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 an ideal location for couples seeking a romantic getaway, sightseeing and even for families whose main priority is the beach. There are cheap San Agustin holidays available all year round, making it easy to escape to this tranquil haven.
The town embraces its peaceful roots and is very laid back, a perfect place to go if you are escaping the stresses of everyday life. You can enjoy a cocktail or two and unwind on the beach without a care in the world. The town is small but has several high quality hotels, and three beaches that stretch all the way to Maspalomas.
As with many of the resorts in Gran Canaria, San Agustin enjoys a sub-tropical climate that keeps it warm throughout the year. During the summer months, temperatures average 28°C, with hot days during the season’s peak moving past the 30°C barrier, making this a dream destination for those who want to soak up the sun.
The climate of this island also makes it a great holiday destination during the winter, as temperatures will match those of a warm spring day in the UK. People who find British weather too gloomy to bear can take advantage of cheap San Agustin holidays during these times and escape to a pleasant, warm beach without the fear of overheating.
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.
Those who love to take long walks will find the resort’s ancient pathways, known as the Caminos Reales, to be a good strolling route. These paths were once the only way to cross the island and were used by the aboriginal people, better known as the Guanche. These paths lead to the island’s nature reserves and national parks. There is a mix of easy and advanced routes, making them appealing to everyone.
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.
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.
San Agustin offers a variety of different cuisines in its many restaurants, ranging from Spanish to Chinese, American to Italian, and everything in between. Those seeking to try local Spanish dishes should head over to Gorbea, which offers traditional Spanish food with a lovely view of the ocean. Being on an island means that a lot of the local fare incorporates locally-caught fish, but if this isn’t for you, there are plenty of other tasty treats to whet your appetite.
The town has a relaxed nature about it and this is reflected in its nightlife. A lot of the bars are based in hotels and restaurants, and provide guests with live music and a range of drinks to choose from.
There is also a casino in the resort, located within the Hotel Melia Tamarindos, for those who wish to get glammed up and try their luck on the slots. There are a number of live table games, including blackjack and poker, with various slot and roulette machines for tourists to enjoy while winning a few Euros at the same time.