Reasons to Visit Playa Del Inglés, Gran Canaria

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As a family we typically seem to go to the Canary Islands for our holiday break. Whether it’s December or August you’re pretty much always guaranteed good weather. I’ve been in a bikini at a waterpark in Tenerife on Christmas Eve, so that’s how mild the temperature stays throughout the year. Holidays to Playa Del Inglés are always guaranteed great weather with plenty to do for all the family and friends.

Funnily enough last year we ended up going to Gran Canaria for our annual summer holiday with the family, whilst most of my colleagues ended up going there too. We had also all picked to stay in Playa Del Inglés, the sea resort on the south coast of the island. It’s only recently become such a tourist place over the past few decades, which is why we probably all ended up going at the same time. Even my Auntie and Uncle headed to Playa Del Inglés just a few weeks after ourselves.

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Places to Visit in Playa Del Inglés

Just some of the beautiful places I have visited the couple of times I have been to Playa Del Inglés include:

Maspalomas

Maspalomas is one of the main areas we used to go to in the evenings for food and drink. It’s Gran Canaria’s most famous holiday resort so there’s plenty of things going on there. There are some very expensive hotels (my parents dragged us through them to see what they were like and ended up staying in a beautiful one this year for their 25th wedding anniversary), pubs, golf courses, beaches, bars, cafes and more.

Meloneras

My other family tend to stay in Meloneras as it’s slightly more upmarket (yes more expensive too), but don’t let that stop you. There are the most beautiful bars and cafes on the beach. I had the most gorgeous mojito sat at in the shade facing the beach, watching the world slip by.

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Palmitos Park

Palmitos Park is a beautiful botanic park, aviary and dolphinarium. If you’ve spent enough time shopping, or sitting by the pool or beach then Palmitos Park is a perfect day out. I think it cost us under $30 each. I believe you can team up and get joint park tickets for the Park and with Aqualand so it saves money.

Aqualand

What I love about the Canary Islands is the Aqualand waterparks. There are so many things to do for adults, children and even those people who hate rides. Not only are there water slides, there are pools and my favourite, lazy rivers.

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Yumbo Centre

The Yumbo Centre is a shopping centre by day, by night it’s full of life as mainly a gay bar but so many pubs and bars within. It covers quite a few floor levels so there’s plenty of bars and pubs to chill in. It also hosts carnivals, gay pride and there’s a huge mini golf course too.

Dunas de Maspalomas

The Maspalomas Dunes are a very picturesque part of the south coast of Maspalomas. The Dunes are protected as a nature reserve and were one of the contenders of the 12 treasures of Spain. They are a beaut and very much worth going to visit.

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We visited in August so it was in peak season. However we did find that there were not many children around our hotel. However it did mean that there weren’t many screaming kids or babies about. As soon as you head into Playa Del Inglés there are so many activities and things to do for all ages.


If you’re wanting a holiday to a place that’s guaranteed good weather and a good time, try Gran Canaria. We’re thinking of heading back next year to stay at the next resort around and then take day trips back to enjoy the cocktails by the beach!

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