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 a 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!
People can enjoy cheap Maspalomas holidays in any month and still experience warm weather, as the ‘coldest’ month of the year, January, still sees temperatures averaging 17°C. Therefore, visitors during the winter can be assured that it will be far from cold at this time – the complete opposite to the UK.
One of the main attractions of this resort is its long and spectacular coastline, which stretches for around 17km. Maspalomas boasts warm, sandy beaches with clear blue waters, making for spectacular scenery. It is no wonder that this destination has become a favourite amongst families and beach lovers. As well as the beaches, Maspalomas is renowned for its collection of sand dunes, which are popular amongst travellers in search of the nearby El Oasis, home to many palm trees and migratory birds.
Maspalomas is a friendly resort with attractions that cater to the whole family. Aqualand Water Park can be found in the area and could offer tourists a fun-filled family day out. Test your bravery on slides such as Twister, Boomerang and Congo River, or if you want to chill, you can stroll around the park’s gardens or play a hole or two of miniature golf.
As an island in the Mediterranean Sea, its people unsurprisingly favour the Mediterranean diet, which mainly consists of fresh, locally caught seafood. Such dishes can be enjoyed at many restaurants that offer traditional Spanish fare, such as paella. You can enjoy this seafood with a nice, refreshing glass of local Rioja. Restaurant El Senador is a favourite amongst holidaymakers, as it offers a wide range of international cuisine to complement its traditional offering. All of this can be enjoyed with a view of the ocean.
Gran Canaria is known for its fun and lively nightlife, and Maspalomas is no different. Bars such as Cleopatra, Buddies and the 19th Hole draw in young and vibrant crowds, each catering for different tastes in music and atmosphere. As with many bars and clubs in Gran Canaria, the party doesn’t get into full swing until the small hours and often goes on until breakfast time, an ideal scenario for those who love to, quite literally, dance the night away.