For the adventurer or the sun lounger
Activities are in abundance in this resort, whether you’re one for watersports, a spot of diving or even horse-back riding, you can do it all. Even if you love nothing more than lounging on the beach with a good book, bars and restaurants are nearby should you fancy a refreshing drink and bite to eat.
Dive Academy Gran Canaria offers fantastic underwater experiences, with the chance to spot the island’s colourful marine life, such as the beautiful parrotfish. Alternatively, you could try your hand at surfing the waves with many surfing schools lining the shore, offering wetsuits and board hire.
If you’re feeling adventurous you can hire out a kayak and explore the island with friends, or catch a glimpse of the stunning coastline from a luxury yacht.
Fancy a break from surfing the waves or exploring the coastline on a bicycle? Visit Centro de Talasoterapia Canarias in San Agustin – Europe’s largest Thalassotherapy centre – it offers relaxing spa therapy treatments using heated sea water. Indulge in a massage or facial and visit the sauna before cooling down in the centre’s very own ice cave.
Fresh, local ingredients
After a busy day, head to the resort’s many popular restaurants serving continental cuisines. Enjoy sharing bowls of tapas at Wapa Tapa – offering a warm and friendly atmosphere, they use only fresh ingredients. Be sure to try their homemade sangria too and don’t forget to book, this popular haunt fills up quickly! If you fancy going off the beaten track, head north of the San Fernando district to El Salsete, utilising the island’s local ingredients, it offers a quieter atmosphere – perfect to talk the evening away in.
After dinner head to one of the many bars on the resort, all offering a fun-filled and memorable night. A popular destination with the LGBT community, there is an array of drag shows every night – Ricky’s Cabaret Bar remains a firm favourite – promising laughter and dancing. For cocktails, head to Eiffel Bar and if you fancy a night of Irish music and Guinness on tap, Dunes & Tunes is the perfect spot.
A national treasure
Right on your doorstep, the 2.7km beach really is the star of this resort. Encompassing all four beaches – Playa de las Burras, Playa del Corralillo, Playa del Inglés and Playa de Maspalomas– it highlights why this is such a popular holiday destination year on year. Considered a national treasure, the Dunes of Maspalomas are a must-see too and are home to some of the largest golf courses on the island. At the heart of these dunes, the Nature Reserve showcases the beauty of this island and ensures that it remains unspoilt.
For the culturist
If you do find yourself craving a little bit of culture, visit Mundo Aborigen, 6km north in Fataga. A reconstruction of an ancient Canarian village, it offers a genuine insight into pre-Hispanic culture and the Guanche way of life. With spectacular views overlooking the Barranco de Fataga – the largest gorge on the island – this little bit of history is set away from the hustle and bustle of the resort. It also features more than 100 model Guanches all standing around the site.
Explore the island
With bus stops dotted around the resort, getting around is easy. For a day away from the beach, head north to Palmitos Park. With more than 1500 species of birds and exotic plants, the park is also home to non-native animals including orangutans and wallabies.
If you fancy a spot of shopping, Yumbo Centrum is the place to go. It has more than 200 shops to keep you busy. For local handcrafted souvenirs, try Fedac, located within the main tourist office of the resort.