Taurito is a small resort in the South West of Gran Canaria. It is dominated by large hotels, but you may be wondering what there is to do in Taurito. In this guide to Taurito Gran Canaria, I share what you can expect from a stay in the area. If you’re looking for somewhere that’s quite peaceful and relaxed, this may be a good area to consider. Outside of the resorts, there’s not really a nightlife scene, if this is something you enjoy, maybe take a look at Puerto Rico or Playa Del Ingles/Maspalomas instead.
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Playa Taurito Things To Do
Taurito has a small black sand beach. It’s a public beach and has sun loungers and umbrellas available to rent. A full day rental for 2 loungers, plus an umbrella is 10.50 euros. Otherwise there’s plenty of place to lay a towel on the sand.
In terms of swimming, I found the current to be quite strong and the waves to sometimes be quite powerful. As a solo traveller I decided not to swim one day after battling with the rip currents close to the shore. (For a safer swimming beach, especially for young children, Playa Puerto de Mogan is protected by a sea wall).
When the tide goes out, there are a few cave type areas that can be reached at the bottom of the rock face. Just like the currents, keep an eye on the tides, so you don’t get trapped!
Bar Terraza Taurito
Along the beach is a boardwalk area with a couple of restaurants and gift shops. For cocktails I recommend Bar Terraza Taurito. They do an amazing Pina Coladas for 5 euros. It tastes like ice cream and has a Lotus Biscoff biscuit stuck in the top!
There are a couple of water sport rental companies right on the beach too. They offer jet ski rentals, peddle boats with slides, banana boat rides, parasailing and more. Activities can be booked separately or as a package. A popular activity was the ‘Crazy UFO’ (similar to a banana boat), which is 20 Euros for an 8 minute ride.
Alternatively Canary Diving SCUBA centre has a couple of dive sites in Taurito, such as the Taurito Reef and the Taurito Caves.
Lago Taurito Water Park
💰Adults: 17 Euros | Children (3-12yrs): 5 Euros
🕖10am – 6pm
📅Open year round
Right in the centre of Taurito is the Lago Taurito Parque Acuatico. This is the only salt water water park in Gran Canaria. For being a small water park, it actually has some decent water slides! It’s part of the Paradise Resorts chain, however guests at the Princess hotels could receive discounted tickets. The water park is open year round. During my stay in November there was only ever a handful of people in the park. Plenty of space and no lines for the slides. However this may be different during the peak summer months.
Opposite Lago Taurito is an 18 hole mini golf course. It’s worldwide themed with landmarks such as Big Ben (London, UK), The Little Mermaid (Copenhagen, Denmark) and The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France).
Cactus Gardens (Training Fitness)
Unfortunately there are not a huge amount of areas to walk around Taurito. People either paced up and down the beach or did a lap around the perimeter of the water park. The roads leading out of Taurito are either closed or motorways, so you are restricted to the bay area.
Behind the mini golf course is the ‘Training Fitness’ area. Again I think it belongs to the Paradise resorts but it’s free to walk around. It’s a garden area with cactus plants, a bird aviary with a couple of parrots in and some outdoor gym equipment.
Believe it or not, it does sometimes rain in Gran Canaria, especially visiting in Winter! The Krabi Spa has an indoor pool, sauna and gym which could be an option for something to do if it’s raining. You can buy a pass to use the facilities for a couple of hours. Or if you book a treatment, use of the facilities are then included.
I stayed at the Taurito Princess, which had its own sauna, gym and massage treatments for guests. The only benefit for me visiting the Krabi Spa would have been the use of the indoor pool. However, if not staying at a resort with these facilities, the Krabi Spa could be an option for something to do.
There’s another boardwalk area that runs alongside the the water park. This area has a selection of gift shops and a supermarket. The supermarket is open daily from 8.30am-9.30pm. The tap water isn’t drinkable in Gran Canaria. So even if staying in an all include resort, it’s a good idea to pick up a couple of large bottles. I used them to refill my reusable water bottle and for cleaning my teeth.
Here you’ll also find ATMs if you need cash. As mentioned above, after a rockfall on the cliff road over 6 years ago, Taurito is now slightly cut off from the main road and the bus routes. A taxi to Puerto de Mogan is around 20 Euros (one way), as it has to go towards Puerto Rico before doubling back. Similar to the buses, many now skip Taurito so you’ll need to go into Puerto Rico and change to a different bus to get to other locations. For these, you may need some extra cash if you plan on exploring the islands.
Playa Taurito Hotels
There are 2 main hotel chain resorts in Taurito, Princess and Paradise Resorts. Both having multiple hotel locations within Taurito. I stayed at the Taurito Princess which faces towards the east. I found that this hotel had the sun for longer than the hotels opposite. For example the Tui Blue Suite Princess was in the shade for a lot longer. The Taurito Princess was in a great location, right next to the beach and every room has a sea view. The lifts are also really cool (maybe not so much if you are afraid of heights)!
Of course with the nature of all inclusive resorts, they do have all the facilities that you could need on-site. There are restaurants, bars, pools, daytime and evening entertainment, sports facilities and more. Several people at my hotel just bounced around from daytime activity to daytime activity. I personally enjoyed Aqua Gym! I also had an on-site massage (55 Euros for a 55 minute full body Swedish Massage). There’s an outside area for massages but if the weather isn’t great they are done in the indoor spa.
It’s worth checking out where exactly the hotel is located within Taurito. Some of very high and would therefore be quite a walk to the beach. For example the Mogan Princess & Beach Club is almost a 30 minute walk to the beach. Princess hotels even have a cafe at the beach just so the guests at the Mogan Princess don’t need to trek back up to the hotel for lunch. It’s included in their all-inclusive package!
Many of the hotels are served by package holiday companies such as Tui. They offer various excursions and day trips for an additional fee. I did a Gran Canaria Highlights Tour which went into northern Gran Canaria and the mountains. It’s very different from the coastal areas.
Puerto De Mogan
Before a rock fall, Puerto De Mogan was the closest town to Taurito. You can see it from the beach, it’s so close, yet ironically so far (around 20 minutes)! The coastal route is closed so buses and taxis have to head back towards Puerto Rico, before being able to join the motorway to head back towards Puerto Mogan.
Here you can find more shops, bars, restaurants, a larger supermarket and a pharmacy. They also have a market on a Friday and Monday morning. It’s also known as ‘Little Venice’ and has a very photogenic harbour area.
Princess Hotels had a free daily shuttle bus to Puerto De Mogan for hotel guests. It’s worth checking out if you fancy a day out.
Alternatively a bigger town is Puerto Rico, approximately 15 minutes away. Playa De Amadores has a white crushed shell beach which makes the sea here VERY blue!