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Elche – A Fascinating Destination for a Short Break in Spain

Elche, with its palm trees and gardens, is a great destination for a short break in Spain The post Elche – A Fascinating Destination for a Short Break in Spain appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

Many people who have been holidaying in Spain for years have not heard of Elche.  Yet Elche is a unique and fascinating city which is very easily reached from Alicante or Murcia airports, and is perfect for a short break.

Palmeral, Elche, Spain

Palmeral of Elche

What makes Elche such a unique place to visit is its Palm Grove, which is estimated to contain over 200,000 protected palm trees.  That’s a lot of trees, and  the palms not only surround the city, but are found in peaceful parks and gardens within the city itself, providing a haven from the heat and traffic.  The site was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.

Elche, Spain

View over a small area of the city’s palms

Getting to Elche


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Elche is approximately 20 km away from Alicante airport, and an easy drive (see Holiday Autos for great low-cost car hire in Spain).  There are also regular buses and trains between the two cities, and from Murcia – see bus timetables and train timetables.

Where to Stay

There are two super hotels that are actually situated within the palms.  These are Jardin Milenio and Huerto del Cura.  We have stayed in both of these hotels, and can highly recommend them.  Both have extremely good restaurants, and are a very pleasant walk through the palm trees into Elche centre.

Huerto del Cura consists of separate accommodations scattered around lush gardens with a pool and water features.  Jardin Milenio is a little cheaper but still beautifully situated  with a lovely courtyard and fountains.  Half board is available at both hotels, but you get a better menu if you stay B&B and eat a la carte.  This also gives you the option of eating at both hotels if you are staying more than one night.

For more accommodation options in Elche you can search on booking.com.

Peaceful strolling

The centre of Elche is a busy city, but you are never far from a park with pleasant paths, palm trees, and often sculptures and water features.

Palm trees in Elche, Spain

One of Elche’s parks

Park in Elche, Spain

Peaceful path through the trees

A (usually) small stream dissects the town in a deep channel, which also has paths and bridges which are great for strolling.

Elche, Spain

Stream in a channel through the centre of the city

Huerta del Cura (Priests Garden)

Particularly special in Elche is the Huerta del Cura garden (entrance fee).  This is an idyllic garden containing many species of palms as well as flower beds, sculptures, peacocks and beautiful ponds occupied by basking terrapins.

Lady of Elche, Huerto del Cura garden, Elche, Spain

Lady of Elche

Pond in Huerto del Cura, Elche, Spain

One of the ponds in the garden

In the centre of the garden is the remarkable Imperial Palm with eight arms coming from a central trunk.  The ancient tree is carefully supported to prevent collapse.

Ancient eight-armed palm tree, Elche, Spain

Magnificent eight-armed Imperial Palm

There are also impressive cacti in the gardens.

Cactus garden at Huerto del Cura, Elche, Spain

Cactus garden

Other Attractions

Other things to do in and around Elche include

  • an award winning Archaeological and History Museum
  • the Basilica where you can climb to the bell tower for an excellent view over the palms
  • a Roman Bath museum
  • a Museum of Contemporary Art
  • a Palaeontological Museum
  • an Agricultural Museum
  • the nearby Rio Safari animal park

There is also good shopping, including an absolutely enormous shoe factory outlet (there are numerous shoe factories in and around Elche).

If you fancy a short break with a difference, or want a stopover close to the nearby airports, you can’t beat Elche.

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Please remember that this site is based purely on our own experiences – therefore kindly note the Disclaimer.

 

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Alicante Province and the Costa Blanca Mountains, Spain

Many of the hoards of people who pass through Alicante airport each year are unaware of the beautiful mountain landscapes that can be found just a few miles inland.  The Costa Blanca mountains are dotted with traditional villages linked by… The post Alicante Province and the Costa Blanca Mountains, Spain appeared first on Self Arranged...

Many of the hoards of people who pass through Alicante airport each year are unaware of the beautiful mountain landscapes that can be found just a few miles inland.  The Costa Blanca mountains are dotted with traditional villages linked by ancient tracks, making this area ideal for a walking holiday.

