Don’t miss out this must see in the south of Gran Canaria!
In this complete guide to the dunes of Maspalomas you’ll find out everything you need to know before travelling to Gran Canaria: what to do in the dunes, how to get there, accommodation next to the dunes and the most frequently asked questions.
The dunes are the main factor that attracts so many tourists every year to the island that, because of its variety of landscapes, is often called a mini-continent. Find out why in this article.
The Maspalomas Sanddunes: A Must See in Gran Canaria
The spectacular nature reserve of the Maspalomas Dunes is home to many species of animals and plants. Its desert landscape with the mountains in the background offers incredible and unique views. On the promenade you can enjoy the views, watch migratory and aquatic birds and fish in their natural habitat and more.
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Things to do at the Maspalomas Dunes
If you’re visiting the south of Gran Canaria and want to know what to do in Maspalomas, we have several plans and activities for you to enjoy the Maspalomas Dunes to the fullest:
1. Maspalomas Beach
Obviously, if you’re going to see the dunes of Maspalomas, you should visit the beach of Maspalomas. It’s probably the most famous and popular beach for visitors coming to the island. Near Maspalomas beach, in the south of Gran Canaria, we recommend visiting the lighthouse of the south: Faro de Maspalomas, the Paseo de Maspalomas which leads towards Playa del Inglés, the other well known tourist area with its famous beach, and Meloneras, another luxurious tourist area with an elegant beach, the Mirador de las Dunas viewpoint and finally the nature reserve of the Charca de Maspalomas, a salt water lagoon which is home to many aquatic and migratory birds.
2. Maspalomas dunes at sunset
The Maspalomas dunes are also known for some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Here, the sun bathes in the crystal clear water of Maspalomas beach, and the sky is tinged with warm colours such as yellow, orange and pink. With the Maspalomas Lighthouse in the background, you can't miss these spectacular sunsets.
3. Camel ride at the dunes of Maspalomas
At the beginning of the Maspalomas Dunes, before reaching the Charca de Maspalomas, you can find a camel camp where you can enjoy a camel ride through the Maspalomas Dunes. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the desert landscapes of Maspalomas and feel like you are in the middle of the desert.
How to get to the dunes of Maspalomas
If you’re wondering how to visit the dunes of Maspalomas we have three options for you:
- By bus: If you come by bus, the fastest way is to get off at the Faro de Maspalomas station and walk to the dunes. There are many bus lines of the Global bus company that stop at Faro de Maspalomas, such as the 50, the 30 or the 01.
- By car: If you come by car, here’s the exact location of the dunes of Maspalomas to get there directly via Google Maps. Once you arrive at Playa de Maspalomas, you can pay for parking or, if you prefer, park in the area and continue on foot.
- On foot: The promenade and the dunes are well signposted, so it’s easy to get there on foot. Also, as the Maspalomas beach is connected to the beach of Playa del Inglés, you can walk along the shore and enjoy a long walk.
Accommodation in the Maspalomas Dunes
If you want to stay near the dunes of Maspalomas and enjoy all the comforts and services, we recommend the hotel Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas. Here fun, good feelings and relaxation go hand in hand. It’s surrounded by all amenities, from shopping centres to shops, bars and supermarkets. It’s the perfect choice for a family hotel in Gran Canaria.
Two other very good options are the Maspalomas Resort by Dunas and the Suites & Villas by Dunas, with villas and bungalows equipped with all the accessories and features you need to make the most of your holiday in Maspalomas. Their lush gardens adorn and embellish a promenade that converges into incredible pool areas - three ideal options for the perfect southern Gran Canaria experience!
FAQ about Maspalomas dunes
We’ve collected a number of frequently asked questions about the Maspalomas Dunes, which we’ll answer below:
Is it possible to enter the dunes of Maspalomas?
Yes, to a certain extent. Part of the dunes is restricted as it’s a reserved and protected area. You’ll see these areas delimited by wooden posts and ropes, including the Charca de Maspalomas. On the other hand, some hotels have direct and signposted access to the dunes.
Can you walk in the dunes of Maspalomas?
Yes, as long as you respect the signs and the delimitations. However, we recommend wearing shoes as the sand can be very hot. It’s also essential to bring sun protection, a cap and water. The Canarian sun shouldn’t be underestimated.
What is the weather like in the dunes of Maspalomas?
In the dunes of Maspalomas the temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius. You can find out about the weather in Maspalomas before you go to the beach here: weather in the dunes of Maspalomas. The maximum temperatures are reached between 12:00 and 16:00.
How were the dunes of Maspalomas formed?
The origin of the dunes of Maspalomas is unclear. There’s speculation that the sand arrived thanks to the winds from the interior of Gran Canaria, or from the sea, which has been drying out and forming the Dunes. The other theory is that they were formed by a Tsunami. However, their origin remains a mystery.
Where to eat in the dunes of Maspalomas?
Take a look at our article on the best restaurants in Maspalomas and find out where to eat in the south of Gran Canaria. In Maspalomas, Meloneras and Playa del Inglés you’ll find bars, terraces and restaurants just a few metres from the beach, as well as supermarkets and more.