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El Faro de Maspalomas, Maspalomas

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On a visit to El Faro de Maspalomas, look out to the sea and imagine how this historic lighthouse would have safely guided ships from Africa and the Americas. Built in 1890, the 68-m (223-ft) tall structure is an icon of the Maspalomas area, and the perfect place to set off on a walk into the famous sand dunes. Afterwards, have a meal or a snack in one of the many nearby restaurants or cafes. A visit to El Faro de Maspalomas represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Maspalomas itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • As lighthouses go it's quite attractive but currently surrounded by hoarding and you can't go in it. There are pictures of how it was decades ago, before Meloneras was a town. it's a useful landmark, ...  more »
  • The famous lighthouse of maspalomas is a place not just to pass by there is still fine things in the evenings at sunset you can get Taken very many good pictures from here
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  • This area is well worth a visit. Beautiful shops, restaurants and bars. A boardwalk stretches to Meloneras about 1.2km away to a nice little harbour. Walking the other way you come across the nature r...  more »
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  • Nice spot by the sea. The lighthouse is all fenced off at the moment I assume for renovation. Right between the dunes of maspalomas and the shops and restaurants of melonares.
  • . I suppose it all depends what you mean by El Faro. Do you mean the actual lighthouse itself? In which case I can hardly see what rating you can give it. It's there, it's very big, you cannot visit it to see its history, nor climb up to get a view of the horizon. Nothing much else to say. So give it a 1 *. But the actual area around it, along the seafront, is pleasant for strolling. And your fellow strollers are unlikely to be noisy or drunk. It is not Playa del Inglés. So overall, it gets 3*** In one direction you can walk along a wooden boardwalk alongside the beach, past the back entrance to the restaurants (or walk along the pedestrian street with their front entrances - but beware the touts trying to tempt you in to eat - they can get a bit tiring) with a nice view of the dunes and then turn left for the pedestrianised walk alongside La Charca and then the (almost certainly dried-up) river. In the other direction you can walk along the pedestrianised seafront promenade all the way to the quiet beach and restaurant at Pasito Blanco - a good mile or so if you go all the way. En route you will go past first a few restaurants and bars, and a range of up-market shops catering for deeper pockets than mine, then the gardens of a number of four and five-star hotels (one or two of them with seriously strange architecture), making an interesting walk with plenty to comment on in a catty manner. :-) If it's windy and the surf is up, you can also watch the surf-boarders performing acrobatics. Best time is early evening, so that you can watch the sun setting in the sea. It's a good idea to time it so that you can grab a frontline viewing table at one of the bars, and down your drink in time with the sun downing. Cheers! .
  • This monument is truly beautiful raging over the nearby shops and restaurants. Worth a look! And maybe a few pictures as well :)
  • it is a lighthouse, nothing special to see. still the walk around is nice.
  • Nice place with a rock pool.When I been there there was a sand artist, really nice sand sculpture.