Blog/Blog 2018Monday December 24th, 2018

Canary Islands, Gran Canaria and Tenerife

I just came back, a few days ago, from the Canary Islands, Spain. This time I wandered around Gran Canaria and Tenerife. This Spanish archipelago, made of seven major islands with many more smaller islands and islets, is the southernmost autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 100 km west of Morocco at the closest point. The capital of the Autonomous Community is shared by the cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has been the largest city in the Canaries since 1768. The archipelago’s beaches, climate and important natural attractions, especially Maspalomas with its golden sand dunes in Gran Canaria and Teide National Park and Mount Teide, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Tenerife, which is the third tallest volcano in the world measured from its base on the ocean floor, make it a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year. The following pictures are just a small excerpt from the whole work I did. But I have seen and photographed many more beautiful things.

 

GRAN CANARIA

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Mirador Degollada De La Yegua. View

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, the landscape around the GC-200 driving away from Puerto de Mogàn towards the north

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Maspalomas, the sand dunes

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Maspalomas, the sand dunes

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Playa de Güi-Güi – Chico

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, the village of Agüimes

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, La Fortaleza de Ansite is one of the most important archaeological sites in Gran Canaria.

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, wonderful view from the Parador of Cruz de Tejeda looking towards west and the sunset

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Arucas – Hotel Rural La Hacienda Del Buen Suceso. Located right in the middle of 50 hectares of banana trees, still producing bananas, the estate is the oldest in the Canary Islands, since it was established in 1572

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Arucas – Hotel Rural La Hacienda Del Buen Suceso. Located right in the middle of 50 hectares of banana trees, still producing bananas, the estate is the oldest in the Canary Islands, since it was established in 1572

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Cenobio de Valerón. This is a superb aboriginal grain collection store, in a settlement located up on a high escarpment at Montaña del Gallego. It was built by the ancient Canarians over 800 years ago, making full use of the geological conditions at the volcanic cone. With the help of flint stones they opened up over 350 cavities laid out on several levels, which were used for the storage of cereals and other foodstuffs

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria – La Laja farm, located in the picturesque Agaete Valley is all about wine production, mangoes, orange and coffee cultivation. La Laja is also known for Arabica coffee, marketed as Coffee Agaete.

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Agaete 

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Arucas – Salinas del Bufadero (salt flats), from the 17th century, are located and whose salt is unique in Gran Canaria

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – nightlife, going for tapas

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – the cathedral as seen from Hotel 21

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – Vegueta, Plaza del Pilar Nuevo, Mueso Colon

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – Vegueta, the historical city centre, well preserved and looking as good as at the colonial time

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – the Aquarium Poema del Mar, at the Port

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – the Aquarium Poema del Mar, at the Port

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – sand nativities at Playa de las Canteras

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – Vegueta, the historical city centre, well preserved and looking as good as at the colonial time

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – Playa de las Canteras

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas – view from the air of the Vegueta district with the Cathedral and the Plaza Santa Ana

 

TENERIFE

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Parque Nacional del Teide

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Parque Nacional del Teide – Teleferico del Teide

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Parque Nacional del Teide – Teleferico del Teide

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Parque Nacional del Teide – Los Roques de Garcia

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Parque Nacional del Teide – Los Roques de Garcia

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Parque Nacional del Teide

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Playa de Las Americas

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Playa de Las Americas

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Playa de Las Americas

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Banana plantation past Playa Las Americas heading toward Puerto de La Cruz

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Garachico and its natural pools

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Garachico and its natural pools

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Garachico and its natural pools

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Garachico and its natural pools

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Puerto de la Cruz

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – Puerto de la Cruz

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – “Per Adriano” (1993) mask sculpture, by Igor Mitoraj, in front of the Teatro Guimerá, Plaza de la Isla de la Madeira

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – playa Las Teresitas

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – Auditorium Adán Martín. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, it is located on the Avenue of the Constitution in the Canarian capital, and next to the Atlantic Ocean in the southern part of Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The Tenerife Auditorium was officially opened by the Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbón on September 26, 2003

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – Auditorium Adán Martín. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, it is located on the Avenue of the Constitution in the Canarian capital, and next to the Atlantic Ocean in the southern part of Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The Tenerife Auditorium was officially opened by the Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbón on September 26, 2003

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – playa Las Teresitas

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – the coast north of Santa Cruz leading to Igueste de San Andrès village

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – coast north of Santa Cruz, right after Las Teresitas beach. Here is playa El Burro

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Santa Cruz – rocks by the sea right below the auditorium have been frescoed with musicians of all time and type of music

 

Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife – San Cristóbal de La Laguna – Casa de Alvarado Bracamonte (1624-31)

 

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