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Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 25 March Club Maritiemo Varadero Tajinaste Hike


 

Our bus left the Club Maritimo Varadero, Las Palmas at 0830 hrs heading
for the mountains for the "Tajinaste" hike.
 
After a stopping in San Mateo for breakfast, we continued climbing in cloud to Pico de las Nieves, 
the start of our hike which, at over 1900 m altitude is close to the highest point on Gran Canaria.

 
There were two ancient ice pits en route
 
For most of the hike we were in the cloud, but, although it was cold and there were no views, the misty conditions added a special charm to our mainly downhill hike
 

 

 

Eventually, we left the misty pine forests and volcanic ash slopes behind and our path snaked through wonderful displays of Tajinastes with the cloud swirling around us

 

 

 
After 5 hours hiking during which we had climbed 300 meters and descended 1400 meters ( according to our very useful Viewranger app - see statistics below):-
 
We all met up in the El Puente restuarant in Tenteniguada.

 

 

The bus took us back to Las Palmas from here.
Thank you Pepe and Nestor for leading and organising a superb day in the hills.

 











































































































Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Car trip Lanzarote Mirador del Rio

Thursday 8 December 2016 we drove from Arrecife Marina along the NEast coast via Costa Teguise stopping at the rock pool settlement of Charco del Palo where several residents were bathing in the nude.
 
We then drove via the Mala Cactus fields
 
Through Arrieta and Punta Mujeres to Orzola where we watched the ferry to Graciosa moor.
 
We then continued to Mirador del Rio - a very fascinating Caesor Manrique creation - he converted an old second World War II bunker on the top of the cliffs overlooking the island of Graciosa into a superb mirador/ cafe.
 
View of the mirador carpark from inside the bunker
 
Here we had lunch with a magnificent view
 

 

 

 

 
The interior of the bunker
 

 

 
Stairs up to the roof terrace
 

 
Exit to the roof terrace
 

 

 

 
Views of Graciosa from the roof terrace
 

 

 
Zooming in to Graciosa marina
 
Zooming into the southern anchorages off Graciosa
 
Afterwards we drove south along the cliff tops to the Mirador de Guinate
 

 
Views from the Mirador de Guinate
 

 
We then drove back to Arrecife after having had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

2016 Hike Lanzarote Haria to Mirador del Risco de Famara

1100hrs Wednesday 7/12/16 we drove from Arrecife Marina to the picturesque town of Teguise 
 
Teguise
 

where we visited the Aloe Museum
 

 where we learned amongst other things, about the Cochineal Insect which feeds on the cacti and is crushed to produce a crimsom substance used for food colouring and dyes.
 
The female Cochineal insect attaches itself to the cactus and sucks out the juices from cactus. The nymphs she produces cover themselves with a white substance living with their mother on the cactus until they are mature. They are harvested for dye production by simply scraping them off the cactus.

 
Then we drove towards Haria, stopping at the restuarant car park of the Mirador los Helechos
 
From the Mirador los Helechos one has superb views of the NE coast of Lanzarote with the coastal towns of Arrieta and Punta Mujeres clearly visible
 
One also has a very good view of Haria
 
We parked close to the center of Haria and walked to the Mirador on top of the cliffs  with superb views of the  NWest coast
 
To the north, the island of Graciosa was clearly visible
 
We then followed the track which skirted southwards around Montana Ganada
 
Eventually climbing back up to the clifftop through a picnic area to the Mirador de Risco de Famara, again with superb views of the coast below
 

 

 

 
The below Viewranger app map shows the track we actually walked from/ to Haria plus the car route to the Mirador los Helechos