This has made San Bartolome the largest tourist municipality in Spain!
Here and in Mogan you'll find lots of tourist resorts and hotels. And of course entertainment...lots of clubs and Irish Pubs.
If you drive up inland you'll find the town of San Bartolome which has a more traditional Canarian atmosphere to it.
As you drive from the airport down towards the south along the coast you will find the following beaches and tourist resorts in this order. This is actually the same order in which tourism developed on Gran Canaria.
San Agustin was the first of all resorts to be built in the early 60's. And as new and more modern areas developed down the coast, San Agustin has kind of been left behind. There is little entertainment.
This however has made it a much quieter and peaceful
place attracting tourists just looking to just relax.
Playa del Ingles means 'Englishman's beach' in Spanish. And if you are a young holidaymaker looking for sun and fun during the night...this is the place to come to.
It's close to Maspalomas' sand dunes and offers good value for money,
but can be a quite noisy.
Maspalomas is of course known for its beautiful sand dunes. Maspalomas and Meloneras (slightly further down) is more up market as they have some of the most exclusive hotels on the island.
Here you will also find a good variety of boutiques and shopping centres.
Being the most touristic area in Spain it's not surprising to find all sorts of theme parks and activities to do here. You'll find everything from camel safaris to skydiving. Some of the most popular attractions are:
is sub-tropical mini zoo with a number of exhibitions. There
are dolphins, birds of prey, parrots
All in all it's a good
option for a family day out.
here you will be able to swim with sealions and enjoy of a variety
is an American Wild West recreation, with buffaloes,
cowboys and Indians. It has nothing to with the Canaries, but kids
there are 3 golf courses in San Bartolome. They are Maspalomas Golf,
Meloneras Golf and Salobre Golf. They are all 18 hole golf courses.
Botanical Park of Maspalomas
is a 12,000 m2 garden in Maspalomas. It has a variety of
autochthonous plants and it's free.
and Ocean Park which
are two of the best water parks on Gran Canaria.
there are a number of camel safaries you can join too.
is located in a protected natural park and it depicts how
the Guanches lived (aboriginal Canarians) before the Spaniards
conquered the island.
is the only amusement park on the island. It's not Disney
World, but it's good enough to have lots of fun.
is another theme park nearby in Aguimes
and you'll find
is a traditional Canarian farm...except for the monkeys and
camels...here you can see how they produce local fruits and products.
Other activities you might be interested in here are: shopping, skydiving,
paintballing, squad safari, carting, surfing, jet skiing, horse ridding,
biking, visiting a butterfly farm, going on a helicopter excursions
or on a procast flight.
If you drive inland (up the GC-250) you'll get to the town of San Bartolome de Tirajana where you can get away from the touristic coastal resorts. Here you can visit its church which was built in 1922 and stroll around the old town centre.
If you come on a Sunday morning you can also visit its market and treat yourself to some 'Bienmesabe'. This is a typical interior dessert made of almonds. The market opens from 9:00 to 14:00.
Form the town centre you can drive to the viewpoint of Degollada de las Yeguas and Monte Pobre where you can get a great panoramic view and photo opportunities.
From San Bartolome de Tirajana we would recommend you carry on driving towards the interior to Tejeda. Here you will find Gran Canaria's highest peak, Pico De Las Nieves (1,949m above sea-level). And Roque Nublo. A geological structure which is also one of the island's symbols.
San Bartolome de Tirajana
Gran Canaria Resorts