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Maspalomas Sand Dunes - Tourist information & resort guide


Maspalomas Sand Dunes Beaches

Maspalomas Dunes Viewpoint  

Maspalomas Gay Beach

Maspalomas Nude Beach

Description of Maspalomas Sand Dunes

Location of Maspalomas Sand Dunes

Restaurants in Maspalomas Sand Dunes

Gay Beach & Cruising


Maspalomas Sand Dunes, Tourist information & guide


Photograph Riu Maspalomas Oasis hotel from the Maspalomas sand dunes

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

Description of Maspalomas Sand Dunes

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.


People walking across the dunes

Location of Maspalomas Sand Dunes

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.

  • The dunes are backed by the Maspalomas Golf Course, the largest golf course on Gran Canaria
  • Behind the golf course is the Campo International resort and then on the north east is Sonnenland
  • To the east is Playa del Ingles
  • To the west is Maspalomas and Meloneras

Facilities in Maspalomas Sand Dunes

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.

Sun longer beds and parasols

are available for hire. They are located near the kiosks

Restaurants, Cafe & Bars

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.

Police Patrols

The dunes are patrolled by police on sand buggies, horseback or 4 wheel drive cars.

Maspalomas Sand Dunes Beaches & Waters edge Walk

Maspalomas Sand Dunes

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.

Walking through the Sand Dunes

Path Marker Posts
maspalomas dunes markers


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.

Maspalomas Sand Dunes Bars & Restaurants

  • You have a selection of restaurants and bars at both the Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles ends of the dunes
  • In between along the coast line you will find several small bar cafe Kiosks which all look alike and have numbers on them.
    • The numbering starts at No 1 is located in both Maspalomas and at the far end of Playa del Ingles where the beach is a narrow strip. The numbers increase as you walk along the sea front towards the centre of the dunes. Number 7 at the gay beach is the largest number.
  • The kiosks sell snack food, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, coffee and tea

Maspalomas rolling dunes

Maspalomas rolling dunes


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  • Maspalomas dunes triple palms
    Maspalomas dunes triple palms
  • Maspalomas dunes lone palm
    Maspalomas dunes lone palm
  • Maspalomas dunes lone walker
    Maspalomas dunes lone walker
  • Maspalomas dunes viewpoint
    Maspalomas dunes viewpoint


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


Maspalomas Gay Beach



Maspalomas Nude Beach

  • Maspalomas Nudist Beach
    Maspalomas Nudist Beach
  • Nudist Beach Sign
    Nudist Beach Sign

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

Maspalomas Gay Beach

  • Gay beach bar kiosk 7
    The Gay beach has a cafe bar kiosk Number 7. Sun beds & sun shade parasols are also available.
  • Maspalomas dunes way to kiosk 7
    The Gay beach is just behind the V shaped dip in the dunes on the horizon. Just Inland from the Gay Beach is a large flat area of darker sand that has a sandy salt crust. One of the main paths through the dunes passes on the landwood side of this flat area

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

Waters Edge walk Playa del Ingles to/from Maspalomas


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

Transport for Sand Dunes - Local Buses  Taxis


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

Maspalomas transport

Playa del Ingles transport

or Bus routes Southern Gran Canaria



The location of Taxi Ranks are shown on the Maspalomas Map

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