Hiking in Gran Canaria Some Charming Towns of Gran Canaria Hiking in Gran Canaria is great, but surely we have not come all this way to miss out on the cultural attractions the island has to offer. Today, concluding our series of posts on the Gran Canaria Walking Festival, we present you with a small selection of charming towns of Gran Canaria that you can visit for convenient day trips when you are recovering from
… Towns of Gran Canaria Worth a Visit
Hiking in Gran Canaria The Gran Canaria Natural For the past two weeks, we have informed you comprehensively about the walks on this year’s Gran Canaria Walking Festival and about the wonderful time we had sampling them. Today, I want to explain to you why the Walking Festival is relevant and important, economically as well as politically – and why, up to a point, it represents the travel equivalent of “fair trade coffee”.
All About Gran Canaria Natural
Gran Canaria Walking Festival Caving in for Gran Canaria on the last hike Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, says George Santayana, and you know what: he was right.
Things are coming full circle: you may remember that I started the Gran Canaria Walking Festival by forgetting my ID, and for our 4th and last walk, I have now forgotten to bring my raincoat. Or,
… Caving In for Gran Canaria
Hiking in Gran Canaria The Caldera de Bandama Hike A caldera is the black hole of geology: the remnant of a supernova-sized explosion when all the remaining energy of a volcano is released in one almighty blow. After the explosion, the volcano collapses into its – now empty – magma chamber, leaving a crater-like surface structure that can extend for dozens of square miles.
When a big volcano explodes in this way, this
… Do the Caldera de Bandama Hike
Gran Canaria Walking Festival Colonial Hotel Las Longueras Halftime for us in the Gran Canaria Walking Festival, and to mark the occasion, we are not changing ends but our dressing rooms – moving from our mountain base in Hotel Las Calas to the Hotel Las Longueras in the lowlands.
With this change of scenery, there also comes a change in climate: it is much warmer over here, well over
… Half Time at the Gran Canaria Walking Festival
Gran Canaria Walking Festival A Little Continent Gran Canaria, they say, is a little continent in its own right – and today, having crossed the deserts of Nevada for our first hike of the Walking Festival, we will visit Utah and Arizona as well as the Californian pine forests and pass through the rainforests of Costa Rica on our way to a small village with a distinctly Mexican flavour.
But we start off
… The Little Continent Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria Walking Festival The Three Volcanoes of La Isleta Our first day at the Gran Canaria Walking Festival, and things are starting well. I have not brought my ID. Whereas that is not normally a major sticking point with hikes, it is for this one because our 30-strong hiking party is brought to what our guides call, rather coyly, a military installation – through which the “three-volcano-trail” will run – and we are requested
… The Three Volcanoes of La Isleta
Gran Canaria Walking Festival Hotel Las Calas We just arrived in Gran Canaria, late last night, all ready for the Walking Festival that will start today.
We have not seen a lot of the Gran Canaria landscape, of course, in fact little more than the vegetation which lines the street on the way from Las Palmas airport to our hotel in the country’s interior, but enough already to say that it feels a
… The Gran Canaria Walking Festival Has Started
Hiking in Spain Gran Canaria Walking Festival People get different things out of travelling – which is a good thing, too: Power to Diversity!
But that does not mean that there are no rules. One of these rules which apply to every traveller is: wherever you go, do not get stuck.
If you go somewhere on a business trip, make an attempt to take at least your evenings off and do
… The Gran Canaria Walking Festival 2013