Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cruz de Tejeda - La Culata - Roque Nublo - La Culata walk

Little uneven-shaped Nublo asteroid, just for the heck of it :)

Roque Nublo is the most iconic sight of Gran Canaria (and don't tell me about the dunes, they are not a patch on the dunes on Fuerteventura). Since my favourite spot on the island is Cruz de Tejeda, I saw and photographed the Roque many a time, but I'd never been right next to the monolith until yesterday.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Artenara - Cruz de Tejeda walk


Artenara is one of the not-so-easily accessible villages on Gran Canaria. It is overlooking the Caldera de Tejeda, and is on a slightly higher level than Tejeda. There are even fewer buses, the one I caught was from Teror and I believe it is the only route - bus number 220.

We'd been through Artenara once before but it was literally that - going through with just a small pause at one of the miradores (I swear the village has more viewpoints per capita than anyplace else I've been before). My plan was to get there, to walk about the village, maybe have a lunch and head back.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Las Palmas carnival 2015



I was looking forward to my first carnival at Las Palmas and was not disappointed. While perhaps not as spectacular as the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Las Palmas Carnival nicely combined both the show and street party, with audience participation levels very high. It is also very accessible - if you want to, you can see all the events for free, get a good view of all the participants - including the carnival queen and dames, or even ride on one of the floats in the main parade - there are places for hire, I didn't realize it before.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cruz de Tejeda - Teror walk





So far Cruz de Tejeda is my favourite place to go on Gran Canaria. Somehow, even when the weather is terrible elsewhere, it changes by some miracle once I am on the pass, and there are views to die for in all directions. Only once did I catch the pass itself in clouds, but they were shifting and parting all the time, allowing the views down into the caldera, all the way to Teide on Tenerife and to the Gran Roques  - Nublo and Bentayga .

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Tejeda, Las Fiestas del Almendro en Flor - Almond Blossom Celebration


This Sunday me and the kids went to the Celebration of almond bloom in Tejeda.  In the morning I was very much in two minds about going – the day started really gloomy in Las Palmas, with short but intense showers of rain. We procrastinated for a goodish while, but then figured that we could go to San Mateo, and re-think again there.

When we arrived to San Mateo the drizzle was constant and it was “freezing” by Canarian standards – one of the chemist shops was showing +11 on their clock, plus the roads to San Mateo were very busy because of the Sunday market so it took a long time to get there. Everything was looking grey and flat, with only outlines visible.  I was all for going right back, but the kids, to my surprise, wanted to carry on – and I am very glad we did.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cruz de Tejeda to Tejeda village


I want to describe a short, nice (and unexpected) walk  that I took a few days ago.

It might be useful for somebody who, like me, usually relies on maps to find their way around.
This walk, although it has an official number  (S-85), is not specified on my KOMPASS map. It could be because there are so many walks in the area, but still it's a shame this one is missing. It is one of those walks that combines simplicity, shortness, spectacular views and even the public transport at both start and finish. Believe me, it is rare.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Caldera de Bandama in winter

Gran Canaria received its share of long rains in the end of autumn - not as much as Tenerife, but sufficient for the local flora to wake up. It is not the time of most flowers yet, but the mountains look green and you can see the occasional splash of color here and there. Some of the early bulbs managed to finish flowering and wilt "when I wasn't looking", as I discovered in a local botanic garden. So now I am trying to go and check out what happens with the plants as often as I can.