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