Gran Canaria is an island located off the shores of Morocco.
Since it’s heavily influenced by the oceanic climate, the temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year.
It is part of Macaronesia archipelago, a huge amount of islands splitted among the Azzres, Canary, Madeira and Cape Verde.
Despite the name, Cape Verde is not green, on the contrary it’s very dry (and full of piretes, yo-ho).

I spent here the first week of 2018: since my brother with his friends wanted to come here, and i also was in the right mood, i started to check online tickets on the middle of november and i found a good solution starting from Turin, with a night stopover in Barcelona and another one in London. Cheap and great choise, you can read the first part here

1) Path
2) What to visit
3) Eating
4) How to get here
5) Notes
6) Photo Gallery
Gran Canaria map

• Path

• What to visit

Gran Canaria is a well-noticed and round-shaped vulcanic island and just because of this the rocks shade from dark to fully black nuance.
The capital city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is the second biggest city of the archipelagus and the base point for a low-cost stay.
This island is famous for the several resorts displaced along the cost, destination of many people, attracted for the stunning views and night life, mainly from England, Germany and Spain.

Hostal Alcaravaneras was the starting point for all the trips, placed in the east coast of Las Palmas.
The owner is a young man with many tatooes, probably from Holland. The place is clean and quite.

My trip companions had the car (Matteo, Ross and Sic), so it wasn’t a problem to use public transportation to reach the place from the airport (Aeropuerto LP Expres) every 30′.

The morning started all in the same way: long run along the coastal path of Las Canteras Beach, facing north-east. From the hotel to Costa Ayala there are around 6-7 km. I passed through Parque de Santa Catalina in the north part of the city and then decisively towards west, along Playa de Las Canteras, up to the end of walkable path on GC-2 road.

Here some places we visited

El Toscón de Tejeda: a solitary rock in the central part of the island. Roque Nublo is nearby
Playa de Amadores: a large beach near Puerto Mogan, full of little shops and cofee bars, i made here the first inter swim of my life. There are a lot of floating platform in the middle of the bay
La Palmita: raised part near Las Palmas
Mirador del Balcon: beautiful photographic spot. The rock is not sincere. Do not climb here, even if you feel attracted by the peaks in the west side of the bay
Puerto Mogan: the end of the road. A small town full of bougainvillea and sea urching with very long needles. The atmosphere is mexican here.
Caldera de Bandama: it’s a maar more than a caldera. The landscape is martian
Dune of Maspalomas: a little piece of Sahara in the island. Near the sea a food truck is available for a quick lunch.
Roque Bentayga: if we make our way up there, and walk along as far as the base of the Roque Bentayga, we can submerge ourselves in the ancient way of life of the aboriginal islanders. My friend Ross doesn’t have a good memory of this place (vertigo)
Roque Nublo: a 67 m tall volcanic rock, the third tallest point of Gran Canaria.
Pico de las Nieves: the highest peak of the island, 1949 m. Quite cold at the sunset in January, but beautiful color and no problem with parking. I advice Ed Sheeran during the climb (1h by car from Las Palmas)
Estadio Insular Park: a former sports stadium repurposed into a city park offering a playground, open spaces & a cafe. I slept here some hours after the hard night of BCN

• What to eat

Here a list of restaurants i remeber being delicious. As single dish i advice fish and papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes).

  • H! Burger: An abundant selection of hamburgers. Tasty. My first dinner alone, after sleeping all the afternoon
  • Ribera del Río Miño: A galician and stylish restaurant. Expensive
  • Mar de Tapas: Placed in Mogan, it’s a fantastic place to admire the sunset
  • La Azotea de Benito: stylish and basic lounge. In the southern part of Las Palmas. It’s possible to take the bus line 12 up to here, even during the night (~20′). Good whisky.
  • The Couple: our last breakfast in the island, on the Las Palmas promenade.
  • Restaurante Las Cañadas: maybe the best restaurant i’ve been in Gran Canaria. Beautiful view. Great to break up a mountain drive or ride. Toilets, museum and shop available. Homemade food. Worth a visit.
  • 100 Montaditos: Classic evening in this well-known chain.
  • La Oliva Restaurante: a mediterranean restaurant located at the north end of Las Palmas promenade. Quite good for a quick lunch.

• Hot to get here

I booked the tickets on The first stopover was in Barcelona (1920-0715), and the second, during the return trip, in London STN (1645-0650). Low cost because of the lack of sleep caused by those stopover. But in this way you can visit also those 2 beautiful city during the night. You could be surprised of what you can see.
The airline were Ryanair and Norwegian international. Good view on Morocco from the window on the 1.1 flight at 0745 am.

• Notes

The trade winds, the Gulf Stream and Gran Canaria’s geography have blessed this island with a wonderfully mild climate year-round, making it a great holiday destination and just a step away from mainland Europe.
It is a Bsh (Hot semi-arid climate) in the cost and Csb (Cool-summer Mediterranean climate) in the hinterland.
In the picture below, from top to bottom, Azores, Madeira islands, Canary islands and Cabo Verde.
Together tey form the Macaronesia ecoregion
It does not have intense heat in summer or severe cold in winter. The agreeable climate makes it a cozy city for living.

• Photo gallery