Maspalomas travel guide

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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.

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MASPALOMAS IS BEST FOR...

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.

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FAST FACTS

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.

Holiday destinations related to Maspalomas:

  • Playa del Ingles
  • Puerto Rico
  • GETTING AROUND

    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.

    EVENTS

    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.