Maspalomas, lying in south of the fabulous island of Gran Canaria, boasts some of the island’s most spectacular scenery. A succession of arid habitats leading to a stunning desert landscape, the Maspalomas sand dunes, a Special Nature Reserve since 1994.
We strongly recommend a camel trip around the Nature Reserve’s 403 hectares – a really fun excursion riding on these desert giants and an alternative way of exploring nature whilst respecting the environment.
The dunes on Maspalomas Beach have always been a major tourist attraction: an authentic sea of golden sand that emerged where it was least expected – right on the ocean shore! The fascination with this breathtaking sight is not just due to the fact that it’s like a mini Sahara desert, but also because it is blessed by blissfully warm temperatures that remain constant all year round. The warm, crystal-clear waters make this a totally irresistible destination for European tourists.
The beach area at Maspalomas boasts excellent infrastructures and facilities including numerous hotels, restaurants, beach bars and shops. Lovers of water sports will also be in their element; here you can enjoy sailing, surfing, windsurfing, scuba-diving and fishing, to name but a few. The more daring among you can have a go at free falling from a plane, landing in the middle of the dunes, a thrilling experience that no-one ever forgets in a hurry. Golf fans will have a ball in Maspalomas, as the best clubs on the island are located here. Maspalomas Golf offers spectacular views of the dunes and ocean, providing a spectacular backdrop as you make your way around the course.
Don’t miss a visit to Maspalomas Lighthouse, one of the area’s landmarks and one of the oldest working lighthouses in the Canary Islands. From there you can make your way to Charca de Maspalomas, a small coastal saltwater lagoon separated from the sea by a sandbank, making it an excellent haven for seabirds. You’ll be able to spot and photograph the flamingos, as well as little egrets and Eurasian spoonbills, as they feed on insects and fish in the calm waters of this fragile southern ecosystem.
Maspalomas is also a hive of cultural activity. Top of the list are the MASDANZA International Contemporary Dance Festival held on October and the International Summer University. A visit to the Maspalomas Space Station is also time well spent.
IBEROSTAR Hotels & resorts has a 4 star All Inclusive hotel in Maspalomas. The Iberostar Costa Canaria stands on the seafront at San Agustín Beach in Maspalomas. It is the perfect base for golf lovers and boasts superb facilities that will guarantee a truly enjoyable and relaxing holiday on Gran Canaria.”