Monday, March 18, 2019

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

Maspalomas is on the south of side of Gran Canaria, about 57 km (35 miles) from Las Palmas.  It is home to over 35,000 people.  It is the largest tourist destination in the Canary Islands.

It is especially popular as a winter destination for people wanting to trade in the snow for some beach time.

The Maspalomas Dunes are sand dunes that cover 404 hectares (1000 acres).  The dunes are a protected nature reserve.

It's pretty cool to walk through the desert to get to the beach.

Next to Maspalomas is Playa del Inglés that has a local population of around 7.500 people.

In the 1960s massive hotels were built to accommodate all of the tourists.

Spain is primarily a Catholic country but that hasn't kept the local from embracing gay tourism.  For the last 25 years this has been very popular with gay travellers.  During the second week of May, the area is home to one of the largest gay pride events in Europe.

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