Caving In for Gran Canaria

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

Do the Caldera de Bandama Hike

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

Half Time at the Gran Canaria Walking Festival

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 20

Half Time at the Gran Canaria Walking Festival

The Little Continent Gran Canaria

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

The Three Volcanoes of La Isleta

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

The Gran Canaria Walking Festival Has Started

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

A Mallorcan Marshland

Hiking in Mallorca S’Albufera – A Mallorcan Marshland So far, we have been telling you mainly about hikes in those areas of Mallorca that are difficult to access: hikes for which you need at least a car, or better still, a guided tour. Today, we will talk about hikes that that you can do easily on your own.

One very popular trail leads from Port de Pollenca in the northwest of the island

A Mallorcan Marshland

No Frills Island Tour in Mallorca

Our No Frills Island Tour in Mallorca Let’s be frank: guided bus tours are not generally the ideal solution if you want to explore unfamiliar surroundings – walking is always best, bearing in mind that “you have only really been to a place when you have experienced it on your own two feet” (it was Goethe who said that).

But the world is rarely perfect, which is why there are no iron rules,

No Frills Island Tour in Mallorca

Hiking in Mallorca – Ermita de Betlem

Hiking in Mallorca Towards Ermita de Betlem Mallorca is a small island and nearly as densely populated as Holland, without even counting the 9 million visitors who come here each year.

So it’s all the more striking if you consider that you can walk for hours in the Park Natural de Llevant without seeing a single soul (except the odd fellow hiker). The northeastern corner has always been the least populated part of

Hiking in Mallorca – Ermita de Betlem

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches

Hiking in Spain Mallorca Beyond the Beaches If you want to explore the “real Mallorca”, the Mallorca beyond the beaches teeming with tourists in holiday resorts, your best bet for a base may be a hotel right on the seaside. This may sound contradictory and counter-intuitive, so let me explain.

Firstly, you must take into account that the interior of the island – where you find the mountains and most of the interesting

Mallorca Beyond the Beaches