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.
21 to 28°C °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.
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
To explore the famous golden beaches and rolling sand dunes of Gran Canaria, book your Thomas Cook holiday to Maspalomas today.
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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.
With endless golden sandy beaches to enjoy here and surrounding resorts, you can soak up the sun, have a refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean, or try something more adventurous like water-skiing or paddle surfing. It’s also near to what many would consider to be Europe's most famous beach, Playa del Inglés, another golden sandy beach that's overlooked by a busy promenade and gets very popular in the peak season.
If you're looking for an amazing backdrop for your Maspalomas holiday photos, then head to the spectacular sand dunes, which are within walking distance of the resort. This fascinating desert-like landscape looks like something out of the Sahara, although this shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Canary Islands are not that far from the Sahara Desert just over the water in Africa!
There are lots of things for kids to do in Maspalomas if you’re away with the family, with the resort’s own water park on your doorstep. Aqualand is a fantastic place for a family day trip, with a huge choice of water rides and slides, including rubber ring slides and rapids. Little kids have their own pool and water playground, plus a lazy river for a more leisurely ride. One of Aqualand’s biggest attractions is their sea lions, which you can swim and play with, helped by the park’s team of sea lion experts.
Families: Maspalomas is jam-packed with kid-friendly attractions. Take them to see the sea lions at the local water park or let them scream themselves silly as they plunge down the water slides and chutes at the aquapark!
Beach lovers: Lazy days just float away as you lie back and relax on award-winning beaches, with beautifully soft white sand and clear blue waters.
Adventurers: Ride camels through the dunes, fly across the waves on water skis, or take a sailing trip to spot dolphins during your Maspalomas holiday.
Language: The language spoken here is Spanish. However, in many hotels and other tourist establishments, you can expect to hear English spoken by most of the staff. Still, if you're keen to impress the locals with a few Spanish words or phrases, download our handy language app or use a phrasebook during your Maspalomas holiday.
Currency: The currency used here is the Euro (€).
Local time: It’s on the same time zone as the UK.
Fly to: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPA).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes from UK airports.
Tourist information: If you'd like to receive more detailed tourist information, please click here http://www.gran-canaria-info.com/maspalomas.
Visa & Health: For the latest visa and health requirements, please click here https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
Temperature: Highs of 28°C in August.
Best time to visit: June and July for almost guaranteed sunshine. However, the weather is generally sunny and dry most of the year, and winter, spring and autumn are cooler and more pleasant for hiking and cycling.
The weather here is usually pleasantly warm in winter and very warm or hot in summer with occasional heatwaves. The temperature tends to stay in the mid-20s (°C) from May to October, with the hottest month being August. The sea is warm enough for a comfortable dip from around May until at least early November. In fact, water temperatures only dip to about 18°C by February.
By bus: The buses in Gran Canaria are well organised and cheap, with bus stops located throughout which is great for visiting a neighbouring town or getting around the resort. These can provide excellent value for money and are a convenient way to explore the island.
By taxi: Taxis here are reliable and reasonably priced. They are required to use a meter and can be booked in advance or found at a taxi rank in the town centre, making them useful for both airport transfers or getting back to your hotel in the evenings. Just remember to confirm what the taxi fare will be before you start your journey.
On foot: It’s a compact resort that is easy to get around on foot, with most attractions no more than 20 minutes’ walk from the hotels.
By car: If you'd like more independence and the freedom to explore Gran Canaria at your own pace, hire a car at the airport, where you'll find plenty of rental firms. However, it's often cheaper to book your car hire online and well in advance of your Maspalomas holiday.
Canary Day: May 30th is a public holiday in the Canary Islands, commemorating the islands’ independence from Spanish rule. The event celebrates Canarian culture, traditions and history, and across the islands you’ll find parties, parades and exhibitions, with locals showcasing the best in Canarian music, food and festivities.
For music lovers: In January, the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife host the celebrated Canary Islands Music Festival. Indoor and outdoor venues across the islands’ resorts put on showcases and concerts, with many celebrated artists including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The event goes on for several weeks and is a must-see for lovers of classical music.
Another major event is the Carnival in late February or early March, which includes incredible processions, dazzling costumes, live music and other exciting festivities.