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Playa del Ingles, on the south coast of Gran Canaria, is a purpose built resort dating back to the sixties. It is one of the largest and busiest resorts in Europe with many high rise hotels and apartments. The sandy beach is long and wide and is bordered by a pretty promenade. The nightlife in Playa del Ingles is renowned for its verve and vibrancy with its many bars and nightclubs providing entertainment from sun down to sun up.
A Playa del Ingles holiday offers warm year round sunshine, an extensive golden sandy beach with a wide variety of sports and child centred activities. There are a huge number of pubs, bars, discos and nightclubs providing a frenetic nightlife particularly suited to the eighteen to thirty age group.
Playa del Ingles appeals to a wide variety of people including families with young children looking for a seaside holiday where good weather is assured. However it must be said that young people are drawn to Playa del Ingles like bees to a honey pot. There is also a fairly large gay scene in the resort.
Playa del Ingles is a year round holiday destination having pleasantly hot summers and warm winters.
Playa del Ingles, being purpose built, does not have an historic past. What it lacks in culture it more than compensates with fun and vivacity. Its high rise hotels and apartments are full of people determined to waste not a minute of their holiday.
The beach at Playa del Ingles is one of its main assets being long, wide with clean golden sand. There are many water sports including wind surfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides and scuba diving.
The Paseo Costa Canaria is a very attractive promenade with shady trees and pretty floral gardens. There are many bars and small restaurants line the promenade providing daylong refreshments.
The nightlife in Playa del Ingles is the liveliest in the island with countless pubs, bars, discos and nightclubs providing fun throughout the night. The area near the Kasbah Centre is the busiest with shoulder to shoulder clubs. Around the Jumbo Centre are gay bars with drag shows. Ricky’s Cabaret is particularly popular.
At the edge of town there is a casino for those who like a holiday flutter.
The ocean around Gran Canaria has ideal conditions for whale and dolphin spotting and for big game fishing where it is possible to catch blue marlins weighing hundreds of pounds.
Golfers will find an eighteen hole golf course close to the sand dunes in a nature reserve beyond Maspalomas.
Many of the islands attractions are found near Playa del Ingles including the very popular Aqualand. With over thirty slides including the Anaconda and the Tornado it appeals to both children and adults alike.
Holiday world is a theme park with exciting rides.
Inland Gran Canaria is well worth exploring with its stunning scenery and charming old villages. Jeep safaris to Mount Tejeda are an ideal way to explore the island.
Nightlife in Playa del Ingles is legendary. The area near the Kasbah is packed with bars, pubs and clubs and never sleeps. During the day it is full of shoppers and by night it is bursting with revellers.
One of the attractions of shopping in Gran Canaria is that goods are virtually tax free and there are many opportunities to spend a few euros in Playa del Ingles. The Yumbo Centre in the Avenida de Espana and the Kasbah in the Plaza del Teide have a wide variety of fashion boutiques and specialist shops. The Indian Bazaar is a good place to look for holiday souvenirs. The San Fernando Market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The variety of bars, cafes and restaurants in Playa del Engles is immense. There are a number of British, German, Dutch and Scandinavian restaurants and pubs all offering their own national food. The international cuisine ranges from pizza and pasta to Chinese and fast food burgers. The many tapas bars provide welcome sustenance in the long hours between lunch and dinner. Traditional fish restaurants, with their fresh produce simply prepared are not to be missed.