Maspalomas is in the southern part of picturesque Gran Canaria. It has become one of the popular holiday resorts on Gran Canaria, also known as the Maspalomas Costa Canaria. It lies just south of Playa del Ingles. The Maspalomas region is the liveliest resort area of the Canary Islands. However, compared to Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas is quieter making it an excellent choice for the families.
Maspalomas has everything that is of interest to tourists. It’s location makes it within easy reach to the beaches of Puerto Rico and Amadores. For nightlife it is close to nightlife hot spots of Playa del Ingles and San Agustin.
Playa de Maspalomas has an amazing expanse of sand, boasting one of the best stretches of golden, sandy beach on the entire island.
The beach is 6 kms long and up to 100m wide. This area is more up market than Playa del Inglés offering more chic places to eat and hang out.
Playa del Inglés is hugely popular with families with children and younger folk. Here you will find affordable places for all the family to eat, and drink.
Also a beach a favourite with families with children is the beach south of the lighthouse ‘Faro de Maspalomas’. This beach is easily accessible with boardwalks and has plenty of bars and cafes nearby.
The dunes of Maspalomas are without doubt the biggest attraction. Thousands of tourists visit them each year! If you have ever wanted to roam in a desert, imagining you are in the Sahara, then you need to visit these dunes. Nothing better than sitting on top of a dunes watching the sun set in the Atlantic Ocean.
They are a protected area of 5 square kilometers, due to the impact of tourism in the area.
La Charca, is a pond which lies within the dunes between the sea and the sand. If you are a bird watcher then you will find some interesting sightings as they use the pond as a resting spot when migrating from Europe to Africa.
Holiday World is located in Maspalomas along the road that goes towards Puerto Rico and Arguineguin. It is an amusement park with roller coaster rides, 28-meter Ferris-wheel, a gym, swimming pools, bowling and some restaurants. Although small compared with bigger amusement parks in mainland Europe, it really does have everything for children to enjoy.
Aqualand is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Gran Canaria and a great place for families with children. It is largest water park in Gran Canaria with 33 slides and several pools, some with wave machines.
Sioux City theme park is a replica of a Wild West town with its houses, a ranch with cattle, a bank, church and of course a saloon! There is even an Indian reservation!
Visitors are provided with entertaining reenactments of cowboy duels, cattle rodeo, even mock up bank robberies.
It is located in San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
The main shopping centre in Maspalomas is the Faro 2 complex. Here the visitor will be able to shop in a large number of designer stores and boutiques.
However, many visitors like to visit the mall El Tablero, located just outside Maspalomas.
There is also a newer shopping centre near by at Meloneras. All the usual shops from Europe can be found here along with some traditional Spanish outlets.