Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Grand Canary Islands

Cubist Houses
Shapes and colors by the always bright Aguimes
Silhouettes on a street in Aguimes.
Caldera de Los Marteles
One of the many expressions of volcanism in Gran Canaria.
Las Nieves Peak
The forest around Pico de Las Nieves, with the island of Tenerife in the background.
The Roque Nublo
The natural monument of Roque Nublo, in the vicinity of Pico de Las Nieves.
la tejeda
The target houses and descendants of La Tejeda.
Teror's Calle Real
Late afternoon on Calle Real de Teror, with its main church in the background.
Teror Balconies
The traditional Canarian balconies, concentrated on Calle Real de Teror.
canine walk
Mascot ride in an elegant alley in Aguimes.
a thorny home
Resident enters the house below a large cactus that rises from her patio.
Spontaneous Climbing
Conquest of a small summit next to the viewpoint of Los Pozos.
Half way
Village between La Tejeda and Teror.
Car slowly climbs the deep Guayadeque ravine
Iglesia de Aguimes
Dome of the cathedral very prominent above the houses of the village.
Street People
Residents meet on a corner full of color in Aguimes.
Flowered Cross
Cross of flowers decorates and blesses an entrance to Aguimes' house.
Parked Dromedary
Camel statue parked in an alley in Aguimes.
The Threshing floor of "La Era"
Panoramic chairs from "La Era".
It is only the third largest island in the archipelago. It so impressed European navigators and settlers that they got used to treating it as the supreme.

 With a diameter of 45 to 50 km and its zenith, almost central, bordering the 2 km of altitude, more than steep, Gran Canaria is abrupt.

Whenever we point to its interior, the roads go up and up, through the meanders that the furrows of the volcanism and erosion submitted to modernity.

The route between Vecindário and the centuries-old village of Aguimes, already 5km into the island, is hardly different.

Aguimes' Cubist Vision

The village stretches over a ridge on the foothills of Pico de Las Nieves, above one of the many verdant gorges that the canaries prefer to call ravines.

It spreads out over the vegetation like a lego of pastel pieces, crowned by the inevitable Catholic cathedral.

On the other side of the ravine, we resume our discovery, already in pedestrian mode, through the alleys, alleys and alleys that furrow the Cubist houses.

Elegant in its eccentric way, Aguimes welcomes successive waves of visitors. At that hour, perhaps because of the distance from the main seaside resorts, the outsiders were yet to arrive.

We come across one or the other, like us, independent, and dazzled by the chromatic harmony and forms in which the town it kept on, adorned by delicious whims of street art.

Cactuses sprout from the interior of patios.

Pots decorate corners with unpainted stones, an architectural fashion that, like the fruitful style of balconies and culverts, is considered imported from Portugal.

Other details are, just and only, canaries. This is the case of the bronze camel lying in an alley, among variants of yellow.

And that of the flower crucifixes that bless and reinforce the exuberance of the houses, a tradition that dates back to ancient times, but much later than the foundation of Aguimes.

A Gran Canaria Pioneer Town

It is estimated that the Spaniards began to build the village in 1491, shortly after they submitted the Canarian indigenous people and founded the settlement that gave rise to Las Palmas, the current neighborhood of Vegueta.

In fact, as would happen elsewhere, the conquerors and settlers who followed them imposed Aguimes on a settlement that the natives were forced to abandon.

The undisputed supremacy of the Church of San Sebastian, built with three naves, twin and lofty towers, has an obvious reason for being. It was the Catholic Monarchs of Spain who validated the foundation of the village.

When they dictated it, grateful for the missionaries' participation in the war against the Canary aborigines, they gave it to the church.

The sun rises in the firmament. It shortens in the shadows of passersby who, after the arrival of some tourist buses, are in greater numbers and justify that business owners, guides and the like to dedicate themselves to them.

Ironic as it may sound, in recent times, Aguimes attracts so many visitors that it justified an influx of immigrants from other less fortunate parts of the island.

