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Maspalomas

Sun, fun and sand dunes

Camel trekking among the sand dunes, hanging out with zebras, whooshing down waterslides, basking in the sun, salsa dancing till dawn… what can’t you do in Maspalomas? Holidays in what is one of Gran Canaria’s best resorts have something to appeal to every taste. Maspalomas holidays mean enjoying some 17 kilometres of coastline, with wide sandy beaches and warm, shallow water that is ideal for swimming.

Along part of the shore is Maspalomas’s star attraction: 400 hectares of stunningly beautiful, desert-like dunes that have been protected as a nature reserve for 30 years. Nature plays a big part on holidays to Maspalomas, with a nearby zoo, safari park and dolphin- and whale-watching trips on offer. Those looking for more adult pursuits often head over to Playa del Ingles (Englishman’s Beach), just a short walk east from Maspalomas (and cheap taxi ride on the way back), for its lively pub and fun nightclub scene. There’s plenty in and around Maspalomas to keep everyone happy.

Your Maspalomas questions, answered

Absolutely. Maspalomas is packed with family-friendly venues and theme parks, such as Aqualand, which has a huge number of water slides – and you can even swim with sea lions.

Maspalomas is a bit more upmarket than a lot of Gran Canaria, and while activities are plentiful, the costs can add up. You can find discounts online for the parks and zoos if you book ahead.

Go at Carnival time and it will feel like you’re in Rio. Enjoy seven straight days of music, parades, comedy and drag queen competitions, with an all-night bash at the end.

Best things to do in Maspalomas

Saddle up in the dunes

A fun and relatively cheap way to experience the Maspalomas dunes is by taking a guided camel tour. Not a fan of the humped beasties? Not to worry, it’s great on foot, too.

Go to the lighthouse

Built in the 19th century, the Maspalomas lighthouse is the town’s most distinctive landmark. Watching the sun set behind it from one of the nearby outdoor bars is magical.

Eat out

For the biggest concentration of restaurants, head in the direction of Plaza de las Palmeras or Plazadel Faro (close to the lighthouse), and enjoy amazing, authentic Spanish food.

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