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Golden sand, spectacular sunsets and thrilling family-friendly activities await in Maspalomas, the crown jewel of Gran Canaria. Surrounded by breathtaking natural features, you can lose yourself in the spectacularly sculpted sand dunes before heading to one of the many fantastic waterfront restaurants.
Choose from a wide number of accommodation types in Maspalomas, from affordable sea-view apartments to excellent budget hotels.
Neighbourhoods of Maspalomas
Maspalomas has a number of charming neighbourhoods to explore:
- Maspalomas-Meloneras: The main heart of the town, this region covers the coastal beaches from Meloneras to Del Faro. It's where you'll find the bulk of seaside activities and restaurants, as well as the must-see Maspalomas lighthouse. To the east, you’ll find protected Natural Dune Reserve of Maspalomas.
- Playa del Inglés: To the east, you’ll find this spectacular beachside region. It’s home to some excellent accommodation options and offers a wide number of seafront activities.
- Sonnenland: Tucked away on the hillside, this luxurious and quiet residential district is just a short drive from the beach.
- San Fernando: The beating historical heart of the region, this area of old-town streets and stalls is where you can get a local feel. It is the premier shopping destination which hosts a number of shows and concerts at the Parque Urbano del Sur’s amphitheatre.
What to see and do in Maspalomas
This famous Gran Canarian resort is home to sun-splashed beaches and bustling bars. One of the town's main attractions is the sand dune park, a truly astonishing area of protected dune land that offers out-of-this-world sunsets. If you're travelling with young ones, Aqualand, Holiday World and Palmitos Park are all top-notch amusement parks with impressive varieties of rides and slides. As for day's out in the countryside, Gran Canaria is an idyllic hiking destination. The beautiful Presa de Las Niñas can be reached by car, offering majestic mountains and stunning trails. Golfers will also find much to enjoy with the area’s many first-rate courses.
What to eat in Maspalomas
You’ll find a wide variety of eateries in town, many of which cater to international tastes. For a more authentic experience, look out for island specialities like vieja, swordfish, sea bass and parrotfish which are locally caught. Pescado seco (dry fish) is also popular, often consisting of strips of tollos (school shark) in sauce. Other popular dishes on the island include puchero canario, meat soup with chickpeas and sweet potatoes, and conejo en salmorejo, rabbit stew with coriander.
Typical events and festivals in Maspalomas
Maspalomas hosts a number of religious and celebratory festivities, including the always-popular Carnival in February. The whole island becomes a huge party during Carnival, with parades and costume parties. Unique festivals to Maspalomas include the Maspalomas Music Festival in early September, and the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz.
How to move around in Maspalomas
Maspolamas is serviced with a bus network which connects the town to the surrounding area and the Gran Canaria Airport. Rental cars are recommended if you want to travel around the island at your own pace.
The climate in Maspalomas
Maspalomas has a warm and dry climate with very little rainfall throughout the year. The region is famously sunny with few clouds and average annual temperatures of 23.5°C.
More interesting facts about and sights in Maspalomas
Maspalomas is a fairly modern town built specifically for the tourist trade in the 1960s. Nevertheless, you can still find a number of historic sites, from the nineteenth-century lighthouse, Faro de Maspalomas, to the ancient sand dunes in the east.