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Reviewed April 7, 2014

The dunes are amazing- you can easily imagine yourself in the middle of a desert. The guidebooks seem to overplay the size, distances, and how hot it is etc. but do make sure you have some water if it's a warm day. The main access from the Playa d'Inglaise side is through a tunnel through one of the hotels - not sure we would have found it if we hadn't hot a taxi there. Also they say stick to the paths but we managed to loose ours pretty well immediately: not at all well signposted. We wandered into a soliciting area, this seems to be around the centre-north area for info so advice if you do get lost just head south towards the sea and it will bring you back to the mainstream. The beach is like a motorway with hundreds of people walking in both directions and there are plenty of kiosks for drinks and a few toilets but you only need to retreat about a hundred meters inland and you loose the crowds. Lots of naked people everywhere but overwhelmingly older people who have got to the stage in life where they are comfortable with themselves. It's all very benign and laid back but if you're frumpy about nudity then stay right down the south west corner where there's a family beach. There are black and golden sand areas and also some pebbled valleys in the midst of the dunes. Further north are the sea grass areas. Camera are a must for some of the patterns in the sand and stones as well as the dunes themselves - the size of which is difficult to capture. Also light trainers or beach shoes rather than flip-flops if you are intending to walk any distance through the dunes and when you get to the beach paddling is lovely. Really is a fascinating place for both wildlife and people watching. Absolutely recommend it.

Date of experience: March 2014
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

For the gay traveller, Maspalomas is all about the Dunes. There are several trails through the Dunes to connect with the main gay beach. There are camel rides through there too.

Date of experience: May 2013
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

The real reason for our repeated visits at Gran Canaria is the unique Beach and the magnificent Dunas at Maspalomas. Although a very popular destination for many tourists its vast area is never too crowded.

Date of experience: March 2014
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

This beach offers a good long walk for daily exercise - apparently if you walk for 2 hours you can reach Playa del Ingles without leaving the beach! The beach itself [ we were at the Faro end] is quiet and relaxing for sunbathing. There is plenty of free sand for those who do not want to hire a sunbed which are only 2.5 euros per day per person. Refreshments from the various outlets and restaurants along the start of the beach are very reasonably priced

Date of experience: March 2014
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Very popular and clean, great beach and by the dunes. Good for a walk along the beach to Playa Ingleses. Plenty of small friendly bards and places to eat, huge lighthouse!

Date of experience: March 2014
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