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The strip of Valle Gran Rey along the coast offers a series of black sand playas (beaches) where you can swim and also spectacular sea bottoms that are ideal for scuba diving.
Playa de La Calera and Playa de La Puntilla are in reality a single beach, separated by a small, rocky section at the mouth of the Valle Gran Rey ravine. It is the largest beach on the island and has black sand and excellent swimming. The sand is frequently renewed and during the winter months it is a flat rock beach.
Charco del Conde is a small black sand beach with an abundance of tiny seashells. It is the perfect place for children to have their first contact with the ocean because it is protected from large waves and currents. They say that the Conde(Count) of the island used to swim at this beach with is entourage, while his wife and her escorts swam in Charco de la Condesa, a nearby shoal that has always been the swimming spot for locals of Valle Gran Rey and which has become a popular surfing spot.
The neighbourhood of Vueltas has a beach of the same name, one of the largest in the municipality. This black sand beach is family-oriented, since it is located inside the port’s dock and has no big waves or heavy currents.
And a bit farther off on the windward side, you will find one of the most popular landscapes in La Gomera, Playa del Inglés, a black sand beach surrounded by the spectacular cliffs of La Mérica. This is a nudist beach. Precisely because it is farther away and facing north, when swimming at this beach it is important to pay attention to the conditions of the ocean.
There are other beaches in the municipality located between Playa del Inglés and Taguluche that are only accessible by sea, such as Playa de Heredia, and two small beaches found on the coast nearest Taguluche: Pejerreyes and Guariñén. Because they are far away and often have heavy waves, they are not recommended for swimming, but they are still an ideal place to enjoy unique landscapes.