Maspalomas, also known as the Maspalomas Costa Canaria, consists of the beach resorts of Águila, Las Burras, San Agustín and Playa del Inglés. Here you’ll find a 2,000 hectare strip of land with 17 km of wonderful coastline with sand dunes, wide sandy beaches, shallow waters and an excellent all-year-round climate – a paradise for beach lovers and family holidays. Maspalomas Dunes webcam.
The more up-market Maspalomas resort, with smart hotels, luxury residences and the largest golf course on the island, is separated from Playa del Inglés by a spectacular stretch of 400 hectares of dunes, which in 1994 were designated a national park. You can only cross the dunes on foot or by camel, which makes you believe you’re in a different part of the world altogether. The dunes also provide a habitat for a number of rare plant species, some of which can only be found in the Canaries – somehow they manage to survive in this arid environment alongside lizards and rabbits.
The sand dunes of Maspalomas are a favourite zone for nudists and the gay community – so do bear this in mind when strolling along.
At the western end of this nature reserve you’ll find El Oasis, which is bordered by La Charca, the remains of a sea-water lagoon bordered with palm trees, hosting many species of migratory birds from Europe stopping here on their route to Africa.
A noteworthy sightseeing attraction close to El Oasis is Faro de Maspalomas, a lighthouse built in 1886. At 65 metres tall, it dominates the area and serves as a crucial beacon for ships sailing in the region.
Since the 1960s the economy of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has been boosted by the thriving tourism in this area. With the modern Palacio de Congresos de Maspalomas, a conference centre with a 5000+ capacity, Maspalomas has started to attract business travellers too.
But that’s not all. There’s so much more entertainment and fun to be found in the nearby surroundings or just a few kilometres north of Maspalomas with attractions such as Aqualand Maspalomas, (the biggest water park on the island), Holiday World (an extensive amusement park with a Ferris wheel), Palmitos Park (an ornithological park with aquarium, butterfly house and orchids), Sioux City (a Wild West theme park) and the fascinating Mundo Aborigen (“a place of cultural, social and historical interest”, according to the Canarian government).
Maspalomas sounds lovely doesn’t it? Here at Spain-Grancanaria we present a selection of only the crème de la crème of hotels for your delight and pleasure. Not only will you have outstanding recommendations, you will be impressed with the unbeatable value of the deals on offer throughout the Canary Islands.
In this resort we can vouch for two fantastic hotels, each displaying their own unique style and charm. The 5-star Lopesan Baobab Resort oozes class with its African theme, sumptuous rooms and fantastic facilities – it really does have the ‘wow factor’. The IFA Faro Hotel has a fantastic position poised on the Maspalomas beachfront; you can even listen to the waves gently lapping the shore from the comfort of your guestroom. With a 4-star rating, excellent hospitality and great cuisine, staying here is a real treat.
Choose any of these hotels and you will have a holiday experience that will stay in your memory forever. Check out even more hotels in a variety of resorts all over Gran Canaria.