Maspalomas holidays are the stuff of dreams. That’s all down to the Gran Canaria resort’s silky sand dunes, stylish hotels and sophisticated vibe.
Nestled right next to lively Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas offers up a slower pace of living and myriad things to fill your days. It’s best-known for its vast sand dunes which you can explore on foot or even on a camel safari. Planning holidays to Maspalomas with kids? Aqua parks, animal sanctuaries and water sports centres will keep them entertained.
History in Maspalomas
Maspalomas breaks don’t solely have to be about sun, sea and sangria! The bustling resort is also the home of one of the Canary Islands’ oldest lighthouses. Built in the 19th century, Maspalomas lighthouse used to guide ships travelling from Europe to the Americas.
Why book Maspalomas holidays
Great national parks
The Natural Dune Reserve of Maspalomas is filled with golden sand dunes which the area is most-known for
Fun water parks
Aqualand Maspalomas is the perfect day out and a great way to cool down from the hot sun
Discover the best beaches
Playa de Maspalomas is the main beach here, backed by the famous sand dunes
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Don't miss the Maspalomas Lighthouse located at the end of Maspalomas Beach
Call yourself a golf fan? Maspalomas has a couple of golf courses to keep you entertained throughout your stay
Check out Holiday World Maspalomas Amusement Park for a fun day out with the kids
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Your guide to Maspalomas holidays
Beaches in Maspalomas
Vast sandy stretches and beaches backed by buzzing promenades are all up for grabs on Maspalomas holidays.
- Playa de Maspalomas is a natural choice for lazier days. Made up of 12 kilometres of soft golden sand, it leads on to the town’s trademark sand dunes.
- Playa de las Meloneras is Maspalomas lesser-known beach. Swimming and sunbathing are the activities of choice. There’s a handful of places to eat along the shore, too.
- If you want to go from beach to bar within minutes, Playa del Ingles is the one. It’s lined with popular hotels and restaurants, plus there are plenty of sunbeds for hire.
- Playa de Amadores is a 15 minute drive west of Maspalomas in Puerto Rico and well-worth visiting if you’re keen to snorkel. Translating to “Lover’s Beach”, it’s postcard-perfect thanks to its white sand and crystal clear sea.
- Sandwiched between Playa del Ingles and San Agustin, Playa de las Burras is a local favourite. It’s only 300 metres wide, but blessed with soft sand and water that’s usually calm enough to swim in.
Quiet beaches in Maspalomas
While you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere secluded on huge Playa de Maspalomas, there are a few other tranquil coves worth having on your radar.
- Accessed down a rough pebbled path, Playa Besudo is perfect for a little peace and quiet. It features the Canary Islands’ iconic black sand and is only 15 minutes by car from Maspalomas.
- Playa del Aguila sits just beyond Playa Besudo and is a very scenic spot for a relax and a swim. One end features hotels and a shopping complex with a supermarket and restaurant for when you’re feeling peckish.
- Playa Lomo Galeon is another beautiful spot on the way to Puerto Rico. It’s one of the island’s few pebbled beaches. Reached via a steep path from the road above, it’s untouched and usually deserted.
- Also located on the road to Puerto Rico, Playa Montana Arena is a sleepy spot. Due to its total seclusion, it’s often a prime beach for nudists.
- For a balance between convenience and calm on your Maspalomas holiday, visit Playa de San Agustin. It’s the main beach of sleepy San Agustin and just down the coast from Maspalomas.
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Gran Canaria is blessed with sub-tropical conditions, meaning there’s no bad time to plan a holiday to Maspalomas. Temperatures peak in July and August, although it’s also a great place for winter sun.
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Prices last checked at 17:14 20 January 2021