Desert and oasis in south Gran Canaria
The Maspalomas Dune system is a unique wild place in the Canary Islands due to its beauty and range of ecosystems. Its 400 hectares, protected by the Canarian government as a Nature Reserve of special value, include a fantastic beach, a dynamic sand dune system, palm grove and a brackish lagoon. This mix of desert and oasis is at the southern tip of Gran Canaria and is surrounded by the famous Maspalomas resort.
What to do in the Maspalomas dunes
To learn more about the area visit the information centre and lookout point in the Hotel Riu Palace in Playa del Inglés in northeast Maspalomas. From here take fork number three of the trail through all the different types of dune in the reserve and down to sunny Maspalomas beach. From the beach you can see the abundant wildlife in the lagoon and relax in the shade of the palm grove.