Located on the southern tip of Gran Canaria, the upmarket town of Maspalomas boasts what is arguably the best stretch of golden, sandy beach on the entire island. The resort is next door to Playa del Ingles – one of the island’s busiest, most bustling towns – and is popular with families and couples looking for well-maintained, peaceful surroundings with the option of exploring the region.
Whilst most holidaymakers head straight for the stunning 6km long beach, in the resort itself there are also several popular attractions, including many family-friendly activities such as a waterpark, aquarium, and Holiday World - a vast amusement complex - as well as more adult-oriented fun in the shape of a golf course. Maspalomas also draws a large gay community, with a designated gay zone on the beach. Indeed, the resort's week-long Gay Pride festival held each May has become world-renowned.
Most visitors to Maspalomas will be flying into Gran Canaria Airport, which connects to a vast amount of cities across Europe. The airport is around 28km from Maspalomas.
If you haven’t booked a hotel transfer as part of a package holiday, there are also public buses that will take you from the airport direct to Maspalomas, as well as taxis and car hire firms.
Located in the south of the island, Maspalomas benefits from the area’s famous microclimate which allows it to enjoy higher average temperature than its northern neighbours.
The wonderful, temperate weather, which lasts throughout the seasons and is accompanied by cooling sea breezes, helps make Maspalomas a superb all-year-round destination.
Also for the active and energetic – and particularly families with children – there is the Aquapark, an aquarium, a zoo, and the huge Holiday World amusement complex.
Popular excursions from Maspalomas include boat trips to view whales and dolphins, as well as camel ride through the area’s famous dunes.
Many of the restaurants in the resort provide live entertainment in the evenings and often double as bars.
Whilst there should be plenty to keep the average reveller happy in Maspalomas, if you find it a little tame for your tastes, you may want to head to neighbouring Playa del Ingles where the party temperature is a few notches up, thanks to the presence of some major clubs including Joy and Cream.