Maspalomas / Top Destinations

Maspalomas is, beyond all doubt, the most rewarding destination in Gran Canaria, at least in terms of mainstream tourist opportunities. It is located in San Bartolome de Tirajana, the largest of all municipalities on the island, some 25 kilometers from Gando, to which it is conveniently connected by GC1, the main motorway which crosses the east coast of Gran Canaria. It is also located close to another tourist hotspot in south Gran Canaria, namely, Puerto Rico which, in return, pertains to the municipality of Mogan, the second largest of all after San Bartolome de Tirajana. The above mentioned motorway also provides an excellent connection between Maspalomas and Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria.

The main hotspots within Maspalomas refer to Playa del Ingles, San Agustin, Costa Meloneras and El Salobre, each of them full of attractions and pastime occasions.

Maspalomas features a highly solid tourist platform. Thus, the highest density of luxury hotels is concentrated in and around Maspalomas, the most notable of them referring, for instance, to Hotel Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas Oasis, Lopesan Baobab Resort, Palm Beach, Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa, Lopesan Villa de Conde Resort & Thalasso, Melia Tamarindos, Gran Hotel Residencia and Hotel H10 Playa Meloneras Palace. This density is not only impressive, but it is indicative of the heights tourism has conquered in this part of Gran Canaria.

Maspalomas is also replete with car rental solutions, but this is no surprise given plenty of tourists choose to get around and explore Gran Canaria by car, and by force of the fact Maspalomas is conveniently located on the road infrastructure of the island. This conjuncture opens wide prospects to tourists who want to venture north and discover Gran Canaria in all its facets and tourist attractions.

In Maspalomas one can keep themselves busy by indulging in shopping by day and nocturnal pastimes by night. Yumbo Center enjoys the special reputation of hub of nightlife venues in Maspalomas being, at the same time, the height of all nocturnal gay leisure. Speaking of nightlife, tourists might want to visit Gran Casino Costa Meloneras if keen on gambling.

Nighttime leisure is complemented in Maspalomas by the huge Holiday World, the most spectacular and complete funfair in south Gran Canaria, the opening hours of which allow tourists to keep themselves busy during their evenings in Gran Canaria. Other notable theme and leisure parks in Maspalomas refer to Aqualand Maspalomas, Sioux City, Mundo Aborigen, and to Palmitos Park. This extensive range of parks adds to the list of incentives for planning a stay in Maspalomas.

The single most notable nature attraction in Maspalomas refers to the Maspalomas Sand Dunes Nature Reserve. Yet tourists can always venture into exploring the nearby Nublo Rural Park and, why not, the Pilancones Nature Park, both of them standing out as top nature attractions in Gran Canaria.

Furthermore, given the plethora of luxury hotels in the area, Maspalomas also features a wealth of health and beauty care centers all tourists interested in keeping fit and relaxing while vacationing can resort to. It means medical tourism is at its best in Maspalomas, which is no overstatement.

As compared to other regions in Gran Canaria, San Bartolome de Tirajana and, hence, Maspalomas, feature scarce rural tourism-related opportunities. There are a few, but these are somewhat overshadowed by the thriving rural accommodation solutions spread in north and central Gran Canaria. On the other hand, Maspalomas is the genuine pole of gay tourism in Gran Canaria, with its Playa del Ingles as main gay tourism hotspot.

Last, but not least, one can only imagine such a successful destination could not gain its reputation without beaches since, truth be said, beaches are a chief ingredient of vacations spent on an island like Gran Canaria. The beaches administratively pertaining to the city of Maspalomas are the most popular in south Gran Canaria. We speak of Playa San Agustin, Playa Maspalomas, and, of course, Playa del Ingles.

But sunbathing alone could never define exclusively a stay in Maspalomas. This is why resorting to the golf opportunities in Maspalomas is ideal for tourists who want to diversify their vacation. Tennis, horse riding, biking and trekking, as well as a range of air and water sports can be practiced in and around Maspalomas.

Some 5 tourist information offices can be spotted in Maspalomas, which is indicative of the increasing popularity of this Canarian destination.

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