Dunes of Maspalomas

Dunes of Maspalomas and LGBTQ+ Nude Beach

Even if you are not a lover, you will enjoy walking through the Dunes of Maspalomas and the LGBTQ+ nude beach . For us, it was love at first sight when we discovered this beautiful place. Discover why the Dunes and nude beach are so special and add a unique experience to your sun and beach holidays.

The dunes between Playa del Ingl├ęs and Maspalomas
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The Dunes between Playa del Ingl├ęs and Maspalomas
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Natural Phenomenon in Gran Canaria

The Dunes of Maspalomas are without a doubt the biggest crowd puller for the thousands of tourists who come to Gran Canaria every year. It is a protected nature reserve of 5 square kilometers, and that is necessary because climate change, but also tourism, are drastically affecting this beautiful natural phenomenon. According to writings, the dunes obtained their current shape due to a tsunami that occurred after an earthquake in the year 1755.

The World Famous Dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria
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The World Famous Dunes of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria
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Due to the ever-present north-east wind, grains of sand have accumulated over the years. With the arrival of Playa del Ingles, tourism has increased in Gran Canaria. The dune landscape is also partly protected, but this also has the disadvantage that hardly any new sand is brought in naturally to maintain the sand hills. Today, the dunes are more southerly than 40 years ago, when the sand dunes extended much further north.

The golden yellow sand consists of pulverized lime and shells supplemented with volcanic sand. Despite the predominance of sand, plant growth is still visible. When you see the dunes for the first time, you immediately think of the Sahara because of the beautiful high sand dunes. The view of the dunes is different every day, which is why they are popularly called the “Mobile Dunes“.

Paseo Costa Canario along the Dunes of Maspalomas (Gran Canaria)
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Paseo Costa Canario along the Dunes of Maspalomas (Gran Canaria)
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If you look at the dunes from the Paseo Costa Canario, the walking boulevard, you think from here I will take a short route to the beach. I tried it once in the afternoon, and that was the last time I tried it. Appearances can be deceiving, it seems like an eternity once you have started the journey before you finally see the refreshing ocean appear on the horizon.

Book your holiday to Gran Canaria and enjoy the natural beauty. Plan a walk in the beautiful dunes – highly recommended for nature lovers. Keep in mind that it can be a tiring trek, but the breathtaking views make it all worth it. Make sure you bring plenty of water to prevent dehydration and wear sturdy shoes to protect your feet.

Panoramic view of the Dunes of Maspalomas
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Panoramic view of the Dunes of Maspalomas
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Don’t forget your camera and/or video camera so that you have beautiful memories of this unique dune area. The dunes are located between Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles. In Maspalomas the dunes end in a unique nature reserve La Charca.

Mirador de las Dunas, a viewpoint on the Dunes

A stunning viewpoint or panorama of these Maspalomas dunes can be had from the “Mirador de las Dunas” created in 2015. This viewpoint can be found at the hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas( map ). This renovated viewpoint is a large square built in tiers just like an arena. You can enjoy the dunes in peace while sitting or lying there
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Viewpoint from "Mirador de las Dunas" in Maspalomas
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Viewpoint from “Mirador de las Dunas” in Maspalomas
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Terraced viewpoint "Mirador de las Dunas" in Maspalomas (Gran Canaria)
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Terraced viewpoint “Mirador de las Dunas” in Maspalomas (Gran Canaria)
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Other panoramas of the dunes and Oasis de Maspalomas, you have from Avenida de Estados Unidos and Avenida de Francia in the territory of Playa del Ingl├ęs. The Mirador de las Dunas can also be reached on foot from Paseo Costa Canaria, the promenade along Playa del Ingl├ęs beach. By Global’s public transport, bus no 33┬áand 90 will also get you close to the viewpoint.

Perhaps another tip, the La Charca reserve can be viewed live via the webcam Maspalomas. There is a choice between Webcam Beach and Webcam La Charca.

Unlimited enjoyment as an LGBTQ+, a hospitable place for everyone

When you think of nude sunbathing in our countries, we think of a demarcated strictly guarded zone. naturism in Maspalomas is legally allowed within a certain zone and is defined by national and regional legislation. The naturist zones are public and therefore not closed off from others who just want to enjoy themselves in swimming costumes or swimming trunks. Read more below the photos

Unlimited Enjoyment: Naturism in the Free Nature
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Unlimited Enjoyment: Naturism in the Free Nature
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You will therefore regularly encounter naked people during your walk through the dunes or along the beach. This may indeed take some getting used to for some of you, but remember that we were all born this way.

Beach Bar Kiosk on the nudist beach of Maspalomas
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Beach Bar Kiosk on the nudist beach of Maspalomas
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A LGBTQ+ friendly nude beach is a safe and welcoming place for lesbians, gays and anyone from the community, while also being accessible to other beachgoers looking for a respectful and inclusive environment.

Share Your Experiences and Suggestions about Gran Canaria!

Have you recently walked through the Dunes of Maspalomas and the LGBTQ+ nude beach? We would love to hear about your adventures and recommendations! Your insights help us keep our tourism page up-to-date and improve it. Whether you’ve discovered a hidden gem, found a great restaurant or have tips for other travellers, your feedback is invaluable. Share your experiences and suggestions with us verschueren.eddy@gmail.com and help others make the most of their visit to this beautiful island. Together, we will create the ultimate guide to Gran Canaria!