Spend the day at Palmitos Park
Take the family to the amazing recreational attraction of Palmitos Park, a subtropical oasis with incredible wildlife and beautiful gardens in the southern part of Gran Canaria, a short drive from the coastal resort of Maspalomas.
What to see and do
One of the highlights of any visit to Palmitos Park Gran Canaria is the Dolphinarium, where you’ll have the opportunity to see these remarkable creatures close up! Once you’ve said hello to the dolphins, it’s time to discover all the other attractions in the park. Explore the Aviary section where you can see many beautiful bird species ranging from flamingos to vultures.
Then it’s time to slither into the Reptile area, where you’ll observe the Gran Canaria giant lizards, Californian turtles and much more. Afterwards, you’ll discover the Mammal zone, where you’ll be able to see orangutans, gibbons and other distant relatives of the human species. Kids will love the opportunity to get to know the meerkats, too, one of which played the friendly character ‘Timon’ in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ movie.
The Aquarium at Palmitos Park
Observe some of the world’s most fascinating salt water and fresh water fish, from the clown fish (also known to the kids as Nemo!) to the venomous surgeon fish. This is the biggest aquarium in the Canary Islands, housing many other rare and colourful species.
Explore the gardens and Butterfly House
See the photogenic orchids and birds of the Botanical Garden, then come to the Cactus Garden, where you can gaze at hundreds of species of this exotic and very spiky plant. Then head to the House of Butterflies, which is the biggest venue of its kind in Europe and is home to hundreds of free-flying butterflies
Food and shopping
When you’re feeling a little peckish, grab a bite to eat at one of Palmitos Park’s cafés, or enjoy a full meal at the restaurant, which serves everything from tasty grilled meats to salads and ice cream. The park also has a wonderful gift shop where you can find some quality souvenirs ranging from themed stationery and toys to a Palmitos Park DVD with the best photos of the park.
How to get to Palmitos Park
By car, you can reach Palmitos Park Gran Canaria from Maspalomas in about 15 minutes via the GC-503, about 25 minutes from Playa del Inglés via the GC-1, or just under an hour from Las Palmas, also via the GC-1. If you’re not hiring a car, don’t worry, because there are also frequent buses to this park from Gran Canaria’s resorts, which are a convenient and inexpensive way to get around the island.