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Horse Riding trip near Maspalomas (1-3 hours)
Horse Riding trip near Maspalomas (1-3 hours) 1 hour
An unforgettable horse riding trip exploring the beautiful volcanic landscapes with amazing views over the Maspalomas sand dunes. Experienced and knowledgable guide. Suits all levels. Free pick up from hotels in the south.
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Skydiving in Gran Canaria
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Roque Nublo, route to the heart of Gran Canaria (south departure)
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The Cabrio Jeep Big Mountain Tour Gran Canaria
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Super Pirate Buggy Tour Gran Canaria
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Surf Courses in Maspalomas/ Playa del Inglés (1-5 days)
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30 minutes helicopter tour: Roque Nublo, valleys and canyons
30 minutes helicopter tour: Roque Nublo, valleys and canyons 30 minutes
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Way to Artenara, the 100 Valleys Route (south departure)
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Travel Inspirations - Maspalomas
Hidden away in a vast expanse of mesmerizing golden sand dunes, and surrounded by golf courses at the southern tip of Gran Canaria , lies the island's longest established, largest, and most renowned tourist destination: Maspalomas. It provides a refreshing contrast to its frenzied neighbouring Playa des Inglés (Europe's number one gay party destination), by providing an altogether quieter, more relaxing environment with a number of splendid luxury hotels, top-end apartments and exquisite seaside bars and restaurants. Its visitors are predominantly Northern European (English, German, and Scandinavian) package tourists, mostly families with young children and elderly couples, whose holiday mission is to soak up copious hours of soothing sunshine, while exploring its superb white sand beaches and hilly dune landscapes. For those who want to escape the beach for a while, an expansive choice of activities is on offer – from watersports to amusement parks – this resort has it all. Due to its proximity to the Equator, it offers a mild climate all year round – perfect for beach getaways in winter. You can relish warm winters and bearable dry summers on its famed 12 kilometres of coastline sands, but beware that the Dunas de Maspalomas (the main dunes) don't only harbour rare flora and fauna, but are also a favourite hangout for nudists, often from its adjoining noisier neighbour! This hasn't put off the hundreds of thousands of yearly tourists in search of peace and tranquility, nor the visiting gay community – certainly making for an interesting mix of revellers. History Due to the fact that Maspalomas was originally constructed in the 1960s by package tour operators (after whom street names are named), there is only very little historic value attached to it – yet it is the oldest tourist town on the south coast of Gran Canaria island. The mains site of historic interest is its lighthouse (Faro de Maspalomas), which marks the southernmost point of the island. The tower of this architectural feat reaches up to 65m at the end of the dunes, the design of which was first developed in 1861 by Juan de León y Castillo, and built from 1884 to 1889. It is believed that this urban complex is named either after Mallorcan soldier and settler Rodrigo Mas de Palomar, or Francisco Palomar, a Genoese acquaintance of Alonso Fernández de Lugo. Culture The principle function of Maspalomas is that of a tourist resort. Aside from the occasional tapas bars, there is not much traditional Canarian culture to be encountered – environmentalists, naturists, and habitual beach dwellers dictate the pace of everyday life here, which explains why there is no real central point to this place in motion. Economy Since it attracted the first major waves of tourism in the 1960s, Maspalomas has been at the centre of the economic boom of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana . Its modern hotel complexes, as well as state of the art conference centres, such as the out-of-town Palacio de Congresos de Maspalomas (Avenida de Tejeda 72, Bartolomé de Tirajana ) - which also holds music and sporting events, have continuously attracted private as well as business-orientated visitors to this hedonistic enclave. Tourism, at least indirectly, accounts for almost the entire economic bedrock of this town. Climate, Flora and Fauna The northeast trade winds and the Canary Current bestow the Canary Islands with a truly unique micro-climate, with Maspalomas being the third-driest location of the archipelago. The temperature fluctuations between the seasons are the