Gran Canaria’s south coast is notoriously loud and lively, dominated by the popular Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, so you could be forgiven for not noticing a little gem 10 minutes up the coast. San Agustin is a pretty resort that moves at a slower pace, where people come to really chill out and relax. The town is small but has several high quality hotels, and three beaches that stretch all the way to Maspalomas.
A holiday in San Agustin is all about relaxation, so visitors should not miss a seawater treatment at Gloria Palace’s thalassotherapy centre. The spa has several saltwater pools heated to specific temperatures, as well as a range of treatments including massages and body wraps. Once you feel revitalised, explore the national parks and nature reserves of Gran Canaria on one of the ancient walking tracks into the island’s interior.
San Agustin’s quiet beach is in a sheltered cove, protected from wind and therefore enjoying a calm sea, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. You get three beaches for one in this resort, where the beaches stretch unbroken all the way to Maspalomas. Families and couples come here to pass sunny days in peace and tranquillity, so if you want a livelier scene you should hop on a bus down the coast to Playa del Ingles.
There are plenty of family days out to be enjoyed around San Agustin, the closest of which are Aqualand water park and wild west-themed adventure park Sioux City. Slightly further afield is Palmitos Park, a huge botanical garden that homes over 200 types of exotic bird and also has an aquarium. At the end of an action-packed day, you can go to the Moonlight Cinema in Maspalomas and enjoy a movie night under the stars.