This reality contrasts with that of previous decades, in which horticultural and other products proved to be insufficiently profitable and forced Canarian settlers to migrate to Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other places, especially Hispanic in the Americas.

Overall, the municipality's population has increased for a hundred years and, from the beginning of the XNUMXth century until now, based on the strength of the industrial zone of neighboring Arinaga, almost doubling.

Other businesses, installed even further inland and upwards on the island, have proven themselves to be successful in all different ways.

Guayadeque: Rio, Barranco and Casas Cuevas Restaurants

With Aguimes behind, we follow the bank of the Guayadeque river.

The more we climb in its 15km extension, the more we feel the dry breath of Africa. agaves and cacti puntia flowers compete for the meager humidity retained by the slopes there, full of deep caves and caves adorned by man.

In a panoramic area with strong gastronomic traditions of the island, several restaurants have adapted to the recesses and other shapes of the cliffs.

The “Tagoror”, the “See” and the “La Era”, among others, became small houses and picturesque hostels, some even bizarre, with their gloomy tunnels and rooms contrasting with the monumental views from the sun terraces and gardens.

serve parrilladas with fried porridge or rugada – the latter, the traditional ones from the Canaries – enriched with standard peppers e blood sausage, in any case, everything produced around it, such as honey, Ingenio's questions and the wine mouth that mixes sweet wine with red wine.

Lunched at “La Era”, we sat on the threshing floor that inspired its name. From there, among agaves and cacti, we followed the cars on their way from tiny to life-size, in those, along the road that approached them.

A few minutes of contemplative quiet later, we follow the same asphalt, towards the summits of Gran Canaria.

On the way to the summit of Gran Canaria, the Pico de Las Nieves

We pass by El Sequero. We enter a ravine parallel to the one at Guayadeque – that of Ingenio – which approaches the homonymous river.

Crossing some mountain villages: La Pasadilla, El Roque, La Solana, Cazadores and similar villages, we leave the parched part of the island to the vast domain of its pine forest, irrigated by the mist and humidity that the trade winds bring from the Atlantic .

Countless curves and pine trees later, we cross the Caldera de Los Marteles. Then, we reach the Pico de Los Pozos viewpoint, also known as de Las Nieves.

With a good part of the island around, the view to the north-west catches our attention, with the rocky cliff of Roque Nublo standing out above the pine forest that fills the island's old main caldera, set against the united blues of the Atlantic and the sky.

From behind, in a distant background, the lines of Tenerife and the cone of El Teide volcano, with its 3715 m, the roof of the Canaries overlooking the top of Gran Canaria.

Prominent, and a lot.

We see hikers making their way to the trails that go into the pine forest. And others who photograph themselves, in acrobatic poses, on nearby rocks.

Below, meaningless, a kiosk kiosk kept a noisy generator running.

The unexpected desecration of Nature Canary Island and the harshness of the sun, soon, at the bottom move us to resume the itinerary.

Tejeda: the Cross and the White Village

We went down to Cruz de Tejeda. Upon arrival, we see his ornate cruise, crowned by a Christ in distress. on the margin of the religious meaning, the monument marked the geographic center of Gran Canaria.

A rooster and two or three chickens surrounded him, concentrating on the tidbits that tourists leave there.

From Cruz de Tejeda, we descend to Tejeda, the mother village of these parts, all white, contrasting with the rough gray-green of the slope that protects it.

Tens of kilometers counted, we realize that we are to the east of the Roque Nublo that we had glimpsed before.

The rock juts out from the top of the slope in the shape of a geological needle. With its 67 pointed meters, it reinforces the diagonal drama of the village.

In the middle of the caldera, home to almost two thousand canaries, Tejeda is considered one of the people most charming in Spain. Several others in Gran Canaria could join the group.

Already aimed at the capital Las Palmas, having completed 25km of zigzags by the threshold of the Rural Park of Doramas, we enter one of them.

Teror and the Cult of the Virgen del Pino

Teror is, today, a municipality in its own right, important in addition to the fact that it houses the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Pino, temple of the patron saint of the diocese of the Canary Islands and, in particular, of Gran Canaria.

