Gran Canaria, another jewel in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
As with other Canary Islands, the island lies in the Gulf Stream off the west coast of Africa, but between Fuerteventura to the north-east and Tenerife to the north-west. It is rounder in shape than the others with all the valleys and rivers flowing out from the mountains high in the centre of the island. This makes for some dramatic scenery.
We have visited twice, both times art the end of March when the temperatures were bearable. On our first visit, we took advantage of the Island Tour, which opened up to us the whole of the island. here is a flavour. . .
The mountains rose high as we traversed valleys along switchback roads. Las Palmas was visible in the distance from our viewpoints. Teror is a typical Canarian village with those fantastic ornate wooden balconies. Finding a gift shop, I browsed happily into the far reaches of the building while my husband waited outside in the fresh air and shade.
Tejeda and Ayacata.
The roads wound higher and higher providing an ever-changing scene. At some viewing points of nearly one thousand five hundred feet high you could clearly see Las Palmas. Heading south towardsAyacata, the Roque Nubio in the distance towered high into the sky. If it had been a clear day, our guide told us, we would have been able to see Mount Teide which dominates Tenerife.
San Bartolome de Tirajana and the coast.
It was getting cooler now in the mountains when we made our last comfort stop. Then, our route took us south to San Bartolome as, gradually, we made a hair-raising, stunning, and spectacular descent down the mountains to the motorway, the coast and our hotel. What a brilliant day we had had."
This shows that it is well worth leaving a sunbed to explore and that there is more to Gran Canaria than at first meets the eye.
And then there is Puerto Mogan. But I won't spoil it for you just yet. It is all in the pages of Island Interludes along with five maps and twenty-five photographs.
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