Jean’s film for Doris Visits takes you from the cruise terminal to Maspalomas by public bus; a legendary beach in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. If you want winter sun without flying, then a Canary Island cruise is the answer. Christopher Columbus came across Gran Canaria in 1492 and he instantly liked the verdant palm groves and excellent climate. The harbour may be tranquil but just a bus ride away is a world famous beach. Jean shows you where to get the bus and the journey to Maspalomas Beach. A busy beach where the bars and restaurants beach are full at lunchtime.
We got a bus from the bus garage just opposite the port. The buses are cheap and easy to use. Maspalomas is about a 45-minute bus ride away so make sure you allow for that when coming back. There are many restaurants there on the beach and it is very commercialized. The sand dunes look like a film set. You can imagine Lawrence of Arabia riding out of them on a camel. Set in a canyon inland from Maspalomas is the Palmitos Nature Park, famous for its vivid tropical plants, birds and fish. Don’t forget your sun cream. The sun was very hot and I was glad I remembered my bottle of water!
Playa del Ingles is the liveliest and best-known beach in the Canaries and is not far from the port. Just turn left off the ship and you will come to it after a 5-minute walk. Just beyond Las Palmas, you can explore the stunning desert scenery of Maspalomas.
Further afield explorers will find peaceful old towns like Arucas – famed for its lush banana plantations – and Terror, with its fine collection of traditional houses with intricately carved wooden balconies. Or, Bandama, an extinct volcano set 1,900 feet above sea level, which offers panoramic views over the island.Find your ship’s chat site + share your pictures + experiences to help othersPORT GUIDES – SEE OUR LIST OF EVERY PORT IN THE WORLD and be INSPIRED – PORT & DESTINATION GUIDES MENU AT DORIS VISITS – click SHIPS & CHAT – Research other ships – passenger area tours, info & chat sites – Our Ships menu has every ship from every fleet – Find your ship’s chat site + share your pictures + experiences to help others – click