Gran Canaria is a popular destination for travellers from all over Europe, and specifically for travellers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The Maspalomas/Playa del Ingles area is in fact so popular amongst Scandinavian tourists that you’ll find several Norwegian, Danish and Swedish bars and restaurants scattered around. But, there are more things to do in Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles than frequent these places, and after my recent trip to Gran Canaria I decided to include them all in this article.
First things first; why is this post on things to do in Playa del Ingles and things to do in Maspalomas not written as two separate posts? Simply put, these two touristy towns are so close to each other, the borders are a little blurred out. The nearby Sonnenland is also pretty much in the same area. By definition, both Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles are cities in the San Bartolomé de Tirajana county of Gran Canaria. If you are wondering, my friends and I stayed in this hotel in Maspalomas.
As mentioned, the island is a popular place for anyone looking to escape the cold of Europe in winter (even the Spaniards themselves travel here in the colder months), and so you’ll find travellers of all kinds in the Canary Islands. Families, couples groups of friends and even solo travellers frequent Gran Canaria and the other islands. This means that you’ll find lots of great things to do in Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles during your trip, in addition to a bunch of fun activities in Gran Canaria in general (a post on what to do in Gran Canaria will be coming your way soon). Here you’ll find some of my favourites!
Looking for somewhere to eat during your trip? If you head this way you’ll find my guide to some great Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas restaurants!