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Playa del Inglés is bursting with energy and gives visitors the opportunity to do almost any activity. From quad biking through the desert to pleasant, scenic walks, skydiving to deep sea diving, this resort really has it all. These are just a few of the major attractions that can be found within Playa del Inglés. If you are planning to join an excursion there are often groups especially tailored for gay visitors.
Be aware of what you want to do early in your stay, as all tours and excursions get booked up quickly. Also, online booking usually has its merits in discounts and early confirmation.
If the heat of the beach is getting too much, perhaps try a relaxing stroll along the Paseo Costa Canaria. This promenade is lined with glorious plants and flowers brightening the luxury villas that have been built along this exclusive walkway. It runs along the top of the beach between Playa de las Burras over to the Maspalomas dunes.
There are a few options if you are looking for this type of activity, using the landscape of the dunes as a perfect setting for camel riding and a taste of desert life. 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
Throughout the island’s coastline there are fantastic spots for diving. Perhaps those who are more familiar with the sport would prefer to head out to the north coast, where exciting wrecks and underwater landscape make for amazing dives.If you’d rather stay closer to home, the ‘Let’s Go Diving’ company is situated in the Pasito Blanco harbor in Maspalomas. First time divers can opt for a ‘try-out dive’, sign up for the PADI course to become a certified diver or the experienced can go out in open waters for guided dives to spy the underwater treasures. A try out dive is a half day course and costs €75 and a half day trip with two dives also costs €75. Prices increase for longer and more extensive courses.Where: Pasito Blanco habour, 35290 San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria island (approximately 12 minutes drive westward of Playa del Inglés on GC-1 then GC-500 for Pasito Blanco).
Telephone: (+34) 660 291 891.Dive Academy Gran Canaria A 5 star Padi diving centre with its private training swimming pool! Daily boat and shore dives are run from €32 per single dive. Diving at various dives sites around the island such as Sardina del Norte, The Las Palmas Wrecks, and El Cabron the Marine Reserve in Arinaga are also available. If you interested in becoming qualified, Open Diver Course starts from €360.
Where: Calle La Lajilla s/n, Centro Recreativo Puesta De Sol, 35120 Arguineguin, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Gran Canaria island.
Telephone: (+34) 928 736 196
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 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.
The alternative of Aqualand is Ocean Park. This is the smaller and is located close to Holiday World amusement park. The park has 13 different slides and a number of large swimming pools, including a wave pool and many other attractions. This park also offers snack bars and restaurants.Where: Avenida Touroperador Tui 18, 35100 Maspalomas, Gran Canaria island.
Telephone: (+34) 928 764 361
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: about €18 for adults and €10 for children.
Holiday World and Punta Zero Bowling
This is just one of the theme parks in the resort and boasts roller coasters, a sky drop, autoscooter, swinging pirate ship and children rides. There is also a big wheel, giving the best views over Playa del Inglés. Entrance is free and rides are priced by credits. Special cards are used to pay for the rides, varying in credit value. The more expensive cards are better value. The cards can be used by more than one person and last for a month.Holiday World 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.
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.
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)
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
Standard fishing trip (from 09:00 to 15:00): Adults €55, Adult watching €45, Children under 12 years old €40. Boats departs leave at 9am from the left-hand side of Port Nova in Puerto Rico (approximately 20 km westwards of Maspalomas).