lowest found worldwide, with mean winter highs of 20 ºC only being 6 below summer highs, and mean winter lows of 14 ºC only 7 below summer lows of 21 ºC. The trade winds keep Maspalomas from overheating in the summer and prevent an overly humid climate, its extremely low rainfall levels with hardly any downpour during the summer months and only five or six days of rain in its wettest months of December and January (with only 30mm each), and more than 2700 yearly hours of sunshine, place it at the top of the most desirable climates on the planet. The combined extent of the coastlines of Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés , Águila, Las Burras, and San Agustín, also know as Maspalomas Costa Canaria, stretches out over a 2,000-hectare wide area, including 17 km of outstanding sand beaches and dunes. The Dunas de Maspalomas, which have been a protected national park and nature reserve since 1994, opens up a windswept maze, leaving only the occasional tufts of grass for orientation. These dunes also create a fragile micro-climate, providing a surprisingly fertile environment for a range of rare plant species (some unique to this archipelago), as well as lizards and even rabbits. Bordering with the western section of this eco-haven there is a semi-dried up water lagoon, surrounded by palm trees, called La Charca (the pond), where you can witness a host of migratory birds (such as Scottish Ospreys, Cattle Egrets, Grey Plovers, or Black Kites) from mainland Europe resting, before continuing their journey to the African Continent. How to get there By Bus/ Taxi: The Global 66 bus leaves from the airport every 20 minutes past the hour, every hour from 07:20 until 22:20. Alternatively, a taxi will cost around €35. If traveling from Puerto de Mogán a taxi will cost around €17 and take about 15 minuets. Two buses run between the resorts. Global bus number 1 or 32 both run every 20- 30 minutes and the journey costs about €1.75. By Car: If traveling by car take the motorway GC-1, heading south towards Maspalomas.
Sights The Maspalomas sand dunes These sand dunes lead on to the endless beach stretching between Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. If you travel along the beach, towards the southwest, the beach widens as the Maspalomas dunes start to appear. The walk along the sea edge of the sand dunes is very popular with tourists traveling in both directions and is the best way to experience the amazing landscape. If you don’t fancy the walk back there are frequent buses running between Playa del Inglés at one end and Las Maspalomas at the other. The dunes are part of a nature reserve and there are paths through the dunes that are marked to ensure safety of the natural phenomenon and of curious tourists. The sand dunes are also popular amongst gay tourists and the blue route, leading through the dunes, ends at the gay part of beach, where the Beach Bar 7 is located. Faro de Maspalomas (Lighthouse) Built in 1886, this 68m-tall lighthouse at the southern point of the Maspalomas dunes (a nature reserve since 1897) dominates the area and still serves as a beacon for ensuring the safe passage of seafarers. A long line of coastline restaurants allowing you to absorb the sea breeze serve as the ideal break from a long day's exploring in the sun. Where: Paseo del Faro, Maspalomas, 35128 San Bartolomé de Tirajana , Gran Canaria island. La Charca (Oasis) of Maspalomas This sea- water lagoon surrounded by palm trees, in-between the dunes and near the lighthouse, provides refuge to a wide range of nesting and migratory birds, such as the common snipe and the grey heron. Where: Around Paseo de la Charca, Maspalomas, 35128 San Bartolomé de Tirajana , Gran Canaria island (Southern tip of Maspalomas dunes, near the lighthouse). Museums Mundo Aborigen (Aborigine World) If you are looking to get to the roots of the culture of the Canarii (the aboriginal inhabitants of Gran Canaria island), this excellent exhibition is the most comprehensive of its kind on the archipelago. It comprises a model of an entire pre-colonial village, including over 100 life-sized human figures, with accompanying domestic animal noises for added authenticity. You are led through various scenes of their everyday lives, such as the slaughter of a goat, primitive surgery, seed-sowing, and a prisoner execution. There is also a small archaeological museum for a more detailed explanation of their way of life, and also some mesmerising views overlooking the adjacent Barranco de Fataga – the deepest and most spectacular gorge of Gran Canaria island. Where: Macizo de Amurga, Carretera Playa del Inglés - Fataga, KM 6, 35108 San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 172 295 Opening hours: Daily 09:00 to 18:00 Admission: Around €10 for adults and €5 for under 12 years old.
