Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas

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Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas

Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas
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Teeth addict
London, UK450 contributions
Mar 2020
We stayed here for sunset which was beautiful but the sun was setting on the opposite side of the sand dunes and the sea which obviously made our pictures have buildings etc in it. It was still beautiful though and definitely recommend it. We went early March and the temp here was 30 degrees with it cooling down in the evening you only need a jumper. There were lots of people taking different kind of photos and we even saw a baby bump photo shoot happening. All in all lovely place. We didn’t see any of the nudists. The lake is boarded off but you can do bird watching there and it looks like a beautiful glass mirror against the sand dunes.
Written March 10, 2020
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Johanna
3 contributions
Oct 2020
You can take a bus to arrive in the middle of the dunes, and then decide to walk east to playa Inglés (20 mins) or west to the fort of Maspalomas (30 mins).
It is better to bring hats and sun cream!
It is not permitted to walk in the dunes but just on an official path in order to protect the reserve.
It is really nice and orignal :)
I guess I would have felt more prepared to know that it is a commun meeting place for some couples, expecially gay couples. I was quite surprised to see an exhibisionist showing himself up a hill. However, it does not feel unsafe.
Written October 29, 2020
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colinsewell
Yorkshire, UK117 contributions
Dec 2019
There's sand here ! And there's Dunes !

LOL, seriously though, the sand dunes of Maspalomas are well worth a visit. They span between the Meloneras and Play del Ingles side of the beach and can be reached from either of these. Just look on google maps to get a better overview.

We came running along the beach in the mornings, which is great for getting pictures and great sunrises. Even from early in the morning the beach is busy with runners and walkers, and feels very safe. We never came to the beach during the daytime (too busy exploring the island) so not sure how busy it gets during the afternoon, nor can we comment on how popular the nudist part of this beach is, as we saw none of that.

The dunes form part of the nature reserve 'Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas' (which in reality is mostly the sand dunes and some groups of shrubland and bushes). Sections of this are roped off to stop the public trampling all over it, but it is easy to walk around these and between the dunes themselves, and you can easily climb up the dunes if you want to.

On one occasion rather than walking the beach perimeter we went through the dunes, walking all the way to the Maspalomas lighthouse, which is also worth a visit. If you wanted to do this walk between the 2 beaches through the dunes, it would take approximately an hour, maybe a bit more stopping for photos and taking in the scenery.

Recommended for those who like beaches, scenery, and walking.
Written January 15, 2020
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DrBass2018
Leeds, UK17 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Hmmm…certainly an experience…had to laugh really. Walking along the marked trails feeling the sand and the camel droppings between our toes we were initially delighted as a Hupo bird hopped out of the undergrowth and displayed its crown. Slightly less delighted when a naked old man with a backpack appeared out of the undergrowth swinging his ‘meat and two veg’ as he walked. Then another. And another. All naked men except for little backpacks. After a while we were surprised to see people with clothes on! Then another dangly man with a backpack popped out of the scrub. I felt like Inspector Clousseau in ‘A Shot in the Dark’! “A burm…???”…
Finally emerged out at the beach, taking care to step over the used tampon. Lovely beach, enjoyed the stroll and paddle in the Atlantic, gorgeous scenery, but mostly just glad to be back in the world of clothes.
Written February 25, 2022
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holidaygetaway
Kentallen, UK208 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Advised to go to visit the Dunes by parking near to the Riu hotel. Parking is horrendous there. There dont seem to be parking restrictions so the whole area is akin to a long stay parking lot.

The official car park is next to scrub land on the way out of town and no clear direction on how to get to the Dunes.

On the pedestrian route in that we had located it is clear this is the area illegal immigrants are trying to earn money. They attempt to grab your arm. Blocking the pathways to make you stop. It is threatening and unpleasant.

The dunes themselves are beautiful but the process to reaching them is not. The area around the Dunes has been built up, is incredibly commercialised and isn’t that pleasant. Building works and pneumatic drills are not the back ground sounds expected at the site of the Dunes.

Factor in the nudes and the antics going on with the men and it makes it quite an unnecessary trip out.

Tourism officers need to take a long hard look at what has happened to these beautiful sand dunes. Take control of the illegal immigrants pestering people and properly put in place parking restrictions along the surrounding roads creating proper short stay parking.
Written January 3, 2020
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pickupgrapes
London, UK40 contributions
Aug 2020
A must see in Gran Canaria! Access via Riu hotel. Beware the sand gets pretty hot during the day.. I’d recommend wearing trainers or shoes (not sandals!) to walk and get to the sea.
Written August 29, 2020
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SabrinaZyra
Barcelona, Spain228 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
My partner and I accessed the dunes through the Riu hotel.

We decided to go just before sunset: it wouldn’t be too hot to walk up and down the dunes, and the sand wouldn’t be too hot on the feet. And plus, the dunes shadows make for a more beautiful sight! Watching the sunset over the dunes is a bonus!

I grew up in Dubai and have spent enough times enjoying dunes in the desert, but seeing the beautiful blue ocean just past the dunes makes for a different quite of natural beauty.

Make sure to spend a couple of hours at the dunes or perhaps cross it and take a quick dip in the ocean!
Written August 22, 2020
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Richard B
Edinburgh, UK3,867 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
The sand dunes are extensive and dramatic. Not just a couple of sandy hills. Rather, an area of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity.

They had an Arabian/Sahara feel to it. The views truly remarkable. Worth noting, however, the area is visited and used as a 'pick up joint'.

Inappropriate nudity or behaviour may be witnessed at time of visit. Although, people engaging I these activities are usually a bit of the main track.

Try not to let 'shrub rocketeers' detract from a natural wonder.
Written November 3, 2020
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Worry911
Portsmouth, UK180 contributions
May 2022
The dunes are stunning to look at, unbelievable that you are on a spanish island and not in the dessert in the far east. A fantastic viewpoint for the Dunes is through the RIU PALACE hotel where there is a public viewpoint. There is clearly marked areas where you can walk through the dunes but are REP told us that you are not supposed to walk over them .
Written May 14, 2022
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Crabby061
Manchester, UK216 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
A stunning, fascinating area to come across when you consider the usual canarian landscape. It is a must see if you are in the area, beautiful at different times of the day. I would like to say that it's great for families as children would love climbing the dunes. Unfortunately, i would find it difficult to explain some of the sights! We saw at least a dozen naked men at close quarters wandering around the bushes and induging in certain activities, blatantly and completely unselfconsciously. It is well known that there is a section of nudist beach adjoining but I think its a shame that that the authorities don't do something to control other behaviour that might deter and exclude people from visiting this amazing place.
Written March 9, 2022
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