Winter Holiday in Gran Canaria – Local Walk   13 comments

A day of leisure was in order after our walk the day before. The morning was spent sunning ourselves on the beach and swimming in the cool clear Atlantic waters.

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There is only so much leisure I can handle in one day on holiday though. I convinced TJS to join me in an exploratory stroll up to the top of the ridge between Puerto Mogan and Taurito. There were no obvious paths (its pretty much a long line of cliffs but I reckoned we could find a way up. Worst case we could take a look at the road that clings precariously to the cliffs and see why it’s been closed for several months.

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After sneaking through a posh hotel to access the walkway around the old ruins (you have to pay if you enter the other end) and then scrambling up to the road we found a shallow valley that seemed to have a path through it. We found another path that hopefully forced a route through the crags. It did but it was exceptionally loose and a little precarious in places. We were both glad when the angle eased.

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It turned out to be well worth the effort. The broad ridge had superb views both to the sea and back to the mountains and was crossed by numerous paths.

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A view down to Puerto Mogan.

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And a close up view of our apartment. Its the one top centre with the white canopy on the right.

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TJS poses for the sunset.

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We found an infinitely better way down into the shallow valley which in turn proved to be an interesting dry and eroded watercourse.

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The setting sun created wonderful colours on the volcanic rocks.

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This is the closed road. No cars but clearly now a very popular walk or cycle ride.

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The sunlit rocks above the road.

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And here is why the road is closed. A good part of it having fallen into the sea! I doubt they will ever open the road again as there is very little left to work with. On the right hand side you could pretty much jump straight into the sea. They have some really spectacular coastal roads in Gran Canaria.

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We watched the sunset from the road but with such a clear sky and no clouds it was a bit of a damp squib.

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Still, not a bad place to be in early January.

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We hadn’t been out on New Years Eve so we did a New Years Day night out. Puerto Mogan has dozens of restaurants and we found a really nice friendly place that did a fine line in Fish, Paella and Calamari.

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Happy people enjoying a happy holiday.

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And a nice view across the harbour to the beachfront strip.

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Having a local walk is always an advantage wherever we stay and this one was a really good one. We went up another couple of times which I’ll cover in later posts.

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Posted January 26, 2019 by surfnslide in Gran Canaria, Spain, Walking

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13 responses to “Winter Holiday in Gran Canaria – Local Walk

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  1. That road in this country would be closed off and no way you’d be able to walk along there, health and safety stickers all over it!!

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    • It actually was fenced off in places but not very well (as you can tell) but primarily to stop cars and motorbikes. UK is the only country I know where so-called personal safety is take to such extreme degrees. There was as much danger here from fallings from above as there was from falling off the edge. It’s a truly spectacular and dangerous looking road but we saw a far more scary one the next day.

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  2. Best little adventures are always the ones where you go where you are not supposed to be. Adds an extra bit of spice to it.

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  3. Looks fantastic

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  4. Thank You presenting Gran Canarias. We did not visit this Place, when we spent our Holiday in Las Palmas and made tours around the island. Did You visit Las Palmas? If yes, did You walk to the bottom of Bandama crater? I have a post showing it:

    Vacation in Las Palmas 3

    Have a good day!

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  5. Certainly ‘happy times’. I love the night view.

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  6. Spectacular. I’m reminded of the road on Mam Tor although the comparison is a bit weak. Was there plenty of vegan food in your fish restaurant?

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    beatingthebounds
    • I know what you mean about the Man Tor Road. I was amazed just how badly buckled the road was when I walked past. This one was more “how the hell did they build the road in the first place”
      GC predated the Vegan move. Me and TJF are having great fun at TBFs expense looking at her food and saying “WTF is THAT!” 🙂

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