El Pajar

El Pajar is a small Canarian village just outside Arguineguin, which offers a relaxing pace of life. This small area has many residents who all enjoy the quiet beach, bars and restaurants. El Pajar can be easily accessed, although during fiestas and at the weekend you might struggle to park.


We normally see lots of “wildlife” walking from the road down to the beach. Look out for the cats and birdcages on terraces and balconies.

Photo by M De Marchi Moyano

What’s There

The beach front dominates this area and this is where you will find all the locals, but very few tourists. The beach is considered to be one of the few remaining natural beaches on the island. There are barely any facilities and amenities although it’s ideal for sunbathing and swimming. I’ve also snorkeled there.

Hire kayaks for a very reasonable 10 euros a day or bring your own jet skis and inflatables. This beach is perfect for families with small children since it’s flat and the tide’s not strong.

Restaurant Bar Playa

There is one main restaurant along the beach in El Pajar, which is owned and run by a local family. Bar Playa has been here for many years and excels at fresh seafood and local dishes. The tapas are yummy and quite cheap too.

You’ll find the service and decor in Bar Playa pretty basic, so don’t expect too much from the experience. However, the food is fantastic and at weekends there aren’t many tables left.

Local Bar

Further down the beach there’s a small bar, which offers cheap beer and soft drinks. You can also find a limited range of snacks and ice creams.


There are only a few chairs and tables, but if you ask they will provide plastic cups to take to the beach. Sometimes we sit under one of the trees on the grass instead and eat our ice cream there. People pop back and forth to this bar throughout the day.


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