Gran Canaria

So… here we are, back from a week in Gran Canaria. And what a week it was!

Saturday

We landed. And it was quite late when we finally arrived at the hotel, as this photo from our balcony will attest.

MasopalmasByNight

Sunday

On Sunday, we booked an excursion for Monday and spent the rest of the day relaxing.

Monday

Here’s a shot from the front of the hotel while we waited for the bus… that didn’t turn up.

MasopalmasSunriseTuesday

But, not to lose a day, we went to Las Palmas instead.

LasPalmasCanineCentral

There are a lot of dog sculptures in Las Palmas, which isn’t entirely surprising when you remember that the name of the archipelago comes from the Latin Insularia Canaria meaning Island of the Dogs – a name that originally only applied to Gran Canaria itself.

So here’s another dog…

LasPalmasDog

While in Las Palmas, we stopped for lunch – where I had a brick sandwich…

LasPalmas-BrickSandwich

And then went to the beach…

LasPalmasCafe

… where we saw some swimmers

LasPalmasSwimmers3

Tuesday

Monday’s trip was rebooked for Tuesday, so here we are, in front of the hotel waiting for a bus that didn’t arrive.

Masopalmas Sunrise Tuesday

So we cancelled that one, booked another and went to bed.

Wednesday

The coach arrived! And we went on a tour of the island.

So here’s a much nicer sunrise than the last two.

LasPalmasTrip01

And we saw scenery…

LasPalmasTrip02

… a volcanic crater (can’t miss it, really)…

LasPalmasTrip04-Crater

… and bananas.

LasPalmasTrip10-Bananas

We also had a go at the local honey rum, cactus jam and cheese. Visit quickly before our supplies run out.

Thursday

Eve let me have a lie in on Thursday, so no sunrise. Instead, we went to Puerto Mogan and took a trip on the Yellow Submarine

PuertoMoganSub02

And there were some great views of the sea floor, but my camera (or me) wasn’t up to capturing them, so you’ll have to smile at Eve if you want some idea of what we saw.

Puerto Mogan is another town with canals which – inevitably – compares itself to Venice. So here’s a canal.

PuertoMoganCanal

Friday

On Friday we went to Puerto Rico and then took a long ferry ride…

Coast1

… to Puerto Mogan.

PuertoMoganHarbour

Then we took another ferry back to Puerto Rico where we caught the Submarine Boat (don’t ask)…

SubmarineBoat2

… and saw a feast of fish.

SubmarineBoat3

Stepping back a bit, to Puerto Mogan, we also stopped for lunch at a lovely little restaurant…

PuertoMoganBar04

… where we shared a single beer.

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