Sonnenland is in the south of Gran Canaria and is considered to be one of the quieter areas on the island. This area is only 35 minutes from the airport, making it a pleasant journey when you arrive. There are a huge number of locals that live in this area, which provide it with a far less touristy feel than other places.


The resort of Maspalomas is nearby, and Sonnenland is located in the suburbs, further inland with no beach of its own. However, you can easily jump in a taxi, as they are cheap, and easy to find as they are everywhere. If you feel energetic the beach is about a 40 minute stroll on the flat – remember to drink plenty of water on your way.

The nearby beach is stunning and offers a huge variety of water sports for you to enjoy. There are also many bars and restaurants to explore, before heading back. Maspalomas is a large and popular resort, which eventually merges with the neighbouring resort of Playa del Ingles. However, Sonnenland remains quieter and more suited to travellers searching for a relaxing holiday.

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Food and Drink

During the day, there are plenty of shops and cafes to explore. The bars are traditionally Canarian and will serve food and drink until late.

If you want English food though you might struggle in this area. Basic choices are available, and you will not go hungry but you will need to travel further afield to find British cuisine.


The accommodation in Sonnenland is far more affordable than some of the busier resorts, and if you don’t mind a short bus or taxi ride, you can very easily be in the hustle and bustle.

Many travellers use Sonnenland as a base to explore other areas, and if you hire a car you will find everything extremely accessible.

Things to Do

There is plenty to visit in the local area, including the water park, Holiday World, and the beautiful Maspalomas Park. There is also the Faro 2 shopping centre which offers mini golf, bars, restaurants, evening entertainment, and a car boot sale on Sundays. There is also a local market on a Wednesday and Saturday selling local products, fruit, vegetables and handicrafts.

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Families love the quiet atmosphere here, and the hotels cater for families well.  If you enjoy spending time in the sun, around the pool and do not want to venture too far, it is the ideal location.

The hotels in the area cater well for both couples and families, ensuring that there is plenty to do in the hotel.  Regardless of why you choose Sonnenland for your holiday, this area provides the best of all worlds. You are far enough out of resort for it to be peaceful and relaxing, but close enough to the busy resorts when you want to explore.


You can spend long, lazy days on the magnificent Maspalomas dunes, before returning for a quiet evening in your hotel or a wild night in the resort. Every part of the island is different, and Sonnenland offers an alternative to the traditional resorts.


1 Comment

  1. James

    Well I am Scottish so the lack of ‘English’ food was a blessing, I would hardly call it ‘cuisine’ though. Having spent a recent holiday in Crete where everything was very tourist orientated, Sonnenland would be a pleasant surprise for some. Far enough out of the main resort to be ‘chav free’ but a good base from which to explore and then return for a tranquil evening without the incessant ‘in your face’ hullabaloo that usually comes with the larger resorts.

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