Things to do in Playa del Inglés

Our most recommended things to do in Playa del Inglés

Gran Canaria:Catamaran Dolphin Search Cruise with Snorkeling

1. Gran Canaria:Catamaran Dolphin Search Cruise with Snorkeling

Board a catamaran in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria and head out into the Atlantic Ocean in search of dolphins and whales. Marvel at picturesque views of Gran Canaria's coastline from the water, sip on complimentary soft drinks, and go snorkeling or swimming in the ocean. Your cruise begins with a convenient pickup from your hotel and transportation to the Puerto Base harbor, where you'll board your boat. Then, set sail to explore the waters off the coast of Gran Canaria, going in search of dolphins, pilot whales, minke whales, and more. Watch from the deck or through the glass panels below deck, keeping an eye out for these magnificent creatures and other aquatic life. Then, get ready to experience the ocean firsthand as your boat anchors in one of the small bays along the coastline. Go for a swim, enjoy some snorkeling, or make use of the onboard toboggan slide. If you prefer not to get wet, just sit back and relax, admire the view, and sip on a complimentary soft drink. Spend around 45 minutes enjoying the ocean before your cruise continues with a return journey to the harbor. Your bus will be waiting here to take you back to your accommodation.

Maspalomas: Rental E-Scooter Chopper 2 seat

2. Maspalomas: Rental E-Scooter Chopper 2 seat

Explore the island independently and without the stress of keeping up with a tour group with this easy rental. The Harley-style electric scooters are a convenient and ecologically-friendly way to effortlessly explore the south of Gran Canaria with your partner, family or friends during your holidays – only a driver's license is required. Worried about getting lost in the streets, or need inspiration on the best places to visit? That’s no problem — you’ll receive a map with mobile phone support that will show you different routes you can follow. For example, you could discover the spectacular dunes of golden sand at Maspalomas, a natural reserve. Or, you could visit the Maspalomas Botanical Park, which covers an area of 12,000 square meters and holds more than 500 tropical plant species. Another point of interest is the incredible Oasis of Maspalomas, also known as “Charca”, a small lagoon used as a migration destination for almost 40 species of birds. It’s recommended to complete your amazing experience by visiting the Meloneras promenade, considered the most beautiful promenade in the south of Gran Canaria and with excellent views of the sea.

Playa del Inglés: Surfing Class for Beginners

3. Playa del Inglés: Surfing Class for Beginners

Become a surfer for the day in the perfect year-round weather conditions of Gran Canaria. Visit the most beautiful beaches on the island, and discover the best waves for learning. Enjoy maximum fun and maximum safety as you get to grips with surfing. Classes begin with a theory lesson in the surf school at the foot of the spectacular sand dunes of Maspalomas. The video class is a fun, uncomplicated session that will soon set you up for a day in the water. Then, it's time to get wet and put theory into action. Once your instructors have located the best beach conditions, they will be in the water with you at all times, making sure that you get the most out of your session. As a mobile unit, the instructors will determine the best conditions on your lesson day, meaning you will not only learn how to surf, but will discover some of the most beautiful spots on Gran Canaria, and get to experience the island’s surf culture up close.

Gran Canaria: Snorkeling Trip

4. Gran Canaria: Snorkeling Trip

The island of Gran Canaria boasts a diverse range of African, Mediterranean, and Atlantic marine life. Rely on a knowledgeable guide to show you the best snorkel spots and encounter interesting ocean flora and fauna. Begin your snorkel adventure at the diving center in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria where you will complete basic paperwork and have a pre-snorkel briefing. After your guide prepares the wetsuits and snorkeling equipment, you will drive to one of the local beaches for a 1-hour snorkeling excursion. Learn how to use your equipment and dive in for a guided snorkeling experience during which your guide will lead to the best spots, pointing out and identifying the local marine life. Following your snorkel session, you will be driven back to the dive center. 

