So after spending some days in Maspalomas I have been mentally comparing it with Las Palmas.
In the post where I revealed how I ended up in Las Palmas, and how I learned that I had been totally prejudged about this whole island, I wrote about the tourist resorts in the south of Gran Canaria.
It feels like coming to another world. It's full of tourists and also built around tourists. Minimarkets selling products from other European countries (drinks, chocolates, chips, biscuits etc.). Restaurants with glossy menus written in many European languages, all selling basically the same fastfood. Where is the local and Spanish food? Waiters calling out in German or Swedish to attract customers. Shop attendants not even speaking to you in Spanish, but directly in German or English.
Although many many locals also go there, as well as people from other parts of Spain, the foreign tourists dominate. When I go to these places, my love for Spain gets confused. Cause it's not like the Spain I know and love. But to have the chance to jump on a bus for 45 minutes, and then come to this world for a little holiday is great, as long as I can come back to my real authentic Spanish city afterwards. Really, what a bonus! I love it in the south of the island, I just don't want to live there.
If all you look for is beach & sun, it's the perfect place. Really, it's lovely. The beaches are wonderful, and especially for people coming from a cold country it's like a little piece of paradise. What is no good is if you leave the island without having been outside the resort to see anything else, while judging how little true character and personality the island has, and that "this is Gran Canaria". The island has so much more to offer! I don't judge those who doesn't see anything else than the tourist resort, I just don't think it's fair to say that Gran Canaria is a place with no personality if you don't go outside the resort and see the real world. Cause it exists en Gran Canaria too!
For instance, Sunday was excursion day to San Mateo for the local farmers market, and my friend was so happy! She loved it in Maspalomas, but thought it was really nice to see something else, and she also said it was like coming to another world. The beauty of the mountains and the volcanic crater on the way was very much appreciated. As well as going to Las Palmas, and seeing normal people leading a normal life in a normal big Spanish city.
|Playa de las Canteras, Las Palmas|
So, I can say I love Maspalomas, especially for the beautiful beautiful sand dunes, but also for the nice climate you find there, it being basically sunny and warm all year around. (Which is true for all of the south of the island.) And I think Maspalomas is one of the nicest tourist resorts on Gran Canaria. Ever been there or anywhere else on the island?