Maspalomas & Meloneras - Beach Dunes Lighthouse
Maspalomas, known for its dunes, comprises the areas of Campo International, Sonnenland and reaches up to Meloneras. The environment is very extensive. Hotels a little further from the beach offer a shuttle bus service to the beach. Night owls can reach the nearby Playa del Inglés or Meloneras quickly and cheap by bus or taxi.
Meloneras is located on the coast is a somewhat newer part and the high quality hotel standards are characteristic for the area. The surroundings are also luxurious with many classy boutiques and excellent restaurants and bars.
In addition to this, Maspalomas is also characterized by its central location, with connections to the motorway and highways. Tourists who want to get to know more than their hotel, the pool and the beach can explore the island on various activities and excursions. Corresponding offers are available in abundance.
Excursions and Activities Maspalomas
There are a lot of things to do in Maspalomas and Meloneras. For Gran Canaria interested tourists, that like to go on excursions, Maspalomas and Meloneras are suitable holiday destinations due to the good transport connection. The various places of interest in the north (like Las Palmas), in the south-west (like Puerto de Mogán) as well as in the inland (like Fataga) are accessible equally quick.
Both locations are very interesting for golfers, as both Maspalomas and Meloneras each offer a golf course. From water sports activities, from JetSki to surf and diving is all there. But also for excursions like hiking and climbing you will be picked up from here. The necessary fun is provided with activities such as buggy or quad tours. On a bus trip or jeep safari you can also get to know a lot of Gran Canaria.
Sights in Maspalomas and Meloneras
The Dunes of Maspalomas
A detour into the dunes of Maspalomas is worthwhile in any case, because these reach impressive 20 meters of heights at time and offer great views. A evening visit to the dunes is also absolutely recommendable, because these are a wonderful scenery for the stunning sunsets of Gran Canaria.
The guanche ruins of Meloneras
This archaeological site is located directly on the beach and can be seen from the boulevard of Meloneras at Punta Mujeres. It is the foundations of a residential unit of the Guanches, the natives of Gran Canaria. An information board gives further details about the site and the old canarians.
The Bontanical Garden "Jardin Botanico" of Maspalomas
On 12,000 m2 you can admire the 500 different plants from all over the world. On a trip to Maspalomas the visit to this small park is absolutely recommendable for every plant and nature lovers. The entrance is for free.
Parque Tony Gallardo
This botanical garden is located in a nature reserve near the dunes. An extremely nice garden and worthwhile seeing. It is home to predominantly indigenous plants. Unfortunately, the garden has been closed for several years. Maintenance work is currently under way. It is planned to reopen the gates to this wonderful place again in January 2018.
The Brackish Water Lake - Bird Sanctuary
An interesting natural phenomenon. It is a small freshwater lake called "La Charca" (the puddle). It literally is an oasis that provides habitat for various bird species and gives the area its name "El Oasis".
The Lighthouse "Faro de Maspalomas"
One of the oldest lighthouses of the Canary Islands. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1890 to guide the ships in the Atlantic Ocean. In the nice building there is now a tourist information office, a shop for Canarian handicrafts and an ethnographic center, which can be visited free of charge between 10 am and 5 pm. For visitors it is also interesting because of the location at the southernmost point of Gran Canaria. An excursion into the area around the Faro is popular in the evening hours to see the colorful play of the beautiful sunsets.
The Market Halls San Fernando
The market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9 am and 2 pm. Handbags, clothing, household goods as well as souvenirs are offered here. You can find also fresh vegetables, fruits and food.
Leisure Parks in Maspalomas and Meloneras
Holiday World: The leisure park with funfair ambiance offers some smaller rides and a playroom. It is suitable for an excursion with small children. The kids love the offered activities. And maybe you want to have a game of bowling with the family. You can also eat and drink something there.
Aqualand: The water park is fun for the big and small water enthusiasts. The water park is a bit out of the way but easy to reach by bus. The park is not very large but nevertheless offers a few highlights with the different slides.
Palmitos Park: The bird and animal park is perfect for a day trip. It is located a little further inland, but easy to reach by public bus. Not only recommendable for families with children. The park has a great landscaped outdoor area and it also offers several entertaining animal shows with birds of prey and dolphins.
Golf Courses in Maspalomas and Meloneras
Golf Course Maspalomas: It is an 18-hole golf course. The golf course is spacious, flat and laid out with long, wide fairways. The mild sea breeze and the view of the dunes make the course a particularly pleasant experience for the golf player.
Golf Course Meloneras: This golf course also has 18 holes. It is an oasis of palm trees and lakes that are inserted directly into the coastal landscape of Meloneras. The golf course has four tees per hole and is therefore equally attractive both for professional and amateur golfers.
Nightlife in Maspalomas and Meloneras
In Maspalomas there are some nice restaurants and bar where you can end the evening comfortably. For more hustle and bustle, go to one of the shopping centers of Playa del Inglés such as the CITA, the Kasbah or the Jumbo. Or enjoy the solid, more luxurious ambience in the trendy bars in Meloneras and celebrate, for example, in the Agua until the morning hours.
The Shopping Centers in Masplomas and Meloneras
Shopping Center Faro2: The shopping center is very nicely built architecturally, the well-known Canarian artist Cesar Manrique from Lanzarote was involved its project. Unfortunately today it is hardly visited.
Shopping Center Varadero: Located in the area of Meloneras. Shopping fans will find some great shops here. Bars and restaurants are also available. After the visit you can stroll comfortably over the Boulevard de Meloneras to the lighttower Faro and enjoy the sunset.
There are also smaller shopping centers, such as Faro1 and Oasis.
Things to do in Maspalomas and Meloneras
Boots Excursions - Big Game Fishing Trips - Yacht Excursions - Dolphin and Whale watching
Bus Excursions - Day trip to Tenerife - Visit to Loro-Park
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Buggy Tours - Quad Tours
Minibus Tours - Jeep Safaris - Cabrio-Jeep Excursions
Ride Excursions on Horses or Camels
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JetSki Safari - Parasailing - Flyboard - Water Sport Combination
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Mountain Bike and E Bike Tours
Snorkeling - Introduction Dive - Dive Excursions
Dive Courses: Scuba Diver - PADI Open Water Diver - PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
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