Last Updated on August 12, 2022

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 Tabernas 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.

In the island of Gran Canaria, geographically located in Africa close to Morocco, you can even sled down dunes that look straight out of the Sahara!

Maspalomas Sand Dunes - Gran Canaria
Maspalomas Sand Dunes in Gran Canaria.

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

Punta Paloma

Sandboarding in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a truly unique place in Spain – geographically located in a position that is closer to Africa than Europe, they benefit from sunny, warm weather all year round. This makes them an amazing destination for sand surfing!

Maspalomas Sand Dunes
Dunas de Maspalomas. Photo courtesy of Thomas Tolkien.

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 in Fuerteventura
Dunas de Corralejo. Photo courtesy of Rafolas.

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 and a great place to hike.

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