Gran Canaria Surf Safari Course: Surf Lesson all levels

5. Gran Canaria Surf Safari Course: Surf Lesson all levels

You don't need to be a pro to surf with this exciting surf safari! This wonderful surf safari is for beginners and intermediates alike. The entire experience is designed around your comfort and skill level. The surf groups are small, making one-one-one time and guidance from your instructor possible, and participants are grouped according to skill levels. In addition, the tours are taken to waves that suit them and their level of ability to ensure that everyone can surf to the best of the abilities. Another advantage to joining this surf safari is getting the first pick of great surfing locations. Your knowledgeable instructors will take you to the places that have the best waves and are the least crowded, which means you get less map time and more wave time.

Gran Canaria: VIP Round Island Coastal Private Tour

6. Gran Canaria: VIP Round Island Coastal Private Tour

Your first stop is at the peaceful Puerto de Mogán beach and marine, described by some as a mini Venice. On the way, make stops to take pictures at the volcano colored mountains and wander through the tropical fruit stands.   Visit el Charco in La Aldea, a place away from the bustling tourism of the island. Here, take a peek into the old way of life on Gran Canaria. Soak in the laid back culture as you walk at San Nicolas shore and beach. Experience the stunning beaches with clear blue waters at Agaete-Puerto de Las Nieves, the volcanic wild coast. Next, choose between having a fish lunch with local delicacies at a local restaurant or visiting a coffee plantation with a coffee, wine, and snack in Agaete.  Enjoy the panoramic view over Las Palmas City at Bandama Crater, subject to timing. At the end of your day of exploration, relax as you are returned to your accommodation.

Maspalomas: Scooter 125 cc Rental in Gran Canaria

7. Maspalomas: Scooter 125 cc Rental in Gran Canaria

Embark on a self-guided tour through Maspalomas on a Scooter 125 cc suitable for 2 persons. Discover Maspalomas Dunes, Playa del Ingles, Meloneras, and much more, as you benefit from the comfort of a two-wheel vehicle that’s easy to drive. For the duration of your renting, you receive a helmet and free assistance in case of breakdowns or punctures. No need to worry about getting lost or not knowing where to go, as your guides provide you with a helpful map with different routes that will lead you to some of the best sights on the island. Discover the amazing Maspalomas Dunes and the old Maspalomas Lighthouse. Visit the Maspalomas Botanical Garden to observe native species of birds and plants. Explore the southern regions of the island such as Puerto Rico, Puerto de Mogan, or Playa de los Amadores. If you are more of a mountain person, cycle to the elevated villages of Ayagaures or Monteleon. You may also stop at the Mirador de Fataga for fantastic panoramic views.

Maspalomas: 1 to 7-Day Mountain Bike Rental

8. Maspalomas: 1 to 7-Day Mountain Bike Rental

Mountain biking is a convenient and ecological alternative to easily explore the south of Gran Canaria. Thanks to a comfortable mountain bike you can get out of the traffic and chaos of the city and visit the beautiful Ayagaures Hill 9 miles (15 km) from Playa del Ingles and visit the famous Ayagaures Dam with its ancient bridge made of bricks. If you love the sea, enjoy a panoramic tour of the coast and visit the nearby fishing town of Arguineguin, about 20 km from Playa del Ingles. Do you worry about getting lost on the street or do you need inspiration on the best places to visit? No problem! Receive a map of Maspalomas with different routes that you can follow and enjoy independently and without stress. Also, receive a mobile phone holder that can be attached to your mountain bike, so you can navigate with your phone. Trace the different routes in Google Maps on your phone and make your self-guided and personalized tour to your needs. For the duration of your tour on the roads only in Maspalomas, receive free assistance service. For routes outside the city, receive a repair kit so in case of damage or puncture of the bike tire you will have everything you need to repair the bike in a few minutes and continue the outdoor adventure.

