Whatever you do in Maspalomas is synonymous with fun, culture or history. On the southern coast of Gran Canaria, travellers will find archaeological sites that exhibit the aboriginal past of the island and botanical gardens where they can learn about native plants.
What to do and what to see in Maspalomas
- Plaza de las Mujeres Site: Situated next to the large Maspalomas lagoon and the nature reserve, on the sea promenade of Las Meloneras beach, Plaza de las Mujeres gives an idea of the layout the settlements of the early inhabitants of Gran Canaria used to have. It is surrounded by beautiful salt marshes that are protected to ensure they remain in good health, and by the hunting and fishing areas used by the island’s old settlers.
- Maspalomas Botanical Garden: Maspalomas has a small botanical garden with native flowers. You can tour it in one hour and watch all the plants and butterflies. It is far from the busier tourist attractions, in the Campo housing development.
- San Bartolomé de Tirajana: Set in one of the most spectacular natural areas of the island, this municipality that contains Maspalomas has dozens of old customs and traditions. Its streets, alleyways and secluded squares are meeting points, as are its terraces, arts and crafts shops and market gardens.
- Degollada de las Yeguas viewpoint: This vantage point is in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, formerly called Tunte in the native language, a name that is still widely used. The place affords unparalleled views of the Fataga ravine, which runs down towards Maspalomas and is lined with palm trees and savins.
- Henchidero mill: In Tunte stands one of the oldest and best-preserved water mills in Gran Canaria. The space was home to a shoe store, then was refurbished and became an ethnographic centre that exhibits the essence and history of the Canaries’ traditions.