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The best of the south of Gran Canaria.

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Gran Canaria has something for everyone. The south of the island is the perfect area to spend a few days, a week or even longer. The resorts of Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas and San Agustin are the best places to stay. The weather is better here than any other part of the island. It's around a thirty minute drive from the airport and offers hotels and appartments which range from basic to luxury. There are good restaurants and reasonable shoppping.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

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15 City Tips

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10 Places

Restaurante Calma Chicha

Restaurants

The New Rustico Maspalomas

Restaurants

Taberna El Picoteo

Restaurants

Restaurant La Tapita - Los Jose's

Restaurants

El Salsete

Restaurants

Playa de Maspalomas

Beaches

Palmitos Park

Gardens, Parks, Aquariums, Zoos

El Faro de Maspalomas

Lighthouses

Sakura III

Restaurants

Sake Restaurant

Restaurants

grankan's City Tips

  • The Botanical Garden in Maspalomas is worth a visit and it's free. Lots of shade on a hot day.
  • If you like a nice gentle swim then go down to Mogan or Puerto Rico, no waves and great conditions for snorkelling.
  • Try catching the Global bus to the resorts on the west coast, Puerto Rico and Mogan. Mogan is a lovely place to eat fresh fish. Try Mi Casa on the corner of the beach.
  • There is an open-air gym in Maspalomas, The Fitness Centre on Avenida Neckermann. You can pay per day or week. The staff is wonderful and it's not expensive.
  • If shopping for perfumes or cosmetics go to the Fund Grube shops. Their prices are good and you can usually get some kind of discount.
  • An evening at the Yumbo shopping centre in Playa del Ingles is great for "people watching". There are plenty of restaurants and shops.
  • If you want a real feel of Gran Canaria head up to the village of Fataga or San Bartolome. Beware the road has a lot of bends!
  • If you have children Sioux City is a great day out and you can get there by bus. There is also a great water park on the road to Palmitos.
  • The spanish clothing brand Desigual has lovely bags and scarves - great colourful presents to take home. The island rum makes a great gift too.
  • If you want to hire a car but not for the whole of the holiday, there are a lot of cheap companies in the area - much better prices than at the airport.
  • The Hiperdino supermarkets are excellent and the large one in San Fernando has an excellent range of wines and spirits.
  • Try eating Tapas in the San Fernando area at the back of Playa del Ingles, this is where the locals go.
  • Visit Palmitos Park, it's not cheap but it's worth every cent. You can eat there!
  • Playa del Ingles has some older but cheaper accomadation, Costa Meloneras is more upmarket, With much more modern resort hotels. San Agustin is a favourite for older travellers.
  • The local bus company "Global" have some excellent routes and the prices are low. The drivers are friendly and helpful too.
  • Restaurante Calma Chicha
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Fusion)
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    grankan Says:

    A restaurant that stands out from the rest. Great fusion food in a lovely atmosphere. Excellent service.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • I love sitting on the covered terrace.
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 3,034 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 08/07/2019
    • Best meal of the holiday! 07/07/2019
    • Restaurante Calma Chicha
    Address:
    Avda De Tirajana, 4
    35100 Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 76 07 14
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$45
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    7:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
    Fri - Sat
    1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Other:
  • The New Rustico Maspalomas
    Restaurants (Spanish)
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    grankan Says:

    The best restaurant in Maspalomas. Small, intimate, great food in a relaxed atmosphere. Friendly multilingual staff.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • The carpaccio is a must, the steaks are great too.
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 3,034 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Happy holidays 03/07/2019
    • Great food and service 02/06/2019
    • The New Rustico Maspalomas
    Address:
    Avenida Touroperador Neckermann 42
    Campo International
    35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 609 19 63 27
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$90
    Hours:
    Fri - Wed
    6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Taberna El Picoteo
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish)
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    grankan Says:

    A great place if you don't fancy a full three course meal. There are plenty of Tapas to choose from and the prices are good.

