Gran Canaria

A visit to Maspalomas is definitely a must. As it's one of the most beautiful beaches in Gran Canaria with its golden sand dunes.

Also in the municipality of San Bartolome de Tirajana, this beach is just south of Playa del Ingles.

Unlike Playa del Ingles which is geared towards young holiday makers and families looking for fun and an affordable holidays…Maspalomas is more upmarket. Here you'll find some of the most exclusive 5* hotels on the island like the Palm Beach Hotel.

Its Beach

There are no words to describe this beach…other than it's one of Gran Canaria's main attractions!


After walking up and down the dunes you won't be able to wait to go for a dip. But don't be surprised if you find naked people walking around as it is a nudist beach…or at least part of it is.

  • The first section of the beach is where families tend to be. This at the beginning of the beach…right after Playa del Ingles.
  • The second section is the naturalist or nudist area. This is where you will find most of the sand dunes.
  • And the third section further down is the gay area. This is going towards the light house - El Faro.

Having said this, the beach isn't it's fine to sun bathe in the 'nudist' area with your swimming trunks on. I do, and it's fine. As long as you don't stare at anyone and make them feel uncomfortable.

Things To Do...

Like Playa del Ingles which is right besides Maspalomas you'll find a variety of water sports activities like jet-skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving, banana boat…nearby you'll also find golf courses, water parks and shopping areas.

Along the promenade there are lots of beautiful restaurants overlooking the beach. And around the light house (known as El Faro) you can buy genuine brands in its many shops and boutiques. The two most popular shopping centres here are Varadero Shopping Centre and Faro 2.

Getting Around

Driving Around
Always the best choice. Just turn right on the GC-1 motorway (Km 46). From this map you can also see how to get to Faro 2 Shopping Centre, Las Melonera and Puerto Rico which is a further 9 km down.

If you are not going to rent a car the following Bus Routes will come handy:

Bus 66 Airport > Faro-Maspalomas
After passing through San Agustin and Playa del Ingles this bus drops you off at Faro-Maspalomas. Buses leave every hour from 7:20 to 22:20 from the airport. It's €4.05 one way and €6.80 return.

Bus 30 Faro-Maspalomas > Las Palmas de G.C (Santa Catalina)
If you want to visit Las Palmas de G.C this is the bus you are looking for. Buses run every 20 minutes starting at around 7:15 to 21:15.

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