In terms of vacation, we did something totally different in spending a week on the island of Gran Canaria in Spain (located off the coast of Morocco). While I doubt I would do it again, I look back with fond memories on the week with my wife’s side of the family in a very unique place.
Reflections On A Trip To Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has a diameter of 31 miles and a surface area of about 600 square miles. But its mountainous switchback roads on the backside one the island (reaching points of over 6,000 feet) make for difficult driving and a very different feeling than in metropolitan Las Palmas.
But the views were beautiful:
The driving was also beautiful, though very difficult….even with automatic transmission.
We stayed at an Airbnb on the El Hoyo area of the island, still technically with a Las Palmas address, but a good 45-minute drive from the airport or central Las Palmas. We chose that place (not knowing how far out it was) because it was a three-bedroom house with a swimming pool. The accommodation was nice…I’ll offer more details in a separate segment.
I hate beaches. Everyone else loves beaches. Therefore, I lost and we spent many afternoons on the beach.
Meanwhile, I just sat under an umbrella and read a book while the rest of my family frolicked about in the water.
Thankfully, there was more than just beaches. We spent one day at the aquarium.
We also just explored the island, stopping in different towns and villages for walks and time on the playground.
Most of the cooking we did ourselves, but we did go out a couple times.
The most annoying thing was the lack of wireless internet on the island. Our Airbnb had internet, but it was painfully difficult to find on the island (even Burger King did not have it) and I never really got the internet to work in the few places that had wireless networks. Furthermore, my T-Mobile coverage did not work at all, not even at EDGE speeds. Thankfully, Google let me download maps in advance or I would have been SOL.
I much prefer cities or mountains to islands like this, but I did appreciate how quiet it was. Part of it was due to the pandemic, but the island never seemed crowded. At times, we would go for miles and miles without passing another car on the road.
While I am not in any rush to get back to Las Palmas, it did provide a nice change of pace after a month in Germany. I’m not a beach or sun person, which makes the Canary Islands less attractive to me, but there is beauty here and I am glad I checked it out and most importantly, got to spend a week with my German family here.
This is part of my summer in Germany trip report.