Maspalomas is arguably the oldest tourist town in Gran Canaria, and is situated on the southern part of the island. With its stunningly beautiful beaches, it is not hard to see why holidays in Maspalomas are becoming increasingly popular. Although there are many hotels here, it is far better to rent a villa a little farther out from the town. Self catering accommodation in Maspalomas is of the highest standard, and acts as a good base to enjoy a wonderful vacation which is centred on beach activities.
Activities whilst on holidays in Maspalomas are mainly centred on either the beach or the sea. This is hardly surprising, given just how beautiful it is! A full range of water-based leisure activities are available such as water skiing, windsurfing, snorkelling and much more. The impressive sand dunes offer camel rides, which make for a fun few hours, and there is also a golf course as well, with the dunes and ocean providing an incredible backdrop.
Maspalomas itself has very little culture attached to it. Sure, there are bars, restaurants and taverns, but those seeking a little history will be disappointed. Instead, holidays in Maspalomas are more suited to those who like modern, fun diversions. The biggest water-park on the island is to be found just outside the town, and its many waterslides and features will keep people of all ages entertained. An ornithological park has many species of butterflies and orchids, and quite randomly, there is a wild west theme town called Sioux City.
The excellent weather is one of the main attractions of considering holidays in Maspalomas. As with the rest of the canary Islands, the weather seems to be perfect all of the year round. It very rarely drops below and average of 14 degrees Celsius at night, even during what is laughingly called the winter, and the day time high averages are consistently above twenty degrees. The hottest months of July, August and September see average temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius. There is virtually no rainfall here, and although January is the wettest month, there are barely more than 6 days when it rains, and the average for the month is just 34 mm.
Most tourists on holidays in Maspalomas will arrive by air, and will land at Gran Canaria Airport (LPA). This airport is the fifth busiest in Spain, which is a testament to just how popular Gran Canaria is. One curious fact, is that the extra-long runways mean that it was an alternative landing place for the Space Shuttle. Assuming you are not arriving by Space Shuttle, however, you will be flying on one of the dozens of airlines that land and take off here every week. These include easyJet, Monarch, Jet2, Thomson Airways and BMI Baby. Fly from UK airports such as East Midlands (EMA), Exeter (EXT), Newcastle(NCL), Birmingham (BHX), Cardiff (CWL) and Glasgow (GLA).