Maspalomas is a leading tourist resort located in southern Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. An idyllic palm-lined location, Maspalomas has something for everyone and the perfect place for family holidays.
The permanent population of this beautiful tourist town is around 40,000 inhabitants, these numbers increase dramatically as Gran Canaria welcomes millions of visitors each year. Gran Canaria is generally one of the prettier Canary Islands, full of history, culture and breathtaking mountainous scenery. This beautiful location oozes class and everything about it is luxurious.
Maspalomas – Costa Canaria
Part of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Maspalomas stretches from Bahia Feliz in the east, westwards to Meloneras and includes the popular tourist resorts of Playa del Inglés and San Agustin. Perhaps one of the more interesting things about this area is the unusual infrastructure in place. Maspalomas has Swedish, English and Spanish schools along with several hospitals and private clinics that are specifically aimed at foreign communities.
Top Attractions & Things to do in Maspalomas
Back on the holiday theme, this area boast luxury hotels, magnificent beaches, theme parks, golf courses and even an English cinema. Below we provide information about some of the best things to do and experience during your visit.
Palmitos Park in Maspalomas is one of the top attractions in Gran Canaria and conveniently located on the outskirts of this resort. At Palmitos Park, there is an amazing array of beautiful animals and nature to enjoy. The main attractions include a spectacular dolphin show, rare tropical birds, reptiles and komodo dragons. Here you will also find a butterfly park and some amazing gardens that showcase a wide variety of cacti and orchids.
Maspalomas Beach & Sand Dunes
Maspalomas beach is perhaps the best beach on the island made extra special by the protected sand dunes that lie behind the beach itself. With well over 5 km of beach at your disposal, this is definitely the place to be for beach lovers and bathers. As you work up a thirst in the hot Canarian sun there are beach bars at regular intervals along the beach. You will not have many problems finding a parasol or sunbed as they are also plentiful. The arch from the beach takes you to the sand dunes where you are likely to see plenty of people with no clothes on enjoying the sun.
The super Aqualand water park is another top attraction in Maspalomas and an ideal way to spend a fun family day out. Aqualand currently has 18 different water attractions ranging from high octane adrenaline rides to relaxing lakes and chill-out areas. There are plenty of play areas and rides for the toddlers and younger ones also. For the thrill seekers the best rides are Kamikaze, Rapids, Mamut and Adrenalina. For the young ones it’s Polynesia and Children’s Paradise. The Jacuzzi and Pirates River are the best attractions for total relaxation on the water. Throughout the park there are numerous points for food and refreshments and there is also a gift shop. Aqualand is only open during the summer so make sure you check the timetable and ticket prices on their website to save you wasting a journey.
The beautiful lighthouse on the beachfront is one of the unique things about this island, the sunsets here can be breathtaking.
Weather in Maspalomas
The weather in Maspalomas is warm all year round as you may expect in the Canary Islands. The average temperature here is 20 Celsius with the temperature never dropping much below 17 Celsius in the colder months of December, January and February. The hottest months tend to be July, August and September when the average temperature is 23 Celsius. Most of the Canary Islands consistently top 35 Celsius during these months so do not be suprsied if this is the case when you visit in summer. Most of the yearly rainfall arrives between October – February with December by far the wettest month. There is very little rainfall during the summer months, particularly July and August when the rain is virtually non existent. The Sea temperature tends to hit 23 Celsius in the warmer months and drop to around 18 Celsius in the colder months.