Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Map, tourist guide and information
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Maspalomas Sand Dunes - Tourist information & resort guide
Photograph Riu Maspalomas Palace hotel. The best view over the rolling expance of the Maspalomas sand dunes is from the elevated Viewpoint (Mirador) in rear of the hotel. Access through the Arcade with shops in the centre of the hotel, just under the large RIU sign
The Maspalomas Sand Dunes are a nature reserve and naturists paradise for sun worshipers into nude sun bathing. The dunes can be reached by walking along the beach from either of the resorts. Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles, If you are coming from Playa del Ingles resort centre then head for the Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas and go through the large arched entrance, along to the end of a short lane. You can try your hand out at riding a camel or horse.
Even in winter the sand can get too hot to walk on so don't forget your flip flops, sandals or trainers. This is particularly noticed on the southern sides of the dunes especially if there is no breeze.
On the south tip of Gran Canaria , one of the Canary Islands, Spain. The Maspalomas Sand Dunes are situated between the towns of Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.
Along the beaches that fringe the sea you can find:
these are small square beach bars, selling food and drinks located every few hundred metres. The kiosks are numbered from 1 to 7 the nearest kiosk to the lighthouse is number 1 until you reach kiosk number 7 which is on the Gay beach in a central location along the front. As you continue towards Playa del Ingles the numbers start to descend again and Number 6 is on the Nudist Beach and Playa del Ingles Kiosk number 1 is at the far end away from the sand dunes.
are available for hire. They are located near the kiosks
At the eastern and western ends the width of the dunes narrow as you approach the two resorts of Maspalomas(west) & Playa del Inglis (right).and turn into resort beaches backed by bars & restaurants. There are also life guards in these resort areas.
The dunes are patrolled by police on sand buggies, horseback or 4 wheel drive cars.
The sand dunes are fronted by magnificent beaches that run from the Faro lighthouse at Maspalomas to the far end of Playa del Ingles. There is a constant stream of tourists walking along the firmer sand near the Atlantic ocean edge.
This is a very popular walk.
With cafe bar kiosks every 200-300 metres you can always stop for a cold drink, cup of coffee or refreshing snack.
The ocean is also very handy for an invigorating swim.
There are many walking trails through the dunes. The main routes are marked by upright poles marked with a coloured band denoting the route. There are maps with the main routes on near the entrances to the dunes.
In the valleys between the dunes you can lose the cooling sea breeze & it can become very hot so we advise carrying a bottle of water. You can also lose your bearings. As a precaution at a vantage point face the direction you wish to go in then take a note of the direction of the sun and use this for direction guidance, remembering that the sun is moving across the sky in a clockwise direction by 2.5 minutes on a watches face per 1 hour.
The sand on the sides of the dunes facing the sun can become too hot to walk upon in bare feet.
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Maspalomas dunes viewpoint
The large bush like pine trees and the occasional palm trees help to stabalise large areas of the dunes. Other areas are slowing on the move drifting with the prevaling winds
The nude beach has moved from it's location next to the Gay beach to a section of the beach on the eastern side of the point. There is a beach cafe/bar kiosk on the beach.
It is now much closer to Playa del Ingles and located to the south east of the
Riu Maspalomas Palace hotel
This is Gran Canarias place to go for that all over tan.
Remember to use strong sun block on body parts that have not had as much exposure to the sun.
See Location of Maspalomas Nude Beach on our Maspalomas Sand Dune Map
The Gay beach section is at bar kiosk number 7, approximately half way between Playa del Ingles & Maspalomas
Virtually the whole of the Sand dune area is a vast cruising area, especially in the areas with bushes and at the top of many of the dunes with clumps of bushes on the top.
See Location of The Gay Beach on our Maspalomas Sand Dune Map
The Playa del Ingles to/from Maspalomas walk is a very popular walk that several hundred people do each day.
You can paddle you way along or stay just above the waterline, or even a bit of both.
If you get tired you can always stop at one of the beach kiosks for a hot or cold refreshing drink and or a bite to eat.
You can do the walk a round trip of catch a bus at the start of end.
In order to cut out walking uphill in Playa del Ingles I recommend catching the bus in Maspalomas
More information on the Maspalomas Sand dunes
Local buses will take you near to the sand dunes in either Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles
Camel trips are available from the Maspalomas end of the dunes
For buses See
The location of Taxi Ranks are shown on the Maspalomas Map
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