Playa del Ingles
Playa del Ingles is a town on the southern coast of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. Its name can be literally translated to “Englishman’s Beach”, although the origins of this name are unclear. It is a town that is bustling with a growing gay-scene, with bars and clubs specifically themed for them, as well as cabaret shows and gay pride festivals, which are attended by hundreds of thousands of party-goers.
The weather in Playa del Ingles is sub-tropical, like most of the Canary Islands. The summers are hot and yet breezy, with average temperatures of about 24°C. Winter here comes with mild weather, as the temperature rarely drops to an extreme. Around February, you can expect temperatures of around 17°C, still perfect for al fresco dining, and a swim in the 19°C in the sea.
- THINGS TO DO
- RESTAURANTS/ BARS
- HOW TO GET TO PLAYA DEL INGLES FROM THE AIRPORT
THINGS TO DO
Camello Safari Duna Oasis
Playa del Ingles has many activities for you to choose from, also due to its close proximity to other tourist towns such as Maspalomas. A guided ride on a camel could be a lot of fun, especially as a group. Camello Safari Duna Oasis offers these walks for around 12€ per person, around the Maspalomas Dunes – a fun a safe little activity even for the younger ones.
Templo Ecumenico de San Salvador
The Templo Ecumenico de San Salvador is a beautiful Catholic church with daily mass and organ recitals. Its windows are made of a spectacular mosaic of stained glass, which allows the light to fall into the church at certain times of the day. Its architecture is unusual and modern and offers a peaceful refuge from the sometimes loud and crowded days on the beaches.
On the beach of Playa del Ingles, you will find the Paseo Maritimo, or the boardwalk, from which you will be able to enjoy the views of the dunes and the sea. Shops and cafes line this area, where you can go for a relaxing stroll, or find a spot to sunbathe on. Many joggers frequent the paseo for their morning runs, especially during the sunrise, when the weather is mild, and the beach is still and quiet.
In the next town, Maspalomas, you will find the waterpark Aqualand, which is a fun way to kill time during the long hot days of the summer. Families and groups of friends will share a good laugh while enjoying slides and rides here, while those who would prefer to bake in the sun can also have the option of renting a sunbed by the pool. An in-house restaurant provides snacks or full meals, so you can refuel quickly.
Stargazers will love the AstroGC astronomy workshops in nearby Maspalomas. Here guests will be able to observe outer space and its nebulas, planets, and clusters with large 6” telescopes, for a close-up look at the stars. A guide will give a talk on the basics of how to read the sky, and other educational astronomy topics, providing a uniquely informative and mesmerizing visit for both adults and children alike.
Abora Continental by Lopesan Hotels
The Abora Continental by Lopesan Hotels Playa del Ingles, formerly known as IFA Hotel Continental, is located close to the Playa del Ingles beach. Here you will have two adult pools to choose from, a children’s pool and a few hot tubs. They have a range of rooms which can include sofa bed options for when you are traveling as a family or a larger group. This hotel was recently refurbished and is still in a spotless and brand-new state.
HL Suitehotel Playa del Ingles
For couples traveling to Playa del Ingles, the HL Suitehotel Playa del Ingles may be just the right choice for a romantic stay, as it is an exclusively adults-only hotel. Here you can spend time on the rooftop sun deck, or by the outdoor swimming pool – unless you feel like venturing off towards the main beach, which is only 100 meters away. A restaurant on the grounds has an extensive menu to offer, with dishes ranging from traditional Spanish, to intercontinental.
The Occidental Margaritas
The Occidental Margaritas (formerly the Barcelo Margaritas) is located just a walk away from the main beach, as well as a 20-minute walk from the Maspalomas Golf Course. It is a minimal contemporary hotel with two outdoor pools, a kiddie pool, and a mini-club. Those who like to work up a sweat can spend time in the gym, or playing tennis or mini-golf. Families and couples alike favor this hotel, as they are primarily known for being accommodating and multi-lingual.
Princess Hotels & Resorts
One of the most popular hotels in Playa del Ingles, the Sentido Gran Canaria Princess Hotels & Resorts is an adult only hotel, with stunning views of the Maspalomas dunes from its balconies. The hotel restaurant offers thematic dinners along with night and day entertainment to keep you on your toes. Here you can also find a wellness area, which includes a sauna, and even Balinese style beds for a complete relaxation experience.
Apartamentos Green Park
Apartamentos Green Park is an apartment complex for short term and long term rentals. It is most suited to travelers who would like to be comfortable in a more relaxed setting, but also those who are looking for the best deals in Playa del Ingles. These apartments all come with their own balconies, kitchenettes, and lounges, and can be found only 500 meters away from the main beach. It is only 50 meters away from the Aguila Roja Shopping Centre, as well as the bars and restaurants in town.
Playa del Ingles has a vibrant expat community, which has brought a wide selection of international restaurants to town. The Mediterranean Candombe Bar serves up classic Spanish dishes as well as excellent steaks in large portions. Their burgers are a favorite among their regulars, as well as the dessert menu, which is homemade and simply delicious.
Shorty’s is a tapas restaurant on the Paseo Maritimo, which serves vegetarian-friendly and vegan options, as well as gluten-free dishes. Dishes such as the mixed tapas, baked zucchini with chicken and the pork schnitzel are among the favorites on the menu here. The breakfast is said to be generous for the price and delicious, with free refills of coffee as well.
La Palmera Sur
At La Palmera Sur, you can find creative dishes that look appealing and taste fantastic. With international dishes and a fusion twist, you can enjoy dishes such as the red tuna tartare, the lamb tacos and red curry prawns, with your choice of wine on the side. The atmosphere here is quite distinctive and adds to why it is so popular even among young locals. Their desserts are known for being exceptional, such as the Gin n Tonic jelly or the Pina Colada cannelloni.
The nightlife scene in Playa del Ingles is lively and full of variety. Mana 264 is one of the most frequented bars, where you can kick off your night, with a cocktail atmosphere, a diverse food menu, and a long drink list. You can find it in the Yumbo center, which hosts an array of restaurants, shops, and bars, and gets quite busy during the weekends, as it is one of the top spots for nightlife in Playa del Ingles.
The Kasbah on Plaza del Teide consists of a cluster of shops and bars, where you can stop for a quick snack, or a drink, and is known for the dancing that goes on in the streets. There is music at every corner, so it is perfect for those who want to go out and see some action, but beware the hustlers who will try to sell you things you don’t want or need.
HOW TO GET TO PLAYA DEL INGLES FROM THE AIRPORT
To get to Playa del Ingles, you will have to fly to the Gran Canaria Airport first, from which you will have several options. It is around 30 kilometers away and is most comfortable to get to via taxi if you didn’t get to book any transportation in advance. A cab from the airport will set you back around 35€ and will take around 25 minutes.
You can also pre-book a shuttle from the airport to your hotel, which is the most economical way to travel if you have time to make arrangements. A bus is also available from the airport to Playa del Ingles, which will cost around 4€. Be sure to check the bus schedule, as they are usually only available between 6am and 22pm, with fewer trips on weekends or public holidays.