Typical landscape in Alicante province

View towards Alicante, Spain

View towards Alicante

Getting There

Alicante is easily reached, as several airlines fly there.  Jet2, for example have many flights to Alicante, and you can also search for flights using Skyscanner.


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Because of the remoteness of many of the villages in the area, you will need to hire a car.  You can use Skyscanner to search for the best car hire deals – just click on the link to be taken to their site, which is easy to use.

Where to Stay

There are many small towns and villages in the area that can be used as a base.

We stayed in Hotel Rural Mas Fontanelles which is a very charming small hotel just outside the little town or Biar.  The hotel has loads of character and is in a great area for walks.

Sitting room in Hotel Rural Mas Fontanelles

View from hotel window

Biar is a typical small Spanish town with winding streets and a hilltop castle.  It has a limited number of bars and restaurants, but is fine for a short stay.

Biar with its hilltop castle

I have listed a few more hotels in the area that are highly recommended (just click on the links for further information or online bookings):

  • Cases Noves at Guadelest, which is another town with an impressive hilltop castle
  • Finca El Tossal at Bolulla, inland from Altea, which has fantastic views towards the coast
  • Hotel Spa LaRomana at La Romana is luxurious with a spa and great restaurant
  • Hotel Alahuar at Benimaurell which is surrounded by fantastic mountain scenery

You can search for more accommodation options in the region using this link at booking.com.

 



Walks

For a wide choice of walks in the area see any of the following books:

Alternatively a great website called Walks in Spain has a section on the Costa Blanca mountains.  You can see the location of the walks on a regional map, read the details and route notes, and print out the directions including a map for each route.

All of these sources offer a variety of long and short walks in this lovely region.  Just take your pick – whichever you choose you will be rewarded with peaceful paths, abundant nature, characterful villages and magnificent scenery.

Here are some more pictures:

Sierra Aitana mountain landscape

Bocairent, Spain

Approaching Bocairent

Archway and street in Bocairent, Spain

Archway and street in Bocairent

Bocairent, Spain

Impressive setting of Bocairent

La Carrasqueta, Alicante Province, Spain

La Carrasqueta

Steps at Castalla, Spain

Steps towards the castle at Castalla

View towards Alcoi, Spain

View towards Alcoi

For more ideas for walking holidays in Spain see Spain for Walkers – Where to Go.

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Spain for Walkers – Where to Go

Many people tend to associate Spain with beach holidays in the Costas and city breaks in the great cities like Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid. But for people who like to walk, cycle or just generally explore the countryside, there… The post Spain for Walkers – Where to Go appeared first on Self Arranged...

Rodalquilar, Cabo de Gata, Spain

View from Rodalquilar, Cabo de Gata

Many people tend to associate Spain with beach holidays in the Costas and city breaks in the great cities like Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Madrid.

But for people who like to walk, cycle or just generally explore the countryside, there is so much more.  Impressive mountain ranges.  Unspoiled stretches of coastline.  Desert landscapes.  Traditional white villages.  Mediterranean vistas.

Matt and I have had many walking holidays in Spain – both on the mainland and on some of the islands.  Here is a very brief review of a few of our favourite areas, based on the places we have visited.


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Cabo de Gata

This is our favourite area, and we have returned several times.  The stark emptiness really appeals to us, though it may not suit everyone.

Cabo de Gata is situated in the southeast of the country, and can be easily reached by car from Alicante, Almeira, Granada, Murcia or Malaga airports.

The Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park consists of a desert landscape and completely unspoiled coastline.  There are some great walks and deserted beaches for strolling or swimming.   You can explore fascinating deserted mines and a botanical garden at Rodalquilar.  There are attractive and uncrowded coastal villages with restaurants on the beach.  And you can see flocks of wild flamingos at the Salinas salt lagoon.

Watch out for a more detailed post coming soon.

Uncrowded beach, Cabo de Gata, Spain

Typically uncrowded beach

Desert track, Cabo de Gata, Spain

Desert landscape

Sunset, Cabo de Gata coastline, Spain

Sunset over the coast



Picos de Europa

The Picos are a small but very impressive mountain range situated in Northern Spain.  The most convenient airport is Bilbao, though they can also be reached from Madrid.