    Good for
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Look what everybody else is eating and ask for the same. The locals know what to order.
    From the community
    Ranked #181 of 3,034 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the walk 06/04/2019
    • The Best! 03/04/2019
    • Taberna El Picoteo
    Address:
    c/ Partera Leonorita, Edificio Parque Sur III, Local 15
    Bellavista
    35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 649 93 53 78
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • Restaurant La Tapita - Los Jose's
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, European, Spanish, International)
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    grankan Says:

    The best Tapas in the south of Gran Canaria. The food is all delicious, lots of choice and friendly waiters.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Arrive early in the evening to get a table and don't be afraid to go up to the bar and look at the Tapas on display.
    From the community
    Ranked #146 of 3,034 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great tapas 03/05/2019
    • Our first tapas 01/05/2019
    • Restaurant La Tapita - Los Jose's
    Address:
    Calle Placido Domingo, 12 local 5
    San Fernando de Maspalomas
    35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 76 96 80
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$34
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Other:
  • El Salsete
    Restaurants (Spanish)
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    grankan Says:

    A real taste of Gran Canaria. The food is well cooked and presented. The ingredients sourced locally. Excellent service and in a nice quiet residential area. Easy to park nearby.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask about the daily specials.
    From the community
    Ranked #167 of 3,034 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Hidden Gem. 07/06/2019
    • So lovely 15/04/2019
    • El Salsete
    Address:
    Secundino Delgado Edificio Jovimar
    Local 4-5
    35100, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 77 82 55
    Price range:
    US$17 - US$56
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Playa de Maspalomas
    Beaches
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    grankan Says:

    Perhaps the best beach in Europe. Kilometres of flat sand and dunes. Areas for nudists. Kiosks for cold drinks and ice creams.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are fit try walking along the beach from Maspalomas to Playa del Ingles.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Big beautiful beach 20/07/2019
    • Very Nice Beach 19/07/2019
    • Playa de Maspalomas
    Other:
  • Palmitos Park
    Gardens, Parks, Aquariums, Zoos
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    grankan Says:

    This is a must. It's not a cheap day out, but you get your money's worth. Great for families. Lots of birds and animals in natural surroundings. Try to organise your day so you can get to see all the shows. There are places to eat or take a picnic.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a hat and sunscreen.
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 42 things to do in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bird show was the best i'd ever seen! 22/07/2019
    • Great small park 18/07/2019
    • Palmitos Park
    Address:
    Barranco de Los Palmitos s/n
    35109, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 79 70 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • El Faro de Maspalomas
    Lighthouses
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    grankan Says:

    A symbol of Maspalomas. Plenty of restaurants and shops nearby.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Visit at sunset for great photos.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 42 things to do in Maspalomas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lighthouse! 17/07/2019
    • Lovely front but watch out for cobbles 13/07/2019
    • El Faro de Maspalomas
    Phone:
    291230406
    Other:
  • Sakura III
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    grankan Says:

    In the heart of Playa del Ingles. Great japanese food. The menu is huge. The sushi and sashimi are exquisite.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't be afraid to share dishes so you can try more of them.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #431 of 3,034 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    • Great find for a change from all inclusive 26/05/2019
    • Worth every cent 15/05/2019
    • Sakura III
    Address:
    Tirajana, 4
    35100 Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 76 55 27
    Other:
  • Sake Restaurant
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
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    grankan Says:

    A little gem. My favourite sushi restaurant in Playa del Ingles. All the usual japanese items. The sushi and sashimi served on a wooden boat is superb.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ask for one of the private japanese style dining booths and don't forget tontake your shoes off.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #621 of 3,034 restaurants in Gran Canaria
    • Tastier than i expected 23/04/2019
    • Very good 12/04/2019
    • Sake Restaurant
    Address:
    Ave de Italia, 15
    Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 76 16 75
    Other:
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