Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria
Playa del Inglés (Spanish for "Englishman's Beach") is a
tourist resort town in the south coast of the island of Gran Canaria. Playa del Inglés is part of the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
The population was 17,158 in 2002, and is still growing with hotels, restaurants, taverns and villas lining the beach of Playa del Inglés.
Playa del Inglés is linked with the old road linking Puerto de Mogán and Las Palmas and with the GC1 motorway with an interchange to the north. Until the arrival of tourism to Playa del Inglés, agriculture was the main industry in the area, the second leading industries today are business and agriculture, with tourism securely occupying the top spot. The mountains can be seen to the north.
If you are looking for monuments or other cultural sites, Playa del Inglés is not the place! Daylight hours are for visiting the beach or shopping and at nightfall, the atmosphere and scenery changes completely when the discos and nightclubs swing into action, until dawn.
The beach at Playa del Inglés is one of its' main assets being long, and wide with clean golden sands, which stretch from the other beach resorts of Maspalomas to the east as far as San Agustín to the west.
There are many water sports, including, wind surfing, jet skiing, banana boat rides and scuba diving.
Playa del Inglés is famous for it's sand dunes, which are a natural feature. The sand that makes the sand dunes, originates from the Sahara desert and has built up over millions of years. The sand dunes were formed with grains of crushed sea organisms. The ocean currents dragged them to the shore and from here the wind accumulated them behind the natural vegetation. Consequently, a little pile of sand is created and increases with the contributions from the sea, forming the individual sand dunes. The sand dunes will eventually move when they become higher than the plants supporting them.
The main entertainment centres in Playa del Inglés are the Kasbah centre, Metro centre, Plaza Centre, Yumbo centre, Cita centre and the Irish centre, each one of these shopping centres has a wide selection of bars, restaurants and shops.
The Kasbah centre and the Plaza are next to each other, with over 200 bars and nightclubs to visit between them. Here you'll find the famous Cream and Pacha nightclubs which are open until 7am in the morning. Some bars are more family orientated than others and there's something to satisfy everyone's music needs. Rodger's, the Hippodrome, Liquid and Havana are to name just a few of the bars situated within the Kasbah centre.
The Yumbo centre is one of the largest and most well-known shopping and leisure centres on the island of Gran Canaria. More than 200 shops, pubs and bars, service and trade companies as well as the many small stands create an international atmosphere enjoyed by all. In addition to everyday necessities a wide range of fashion, jewellery, accessories and electric goods are available. The multinational nature of the centre is noticeable by the wide variety of restaurants. The Yumbo centre hosts the famous carnival of Maspalomas each spring, and Maspalomas Gay Pride each May.
For more spiritual needs, there is the Templo Ecuménico de San Salvador, a church providing ecumenical services in three different languages.
Should you get tired of Playa del Inglés beach, there is an attractive pedestrian promenade, the Paseo Costa Canaria, lined with lush tropical flora and luxurious villas. It runs all along the beach linking the Playa de las Burras in the east with the point where the natural park, of the Maspalomas dunes, begins.
In most resorts that are focused on nightlife, there tends to be a "strip" or a street packed with bars in which the nightlife is centred around. In the case of Playa del Inglés, the majority of entertainment is centred around commercial shopping centres.
As with every holiday resort, you are able to hire mopeds, bikes and cars for a daily rental price. There are also bus routes that run through Playa del Inglés and link up with Las Palmas and the other resorts nearby, these run hourly and timetables are available from the Tourist Information Centre.
In Playa del Inglés taxis are red and white with a green light on top when they're available. If you stay within Playa del Inglés resort then most journeys are quite inexpensive, however, when you leave the resort the cost starts to increase quite rapidly.