The vibrant seaside resort of Maspalomas is a family favourite on Gran Canaria’s southern coast. A laid-back alternative to the island’s party capitals, it’s perfect for families with kids, or couples who want something a little bit more relaxed. Holidays to Maspalomas are full of magnificent beaches and an upbeat town centre with a top choice of family-friendly hotels. An easy resort to get around, and well-placed for day trips, t’s surrounded by gorgeous landscapes plus water parks, nature parks and much more, which means it is the perfect setting for a relaxing, fun-packed holiday.
Things to do
Holidays in Maspalomas are ideal for the kids, so why not take the family to the Maspalomas Aquapark as a change from the beach? This family favourite is the perfect place to cool off in the summer sun. Relax in the pool, zoom down the adrenaline-boosting water slides, or meet the amazing sea lions. Or spend the day at Palmitos Park, a wonderful botanical garden with a dolphinarium, aviary and aquarium. Just 15-20 minutes or 11km from here by car, it has been frequently ranked among the top-rated places to visit in Gran Canaria.
Another place worth visiting during your Maspalomas holidays is Roque Nublo, a dramatic volcanic rock in the heart of Gran Canaria. 80 metres high, and more than 1,800m above sea level, it was created about 4.5 million years ago during a volcanic eruption, and was a place of worship in ancient times. It's also the second highest point in Gran Canaria, and is best viewed at sunset, when you can get some terrific photos.
You can’t visit Maspalomas without a trip to the sand dunes. The nature reserve is over 400 hectares of soft sand peaks, so you could easily spend hours walking up them. If a good beach is an important part of your holiday, you’ll love the beach in Maspalomas. The Playa de Maspalomas is a Blue Flag award winner with a six kilometre stretch of golden sands split into different zones so you can find the perfect piece of beach for yourself.
Nature lover’s paradise
Maspalomas is naturally very beautiful with its miles of stunning sands and lush greenery growing all round. If you want to see more of nature at its very best along with some amazing animals, be sure to take a visit to Palmitos Park. It’s an oasis of tall palm trees and flowery gardens and is also home to a remarkable cacti collection. If you love animals you’ll be treated to over 200 varieties of birds, a huge aquarium full of different fish, as well as monkeys, dolphins and a whole host of other species.
There are lots of things for kids to do in Maspalomas when on a family holiday. If your family is a fan of the water, take them to Aqualand Maspalomas, it’s one of the Canary Island’s largest waterparks with an impressive 33 slides. For family orientated evenings that have loads of fun things for the kids to do but still have adults in mind, head for Holiday World. Kids will love all the fairground rides and soft play and you’ll be able to sit and enjoy a meal or a couple of drinks whilst still being able to keep an eye on them.