The history of Maspalomas

Maspalomas is a charming coastal town in the southern region of Gran Canaria, one of the stunning Canary Islands located off the northwest coast of Africa. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches, perfect climate, and vibrant nightlife. The town’s most famous attraction are the sand dunes, also known as Dunas de Maspalomas. With over 14.000 people leaving a review and a whopping 4.8 Stars on Google, this preserve stretches over four million square meters with a truly unique ecosystem.

The sand dunes have been protected as a nature preserve since 1987, and is the home to a variety of animals, including lizards, rabbits, and several species of migrating birds. The sand dunes are one of the most popular spots for tourists who want to enjoy activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and camel riding. Naturally, the sand dunes offer the most Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean combined with nearby mountains. Impressively, there are often months without clouds and the sun shines bright for 300 days a year!

Discovering the stunning natural scenery, the dunes are believed to have originated from the bottom of the ocean during the last Ice Age. Continuously, for thousands of years, the stunning landscape has been sculpted by sand all the way from the Sahara Desert. Each day, the dunes take on new shapes and sizes, providing a creative and ever-changing terrain for visitors to explore. It’s no wonder why the sand dunes have become one of the most iconic and beloved landmarks of the Canary Islands.

The history of Maspalomas dates back to the 14th century when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. The town of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, which encompasses Maspalomas, was officially founded in 1572. The island of Gran Canaria was divided into two territories.

The Crown of Castile in the north.

The Kingdom of Aboré in the south.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, pirates from various countries frequented the Canary Islands, including Maspalomas. These outlaws often targeted passing ships and coastal towns, causing much havoc and destruction. The Spanish authorities established fortifications and armed forces on the island to protect against these attacks, but the threat of piracy persisted.

It wasn’t until the 1960s, the Spanish government saw the potential for tourism and began to develop the region. Maspalomas quickly became a popular destination for the European tourists, and the town grew rapidly over the years with massive success.

Today, the tourism industry in Maspalomas has flourished, making it a vibrant hub for visitors. Captivating travellers far and wide with its beautiful beaches, real estate freedom, idyllic climate, and exceptional natural wonders such as the dreamy sand dunes.

Conveniently, our office, is located just an 11 minute walk from this one of a kind paradise. International Home Investments welcomes you to stop by for a coffee and explore the possibility of turning your dream into a reality.

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