Maspalomas Dunes Live Webcam, Gran Canaria Island

Live webcam shows the Maspalomas Dunes on Gran Canaria Island, the Canary Islands, Spain.


The Maspalomas Dunes (Spanish: Dunas de Maspalomas) are a natural monument and one of the most famous attractions on Gran Canaria, one of the islands in the Canary Islands archipelago in Spain. They are located on the southern coast of Gran Canaria near the popular tourist town of Maspalomas and cover an extensive dune system along the Atlantic Ocean coastline, spanning approximately 404 hectares (1,000 acres).

The dunes were formed over thousands of years from sand deposited on the coast from the dry marine shelf during the last ice age. The Maspalomas Dunes can reach heights of up to 10 meters (33 feet). Under the influence of the wind, the sand dunes constantly change their shape and move from east to west at approximately 2 to 5 meters (6.5 to 16.4 feet) per year, creating a dynamic and ever-changing sandy landscape.

In 1987, the Maspalomas Dunes were designated as a nature reserve known as the Reserva Natural Especial de las Dunas de Maspalomas, established to preserve the unique environment. Popular activities here include walking and hiking, camel rides, birdwatching, and quality beach recreation, especially at the nearby Playa de Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés beaches.

Nearby attractions include the 68-meter (223-foot) Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse and the La Charca de Maspalomas lagoon, a protected area and a stopover for birds migrating from Europe to Africa. Maspalomas, together with the neighboring Playa del Inglés, forms a single coastal resort that is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Canary Islands.