Maspalomas Dunes

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Maspalomas Dunes which includes desert views

Wonder at these stunning, golden sand dunes and explore the wind-sculpted mounds to find pools abundant with fish and bird life.

Discover the vast Maspalomas Dunes on foot or immerse yourself in the full desert experience on a guided camel tour. For a break from the endless sand, head to La Charca, where a small lagoon provides a sanctuary for an array of birds.

The Maspalomas Dunes cover an area of 1,000 acres (400 hectares) behind the long beaches of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. Although the origin of the dunes is not clear, scientists believe that these immense mounds may be the result of sand dumped by a huge tsunami hundreds of years ago.

Set off on foot across the Maspalomas Dunes and look for indigenous shrubs scattered around the empty land. In 1994 this area was named a national park. It has a network of sign-posted paths that twist and turn through the sand. For a novel way to explore the dunes, inquire in town about camel safaris. Let the camel do the hard work of walking across the dunes while your guide explains the natural history of the area.

Whether you are on foot or on a camel, be sure to head to the west end of the dunes where you can peer into a pool of glistening, clear water surrounded by lush palm trees. Known as La Charca, this oasis provides an amazing contrast to the desolate dunes just a few feet away. Come here to admire colorful birds such as sanderlings and hoopoes that rest by the water during their migration between Europe and Africa. Sit in the shade of the towering trees and watch schools of bright fish in the shallow water.

Don’t be surprised to encounter naked sunbathers, as the area welcomes nudists.

The Maspalomas Dunes are a short walk from the resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés. The sand gets extremely hot during the day so be sure to wear a good pair of sandals or walking shoes if visiting at this time and remember to bring plenty of water. Visiting the dunes is free, though there is a charge for the camel safaris.

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