A Virgin of the Pine starred in a Marian apparition in Teror.

It became the raison d'être of an exacerbated Catholic cult.

And from one of the most exuberant celebrations of faith in the Canary archipelago, based on the XNUMXth century custom of carrying the image of the Virgin to Las Palmas and, before her, to pray for the rains that, at the time, were kept away from the island.

On the contrary, by the time we reached Teror, the sky seemed to prepare a bout. Facing northeast, exposed to the cloudiness dragged by the Alísios, only the beauty and joy of the town and its population broke the leaden atmosphere around.

We walk along the pedestrian street Calle Real de La Plaza, dazzled by the elegance of the wooden balconies, detached from so many other centuries-old facades.

At the end of a Friday, residents and visitors from the surrounding area engaged in raucous conversations, some on foot, others sitting in the terraces attended.

Long gone beyond the mountains, the sun took what was left of its light to the west. Delivered to Parisian lamps, Teror began to enchant in a post-twilight mode.

Until we left it, destined for Las Palmas, the Virgin of the Pine he refused to irrigate that large, arid but welcoming Canaria.

Vegueta, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Around the Heart of the Royal Canaries

The old and majestic Vegueta de Las Palmas district stands out in the long and complex Hispanization of the Canaries. After a long period of noble expeditions, the final conquest of Gran Canaria and the remaining islands of the archipelago began there, under the command of the monarchs of Castile and Aragon.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain (España)

Fuerteventura's Atlantic Ventura

The Romans knew the Canaries as the lucky islands. Fuerteventura, preserves many of the attributes of that time. Its perfect beaches for the windsurf and the kite-surfing or just for bathing, they justify successive “invasions” by the sun-hungry northern peoples. In the volcanic and rugged interior, the bastion of the island's indigenous and colonial cultures remains. We started to unravel it along its long south.
El Hierro, Canary Islands

The Volcanic Rim of the Canaries and the Old World

Until Columbus arrived in the Americas, El Hierro was seen as the threshold of the known world and, for a time, the Meridian that delimited it. Half a millennium later, the last western island of the Canaries is teeming with exuberant volcanism.
La Graciosa, Canary Islands

The Most Graceful of the Canary Islands

Until 2018, the smallest of the inhabited Canaries did not count for the archipelago. Arriving in La Graciosa, we discover the insular charm of the now eighth island.
PN Timanfaya, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

PN Timanfaya and the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote

Between 1730 and 1736, out of nowhere, dozens of volcanoes in Lanzarote erupted successively. The massive amount of lava they released buried several villages and forced almost half of the inhabitants to emigrate. The legacy of this cataclysm is the current Martian setting of the exuberant PN Timanfaya.
Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Volcano that Haunts the Atlantic

At 3718m, El Teide is the roof of the Canaries and Spain. Not only. If measured from the ocean floor (7500 m), only two mountains are more pronounced. The Guanche natives considered it the home of Guayota, their devil. Anyone traveling to Tenerife knows that old Teide is everywhere.
La Palma, Canary Islands

The "Isla Bonita" of the Canary Islands

In 1986 Madonna Louise Ciccone launched a hit that popularized the attraction exerted by a island imaginary. Ambergris Caye, in Belize, reaped benefits. On this side of the Atlantic, the palmeros that's how they see their real and stunning Canaria.
Tenerife, Canary Islands

East of White Mountain Island

The almost triangular Tenerife has its center dominated by the majestic volcano Teide. At its eastern end, there is another rugged domain, even so, the place of the island's capital and other unavoidable villages, with mysterious forests and incredible abrupt coastlines.
Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands

A Journey into the History of Santa Cruz de La Palma

It began as a mere Villa del Apurón. Come the century. XVI, the town had not only overcome its difficulties, it was already the third port city in Europe. Heir to this blessed prosperity, Santa Cruz de La Palma has become one of the most elegant capitals in the Canaries.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Fuerteventura - Canary Island and Jangada do Tempo

