10.21.2020

765. Canary Islands Part 5 | Maspalomas Dunes

Maspalomas Dunes leftbanked depacito

We've visited Maspalomas twice so far. It's a resort town on the southern coast of Gran Canaria island, known for the sand dunes and a couple of beaches. It takes about an hour to get there from our area in Las Palmas. The town is really nice and I wouldn't mind staying there for a few days (however for longer periods I do prefer our area/beach more). It looks like it's completely made for tourists; almost all the buildings there are hotels/resorts and there's a huge strip of restaurants and souvenir shops that feel very touristy. It was very quiet there though. Due to COVID of course, the amount of tourists here now is very very low. I was surprised all the restaurants and shops were even open. It was quite sad to see. I imagine in other circumstances, the place would be filled with people. I do also enjoy having the place to ourselves in a way. Like being out in the dunes is nicer without other people getting in our photos.

Our first time visiting, it was considered a "cold" day here on the island. It was about 22/23 degrees. I actually liked it like that because it made the dunes bearable to walk on, and I didn't get all hot and exhausted by the end of the walk. When we went again the second time, it was really hot. It was maybe 30 degrees and the sand burned under my feet. I wasn't able to walk barefoot for long. But the second time, we mainly went on the dunes again to take photos using the drone (which we didn't have with us the first time). After some photos we went to Playa del Ingles to read/tan for a bit.

So the only other time I've visited sand dunes was in Peru (Huacachina). I really loved that experience as we also went up and down the dunes in a buggy but didn't really walk on them. This time we did and I really enjoyed it as well. The first time we walked from the beginning of them, up and down, across to the water. It's tiring walking up on dunes as each step you take you slide back down halfway as well. Although it's on a much smaller scale than Peru's dunes, these ones were quite unique as you can also see the ocean right beside.

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The strip of restaurants and shops beside the beach..so empty

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This is what the strip of restaurants/shop look like from outside

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Some pretty cool houses beside the dunes

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I took this photo because I was amazed at how blue the water was - I barely edited it!

baby squids Maspalomas

We went for lunch at one of the touristy spots beside the beach and I didn't expect it to be so good but I was pleasantly surprised. I looooooved these baby squids!! They were so good. I could eat them every day hahah.

English Beach Maspalomas leftbanked Maspaloma Dunes

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10.17.2020

764. Canary Islands Part 4 | Arucas and Teror

Arucas Gran Canaria

Earlier this week, we visited two nearby towns called Arucas and Teror. They were both really small and cozy, and quite devoid of people. We first went to Arucas and had lunch. I had a paella (my first since arriving in Spain).

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After Arucas, we visited Teror which many consider as the most beautiful town on this island. It's also the oldest town here. I really liked the architecture and mountain views there. Many of the houses have wooden balconies.

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On the way back, we stopped at the Triana neighbourhood for a small dinner.

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10.14.2020

763. Canary Islands Part 3 | La Isleta and Las Coloradas

Isleta Las Coloradas

A few days ago we walked from our area to Isleta, which is on the north eastern tip of Gran Canaria island (if you look on a map, it's the little section that sticks out from an otherwise fairly round island). I really enjoyed this walk and the scenery along the way. We hiked up a mountain to see this view of a cute little town called Las Coloradas.

Here are some photos from the route, starting with the end of Las Canteras beach.

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This blue and yellow building is actually someone's house! So cool.

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Down to El Confital Beach. It was pretty unique. It's more of a rock than sand beach.

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On the way up the mountain..

Isleta Gran Canaria Prickly Pear
Prickly pear plant

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View from the top!
Way on the other side is where we are staying. It looks like a far distance but I didn't feel the walk was that long at all.

Las Coloradas
Then we walked down the mountain and towards Las Coloradas (the little town in the first photo of this post)

El Padrino Restaurante
We were pretty exhausted by the time we arrived so sat to have a drink and some fruits. It was so refreshing.

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Heading back to our area/Las Canteras Beach

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The day after. It was a national holiday in Spain (Fiesta Nacional de EspaƱa) and the weather was really nice..so the beach was pretty packed. There weren't any special festivities though. I guess the residents of these islands don't really identify with being from Spain since they are quite a distance away.


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