Swim in the cool blue sea that laps against the sand at Maspalomas Beach or try windsurfing. Bargain for handcrafted clothes and bags at the town market or test your nerves on the steep, slippery slides at the water park.
The town of Maspalomas on the south coast of Gran Canaria is home to a 3-mile-long (5-kilometer) beach that connects with the neighboring resorts of Playa del Inglés and Meloneras. Relax on the soft sand or test your skills on the waves with a windsurfer or surfboard.
After a few hours by the sea, head to one of the cafés lining the beachfront. Enjoy a refreshing drink or a light lunch of tapas. Come back in the evening when the nearby restaurants serve delicious fresh meat and fish. Sit at an outside table and enjoy your meal accompanied by glorious sea views.
Escape the sand at Aqualand Maspalomas where you can dive into plunge pools and navigate the river rapids. Before you leave, be sure to check out Palmitos Park. This reserve is home to orangutans, wallabies and a colorful collection of parrots. If possible, plan your day around scheduled activities for the dolphins and birds of prey. The leaping dolphins and swooping eagles are always spectacular. The two parks offer a combined ticket and are a 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk north of Maspalomas.
As your time in Maspalomas comes to an end, be sure to visit the local market for a fantastic selection of souvenirs. Here you can purchase clothes and shoes as well as beautiful handmade toys and jewelry. The market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and haggling is accepted.
Maspalomas is a 40-minute drive from Las Palmas. If you don’t have a car, use the regular bus services from one of the many coastal towns such as Puerto Rico or Playa del Inglés.