Set beside the dunes of the island’s Natural Park, as well as a beautiful lagoon, Maspalomas offers the ideal location for relaxation. A paradise for beach lovers and families, here you’ll find a variety of holiday entertainment including two huge water parks, shops, glittering nightlife and even camel safaris across the dunes. The resort is also host to prestigious 18 hole golf course.View villas in Maspalomas
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Fresh grilled fish is always a good choice when eating out. Try the papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) a popular accompaniment with the mojos (spicy sauces). The Ron Miel (honey rum) is considered a local delicacy and can be purchased on many market stalls, you will usually be served this after a meal for free!
Maspalomas offers a tasteful and more upmarket style of nightlife, with the entertainment, bars and restaurants located along the Meloneras promenade close to the lighthouse. Here you will find local traditional restaurants as well as fine dining and a-la-carte menus, all suitable for a family evening out. You can enjoy a meal and a cocktail or two in very pleasant surroundings, with lots of designer shops open til late. Playa del Ingles, the party hub, is just a short taxi ride away if you are after a more lively scene.
Boat trips can be found all along the coast, ranging from luxury catamaran cruises to deep sea fishing boats to dolphin watching excursions.
For lovers of nature, a 50 minute drive will take you up to the north of the island where the botanical gardens 'Viera y Clavijo' are located, established in 1952. There are many species of flora and fauna grown here, a paradise for nature enthusiasts. You will enjoy wondeful views of these colourful gardens at the sites' restaurant, located at the entrance.
Angry Birds Activity Park - feauturing a range of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, based on the popular game.
Palmitos Park - One of the best wildlife and botanical parks in the Canary Islands. You can enjoy displays of Raptors, Parrots and exotic bird shows, and you can admire the spectacular dolphin shows, even swim with them, plus visit the aquarium, and the largest collection of orchids in Europe.
The Sioux City, which is a great western style theme park located in San Bartolome de Tirajana, nearby San Agustin. Visitors can experience the wild wild west with exciting and interactive shows.
There are three waterparks to choose from in the area; Aqualand in Maspalomas is the biggest in the Canary Islands, Ocean Park in Maspalomas with it's 13 water slides and Atlantida in Puerto Rico has the longest and fastest water slide on the island.
Head to Puerto Rico for a change of scenery with it's relaxed eateries and duty free shopping centre. The beach at Puerto Rico has plenty of watersports and lined with snack bars and family-friendly restaurants. Drive a little further and find a great man-made beach called Amadores, a longer beach with yellow sand, shops and restaurants.
You cannot visit Gran Canaria without seeing the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, over a kilometre of sandy dunes running parallel between the town centre and the sea. The dunes gradually descend into lovely beaches, and you can take a camel ride over the peaks of the rippling sand.
Puerto Mogan is a charming place, just a 25 minute drive away with a sandy beach and quaint selection of bars and restaurants along the sea front. It is nick-named "Little Venice" for it's canals and bridges in the streets, and truly is a pretty and authentic Canarian village.
Cosmopolitan Las Palmas - In under an hour’s drive you can visit the Island’s capital city Las Palmas. Its a bustling city overflowing with Spanish ambience, history and culture, plus a harbour and two beaches – Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras. Its great for shopping with lots of high end shops and boutiques, side streets laden with cafes and great places for tapas and drinks whilst strolling along the streets.
Volleyball courts, Ten pin bowling, Go-karting, Bungee jumping, Bird watching, Horse riding
Banana boats, Jet ski, Pedaloes, Scuba diving