Maspalomas is the second longest beach in Gran Canaria, and is primarily famous for its vast dunes that often grace the covers of travel guides of Canary Islands. However, dunes are a fragile ecosystem, and need to be visited with care. There are three walking routes available for curious visitors, with signposts and information available at the information point at the Playa del Inglés. The highlight of your visit will be an opportunity to ride a camel in the desert and stop by lagoon with fresh crystal clear water
Sioux City is a Western-style theme park located in San Bartolome de Tirajana, near San Agustin. Sioux City is situated in a unique natural environment, in a cactus-filled canyon. All objects and art performances are an exact replica of the American Wild-West. The theme park offers a number of thrilling attractions for visitors, where they can experience the Wild West. Sioux City offers a variety of fun, exciting shows covering Western themes, with Indians and cowboys, duels and chases that will not leave children and adults alike unamused.
Follow in the footsteps of Columbus at Casa de Colon
It is a relatively unknown fact that Christopher Columbus had a stopover at the Canary islands in 1492. His initial plan was to stock up on food and other essentials on the western side of La Gomera island. The Canary Islands were located strategically for Atlantic sailing, and it was an essential stop point for many voyagers. If you are into history and interested in the life of Christopher Columbus on the island, you should pay a visit to the Casa de Colón and explore the models of the three ships which comprised Columbus’ fleet: La Santa María, La Pinta, and La Niña.
Moonwalk at Roque Nublo
Bang in the centre of the island, this little and large rock pairing is well worth a visit. The relatively short hike up to this unmistakable landmark is hot work, so get hydrated with a fresh juice from the van in the car park. Standing 80 metres tall and 1,813 meters above sea level, the Roque Nublo isn’t actually the highest point on the island (that accolade goes to Pico de la Nieves), although with its exposed position rising out of the Caldera de Tejeda, it is certainly the most prominent. You can enjoy panoramic 360-degree views of the island from on top of the peak, but the quasi-lunar landscape itself is the real draw: it’s quite uncanny.
Have a grand day out in Palmitos Park
Palmitos is the biggest zoological park in the Canary Islands, with hundreds of ocean dwellers like dolphins, turtles, seals, reptiles, lories, toucans and pelicans calling it home. There’s a schedule of feeding times, shows and demonstrations every day, and for just €60, you can spend time with one of the dolphins in a hands on lesson about the species in the water. Aqualand is also 10 minutes away, if you’d prefer slides to seals.
Seafood by the seaside
There're plenty of places to eat seafood by the sea in Gran Canaria's main resorts. Puerto de Mogán marina is a great spot, as is the beachfront in Puerto Rico and the upmarket Meloneras boulevard just west of the Maspalomas lighthouse.
However, to really experience the coastal atmosphere of Gran Canaria, it's best to head to a local seaside town or village. You don't have to go far from the resorts to find one. Arguineguín townhas great beachfront restaurants and little El Pajar village and sandy beach, just east of Arguineguín, is a great local spot that is also just minutes from Maspalomas.