Among all the of Gran Canaria’s tourist resorts, Maspalomas is the oldest, and it is the best place to visit if you’re on the island. Spending the night at Maspalomas will allow you to experience the vibrant feel of the parties. It’s the perfect place to be in for anyone who loves to have fun at parties. But if you want a more relaxed atmosphere, you can spend time there during the day. While you’re in Maspalomas, take the chance to explore the different parts of Gran Canaria. It is very easy to go from one point to the next within the island.
You have plenty of options when it comes to the activities that you can do in Maspalomas. A plus is that most of these activities do not require you to spend at all. You can just sit around the plazas or by the seashore and watch the multitude of boats that are scattered across the sea. You can even have some drinks while you’re at it and just enjoy the time that you have. Apart from that, there are more things to do for those who want something more outgoing. Here, we’ll share with you some of the things that you can do while in Maspalomas.
Go to Holiday World
Holiday world is a leisure park where you can take your family to. There are so many activities here that each family member will certainly enjoy. There are small fairs for the kids while there are arcades, bowling alleys, and bars for the adults. A full day can be spent in Holiday world. Whenever you get hungry, simply choose among the many restaurants available in the area.
Visit Palmitos Park
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Palmitos Park may not be in Maspalomas, but it’s just very near it, and it is worth mentioning in this list because of its extraordinary subtropical oasis that is full of exotic animals and plants. From Maspalomas, you’ll only be spending a few euros to get there. A bus service also regularly transports visitors to the park so that you are sure to reach it in no time. In the park, there are more than a thousand species of varying birds as well as a new dolphinarium. Both kids and adults will surely enjoy Palmitos Park.
Enjoy a Movie at Moonlight Cinema
Moonlight Cinema is an open-air cinema that can give you a unique experience when it comes to watching movies. You can do so while relaxing beneath the stars on very comfortable sofas. Throughout the film, drinks and pizzas are being served. The best thing is that there are no fees for kids, making it an affordable activity for the family.
Relax at Faro de Maspalomas
After a long day filled with different kinds of activities, maybe you just want to unwind and have a drink or two. The Faro de Maspalomas is a great place to do that. The promenade is very enticing, providing you with a number of restaurants and bars to choose from. You’ll most likely enjoy the sight of the lighthouse just at the other end of the promenade. You can begin your walk from there. At the farther end are shops if you want to do some shopping for gifts, clothing, and produce.
Visit the Maspalomas Lighthouse
In the southern area of Gran Canaria, you’ll find the Maspalomas Lighthouse. It is in the middle of some of Europe’s most visited coastline areas. The lighthouse has been witness to how Maspalomas evolved from a quiet town to a bustling vacation spot. Many people have come to Maspalomas because of the great climate, vast beaches, and enchanting blue waters.
On 1861, it was decided that the lighthouse will be built there. However, it took around three decades to finish the lighthouse. During those times, Maspalomas was still uninhabited. But it has always been a desert paradise which seemed to have been cut off from the other parts of the island.
Since the conception of that idea to build a lighthouse, so many things have changed. The lighthouse stands as the starting point of a busy promenade that has lots of gift shops, bars, and restaurants. People go there to shop, eat, or just drink by the seashore.
Head Off to the Beach
The Playa de Maspalomas is a wonderful beach to visit. There are different areas to choose from. If you enjoy sunbathing, there’s actually a nudist section of the beach. Don’t worry because it is very far from the areas where families gather. You can also enjoy water sports while you’re in Playa de Maspalomas. There’s an activity for everyone while on this beach.
Be Enchanted by the Dunas de Maspalomas
The Maspalomas sand dunes are an experience that you shouldn’t miss while you’re on the island. There are so many things that you can do while you’re there. There’s a beach stretching over four miles. Surely, there’s enough sand for anyone who wants to bask in the sun. Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreens and drink lots of water so you won’t get dehydrated.
Ride a Camel
Exploring the dunes will require you to do some walking. However, if you’re too tired to do that, you can always ride a camel as you explore. The camel safaris are available every day, and it is very attractive to visitors of the place. You can have lunch as you take your break from the ride and you can eat it inside a Bedouin tent for that authentic feel.
Maspalomas has with it a rich history of culture and tradition. But it also has the many modern conveniences that most travelers require. It will be a fun time for anyone to explore Maspalomas. Afternoons can be spent just walking around town and talking to the locals who are ever so warm. You’ll love the slow pace of life on the island. You can certainly get away from the hustle and bustle of your busy city life. Whenever you get the chance, visit Maspalomas and allow it to enchant you with its beauty.
Jarno is an author at canaryislandsinfo.co.uk. He is an avid traveler and have been to many adventures around the globe. His interest in the Canary Islands dates back to when he first visited the place and he was immediately enchanted by the history, the culture, and the many spectacular cuisine that the islands offer.