The range is characterised by deep gorges and limestone pinnacles with impressive paths, some of which need a head for heights.  We stayed at the Hotel Picos de Europa in Arenas de Cabrales.  This made a very comfortable and convenient base.   Potes would be another great place to stay.

For a wide choice of accommodation in the area see booking.com.  For ideas for walks see the Sunflower Guide: Picos de Europa.

Potes, Picos de Europa, Spain

Potes (photo obtained from Pixabay.com)

Picos de Europa mountains

Picos de Europa mountains (photo obtained from Pixabay.com)

Picos de Europa hiking path

Fantastic path above a typical gorge (photo obtained from Pixabay.com)



Alicante Province

Most people passing through Alicante Airport are heading for the Costa Blanca, and are unaware of the beautiful mountain landscapes a very short distance inland.  There are lovely traditional villages linked by networks of ancient trails, perfect for walking.

Accommodation can be found in numerous small towns and villages.  Look out for a more detailed post coming soon.

Mountains in Alicante Province, Spain

Mountains inland from Alicante

Biar, Spain

Biar – a typical hilltop town

Alicante Province, Spain

Typical landscape



Andalucia

We have had several holidays in this lovely area.  You don’t need to go far from Malaga or Granada airports to be in fantastic walking country.

There are many towns and villages that make great bases for walking.  We particularly recommend Grazalema and Ronda, though there are very many more.

The area contains the cities of Seville, Malaga, Granada and Cordoba, the Sierra Nevada mountain range and of course miles of coastline including the Costa del Sol.

Watch out for a more detailed post coming soon.

Andalucian white town, Spain

Andalucian white town

Reservoir, Andalucia, Spain

One of several reservoirs

Ronda, Spain

Ronda



Mallorca

We have had three walking holidays in Mallorca, and stayed in Port de Soller each time because we like it so much.

The Tramuntana mountain range is a great area for walking, and there are also many lovely unspoiled coastal paths.

Watch out for a more detailed post coming soon.

Port de Soller, Mallorca

Port de Soller

Rugged landscape in the Tramuntana Mountains, Mallorca

Rugged landscape in the Tramuntana Mountains

Rugged coastline, Mallorca

Coastal view



Gran Canaria

Matt and I had our first foray to the Canary Islands this year (see Gran Canaria, Maspalomas and San Bartolome.)  We didn’t manage to do much walking, but we saw enough to convince us that we need to return, and also visit some of the other islands.  Watch out for future updates!

Pine trees and mountains near San Bartolome, Gran Canaria

View of the mountains through the pine trees

Lagoon at Dunas de Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

The Maspalomas lagoon

Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria

Cruz Grande

 

Please remember that this site is based purely on our own experiences – therefore kindly note the Disclaimer.

 

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Great Bases for Walking in Switzerland – SILVAPLANA and SURLEJ

Silvaplana and Surlej in the Upper Engadine of Switzerland make ideal bases for walking in magnificent scenery The post Great Bases for Walking in Switzerland – SILVAPLANA and SURLEJ appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

Most people have heard of St. Moritz, with its reputation as a glamorous ski resort.  Many don’t realise that a very short distance away is a much quieter area of beautiful lakes surrounded by stunning peaks.  There are cable cars, funiculars and gondola lifts to get you up high with minimum effort, and a great network of paths from which to enjoy the stunning views.

Silvaplanersee Lake with Surlej and Silvaplana, Engadine, Switzerland

Silvaplanersee lake with Surlej on the left (upper) bank and Silvaplana on the right

Silvaplana and Surlej are situated on opposite banks of Silvaplanersee lake, connected by a short bridge (see photo above).  We spent a week in a hotel in Surlej, which is at the foot of the Corvatsch cable car, and found it to be an ideal base.

Getting to Silvaplana and Surlej

Wherever you are coming from you will first need to get to St. Moritz, which is easily done by train.  See Voyages-sncf for routes, timetables and tickets if you are coming from the UK or Europe,  Rail Europe for routes, timetables and tickets if you are coming from the US or Canada, and Interrail for rail passes including multi-country passes.



