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Dunes of Maspalomas

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Hidden : 5/17/2017
In Islas Canarias, Spain
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Unser 2. Cache in den Dünen von Maspalomas
Our 2. Cache in the Dunes of Maspalomas

Besuche auch/Visit also: C.I.T.O.-CacheBox - Dunes of Maspalomas

Maspalomas liegt an der Südspitze der kanarischen Insel Gran Canaria, an der Küste des Atlantiks.
Im südöstlichen Teil wird der Ort durch die Dünen von Maspalomas vom Meer getrennt. Maspalomas besteht zum Großteil aus Ferienanlagen und der dazugehörigen Infrastruktur.
Die Dünen im Südosten von Maspalomas erstrecken sich über eine Länge von sechs und eine Breite von ein bis zwei Kilometern. Der Sand besteht hier nicht aus Gesteinstrümmern, sondern überwiegend aus von der Brandung angeschwemmtem und zerriebenem Korallen- und Muschelkalk – durch die Calima verwehter Sand aus der Sahara ist nicht der eigentliche Ursprung. Schwere Stürme im Frühjahr 2006 sowie im Februar 2010 richteten einigen Schaden an und spülten viel Sand ins Meer.
In den Dünen liegt das einzige offizielle FKK-Gebiet Gran Canarias.
Am Leuchtturm findet sich eine Oase („La Charca“), in der zahlreiche Wasservögel brüten. Sie steht ebenso wie die Dünen seit 1987 unter Naturschutz.

Before the era of tourism, Maspalomas was the name of a hamlet in what today is San Fernando de Maspalomas. Its name may derive from that of Rodrigo Mas de Palomar, a settler and soldier from Majorca, or from Francisco Palomar, a Genoese friend of Alonso Fernandez de Lugo who purchased 87 Guanche slaves from Güímar and settled in the area.
Present-day Maspalomas is the result of an ambitious development project, organized in the form of an International Ideas Contest (opened to any member of the International Union of Architects), held in 1961 under the auspice of Alejandro del Castillo, owner and promoter of most of the space under construction. The contest was won by the French office SETAP (including the urbanist Guy Lagneau and the economist Michel Weill) and covered the 1,060 hectares (2,600 acres) and 19 kilometres (12 mi) of coast that constitute the core area of Maspalomas - Costa Canaria. The contest paved the way for a particular way of understanding "touristic" urbanism that served as model for later tourists developments in other Canary Islands.
Unlike the resort-like development model later extended to other locations in the Canary Islands and the Caribbean, Maspalomas has a personality on its own, as it evolved into a fully equipped town much closer to the "touristic" concept of destinations like Palm Springs, California or Palm Beach, Florida. It has a variety of infrastructure and public institutions rarely seen in other touristic areas, including private clinics and two hospitals, local and foreign schooling institutions (Spanish, English and Swedish schools), shopping & convention centres, two casinos, English-language cinema, golf courses, sports centers, thematic parks and a Summer University (in collaboration with the university of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, mainly focused on tourism-related activities).

The area includes the Natural Reserve of the Dunes of Maspalomas, which constitutes an important landmark of Gran Canaria. Much appreciated as a winter destination for foreign tourists, mostly from north-European countries (Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, etc.), it remains as the largest tourist destination in the Canary Islands and a worldwide-known destination for LGBT tourism.
There is a 56-metre-high (184 ft) lighthouse, named El Faro de Maspalomas, at the southern point of the resort from where the 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) long beach and Maspalomas Dunes, a nature reserve since 1897, lead to Playa del Inglés.

Zum Auffinden des Cache bitte das Spoilerbild beachten und nach dem signieren des Logbuches wieder dort zurücklegen!

To find the cache please take a look at the spoiler picture and after signing the logbook hide the cache back as found there!

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Last Updated: on 10/22/2017 2:25:18 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:25 PM GMT)
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