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.
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.
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.