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.

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21°C to 28°C

Maspalomas enjoys warm weather all year round, although the best time for beach weather is from around May to October. In fact, this resort enjoys some of the highest winter temperatures in the Canary Islands, thanks to its relatively sheltered location and protection from cooler northerly winds.

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About 4 hours and 30 minutes

About 4 hours and 30 minutes from UK airports to Gran Canaria International Airport, which is about 20 minutes or 32km from Maspalomas.