Overview of Playa del Inglés

Playa del Inglés is a tourists’ playground with rows of restaurants, bars and shops of every sort, fronted by miles of sandy beach. This is the largest holiday resort in Gran Canaria and the second in all of Europe, only after Benidorm. The varied nightlife and lazy days by the pool and beach attract young couples and groups of friends, particularly during the high season of July and August. Alternatively, the huge choice of entertainment and vast pool complexes also attract many European families. The resort have also emerged as hotspot for gay travellers.

The resort has been developed to cater for all. Here you can find huge shopping centres, water activities, golf courses, bars and even theme parks. Playa del Inglés is a ‘fun and sun’ resort, created in the 1960’s it has grown into a buzzing hive for tourists of all kind.

Hotel complexes and the natural sand dunes, which separate the resort from the beach, dominate the dry landscape; a reminder of the barren terrain underneath the high rise hotels, that was once thought useless. Thousands of tourists swarm daily across the open dunes to reach parts of the beach.

The flat landscape makes it easy to get around, with numerous buses passing through the resort, transporting tourists to many of the attractions in the surrounding area.

History

The history of this city only really started in the 1960’s when the area bloomed into a tourist paradise. Previously, its difficult landscape meant that it was not inhabited by ancient dwellers or anyone.

Culture

Playa del Inglés is not the place to go if you are looking to experience some traditional Canarian culture. You can, however, try traditional Spanish food in some of the restaurants, as well as worldwide cuisine in many different themed restaurants. The barren landscape has been transformed since the 1960’s, when the dry, unfruitful area blossomed into the biggest holiday resort in all of Spain. The holiday culture here is all about having a good time; relaxing in the sun by day and dancing away your worries come nightfall.

For the more spiritual visitors, the Templo Ecuménico de San Salvador is a church which holds mass in three different languages.

Economy

Obviously, tourism is the major industry in Playa del Inglés. There are some other businesses in the city; however, they are mainly aids to the tourist industry.

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 €30.
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.