From St. Moritz there are regular buses – see Engadin Bus for routes and timetables (they even have a timetable app!)  There are several routes which cover all the villages in the Upper Engadine area, so wherever you decide to stay it is easy to get about.

Where to Stay

We stayed in the Hotel Chesa Surlej in Surlej, which is very close to a bus stop, the lake and the Corvatsch cable car.  The hotel made a comfortable and convenient base.

 

Hotel Chesa Surlej

Hotel Chesa Surlej

For many more options in Silvaplana and Surlej, including hotels, guesthouses and apartments, click booking.com to see their list of properties, or use the search box elsewhere on this page.

Important note – when we stayed in Surlej several hotels in the area were offering packages which included a pass for all the local cable cars, lifts and buses in the Upper Engadine area.  This is a fantastic offer, as it means you can use the lifts as often as you like, saving money and time.  Offers change, so it is definitely worth checking which hotels are offering this option before booking.

Walks

Using the local bus service and various lifts, including those at Sils-Maria, Corvatsch and St. Moritz among others, opens up a huge range of hiking opportunities.  There are paths in the area to suit all abilities, and the views down to the lakes and surrounding mountains are fantastic.

Footpath in the Upper Engadine, Switzerland

Typical footpath in the Upper Engadine

Silsersee lake, Switzerland

View over Silsersee lake

Silsersee and Silvaplanersee lakes, Switzerland

Silsersee and Silverplanersee lakes

Suggestions for walks include:

  • Take the Corvatsch cable car to the middle station (visiting the top station first if you wish), and then take the Panoramic Trail to Sils (about 4 hours)
  • Get a bus to Sils Maria, and then take the Furtschellas lift.  From the top station you can walk to the viewpoint at Marmore.  From here you can continue to Curtins, and then either walk or take a horse-drawn carriage back to Sils Maria (3 to 4 hours)
  • Get a bus to St Moritz and take the Signal Lift.  From the top you can follow the ‘Via Engiadina’ trail for about 2 hours, before leaving the trail to descend to Silvaplana (about 3.5 hours)
  • Get a bus to St Moritz, and then catch the train towards Pontresina, but get off at the first stop ‘Punt Muragl’.  Here you take a funicular up to Muottas Muragl.  Follow the signs to Alp Languard, enjoying fabulous views.  From Alp Languard take the chairlift down to Pontresina and get the train back to St. Moritz (about 3 hours walking)
Muottas Muragl funicular railway, Upper Engadine, Switzerland

View over the funicular railway

Chairlift, Switzerland

Chairlift




These are just a few suggestions.  For more ideas see the walking books and map suggested elsewhere on this page, or visit the local Tourist Information Centres.  The Corvatsch website also has suggestions and a hiking map.

Castle at Silvaplana, Switzerland

Castle near Silvaplana

Marmot, Switzerland

Marmots are common in the area

Valley in the Upper Engadine, Switzerland

Valley view

Whichever route you choose, you will be rewarded with great paths and glorious views.
View of St Moritz and the Upper Engadine lakes, Switzerland

View of St. Moritz and the lakes

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Need a Gift for Someone Who Loves the Outdoors? Here Are Some Great Ideas.

Here is a great range of gift ideas for people who like being outdoors The post Need a Gift for Someone Who Loves the Outdoors? Here Are Some Great Ideas. appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

If you know someone who loves walking, nature or just being in the great outdoors, here are some great gift ideas.  There are prices to suit all pockets.

For people who love to travel see my recent post on Travel-Related Gifts.

(Please note that the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links I will receive a small commission.  This is how I fund Self Arranged Journeys, and if you do decide to purchase one of these great gifts your support will be very much appreciated.)

Solar Device Charger

We rely so much on our phones and tablets these days, that it can be a real hassle if they run out of charge.  For someone who spends a lot of time outdoors a solar charger is a great idea. It can even hang on a backpack and be charging a phone as you walk!

The above examples are all available from Amazon, with prices ranging from £23.99 to £49.99 with free UK delivery.  For further details click on the images, and for more options go to Solar chargers.

