Located on the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria, the tourist town of Maspalomas is one of the most popular holiday destinations on the island. Quieter and considerably more sophisticated than its lively neighbour Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas has a distinctly upmarket feel, with its chic restaurants and cocktail bars and wide sweep of golden sand backed by towering desert sand dunes.
The perfect hideaway for couples or families, Maspalomas offers something to keep everyone entertained. From water sports to world class golf, historic monuments to theme parks; whatever you’re looking to get out of your holiday, you can probably find in Maspalomas.
Being so close to the coast of Africa, Gran Canaria’s southern coast has its own microclimate which ensures almost 365 days a year of temperate, sub-tropical sunshine. Because of this, there is generally is no bad time to visit, although high season in Maspalomas can see temperatures soar between June and August. Sweeping breezes from the Sahara desert can help you keep your cool on the beach, or why not indulge in a refreshing cocktail? What are holidays for!
6km of award-winning, sweeping golden sand hugs the coast of Maspalomas, eventually giving way to gargantuan sand dunes which stretch as far as the eye can see. The Dunas de Maspalomas National Park is a favourite hangout spot for sun-worshipping holidaymakers looking to catch some rays, attracting tourists in their droves each year.
At the far end of Maspalomas beach you will find the El Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse. A landmark since the 1800s, the 68m high lighthouse is the centrepiece of the ultra-modern Boulevard El Faro. Lined with designer shops and cocktail bars, the boulevard is the cosmopolitan hub of Maspalomas.
If however you’re holidaying with the kids in tow, you’re going to need more than a few bars and shops to keep them entertained! Luckily, Maspalomas absolutely has this covered. Only 10 minutes outside of the resort centre you can find Aqualand Maspalomas, Gran Canarias biggest waterpark, packed full of adrenaline pumping rides and flumes, as well as the Sioux City Wild West theme park, built on the site of an original movie set!
With a wide choice of restaurants in the resort ranging from traditional Spanish cuisine, to Italian pizzerias, to Indian curry houses, you’re spoilt for choice in Maspalomas. While visiting the Canary Islands however, you simply have to try the national dish Papas Arrugadas, these tiny new potatoes are cooked and crystallised with sea salt, then served wrinkly with deliciously spicy mojo sauce!
As a province of Spain, Canarian cuisine is heavily influenced by Spanish flavours. Seafood, like in Spain is extremely popular, and forms a staple part of the Canarian diet, often used as a main ingredient in traditional tapas and paella dishes found in authentic Spanish restaurants on the island.
As far as drinking goes, the residents of Maspalomas prefer to keep things local, Canarian produced beers like Tropical and Reina are generally found on draught in most bars and restaurants instead of European imports. The measures however are smaller than on the mainland, so if you’re after something resembling a pint, make sure you ask for “cerveza grande!”