Camel ride in the Maspalomas Dunes

Many consider Gran Canaria as a “mini-continent” because of its countless different landscapes. In the south of Gran Canaria you can find a mini-Sahara: the spectacular dunes of Maspalomas. They were formed many centuries ago by a sandstorm from Africa.


Next to the dunes there’s “La Charca de Maspalomas”, a nature reserve, and at the beginning of it all is a camel camp with more than 30 animals, which offers camel rides in the  Maspalomas Dunes.


Have you ever seen a white camel with blue eyes or a baby camel?

Camels in Gran Canaria

Camels have inhabited the Canary Islands for more than 50 years. In the past they were mainly used as pack animals in agriculture or for military purposes. Soon, after the decline of agriculture and the introduction of modern means of transport, their only salvation on the islands was the tourist boom. Thus, camel safaris became a unique experience and offer, especially in the south of Gran Canaria.


Discover the desert of Gran Canaria

The dunes and the nature reserve offer a perfect habitat for the one-humped Arabian camels (actually Dromedaries). Moreover, this place offers a wonderful contrast: the dunes of Maspalomas with the blue sea in the background on one side and the mountains of the island's interior on the other side. With a camel safari you can discover the desert landscape of the dunes by riding through the palm groves and bushes.

Fancy a fun ride through the dunes of one of the biggest treasures of the south of Gran Canaria? 

Desert walk in the south of Gran Canaria

Ride through the desert landscape of the Maspalomas dunes on the back of your dromedary and feel like a Tuareg in the Sahara. It’s an unforgettable experience for sure! 


Why camel riding?

This authentic adventure has several attractions:


  • It’s an exciting exploration of the dunes in the south of Gran Canaria.
  • It’s a great opportunity to take spectacular photos of the Maspalomas Nature Reserve and the camels up close.
  • It offers spectacular panoramic views of the landscape and the surroundings
  • Great opportunity to learn about camels and their habitat
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery, reptiles and native flora unique to the area


In addition, the Saharawi guides are specialists, and you’ll be in very good hands. They’ll choose a camel to guide you on your adventure through the Maspalomas Dunes. Experience the wonder of a camel ride through the peaceful oasis of Maspalomas.

Features of the camel ride in Maspalomas

Duration: approx. 30 minutes

Days: daily

Time: between 09:00 and 16:00, every 15 minutes

Months: all year round

Languages: German, English, Spanish

Parking: public, free of charge


Camel rides in Gran Canaria: fun for all ages

Camel riding in the south of Gran Canaria is a fun activity for all ages, and especially for children. It’s the perfect plan for a day out in the south of Gran Canaria. You can enjoy a day at the beach in Maspalomas, Meloneras or Playa del Inglés. You can go shopping in the south, have lunch a few metres from the seashore or visit the  Maspalomas Lighthouse. The possibilities are endless.


If you come to Gran Canaria with your partner, family, or friends and want to discover the south of Gran Canaria, don't miss this unique experience!

Accommodation in the south of Gran Canaria

Are you looking for  accommodation in the south of Gran Canaria? We offer bungalows, villas, flats, and holiday accommodation of all kinds to suit all tastes. You are just a stone's throw away from the beach in your dream accommodation in Gran Canaria.

P.S.: The camel rides and the company of Francisco Jiménez are in danger: Costas has initiated a procedure to evict Jiménez and his camels from their usual location. We recommend that you get information on the status of the matter from reliable sources.

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