Maspalomas is part of the Maspalomas – Costa Canaria tourist town, an area commonly referred as Maspalomas (a concept known by locals as el Sur, meaning the South) which also includes the nearby town of San Agustín, Playa del Inglés and Meloneras. Located on the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria, it is the largest tourist town in the Canary Islands. Maspalomas is part of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
Unlike the Resort-like development model later extended to other locations in the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, Maspalomas has a personality on its own, as it evolved into a fully equipped town much closer to the “touristic” concept of destinations like Palm Springs, California or Palm Beach, Florida. It has a variety of infrastructure and public institutions rarely seen in other touristic areas, including hospitals and private clinics, local and foreign schooling institutions (Spanish, English and Swedish schools), shopping & convention centres, casinos, English-language cinema, golf courses, sports centers, thematic parks and a Summer University (in collaboration with the university of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, mainly focused on tourism-related activities). Maspalomas serves as the base for Gran Canaria’s only English language newspaper.
It has a wide range of accommodation on offer (3*, 4*, 5* and Luxury Hotels, Beach Resorts, Boutique and Thematic Hotels, Bungalows and apartments), although the urbanism concept speaks of an horizontal expansion (Bungalows) rather than high rises. The area includes the Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas, which constitutes the main landmark of Gran Canaria. Much appreciated as a winter destination for foreign tourists, mostly from north-European countries (Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, etc.), it remains as the largest tourist destination in the Canary Islands
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