San Fernando Things to Do
There is a lovely church in San Fernando, the Parroquia de San Fernando. The church was consecrated in 1982 and it is a more modern version of a Chatolic church, it almost looks like a Protestant church.
There is mass in this lovely church on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 19:00 in the winter time and at 20:00 in the summer time. And on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:30 and in the evenings at 20:00 in the winter time and 19:00 in the summer time.
I have visited the church a couple of times.
There is a square in front of the church (see my tip).
Now this is something I love to do, water aerobics :) In San Fernando there is a local swimming pool and 5 days a week at 10 o' clock in the morning there is a water aerobics´ session in the pool. The entrance fee is supposed to be 2 euros per session, but when I went there it was just open for free to the public.
The session lasts for 50 minutes with music and a cute trainer ;) I have a photo of him in his swim trunks but I cannot add it here to VT. Most of the women attending were local women, and there were just women there. It is not too difficult and just good fun.
There is a dressing room by the pool, but you keep your purse and belongings by the pool.
I do recommend going there.
Avenida de Galdar is a small shopping street in San Fernando with lots of shops on one side of the street, f.ex. the big Eurospar supermarket, a pharmacy, several Chinese shops, bakery, clothes' stores, auto shop and car-dealers etc. It is very lively with lots of people from different ethnic backgrounds and tourists from Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas. Behind it is Bellavista with HiperDino and Mercadone, which can be reached from steps by the clothes' store Desnudos, see my photos.
Avenida de Galdar is a semicircle so it will take you down to one of the bridges leading to Playa del Ingles.
If you pass Avenida de Galdar and walk a few steps further up Avenida de Tirajana you will see a square with a beautiful mosaic picture (see my last picture).
San Fernando Restaurants
This kebap restaurant is cheaper than at other places, the same restaurant is in Playa del Ingles as well. San Fernando is usually cheaper as it is a residential area as opposed to the touristy Playa del Ingles. So we went often to buy kebaps here. One normal kebap costs 2,90 euros and they were yummy.
Notice the paper money from all over the world at the counter, they are under glass and you can have a look as you wait for your kebap.
San Fernando Shopping
You can find the chain of Mercadona supermarkets all over Spain, there is one in San Fernando and I was a bit disappointed with it as it is like hidden away as compared to Mercadona in Costa del Sol (see my tips on Costa del Sol) the supermarkets there are very big. But all in all Mercadona is the cheapest choice when buing food. The selection is not as big as in other supermarkets in this area, Eurospar and HiperDino, but you can usually find the basics there and pay less. So it is a good choice for cheaper food.
Mercadona is in the same street as Bellavista shopping center (see my tip). To get there from Playa del Ingles (where I was staying) you can either pass the motorway on the 2 bridges leading from Playa del Ingles which takes you to Calle Alcalde marcial Franco and then turn left on Calle de La Partera Leonorita - or you can walk up Avenida de Tirijana and turn right and down the steps to Calle de La Partera Leonorita just as you pass the shopping street Avenida de Galdar. You can also walk down the stairs by the Desnudos store on Avenida de Galdar (see my photo), the steps will lead you directly to the entrance of Mercadona. I got lost when following the map the first time I visited San Fernando looking for Bellavista and Mercadona as it is out of sight and I followed the Mercadona direction signs by the road which are ment for cars, so I ended up walking in circles. That is why I am giving detailed directions here and hope they will prove to be useful.
What to buy: Food, drink and toiletries.
What to pay: Less than in other supermarkets and a lot less than in food-stores in Playa del Ingles.