Maspalomas is the oldest
touristic town in the south coast of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.
Sands of Maspalomas Dunes
Maspalomas is part of the municipality of
San Bartolomé de
. Its name may derive from that of Rodrigo Mas
de Palomar, a settler and soldier from Majorca, or from
Francisco Palomar, a Genoese friend of
Alonso Fernandez de Lugo
who purchased 87 Guanche slaves from
Güímar and settled in the
The place is famous for tourism, its hotels, beaches, dunes,
apartments, and other facilities including restaurants, bars,
taverns, shopping centres, souvenirs, and businesses.
There is a
68 m tall lighthouse, named El Faro de Maspalomas, at the
southern point from where the 12 km long beach and dunes, a nature
reserve since 1897, lead to Playa del Inglés.
Bird Area "La Charca"