental prices range from about 400€ to 1,450€ or if you are thinking of buying a home in Arguineguin, prepare to pay anything from 89,000€ for a 1 bedroom property right up to 1,750.000€ for a dream home with 11 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. For more real estate ideas and advice you can take a look at Cardenas Real Estate or visit their office in Arguineguin by the whale’s tale roundabout.
Want to book a holiday in Arguineguin? Consider staying at Radisson Blu Gran Canaria, which although is not right in the middle of the village, is a nice promenade walk away from the centre of things near Patalavaca. Green Beach Aparthotel is close to the beach and a short walk from the middle of the resort.