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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