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Maspalomas Overview

Maspalomas is sandwiched between the livelier resorts of Puerto Rico and Playa del Ingles. The resort centre sits in the shadows of the impressive dunes that stretch across the southern tip of Gran Canaria.

The dunes are the obvious star of the show. You can cross them on foot or by camel but beware naturists lurking unseen. The beaches on the coastline are amazing. Away from the beach you have a water park, a golf course and a lovely laid back resort centre.

Laid back neighbour

Maspalomas sits proudly on the southern coast of Gran Canaria, the third largest island in the Canaries. The resort is the quieter, more laid back neighbour to Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico. This popular destination is perfectly situated for visitors looking for an active holiday.

The dunes of Maspalomas

The undoubted star of the show is the sand dunes that form an imposing barrier on the coastline. The dunes are rumoured to have been formed as a result of tsunami that struck the island in 1755. The dunes are actually an extension of the Sahara, 130 miles to the east. The whole area is a nature reserve with rare plant species set amongst the dunes. The main beach runs the length of the resort with a nice promenade linking the beach and the dunes.

Camels at the ready

The area is rich with both natural and man-made entertainment. If you’re a golfer you can take in the challenging course. Look out for the big bunkers! Families will love the thrills and spills of a day at Aqualand. The dunes are waiting to be explored either on foot or camel back if you see yourself as a modern day Lawrence of Arabia. Inland, take a trip to explore the volcanic wonder of Roque Nublo at the heart of the Biosphere Reservation.

 

Things to do in Maspalomas

 

On the beach in Maspalomas

Beyond the dunes of Maspalomas lies a wide expanse of lovely beach, perfect for a lazy holiday. The beach is easily accessible and there is lots of free parking locally if travelling to the area. There are loungers and parasols available to hire as well as snack bars, cafes and showers. There are several distinct zones on the beach with a family friendly area and two naturist zones. You can hire jet skis, go scuba diving or maybe take a pedalo out for a slow journey up the coast.

Top Tip:

If you are walking across the dunes to access the beach, take shoes. The sand gets really hot.

Eat and drink in Maspalomas

Maspalomas is much quieter than other resorts on the south coast of Gran Canaria. There are some bars and cafes on the beach and restaurants in the resort centre. A lot of the entertainment tends to focus on the hotels. For a more varied or livelier night, the nearby resorts of Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico are a better option.

Top Tip:

If you try a night in Puerto Rico consider getting a local bus and then a taxi home if planning to stay late.

Maspalomas nightlife

Nightlife in Maspalomas is limited. You can expect some low level entertainment in the local hotels but this is aimed at families rather than young party goers. Puerto Rico is a short ride away and offers two large commercial centres full of bars and several nightclubs as well as a range of nice bars dotted along the promenade and the marinas. Playa del Ingles is a large resort full of late entertainment. Try either the Kasbah or Yumbo centre.

Shopping in Maspalomas

There are limited opportunities to buy anything other than the basics in Maspalomas. For local markets and boutiques try the Plaza Maspalomas in Playa del Ingles. There are two commercial centres in Puerto Rico, the Europe Centre and the Puerto Rico Centre. Both offer a good range of shops as well as places to eat and drink.

Top Tip:

Take a day out in Puerto Rico and make the most of the beautiful beach after you’ve toured the commercial centres.

Things to see in Maspalomas

The dunes are hard to miss but you should get up close and really explore them. The area is a nature reserve and the spectacular landscape is unforgettable. The local lighthouse, the El Faro de Maspalomas is an impressive sight on the tip of the island. You can also explore the inland freshwater lagoon that stretches from here inland towards the golf course. For families, Aqualand is a great day out. Enjoy the slides and pools that make up Gran Canaria’s premier water park.

 

We Recommend

 

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This lovely little restaurant sits alongside the inland lagoon and is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors. There’s a nice shady terrace and smart interior. Steak and fish are local specialities along with the obligatory mojo sauce.

Moonlight Sports & Karaoke Bar  

This lively, centrally located bar is perfect for a night of fun and games. Whether you have a sing song, a game of pool or catch up on the big match you are sure to get a warm welcome.

Maspalomas Pride – May

This two week long extravaganza features live music and events, parties, boat parties and a parade. The event typically attracts 100,000 visitors.

 

Fast Facts

 

·         Currency – EUR

·         Time Zone – GMT + (0)

·         Travel Time – Las Palmas (LPA) 4 hours 20 minutes

·         Transfer Time – 25 minutes (Taxi)


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