765. Canary Islands Part 5 | Maspalomas Dunes

Maspalomas Dunes leftbanked depacito

We've visited Maspalomas twice so far. It's a resort town on the southern coast of Gran Canaria island, known for the sand dunes and a couple of beaches. It takes about an hour to get there from our area in Las Palmas. The town is really nice and I wouldn't mind staying there for a few days (however for longer periods I do prefer our area/beach more). It looks like it's completely made for tourists; almost all the buildings there are hotels/resorts and there's a huge strip of restaurants and souvenir shops that feel very touristy. It was very quiet there though. Due to COVID of course, the amount of tourists here now is very very low. I was surprised all the restaurants and shops were even open. It was quite sad to see. I imagine in other circumstances, the place would be filled with people. I do also enjoy having the place to ourselves in a way. Like being out in the dunes is nicer without other people getting in our photos.

Our first time visiting, it was considered a "cold" day here on the island. It was about 22/23 degrees. I actually liked it like that because it made the dunes bearable to walk on, and I didn't get all hot and exhausted by the end of the walk. When we went again the second time, it was really hot. It was maybe 30 degrees and the sand burned under my feet. I wasn't able to walk barefoot for long. But the second time, we mainly went on the dunes again to take photos using the drone (which we didn't have with us the first time). After some photos we went to Playa del Ingles to read/tan for a bit.

So the only other time I've visited sand dunes was in Peru (Huacachina). I really loved that experience as we also went up and down the dunes in a buggy but didn't really walk on them. This time we did and I really enjoyed it as well. The first time we walked from the beginning of them, up and down, across to the water. It's tiring walking up on dunes as each step you take you slide back down halfway as well. Although it's on a much smaller scale than Peru's dunes, these ones were quite unique as you can also see the ocean right beside.

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The strip of restaurants and shops beside the beach..so empty

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This is what the strip of restaurants/shop look like from outside

Some pretty cool houses beside the dunes

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I took this photo because I was amazed at how blue the water was - I barely edited it!

baby squids Maspalomas

We went for lunch at one of the touristy spots beside the beach and I didn't expect it to be so good but I was pleasantly surprised. I looooooved these baby squids!! They were so good. I could eat them every day hahah.

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