Welcome to Puerto Rico & Arguineguín

Parts of the port area of Arguineguín still remain true to its roots as a small, active fishing settlement, but overall it’s a nondescript town with a couple of rather scrubby beaches. If you are here at lunchtime, check out the Cofradía de Pescadores, which, despite the plastic tablecloths and disarming six-language menu, buys its catch of the day directly from the fishing boats. Arguineguín is also home to a well-respected diving school.

Puerto Rico is a fine example of appalling town planning: the original fishing village has disappeared under a sea of concrete, with the apartment blocks stacked up like stadium seats against the mountains. The beach is pleasant but certainly not large enough to cater for the number of beds here. The only escape is the multitude of boat trips that depart from the harbour, including the dolphin-spotting Spirit of the Sea, offering two-hour trips in glass-bottom catamarans, with a complimentary second trip offered if you don't spot any cetaceans the first time around.

The resorts further west, including Playa del Cura, Playa del Tauro and Taurito, are of a similar ilk. At least the latter has made an effort to gear itself to families, with a vast landscaped lido with lagoon-style pools, tennis courts, mini-golf, gym equipment, bars and sun beds on a grey sandy beach. The waters here are flat, smooth as glass and safe for swimming.

Half-hourly buses connect Puerto Rico and Arguineguín with Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés (€2, 30 minutes) and with Puerto de Mogán (€1.55, 15 minutes) and Las Palmas (€7.55, 1 hour 45 minutes). If you prefer to travel by boat, Lineas Blue Bird offers an hourly service to Puerto de Mogán from Arguineguin (adult/child €6.50, 70 minutes) and Puerto Rico (adult/child €6.50/3.50, 30 minutes).

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