Maspalomas

Maspalomas

Maspalomas resort is basically a huge sprawl of bungalows, hotels and palm trees that sits on a flat plain just behind the dunes. It's a quiet place to stay with a nine-hole golf course and a huge public park complete with climbing wall and lake.

Much quieter than Playa del Ingles next door, Maspalomas doesn’t have any nightlife to speak of. Most of the best bars and restaurants are down on the seafront at Meloneras, especially now that the Faro II shopping centre is almost empty. For music and fun you head to Playa del Inglés.

The main resort is best suited to those who want a quiet holiday in the sunshine. The newer Meloneras section of the resort is more upmarket with 5-Star hotels on the seafront. 

Salobre Golf Resort is one of Gran Canaria's most exclusive resorts and a top spot for holiday villa rentals.
Meloneras resort is less than 20 years old but it's palm-fringed boulevard, seafront terraces and high-end shops make the smart bit of Maspalomas resort a must-visit spot.
A new study suggests that the Maspalomas dunes will turn into a stony plain within 90 years. Is this true and what can be done about it?
You can't miss the templo ecuménico in Playa del Inglés as it's right by the Kasbah and Plaza shopping centres; It looks like an escaped bit of the Sydney Opera House and is an international church.
The only cure for buffet belly is to get out there and burn off those extra calories. Here's where to do it in Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas  resorts.
The Maspalomas lighthouse, known as the Faro de Maspalomas, has been shining continuously for 125 years and is much older than the resort around it.
Sometimes you just want to spend a day doing something that doesn't cost any money. Here's six free things you can do in Maspalomas resort. All you need is a picnic!
Gran Canaria Info shows you the best of the island and here's one of its best swimming pools; The tropical wonder at the Maspalomas & Tabaiba Princess hotels in Campo Internacional. Here's why you have to swim in it.
Think you know everything there is to know about Maspalomas resort and beach? Test yourself with these 10 little-known facts.
So you've arrived in Maspalomas, the sun is shining (hopefully) and you want to get your bearings. Here's how to explore the resort on your first day.  

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  • Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros
    Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros

    Save money and avoid rip-off bank charges while in Gran Canaria by paying in euros when using your credit or debit card.

    Many bars and restaurants in Gran Canaria, and in almost all European holiday destinations, give you the option of paying in euros or in your home currency. Opting for your own currency, while it may seem like the safer option, can add as much as 5% to the bill as it triggers dynamic currency conversion. 

    DCC basically means that the exchange rate is calculated at point of sale rather than by your bank. It allows you to see the total cost of the transaction in your own currency but adds up to 5% to the total because it uses a terrible exchange rate. 

    Since the extra money is shared between your bank and the merchant, some places will automatically bill you in your own currency and hope you don't notice. You have the legal right to refuse and void the transaction should this happen. 

    ATMs too

    The same applies when taking money out of ATM machines in Gran Canaria (and anywhere in Europe); Always choose the local currency option to avoid losing money to poor exchange rates.

    If you opt for the local currency option, using bank ATMs is often the cheapest and safest way of getting euros in Gran Canaria. It's far safer than having a big pile of euros hidden in your room or tucked into your shorts.

    More details in this Daily Telegraph article.

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