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Playa del Ingles may be a purpose-built holiday resort, but what it lacks in traditional appeal, it certainly makes up for with the fun factor. Since its development in the 1960s, this area of Gran Canaria
has gone from strength to strength, and is now home to a whole host of hotels, attractions and activities that continue to draw holidaymakers, year after year.
As one of the most popular Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is a perfect choice for people of all ages. Whether you're travelling with family and need to keep the little ones occupied with some child-friendly amenities, or you're holidaying with a bunch of mates in search of a good time, this area of Gran Canaria would be ideal.
As part of the Maspalomas area of the island, holidays in Playa del Ingles mean that you're within easy reach of attractions galore ' from the watersports on the beach to the nightlife in the towns. One thing can be said about summer breaks in this resort is that you certainly won't be bored!
This subtropical park can be found in the heart of the mountains, just north of Maspalomas. Easily accessible from Playa del Ingles, with bus and taxi rides available, a trip to this beautiful space would be perfect, no matter how old you are. Kill a few hours with the kids and introduce them to a vast array of wildlife, before sitting down to be dazzled by the resident dolphin show.
Tomahawk throwing, lasso displays, crazy stunts - have we got your attention? If this sounds right up your street, Sioux City is a mere 20 minutes away from Playa del Ingles and is one of the most popular attractions. Take a step back in time to the Wild West, where Cowboys and Indians were constantly locking horns, with Western shows and awesome sets - as well as a Venomous Animals exhibit that's well worth seeing.
The Moonlight Cinema
Located in nearby Meloneras and just a short bus ride away, the Moonlight Cinema proves to be incredibly popular during the summer months, when it turns the typical 'drive-in' cinema into something completely upmarket and unique. As Europe's only open air cinema, you're in for a real treat ' enjoy an al fresco meal before settling down to watch a Hollywood movie on the big screen.
Dance till Dawn in Pasha
The nightlife scene in Playa del Ingles has come along leaps and bounds over recent years, with plenty of bars and clubs now available for you to dance 'till you drop. Head to one of the most famed clubs in the world, Pasha, and immerse yourself in the house and dance music as you party until the early hours.
Dolphin Watch in the Atlantic
While you could easily catch sight of a dolphin or four at the dolphinarium in Palmitos Park, there's nothing quite like the feeling of spotting them in their natural home. With boat trips leaving daily from Playa del Ingles, you will be able to do just that as you sail through the Atlantic Ocean, pointing out these incredible creatures as you go. You may even be able to spot a whale or two, as well!
Jeep Safari in the Valley of the Thousand Palms
Clamber aboard a 4x4 as you venture off to Fatima before heading through the Valley of the Thousand Palms for an adrenaline-filled afternoon that will make you feel like you're miles away from the hubbub of your resort. Finish the adventure on a camel, as you lurch through a deserted landscape complete with a mini grand canyon.
Playa del Ingles
Saharan golden sands, turquoise clear waters and more amenities than you could possibly need, Playa del Ingles is a hub of activity throughout the summer months as droves of holidaymakers head for its shores. Plenty of watersports opportunities, as well as a cracking nightlife and ample family-orientated opportunities mean that, in Playa del Ingles, everyone will be well catered for.
Famous for its colossal sand dunes, Maspalomas caters more towards the families with children, with a low-key nightlife in comparison to Playa del Ingles. However, it's not just the dunes that are a tourist magnet ' the awesome waterpark is well worth a visit, while the highly coveted Blue Flag beach would be perfect for a saltwater splash!
Direct Holidays offers a whole range of affordable holidays to Playa del Ingles, meaning that you're just a couple of clicks away from a memorable visit to Gran Canaria next year!