While still not very wide spread, there surely is potential for sandboarding as a mainstream sport in Spain. The region of Andalusia is home to the Taberna Desert, the only (!) desert in Europe, and while the landscape there is partly protected, there are many coastal dunes nearby where you can sand surf. And in the island of Gran Canaria, close to Morocco, you can even sled down dunes that look traight out of the Sahara!
Sandboarding in Tarifa, Andalusia
Tarifa is the southernmost point in Europe, located at the very edge of the Iberian Peninsula, near Cadiz and on the “border” with Morocco. There are many beaches surrounding Tarifa with plenty of great sand dunes with very fine golden sand where sand boarding and sledding are practiced:
Duna de Bolonia
Duna de Valdevaqueros
Cala del Tesorillo
Sandboarding in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a truly unique place in Spain – geographically closer to Africa than Europe, they benefit from sunny, warm weather all year round. This makes them an amazing destination for sand surfing!
Dunas de Maspalomas – Gran Canaria
The sand dunes of Maspalomas, in the Playa del Inglés, are thought to be made of the same sand of the nearby Sahara desert – and it shows. These spectacular dunes of incredibly fine sand will transport you to another place.
Dunas de Corralejo – Fuerteventura
The fishing village of Corralejo in the island of Fuerteventura is becoming more and more of a trendy (sand) surfing destination. The Parque Natural de Corralejo is where you can find the dunes. There are no sandboard rentals available but most people attempt to surf the dunes with a bodyboard or surfboard – if you can get your hand on some sand wax, you are gonna have a much easier time. The inactive volcano Bayuyo is also nearby.