Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria pictures. A Spanish island (part of the Canary Islands archipelago off the coast of Africa) full of incredible volcanic landscapes.

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Gran Canaria's weather is a year-round Spring/Summer

On the road in the volcanic mountains that make up most of the island's interior

Sign that surely means 'take a sharp left or you'll die' in Spanish

The village of San Nicolas de Tolentino

The dunes of Maspalomas are largely made up of crushed shells

Down - incredible views approaching La Aldea de San Nicolas

Mill in the middle of nowhere

Heat

Houses perched on top of a hill in San Nicolas

San Nicolas de Tolentino

The Sahara-like sand dunes of Maspalomas

Lobster (la langosta) requires special tools to crack but tastes excellent

Maspalomas

'Where should we put the mill, José?' 'I think, María, where there's the most demand for flour.' 'Good point, José.'

The Canary Islands have a huge network of excellent trails among the mountains, and the less-known areas have very little trafic

Not Arizona

Downhill among the farms on the mountain

On the road

Maspalomas

Playa del Inglés ('English beach')

By the Atlantic

The sand dunes in Maspalomas

GC-60

Spanish appetizers: gazpacho, oyster and mussels

Gazpacho, a cold vegetable soup

Bus stop at an altitude of 1200m - buses can barely navigate the narrow and winding mountain roads and passes

Canarian tapas (a variety of small dishes): wrinkly potatoes (papas arrugadas; a local speciality), mojo sauce, calamari, serrano ham, olives and bread

It's just resting (the agave produces this long stem while flowering, and then the whole plant dies)

A barranco (deep valley or canyon) on Gran Canaria

'Dónde está la zapatería?' 'About 20km from here, son, because we built this village on top of a mountain.'

Waiter showing the fish to be grilled to customers

The Atlantic Ocean

0km at an altitude of 1200m (3600 feet)


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