Personalised Ordnance Survey Map (UK)

Here’s an idea for something completely individual.  You choose the centre point of your map and the scale.  You then add your own map title and your own photo for the cover, and OS produce your map for you.



Prices start at under £20.00, including free UK delivery.  Just click on the ad to be taken to the OS site.

Fleece-Lined Beanie

Just the job when the weather turns chilly.

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These examples are all from OutdoorGear UK, and are available in various colours.  Prices range from around £10.00 to just under £30.00.

Waterproof Phone Case

Perfect for protecting a valuable phone in a deluge – or even when going for a swim!

The example shown is certified waterproof to a depth of 30 meters.  It comes with a detachable lanyard, and has a clear window front and back so you can access the camera and touchscreen without removing the phone.  It will take any phone up to 6 inch diagonal size, and also MP3 players.

It is available from Amazon for £6.99 – click on the image for further information, or see Waterproof Phone Cases for many more examples.

Light or Torch

Not just for night-time use – a decent torch can come in handy for exploring caves or, as I know from experience in Madeira, walking through long tunnels.

The above examples are all from Amazon.  Click on the images for further details, or see Torches for loads more examples, with prices starting from around £3.00.


TourRadar

Compass

For a range of functional compasses for outdoor use try OutdoorGear UK.

Their range includes map compasses, orienteering compasses, a wrist compass and thumb compasses. Prices range from £2.95 to £62.25.

Waterproof Notebook

You just never know when you will need to jot something down in the rain!

The above examples are all from Amazon, and are all under £10.00.  Click on the images for further details, or see Outdoor notebooks for more examples.

Cloud Identification Wheel

This handy carry-around device is an aid to identifying over 20 different types of clouds!

Cloud Selector, Cloud Identification Wheel

It is durable and weatherproof, and is available from Stanfords for £8.99 – click on the image for further details.



GPS Device

The ultimate way to make sure you don’t get lost is to carry a personal GPS tracking device.  These show you exactly where you are on a preloaded map, so you can be absolutely confident of which side valley you have just hiked into, or which hamlet you have just cycled through.

Garmin devices have easy to read screens and are tough and waterproof for outdoor use. They come preloaded with TopoActive Western European Maps which are suitable for hiking and cycling, and cover 23 European countries. Extra maps can be purchased and added via microSD cards or downloaded (subscription required).

Garmin 1Garmin 2

The two models above are available from Amazon, with prices between £175 and £185 – click on the images for further information.

Ordnance Survey also have a wide range of GPS devices suitable for walking and cycling. To explore their extensive range, click on the banner below.



 Multi Tool Knife

These have so many uses – from peeling an apple to opening a can to trimming a toe nail.

The examples shown above are all from Amazon, with prices ranging from around £35.00 to £55.00.  Click on the images for further details, or see Multi Tool Knives for many more examples.

Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016

Inspiration for anyone who likes photographing the great outdoors.

This book features the best entries from the 2016 competition, and is available from Amazon for £15.90 – click on the image for further details.

Trek Umbrella

Ideal for anyone who spends time outdoors, this practical automatic umbrella with a comfortable ergonomic handle is lightweight and designed to prevent wind damage.

Trek Umbrella - Medium

It is available in small (£16.99) or large (£19.99) from Stanfords.

Binoculars

Of course binoculars are great for bird watching.  But they are also great for watching boats go past as you are having a waterside coffee, reading a distant signpost when you are lost on your hike, checking whether an object on a hillside is a deer or just a bush, etc., etc……..  I never like to be without mine.

Wex Photographic have a comprehensive range to suit all pockets – click on their advert above to visit their site.

Thermos Flask

Useful for anyone who spends time outdoors, for any reason!

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The above examples are all from OutdoorGear UK, and there are more examples online.  Prices range from around £5.00 to around £30.00.

Picnic Blanket with Waterproof Backing

Of course enjoying the great outdoors doesn’t have to involve trekking off into the wilderness.  If your gift recipient enjoys picnics, a blanket with a waterproof backing would be an ideal accessory.