Aside from rolling over every couple of hours on the beach to change you tanning side, and exploring the surrounding dunes of Maspalomas, there is a host of activities that ensure you won't get the beach blues. These include the following: Palmitos Park This park is a treasure trove of exotic birds, fish and plants. Here you will find the biggest butterfly house in all of Europe, a cacti garden, an orchid house, parrot and bird of prey shows, Gibbon Island and a crocodile house! There are various bird shows to entertain the young and old. The most recent additions are the dolphins who perform spectacular shows twice daily to adoring crowds. A 2-park ticket, for the Palmitos Park and Aqualand, is offered for a discount price of €45 for adults and €33,50 for children for admission to both parks. Where: Barranco de Los Palmitos s/n, 35109 Maspalomas, Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 797 070 Opening hours: Daily 10:00 to 18:00 Admission: Adults: €28.50, Children (4 to 12): €21.00, Children under 4: free. A 2-park ticket, for the Palmitos Park and Aqualand, is offered for a discount price of €45.50 for adults and €33.00 for children for admission to both parks. To get there by bus: Bus 45 from Playa del Inglés beach, Bus number 45 from San Agustín and Bus number 70 from Puerto Rico and Faro. Aqualand Aqualand is the biggest waterpark in Gran Canaria and has an impressive 33 slides and attractions such as a Surf beach, Congo River, Crazy Race, Kamikaze and Rapids. The park is fully equipped with restaurants, cafes, changing rooms and shops.Where: Carretera Palmitos Park, KM 3, 35100 Maspalomas, Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 140 525 Opening hours: Daily 10:00 to 17:00 (except for severe weather) Admission: Adults (13 and over): €25, Children 4 to 12: €18, Children under 4: free.A 2-park ticket, for the Palmitos Park and Aqualand, is offered for a discount price of €45.50 for adults and €33.00 for children for admission to both parks.To get there by bus: Bus 45 from Playa del Inglés beach, Bus number 45 from San Agustín and Bus number 70 from Puerto Rico and Faro. Holiday World and Punta Zero Bowling This is the largest amusement park of the Canary Islands , featuring 15 rides suitable for adult, children, and family enjoyment. These range from more daring ones, such as the roller coaster, Sky Drop, or Centrox, to the more leisurely Panoramic Wheel, Magic Mirrors, or Merry-Go-Around carousel. There is also a bowling alley, a selection of other bars and restaurants (serving Taiwanese, Italian, and Spanish food), and even a choice of three nightclubs for you to shake a leg after the daytime funfair fun. Where: Holiday World, Avienda Touroperador Tui, 35100 Maspalomas, Gran Canaria island. Opening hours: Holiday World: Daily 17:00 to 23:00 (winter), 18:00 to midnight (summer). Punta Zero Bowling: Thursdays - Sundays 10:00am - 02:00am, Fridays 10:00am - 03:00am and Saturdays 10:00am - 04:00am. You can reach Holiday World by bus number 25, 30, 32, 36, 45, 52, 66, 70. Sioux City (Western Theme Park) An exciting wild west theme park providing ongoing shows from 10am to 5pm, including visitors being caught up in bank hold-ups or saloon shoot-outs, hangings, and riots. On Friday nights there is a Wild West Barbecue organised with a hearty meat-laden grill, fruit selection, and an open bar, including after-dinner bank robbery and lasso performances. Where: Barranco del Águila, s/n, 35100 San Agustín, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 762 573 Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays. Entry fee: Adults €21, Children €15; Friday’s entrance with BBQ: Adults €52, Children €22. Watersports This is a popular destination for surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, sailing, scuba diving, and recreational shoreline angling alike. Camel Riding You can enjoy a tour on a camel through the Maspalomas Dunes, starting from next to the lighthouse, where the camel drivers set up their camps. These trips usually take around half an hour to complete, there are usually two riders per camel forming part of a caravan, and cost around €12. Alternatively, there is also some exhilarating camel riding to be enjoyed in the Barranco