Tuesday, 05 May 2020 09:45

Maspalomas Dunes Go Back In Time During Lockdown

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The Maspalomas dunes have returned to their pristine natural form after a few weeks of Gran Canaria lockdown The Maspalomas dunes have returned to their pristine natural form after a few weeks of Gran Canaria lockdown Photos Gran Canaria

The Maspalomas sand dunes have recovered their pristine  natural form after six weeks of lockdown in Gran Canaria.

With no people constantly trampling the crests of the dunes, they have recovered their natural shape and curves and appear to have grown taller. This recovery was aided by a project to move tons of sand from the shore to the back of the dunes rather than letting it disappearing into the sea.

The recovery of the dunes, a much visited spot in south Gran Canaria, is a metaphor for the effects of mass tourism on Gran Canaria's environment and natural spaces. 

As Gran Canaria confronts the most serious crisis in its 60 years as a major tourist destination, many people are asking whether we will ever return to days of mass tourism. And whether we even want to. 

With year-round sunshine and natural wonders around every corner, should the new normal be a form of tourism that is compatible with pristine dunes?

Right now, everything is on the table, from a boardwalk across the dunes to a complete rethink of Gran Canaria's tourist industry.

 

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