...warm breeze, bougainvillea and bird of paradise flower in the square. It's an idyllic scene that's at odds with the outdated package holiday image the island has been working hard to discard. It's a joy when travel delivers truly unexpected ... delivered plenty of surprises. Sand dunes and beaches The holiday resorts are predominantly focused in the south, with of course Playa del Inglés the most well-known. This area, to the east of the imposing Maspalomas Dunes, wasn't what I was expecting. ... sea and sand for the perfect family holiday, but there's so much more to this miniature continent.