These examples are all available from Amazon and are all under £17.00.  Click on the images, or see Picnic Blankets for more choices.

The Usborne Outdoor Book

Finally here is a great little book that is full of ideas for enjoying the great outdoors.  It costs £6.28 from Amazon – click on the image for further details.

If you still need inspiration check out my post on Travel-Related Gifts for more ideas.

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Walking from San Bartolome to Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria

A great bus journey up to San Bartolome, Gran Canaria, and a gentle walk through the pine forest to Cruz Grande The post Walking from San Bartolome to Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria appeared first on Self Arranged Journeys.

During a recent holiday on Gran Canaria, we had a trip up to San Bartolome for a lovely walk in the island’s pine-covered mountains.

Pine forest and mountains on Gran Canaria

Pine trees and mountains on Gran Canaria

Getting to San Bartolome by bus from Puerto de Mogan, where we were staying, was not easy (see Gran Canaria – What We Did and How We Will Do It Next Time).  We had to first get the hour-long service to Faro de Maspalomas, and then change for the No. 18 bus up to San Bartolome.  We had hoped to get a bus all the way to Tejeda, but the ridiculously inconvenient timetable made this impossible.

The logistical difficulties were worth overcoming – the road up to San Bartolome turned out to be one of the most stunning roads we have ever travelled on.  I knew we were heading for the mountains, but had no idea that the countryside would be so impressive.

The bus wound its way through impossibly steep and narrow hairpins, often with sheer drops on one side.  Definitely not for the fainthearted!  And the country opened into vast empty canyons that I had no idea existed on Gran Canaria.  It isn’t possible to capture the grandeur of such country, especially from a bumpy bus, but here are a couple of photos to give an idea of the spectacular country.

San Bartolome

Road to San Bartolome, Gran Canaria

(Image by Marc Ryckaert [CC BY 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons)

I think the tour companies are missing a treat here.  If there were boards showing excursions up here, along with the boat trips and aqua parks, I am sure they would be popular.  Mind you such roads can easily be spoiled (and dangerous) with too much traffic, so perhaps it is better for them to remain lesser known!

San Bartolome

San Bartolome de Tirajana, to give it its full title, is an attractive little town nestled amongst the hills. It is the administrative centre for the region of the same name which includes Maspalomas and Playa de Ingles.  Though up here the beach resorts seem a million miles away.

San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria

San Bartolome de Tirajana

The town has an interesting church with lovely views over the town from its grounds (see photo above).  There are a few shops and holiday residences, and a very pleasant hotel which would make a great base for a walking holiday.

Landscape near San Bartolome, Gran Canaria

Landscape near San Bartolome

 

It is a steep climb from the bus stop up to the church, but after the church you soon join an excellent trail, signposted Camino Real.  Much of the path is paved, and although it keeps climbing the gradient is manageable.

Footpath near San Bartolome, Gran Canaria

Footpath near San Bartolome

Footpath near San Bartolome, Gran Canaria

Further along the path

 

The whole area is covered with the beautiful endemic Canarian pine trees, and there are glimpses of the mountains and valleys between the trees, making very attractive walking.

Pine trees and mountains near San Bartolome, Gran Canaria

View of the mountains through the pine trees

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It took us a couple of hours to reach Cruz Grande at a very leisurely pace, with stops for photos and snacks.  Cruz Grande is a pass where paths and a minor road meet, and there are great views of the surrounding ridges and valleys from here.  Two other walkers here were the only people we saw after leaving San Bartolome – perfect!

Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria

Cruz Grande

View from Cruz Grande, Gran Canaria

View of the surrounding landscape

 

If you have the time and energy you can continue to make this a much longer circular walk (see Landscapes of Gran Canaria), but we needed to catch our bus back to Faro de Maspalomas, so we returned to San Bartolome by the same route.  The views were just as lovely on the way back.

San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria

View over the town from above

Next time we visit Gran Canaria we will definitely spend more time in the central mountainous area of the island.  The stunning landscapes, beautiful endemic pines, and from what we saw excellent walking trails, are just begging to be explored.

 

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