Fun hidden by the dunes – Maspolomas, Gran Canaria

Fun hidden by the dunes Surrounded by huge sand dunes, only accessible by camel – come on, what other tourist resort can boast that?!

Maspolomas on the southern part of Gran Canaria is a fantastic choice of destination for those that want something a little more upmarket and quiet, with loudness in easy reach.

During the summer months, predictably there are many flights heading over to this Canarian island, with many great deals on offer. Slash the price of your travel plans by pre-booking airport extras, like Birmingham Airport parking from Holiday Extras, and you’ll save before you fly – and that means one thing, guilt-free duty-free shopping! Wherever you’re flying from, you’re bound to find a great value service, so nobody misses out on the cost cutting action – check out Holiday Extras for Edinburgh Airport Parking offers and save yourself time and money.

Maspalomas’ famous dunes are what separate it from the bright, and occasionally brash resort next door – Playa del Ingles. In my opinion, it’s good to be close to action if you want it, because that way you can mix up your holiday and have the best of both worlds, without overdosing too much on the neon lights!

A great choice for families and couples wanting a quiet, romantic time, as well as keen golfers too, with four world-class golf courses in resort. It’s easy to get around resort, as it’s relatively flat and good for walking, however, I’d highly recommend hiring a car and getting out and about to independently explore the area.

My first port of call would certainly be the beach. Maspalomas beach is beautiful, sandy and long, with plenty of sun-loungers to relax on. A definite must visit is the sand dunes. This is a protected area, so one way to visit is on a camel! You’ll not only see the awesome dunes, but you’ll see rare wildlife too – as well as the unique experience of a camel ride!

Another definite must-do excursion is a boat trip. I try to do this wherever I am in the world, but here you’re quite likely to see dolphins, and lots of marine-life too if you opt for the glass-bottom variety of boat. Remember your hat and sun-cream though, the sun’s very intense out on the open water.

I love a bit of retail therapy, so I’d certainly be heading to the weekly market to grab a bargain or two. Haggling is expected, so have a go, it’s strange at first but definitely worth it. Alternatively, nearby Playa del Ingles has good shopping.

Night-life in Maspalomas is a mixture of lively and sophisticated, and if you’re wanting raucous, vibrant entertainment, then head over to Playa del Ingles for the evening. It’s worth doing this for a couple of evenings, just for a bit of variation. In resort however, the main stretch of restaurants and bars tend to centre around the lighthouse, which is still active, and looms high over the resort. Nobody goes hungry when it comes to food either, with lots of international restaurants around.

Maspalomas really couldn’t be in a better spot – hidden from the noise of its neighbour, but accessible to everywhere, and this makes it the perfect destination for variation. Take advantage of the great package deals on offer this summer and explore the area yourself, also taking up those airport parking deals, to make the whole thing cheaper before you even get to the terminal! Check out Bristol Airport parking when flying regionally, and see for yourself just how cheap and convenient this service can be. Fun in the sand dunes this summer?

For nature, beauty and a good old laze in the sun – it has to be Maspalomas.

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