San Agustin is a lovely, laid back, quieter beach resort, perfectly situated right in-between the popular Maspalomas sand dunes and the vibrant nightlife of Playa del ingles. It’s a small and quaint resort with a beautiful sandy beach known for its calmer waters and less crowded sands. There are a few good restaurants close to the bay that provide a nice dining atmosphere with some great local seafood to choose from too. If you are looking to escape the crowds and experience a slower pace of the Canary life, yet still be within close proximity to all that Gran Canaria has to offer in the south of the Island then San Agustin is for you!
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Fish, seafood and meat dishes remain the most popular in San Agustin, along with some restaurants serving more international food. Typically the meat and fish is served with Canarian wrinkly potatoes and salsa mojo verde, which is like a spicy tomato salsa.
San Agustin has a lovely selection of restuarants serving great, fresh seafood and a small number of al fresco tapas bars scattered along the sea front.
Maspalomas offers a tasteful and more upmarket style of nightlife, with the entertainment, bars and restaurants located along the Meloneras promenade close to the lighthouse. Here you will find local traditional restaurants as well as fine dining and a-la-carte menus, all suitable for a family evening out. You can enjoy a meal and a cocktail or two in very pleasant surroundings, with lots of designer shops open til late. Playa del Ingles, the party hub, is just a short taxi ride away if you are after a more lively scene.
The San Agustin shopping centre is the largest in Gran Canaria and there are plenty of places to buy clothes and souvenirs.
The Canarian market in the San Agustín shopping centre is Southern Gran Canaria’s newest market. Here you will find a range of items, from local food produce to traditional handmade jewellery, pottery and baskets.
For lovers of nature, a 50 minute drive will take you up to the north of the island where the botanical gardens 'Viera y Clavijo' are located, established in 1952. There are many species of flora and fauna grown here, a paradise for nature enthusiasts. You will enjoy wondeful views of these colourful gardens at the sites' restaurant, located at the entrance.
There are three waterparks to choose from in the area; Atlantida in Puerto Rico has the longest and fastest water slide on the island, Aqualand in Maspalomas is the biggest in the Canary Islands and Ocean Park in Maspalomas with it's 13 water slides.
Head to Maspalomas and the Meloneras area for a range of upmarket eateries and designer shops. Many more family fun holiday activites can be found here inc;uding bowling and go-karting.
You cannot visit Gran Canaria without seeing the Maspalomas Natural Dune Reserve, over a kilometre of sandy dunes running parallel between the town centre and the sea. The dunes gradually descend into lovely beaches, and you can take a camel ride over the peaks of the rippling sand.
Puerto Mogan is a charming place, just a 15 minute drive away with a sandy beach and quaint selection of bars and restaurants along the sea front. It is nick-named "Little Venice" for it's canals and bridges in the streets, and truly is a pretty and authentic Canarian village.
Cosmopolitan Las Palmas - In under an hour’s drive you can visit the Island’s capital city Las Palmas. Its a bustling city overflowing with Spanish ambience, history and culture, plus a harbour and two beaches – Playa de las Canteras and Playa de las Alcaravaneras. Its great for shopping with lots of high end shops and boutiques, side streets laden with cafes and great places for tapas and drinks whilst strolling along the streets.
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Classical Music F...national event
Gran Canaria has two annual world class classical music festivals. The Canary Islands Music Festival in January and February is the first classical music festival of the European season. It takes place all over the Canary Islands and you can go to concerts in both the Las Palmas Alfredo Kraus auditorium and the Expomeloneras concert venue in Maspalomas.
In Gran Canaria, carnival is celebrated in almost every corner of the island and if you want to experience the most famous and exuberant, make your way to Las Palmas, San Bartolomé, Maspalomas, Agüimes, Agaete or Telde, each of these towns’ carnival festivities having their own trademark. Dressing up in colourful costumes, dancing and singing are mainly what carnival is all about.
Día de Canarias (...national event
This is the official holiday for all the Canary Islands. There are celebrations in every corner, including concerts, the traditional Canarian wrestling, folk groups and more, mainly focusing on tradition.
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