A short ferry crossing and we disembark in Corralejo, at the top northeast of Fuerteventura. With Morocco and Africa a mere 100km away, we get lost in the wonders of unique desert, volcanic and post-colonial sceneries.
hippopotami, chobe national park, botswana
Chobe NP, Botswana

Chobe: A River on the Border of Life with Death

Chobe marks the divide between Botswana and three of its neighboring countries, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. But its capricious bed has a far more crucial function than this political delimitation.
Annapurna Circuit, Manang to Yak-kharka
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna 10th Circuit: Manang to Yak Kharka, Nepal

On the way to the Annapurnas Even Higher Lands

After an acclimatization break in the near-urban civilization of Manang (3519 m), we made progress again in the ascent to the zenith of Thorong La (5416 m). On that day, we reached the hamlet of Yak Kharka, at 4018 m, a good starting point for the camps at the base of the great canyon.
coast, fjord, Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Architecture & Design
Seydisfjordur, Iceland

From the Art of Fishing to the Fishing of Art

When shipowners from Reykjavik bought the Seydisfjordur fishing fleet, the village had to adapt. Today, it captures Dieter Roth's art disciples and other bohemian and creative souls.
Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

Jukka “Era-Susi” Nordman has created one of the largest packs of sled dogs in the world. He became one of Finland's most iconic characters but remains faithful to his nickname: Wilderness Wolf.
Christmas scene, Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Ceremonies and Festivities
Shillong, India

A Christmas Selfiestan at an India Christian Stronghold

December arrives. With a largely Christian population, the state of Meghalaya synchronizes its Nativity with that of the West and clashes with the overcrowded Hindu and Muslim subcontinent. Shillong, the capital, shines with faith, happiness, jingle bells and bright lighting. To dazzle Indian holidaymakers from other parts and creeds.
Table Mountain view from Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
Table Mountain, South Africa

At the Adamastor Monster Table

From the earliest times of the Discoveries to the present, Table Mountain has always stood out above the South African immensity South African and the surrounding ocean. The centuries passed and Cape Town expanded at his feet. The capetonians and the visiting outsiders got used to contemplating, ascending and venerating this imposing and mythical plateau.

A Market Economy

The law of supply and demand dictates their proliferation. Generic or specific, covered or open air, these spaces dedicated to buying, selling and exchanging are expressions of life and financial health.
shadow of success
Champoton, Mexico

Rodeo Under Sombreros

Champoton, in Campeche, hosts a fair honored by the Virgén de La Concepción. O rodeo Mexican under local sombreros reveals the elegance and skill of the region's cowboys.
4th of July Fireworks-Seward, Alaska, United States
Seward, Alaska

The Longest 4th of July

The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang, Laos, Through the Mekong Below
Chiang Khong - Luang Prabang, , Laos

Slow Boat, Down the Mekong River

Laos' beauty and lower cost are good reasons to sail between Chiang Khong and Luang Prabang. But this long descent of the Mekong River can be as exhausting as it is picturesque.
Coin return
Dawki, India

Dawki, Dawki, Bangladesh on sight

We descended from the high and mountainous lands of Meghalaya to the flats to the south and below. There, the translucent and green stream of the Dawki forms the border between India and Bangladesh. In a damp heat that we haven't felt for a long time, the river also attracts hundreds of Indians and Bangladeshis in a picturesque escape.
Sunset, Avenue of Baobabs, Madagascar
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Thira, Santorini, Greece
Thira Santorini, Greece

Fira: Between the Heights and the Depths of Atlantis

Around 1500 BC a devastating eruption sank much of the volcano-island Fira into the Aegean Sea and led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization, referred to over and over again as Atlantis. Whatever the past, 3500 years later, Thira, the city of the same name, is as real as it is mythical.
Cauldron of Corvo Island, Azores,
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The Improbable Atlantic Shelter of Corvo Island

17 km2 of a volcano sunk in a verdant caldera. A solitary village based on a fajã. Four hundred and thirty souls snuggled by the smallness of their land and the glimpse of their neighbor Flores. Welcome to the most fearless of the Azorean islands.
ala juumajarvi lake, oulanka national park, finland
Winter White
Kuusamo ao PN Oulanka, Finland

