On the southern end of the island of Gran Canaria, between the ocean and the bustling tourist haven of Playa Del Ingles, there is a small patch of sand dunes. I say small, but when standing deep down below the bottom of a crest of sand, nothing is visible except....more sand. A few steps up the side brings the town, the mountain, and the ocean back into view, in some order.
The area is only about 1 mile square, but the dunes themselves seem huge in comparison to the smaller bumps in the white sands of Fuerteventura.
We had a few hours of calm sunshine to enjoy the dunes before the winds kicked up and kicked us out. I was wishing for the sand goggles that participants carry in the Marathon Des Sables. In fact this would be a great place to train for a sand marathon as it's got heat, wind, sunshine, and dunes...plus a beach bar waiting for you to stagger out later to refresh yourself!