With its wild waters and sandy beaches, La Pared is a great place to learn to surf and there are a number of schools offering classes. The beauty of this dark-sand beach is not to be missed,...
With its wild waters and sandy beaches, La Pared is a great place to learn to surf and there are a number of schools offering classes. The beauty of this dark-sand beach is not to be missed, though the wild waters with strong currents make it unsuitable for swimming. Depending on the wind and surf levels, kite surfing here is possible, although not recommended for beginners.
The beach is split in two parts, the smaller of the two, (known as Playa La Pared) is accessed via the steps from the cliff top (in front of the La Pared Hotel) and ends where the rocks reach into the sea. Take a look to your right on the way down for a spectacular view through a lava arch. The second beach, Playa de Viejo Rey, lies to the south and can be accessed via Playa La Pared during low tide or via the cliff-top path that is marked with large stones. It really is a stunning location and great fun to watch all the surfers (if you aren’t on a board yourself).
There are no facilities on either of La Pared’s beaches, such as toilets, showers, life guards or sun loungers so, ensure you come prepared with water and sun-cream. The access to both beaches is rocky with uneven steps, thus they are not recommended for young children, the elderly or infirm.
Due to its westerly location (the salty air weathers things quickly here), the village of La Pared appears quite scruffy. A general lack of maintenance also contributes to its dishevelled appearance, with a dirt road entrance, untrimmed palm trees, broken street lights and broken or missing paving stones. Surprisingly property prices here don’t seem to reflect its appearance or the fact that most villas, are built very close to one another.