Under the Arctic's Icy Spell

We are at 66º North and at the gates of Lapland. In these parts, the white landscape belongs to everyone and to no one like the snow-covered trees, the atrocious cold and the endless night.
Visitors to Ernest Hemingway's Home, Key West, Florida, United States
Key West, United States

Hemingway's Caribbean Playground

Effusive as ever, Ernest Hemingway called Key West "the best place I've ever been...". In the tropical depths of the contiguous US, he found evasion and crazy, drunken fun. And the inspiration to write with intensity to match.
Cachena cow in Valdreu, Terras de Bouro, Portugal
Campos do GerêsTerras de Bouro, Portugal

Through the Campos do Gerês and the Terras de Bouro

We continue on a long, zigzag tour through the domains of Peneda-Gerês and Bouro, inside and outside our only National Park. In this one of the most worshiped areas in the north of Portugal.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Soufrière and Pitons, Saint Luci
Natural Parks
Soufriere, Saint Lucia

The Great Pyramids of the Antilles

Perched above a lush coastline, the twin peaks Pitons are the hallmark of Saint Lucia. They have become so iconic that they have a place in the highest notes of East Caribbean Dollars. Right next door, residents of the former capital Soufrière know how precious their sight is.
Conflicted Way
UNESCO World Heritage
Jerusalem, Israel

Through the Belicious Streets of Via Dolorosa

In Jerusalem, while traveling the Via Dolorosa, the most sensitive believers realize how difficult the peace of the Lord is to achieve in the most disputed streets on the face of the earth.
Couple visiting Mikhaylovskoe, village where writer Alexander Pushkin had a home
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
Balo Beach Crete, Greece, Balos Island
Balos a Seitan Limani, Crete, Greece

The Bathing Olympus of Chania

It's not just Chania, the centuries-old polis, steeped in Mediterranean history, in the far northeast of Crete that dazzles. Refreshing it and its residents and visitors, Balos, Stavros and Seitan have three of the most exuberant coastlines in Greece.

Faithful light candles, Milarepa Grotto temple, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit: 9th Manang to Milarepa Cave, Nepal

A Walk between Acclimatization and Pilgrimage

In full Annapurna Circuit, we finally arrived in Manang (3519m). we still need acclimatize to the higher stretches that followed, we inaugurated an equally spiritual journey to a Nepalese cave of Milarepa (4000m), the refuge of a siddha (sage) and Buddhist saint.
Back in the sun. San Francisco Cable Cars, Life Ups and Downs
On Rails
San Francisco, USA

San Francisco Cable Cars: A Life of Highs and Lows

A macabre wagon accident inspired the San Francisco cable car saga. Today, these relics work as a charm operation in the city of fog, but they also have their risks.
Creepy Goddess Graffiti, Haight Ashbury, San Francisco, USA, United States America
The Haight, San Francisco, USA

Orphans of the Summer of Love

Nonconformity and creativity are still present in the old Flower Power district. But almost 50 years later, the hippie generation has given way to a homeless, uncontrolled and even aggressive youth.
herd, foot-and-mouth disease, weak meat, colonia pellegrini, argentina
Daily life
Colónia Pellegrini, Argentina

When the Meat is Weak

The unmistakable flavor of Argentine beef is well known. But this wealth is more vulnerable than you think. The threat of foot-and-mouth disease, in particular, keeps authorities and growers afloat.
Cliffs above the Valley of Desolation, near Graaf Reinet, South Africa
Graaf-Reinet, South Africa

A Boer Spear in South Africa

In early colonial times, Dutch explorers and settlers were terrified of the Karoo, a region of great heat, great cold, great floods and severe droughts. Until the Dutch East India Company founded Graaf-Reinet there. Since then, the fourth oldest city in the rainbow nation it thrived at a fascinating crossroads in its history.
Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

Kauai is the greenest and rainiest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also the oldest. As we explore its Napalo Coast by land, sea and air, we are amazed to see how the passage of millennia has only favored it.