Fifteen years or so ago there was a TV show in Lithuania that sent an old lady on holiday to Gran Canaria. I don’t remember now all the details, but she put together a ridiculous song that, unfortunately, is still in my head. Apart from petting all the cats on the island and singing random songs, I don’t think she got up to much else.
Needless to say, that TV show didn’t move Gran Canaria to the top of my list of places to visit, but I ended up going there anyway couple of years ago since I was keen to celebrate New Year in a warm country.
Las Palmas is a capital of Gran Canaria and it’s a nice mix of old and new. If you ever visit Las Palmas Cathedral I would recommend going up one of the towers which offers amazing views of the city.
Las Palmas turned out to be a perfect place for celebrating New Year not just due to the weather, but also because of a great choice of restaurants serving five courses and celebration packs to take away for when you head to the beach to watch the fireworks. These packs included random party stuff as well as 12 grapes that are eaten at midnight as a tradition and they are supposed to bring you luck. The bars were open till very late or you could stay on the beach with your own booze after watching the fireworks.
I know some people head to Maspalomas to celebrate, however I wasn’t impressed with the place. It’s built for tourists, feels inauthentic and overpriced. The only nice thing there are huge sand dunes that give you a feeling of being in the middle of the desert. Well and the beach wasn’t too crowded on the new years day which was a bonus.
We didn’t stay in towns very long after the 1st Jan, just rented a car and headed to the mountains. Some windy roads take you through small beautiful villages to the hilly areas and offer amazing views.
The mountains in Gran Canaria are not extremely high or challenging to climb. We did a Roque Nublo walk and some parts of it felt like we were instantly transferred to the moon. Rock and its formations looked quite surreal, but gave a lot of space for thoughts and it seemed to be a great spot for rock climbers.
Can you spot a hole in the photo above? I really want to know whether this is a natural formation or not, but you needed a climbing gear to get up there to check. Next time I’ll take my gear with me and investigate this unless one of you tells me what it is.
We stayed a few days in the house on the hill, admiring the views, warm weather and eating the best steak ever! I wish I could remember the name of the place, since the owner of the guesthouse grilled the steak to perfection. If I ever go back to Gran Canaria I will do all I can to find that steak again 🙂