de Fataga (about 30 minutes drive away inland), with breathtaking views on the Valley of Thousand Palms, featuring a village with characteristic rural houses, an attractive church, and a gift shop with wickerwork and pottery displays. Camello Safari Dunas Where: Paseo charca Maspalomas s/n, 35290 San Bartolomé de Tirajana , Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 760 781 Opening hours: Daily 09:00 to 16:00 Duration of ride: 30 minutes, departs every 15 minutes Prices: Adults €12, Children (3-12 years) €8, Under 3 years old free Jeep Safaris Some of the most breathtaking views of the island, along windy roads that lead through the arid gorges of the area surrounding Mount Tejeda, are most effortlessly enjoyed from the comfort of a back seat of a 4X4. You will gain access to some pristine countryside with stunning views over the refreshingly green pine woods, seductive reservoirs, and volcanic mountain tops – just beware of the sometimes extreme drops in temperature (from 20-30° to -2/3°) that occur with altitude rises of up to 2,000m between the beaches and the mountain peak. UnisafariWhere: 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana , Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 769 375 Tour departs daily for Guanche Route (approximately 6 hours) Prices including lunch: Adults €55, Children €35 (including lunch) Golf There are three world-class golf courses in its vicinity for your enjoyment – the 18-hole, par 73, Maspalomas Golf Club (next to the Dunas de Maspalomas on the Avenida Neckermann, affording splendid views on on the surrounding dunes and underlying sea; phone: +34 928 762 581), the 18-hole, par 71, Meloneras Golf Club (west of the Gran Hotel Lopesan Villa de Conde on GC-500 road, with lush greens and many palm trees; phone: +34 928 145 309), and 18-hole, par 71 Salobre Golf Club (10 minutes drive out from the town centre, by the Barranco de Arquinegin on GC-1 Motorway, km53); a modern golf course with a golf school, driving range, hydro-massage and even its own hotel - the Sheraton Salobre Golf Resort & Spa; phone: +34 928 010 103). Boat excursions There is a wide range of leisure boat trips you can choose from – whether you want to take part in an all-day booze cruise on the sun deck of an ocean liner, or want to go whale and dolphin watching on one of the smaller yachts, catamarans, or want to explore the underwater world with a glass-bottom boat, you won't be short of options. Most of these also provide ample chances to go for a swim, snorkel, or take a banana boat or jet ski ride, or even do para-sailing off the deck. Deep Sea Fishing The island's southern coastline is home to some of the world's prime big game fish, and people fish for blue marlin, white marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, barracuda, and also mako and hammerhead sharks. With a well-equipped, fully-professional boat crew to take care of all your needs on deck, such as preparing the fishing tackle, you could be enjoying an outstanding day's fishing all through the year from €45 per rod (usually half that for spectators). The period between May and November is the best for marlin and tuna, with blue marlins averaging between 331 and 496, and the record standing at 794 lbs. Blue Marlin Sport Fishing Charters Office: Carretara Fataga, km 6, San Bartolomé de Tirajana . Telephone: (+34) 607 626 237 Opening hours: Daily 09:00 to 18:00
Playa de Maspalomas (beach) Lying between Playa del Inglés beach and Maspalomas Lighthouse is a 2.7 km-long golden sand beach at the foot of the main sand dunes of Maspalomas. This European blue flag beach features excellent body-boarding, surfing, and windsurfing. The bend where Playa de Maspalomas beach and Playa del Inglés beach meet is one of the favourite spots for the surf enthusiasts. The beach also has designated nudist beach sections which can be located between beach bar 3 and 4 if accessing from the direction of Maspalomas Lighthouse towards Playa del Inglés, or between beach bar 5 and 6 from the reverse direction. Facilities: Sun-loungers and sunshade rental, life guards and first aid kiosks, and accessible areas for the disabled. There are car park, spa and showers at the Maspalomas Lighthouse area.
