Located on the south coast of Gran Canaria, Maspalomas is a pretty tourist town with plenty to see and do. Famous for its spectacular dunes and white beaches, a holiday in Maspalomas is perfect for those looking for sun, sea and sand. Playa de Maspalomas beach is said to be the best on the whole island and stretches for over a mile in length. La Charca lagoon and Maspalomas Lighthouse are must-sees during your trip and you'll find plenty of activities on offer from golf to water sports.
There are plenty of airlines offering direct flights to Maspalomas and flights land at Las Palmas Airport on the east side of the island. Low-cost carrier Ryanair offers cheap flights from Bristol, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh, London Stansted, East Midlands, London Luton and Liverpool while easyJet offers affordable flights from London Gatwick. The flight time is around four and a half hours. You can also fly directly with flythomascook, Monarch and Thomson Flights from a good variety of airports across the UK.
Las Palmas Airport is located around 30 kilometres from Maspalomas and a taxi to the resort will cost around €40. A cheaper option is to take the bus, and bus #66 travels between the airport and the resort, just be sure to check the timetable before you travel. Alternatively, car hire in the Canary Islands is a convenient option to get to your Maspalomas hotel and hire cars can be collected from the airport. For the best deals, it's a good idea to book in advance.
You don't have to spend a fortune getting around during your Maspalomas holiday as the island has an affordable and efficient bus service which connects most places. If you do decide to hire a car, this will make exploring the surrounding areas very easy. The centre of Maspalomas itself is relatively compact and can be explored on foot.
There's a wealth of accommodation options from basic guesthouses to beachfront hotels. If you are on a budget and looking for cheap hotels in Maspalomas be sure to book in advance as accommodation fills up quickly, especially in the popular summer months. If you are travelling as a group or as a family, hiring a villa or apartment can often work out cheaper than booking hotel rooms.
You'll be wanting to sample the local cuisine during a Maspalomas holiday, and you'll have plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from. To save money, stay away from the more expensive beachfront eateries and search out the smaller establishments in the town centre. A must-try is papas arrugadas con mojo which is a dish of salted potatoes with a spicy salsa which is often served with meat.
Updated 15th May 2013
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