The Maspalomas Dunes, located in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana in the south of Gran Canaria, are a unique natural spectacle in the Canary Islands. We talk about them on our blog at FirstMinute Excursions and LastMinute Transfer.

Getting to Know the Maspalomas Dunes

Spanning almost 400 hectares, this sea of golden sand rises next to the ocean, creating a fascinating landscape that seems out of this world.

Declared a Special Natural Reserve in 1994, the Maspalomas Dunes encompass a wide variety of ecosystems. From the arid sand to the oasis of the Palm Grove and the Charca, a wetland that attracts numerous migratory birds.

Their formation dates back centuries. The dunes were shaped by the trade winds that push the sand inland at a speed of 2 to 5 meters per year.

Thus, the Maspalomas Dunes are a dynamic ecosystem, where the wind plays a fundamental role. Their whimsical shapes are constantly changing, creating an ever-new and surprising landscape. Walking through their soft slopes is a unique experience, transporting you to a world of peace and tranquility.

A Place to Discover

Despite its aridity, the Maspalomas Dunes host a wide variety of flora and fauna. Among the plants, we find species adapted to salinity and water scarcity, such as the barrón, tabaiba, and retama. As for fauna, migratory birds that use the Charca as a resting and feeding place stand out, such as flamingos, herons, and ducks.

The Maspalomas Dunes are one of the main tourist attractions in Gran Canaria. Their natural beauty, warm climate, and the variety of activities offered in the area make it an ideal destination to enjoy an unforgettable holiday.

In addition to walking through the dunes and contemplating their natural beauty, in Maspalomas, you can engage in a wide variety of activities. You can take a dip in the beach, practice water sports like surfing or windsurfing, take a camel ride through the dunes, or visit the Maspalomas Lighthouse, an iconic 19th-century building.

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