Festivals Aside from the traditional religious fiestas that are celebrated throughout the Canary Islands , Maspalomas is best-know for the following three fiestas: Maspalomas Carnival This week-long series of shenanigans includes singing, dancing, beauty contests (i.e. drag queen), and parades under a different theme every year. The Burial of the Sardine (early March) marks the end of the Carnival where a sardine-shaped bonfire is lit at the end of the parade. Men accompanying the parade dressed as mourning black widows and the ambience is solemn and sad. The event was followed by yet another fancy dress party, however. Gay Pride Parade A world-renowned 10 day-long gay party featuring raves, drag queens, pool parties, and gala balls – all best enjoyed in a colourful lycra costume (beginning of May). Restaurants There are a huge number of restaurants offering food of every kind - from tapas bars, steak houses, and fish restaurants to other European and Asian restaurants, including German, English, Italian, and Asian restaurants, it is entirely possible to have a different nationality of cuisine every evening of your stay in Maspalomas. The restaurants can be found in the town centre and also within the shopping and entertainment complexes. You may wish to head to the neighboring town of Playa del Inglés if you want to venture out of the resort for a little. Nightlife There is an abundance of late night venues dotted around the central squares and sea front of Maspalomas, offering a more laid back and refined variety of drinking, eating, and dancing establishments, catering for a wide clientèle including young families and couples. These include a vast selection of pubs and bars such as Irish and English pubs, or karaoke, surf, salsa, jazz, and gay bars, many hosting daily live music shows. Most of these are usually free entrance, but often have slightly expensive drinks. Some of the popular venues for going out are: Plaza Maspalomas Located on the Sunset Boulevard, you will find great live music and entertainment shows, and a wide range of reasonably restaurants - for example at Alabama's, next to the Hippodrome, you can find a great mixture of live R&B, Soul, Blues, Reggae, and Rock 'n Roll. Kasbah shopping and entertainment centre The night life here is geared towards the general tourist with a number of bars with every type of music, including a salsa bar providing lessons throughout the evening. More lively bars are a target for the younger tourist and play a wide range of music, drinks and price offers. If you are out for a good time the Kasbah will not disappoint. Be aware of touts who will be on a mission to get you to their establishments, particularly men, who will be targeted by the strip bar touts.Harley Rock, an American-style Tex-Mex diner that serves food until 3am, has a happy hour from midnight to 1am, and hosts plenty of music and other entertainment shows. Where: Calle de Málaga, Playa del Inglés , 35100 San Bartolomé de Tirajana , Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 776 399 Yumbo shopping and entertainment centre At Yumbo, during the day, you will find shopping of every kind as well as street performers and bazaar style stalls. By early evening, continuing through until the early hours of the morning, the abundance of bars and clubs in this centre come to life. This is a major destination for gay tourists however many of the themed bars are popular with all visitors. There is also a wide range of entertainment in the way of dance performance and singing. Where: Avenida E. E. U. U. No 54, 35100 Playa del Inglés , San Bartolomé de Tirajana , Gran Canaria island. Telephone: (+34) 928 764 196 Should you wish to push the boat out a little further, you could also head over to Playa del Inglés for the pulsating Joy and Cream clubs. Holiday World and Punta Zero Bowling Holiday World has a late night amusement park, and many free entry-bars and discos on offer.also houses Punta Zero, a 16 lane bowling alley. Here you will find equipment hire, a bar, a restaurant, special deals and a café. Where: Holiday World, Avienda Touroperador Tui, 35100 Maspalomas, Gran Canaria island. Opening hours: Holiday World: Daily 17:00 to 23:00 (winter), 18:00 to midnight (summer). Punta Zero Bowling: Thursdays - Sundays 10:00am - 02:00am, Fridays 10:00am - 03:00am and Saturdays 10:00am - 04:00am. You can reach Holiday World by bus number 25, 30, 32, 36, 45, 52, 66, 70. Shopping Street market There is a street market, Mercado Municipal, which takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00 on the Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, at the end of Calle San Fernando. Here you can find anything from shoes, clothes, and fake designer handbags to jewellery and also fruit. Don't forget to haggle, and beware that it gets busy fast. Shopping centres Unless you want to venture out to the supreme shopping hub in the area, the Yumbo Centrum in Playa des Inglés (Avenida Estados Unidos 54, near the Hotel Sandy Beach and the seaside; phone: +34 928 764 196), where you can find typical Canarian handycrafts in the government- funded FEDAC shop, there are two primary venues at your disposal in Maspalomas itself (among plenty of others to choose from): Centro Comercial Faro 2 (Calle San Bartolomé de Tirajana ; phone: +34 928 769 197), which, much like the actual faro ('lighthouse'), lights up its surrounding with a wide range of Spanish and international designer stores and boutiques, and amusement arcades. Centro Comercial Meloneras Playa (by the Lopesan Meloneras Golf Club on the Costa Meloneras beach promenade) – a ship-shaped building with stunning sea views, offering supermarkets, restaurants, and designer labels in high-end boutiques (both offer 24-hour parking).