E-Scooter or E-Bike : 4 Hour Sightseeing Tour in Maspalomas

9. E-Scooter or E-Bike : 4 Hour Sightseeing Tour in Maspalomas

Enjoy an ecological e-Bike or e-Scooter experience outdoors and away from city traffic. Take a 4-hour guided tour with the whole family and thanks to the information provided by a local guide you will learn many curiosities and a bit of local history. Only over 16 years old can participate in this 2 by choosing between two options: either ride an electric bike with pedal assistance or ride an electric scooter equipped with an accelerator. Minors must be accompanied on the tour by at least one paying parent. The tour is absolutely safe, in fact, the route only includes the use of cycle paths and pedestrian areas far from the city traffic. You will never drive off the road or on the sand Your tour begins first in Playa del Ingles: here you will travel along the scenic waterfront called the "Costa Canaria" and see the wonderful dunes of Maspalomas. These amazing dunes have been declared a special nature reserve and protected area. Your guide will explain to you how these dunes were formed and why they are so special for the biosphere. The next stop is the Maspalomas Botanical Garden, where the local guide will teach you to recognize the endemic plants and trees of the canary islands: you will be able to see and touch banana trees, coconut palms, Aloe Vera plants up close. Then you will be shown the most important part of the Maspalomas dunes called "Charca" , a small lagoon closed and surrounded by sand where 40 types of different migratory birds land and which forms an ecosystem characterized by a strong biodiversity because it is populated by many fishes and an endemic lizard . You will arrive at the southernmost point of the island where the famous Maspalomas lighthouse is located. Here you will have about 45 minutes of free time where you can independently visit the old and iconic lighthouse. In fact, inside the Lighthouse there is an interesting ethnographic museum composed of multilingual interactive monitors touch screen and several rooms with inside the reconstruction of clothes, work tools and utensils, traditional musical instruments typical of the Canarian islands. There is also a short stop at the "Punta Mujeres" Archaeological Site: an ancient site made up of ancient circular houses made of stone only dating the pre-Columbian age. Once these primitive houses were inhabited by the Guanches, the indigenous people who populated the island before the Spanish conquest. After you will travel along the " Meloneras Promenade" bike paths along the sea that will lead you to Meloneras Beach. This is a very beautiful promenade because it runs along beautiful volcanic beach, characterized by its typical black sand At the halfway point you will stop for a short 20-minute break so have a drink on the beach before . The return will be faster and without stopping where we will drive inside the safe cycle paths immersed in the beautiful green area of Campo Internacional.

Gran Canaria: Rent Electric Scooter Kick Start

10. Gran Canaria: Rent Electric Scooter Kick Start

Rent a speedy electric scooter as a convenient and ecological alternative to bus or car travel around Gran Canaria. With no license required, you can hop right on and get touring as long as you are over 18 years old. No need to worry about getting lost or not knowing where to go – you will be provided with a helpful map and a mobile phone app with different routes that will take you to some of the best sights on the island. Discover the spectacular golden sand dunes of Maspalomas as you drive along the adjacent seafront promenade. Visit the Maspalomas Botanical Park, which features more than 500 tropical plant species, or the incredible Oasis of Maspalomas, a small lagoon used as a winter nesting grounds by almost 40 different species of migratory birds. Stop by the old Maspalomas Lighthouse, a scenic protected cultural landmark.

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What people are saying about Playa del Inglés

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 393 reviews

Met all the crew at the location and they got us fitted into our suits and wet shoes with no issues, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. We then all hopped into car to amadores beach where we then got dressed and headed to sea, the girl taking us explained everything for us very well and let us get accustomed to the snorkel in the sea without making us feel rushed. She then took us out for just under an hour around the bay where we spotted lots of fish, sea urchins and even an octopus! Was absolutely beautiful and would highly recommend it. Breathing in the snorkel does take some getting used to but all you need is five minutes to figure out how to breath properly and realise you’ll not drown under the water if you’re sensible and not panicking! Would absolutely do it again and would urge everyone to give it a go. You’re in safe, friendly, knowledgeable hands with the crew and I couldn’t fault a single thing.

The staff were super friendly and explained everything in a way that was easy to understand. The diving was very exciting. We even had the opportunity to borrow a Go Pro (for €25 with 8GB) to record our trip. We took this chance and got great results. They even gave us a free ride to our hotel which was close to the beach where we were diving. I can warmly recommend. :)

Great first time snorkelling was really enjoyable and the instructor Erin made it really easy and put us at ease

The girls there are really nice and helpful. Snorkeling is really awesome

Practical lesson! Very mocht time to practise and nice instructors!