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Sand dunes in sunny Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

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The climate of the Canary Islands offers year-round sunshine and the local welcome is as warm as the weather. With a transfer time of just half an hour from Gran Canaria Airport (LPA), Maspalomas holidays have all the ingredients for a great sunshine break.

Why go?

Holidays to Maspalomas offer the opportunity for a wonderful sunny break, whatever the time of year...

It's not hard to see why, nearly half a century ago, Maspalomas became Gran Canaria's first tourist town - the fine, four-mile-long beach is a huge draw in its own right. But despite luring travellers as an established resort for the last 40 years, time has not dulled the shine on this Canary Islands jewel.

For those seeking relaxation, the beach stretches out almost as far as the eye can see, with lots of space for sunbathing and water sports such as windsurfing, snorkelling and parasailing. Away from the sun-baked shore, the town of Maspalomas is crammed with venues offering everything from sleepy lunches with a quiet glass of wine and some tapas to rowdy karaoke and pumping dance music.

Maspalomas has developed a knack for satisfying every need, but as always in Spain, family comes first. Children of any age will be welcomed at all restaurants, and the resort has a wealth of activities especially designed for youngsters. For grown-ups, meanwhile, there are shopping arcades at every turn to complement the myriad pleasures described above.

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When to go?

It's possible to take holidays in Maspalomas at any time of the year thanks to the pleasant climate of the Canary Islands...

Just like the rest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is one of the best short-haul destinations for year-round sunshine. Daytime winter temperatures rarely fall below 18C, and in summer you can expect an average of about 29C. Summer evenings are warm, but if you're visiting in winter make sure you bring a jacket for nights out.

What's on?

Whatever the weather (which is usually superb), whatever the time of year, there's always something interesting going on...

International Football Tournament; January: Football fans won't be disappointed by this fantastic annual contest, which has been attracting big names since 1984. Teams such as Ajax, Galatasaray, Hertha Berlin and Bayer LeverKusen have all taken part.

Carnival; February: Like any large town in Spain, Maspalomas plays host to the biggest annual party on the Spanish calendar. Each carnival has its own unique stamp, but they all involve parade floats, fancy dress, dancing, eating and drinking until the small hours. And the good folk of Maspalomas always seem able to make their celebrations last for a whole week.

La Rama Festival; August: This ancient tradition, which harks back to the days of the Guanche people who inhabited the Canary Islands a long, long time ago, has to be seen to be believed. Take a 35-minute drive up to the village of Agaete and you will witness around 35,000 people parading to the sea holding green branches before they start thrashing them in the water. The Guanche believed this ceremony would ensure a fertile harvest for the coming year, and much drinking and dancing can be expected.

What to do?

Maspalomas has been a holiday hotspot for years, so there's no shortage of things to see and do - whatever you're into...

Relaxation: Whether it's floating in a pool, lounging on the beach or pampering yourself at one of the resort's spas, Maspalomas is a fantastic place to unwind.

Shopping: The town is peppered with so many shopping arcades and boutiques, you're bound to find all the items on your list.

Nightlife: Lively bars and pulsating clubs keep the party going until the sun comes up.

Kids and teens: If you're looking for a family adventure, don't miss out on a bumpy camel ride over the rolling dunes.