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Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

I stayed at Vista Flor in Maspalomas near Playa del Ingles for a week Jan-Feb 2011

Vista Flor Vista Flor 737
The apartment Vista Flor where I stayed The Air Europa 737 800 I flew in to Gran Canaria and back to Cork
Vista Flor Vista Flor pool flowers
Inside the apartment The heated pool On the entrance to Vista Flor
San Nicolás Good food San Nicolás
San Nicolás A meal in San Nicolás, so nice to have something decent after cheap Lidl food in most other places San Nicolás
San Nicolás San Nicolás San Nicolás
San Nicolás A warning sign in San Nicolás, preventing you from most things San Nicolás
It was a challenge to find nice food. The tabas in San Nicolás was lovely, as was the food in Martel's in the Yumbo Centre in Playa del Ingles, but the best of all was up in the mountains above Las Palmas, a coach stop for the tourists. We did not go into the restaurant where the tourists were ushered, instead we entered the bar where the locals ate and sat with them. A wonderful stew with real potatoes, and a really nice sweet. Restaurant Balcon de Zamora you get our top billing for serving the nicest meal on our tour of Gran Canaria. Our worst meal award goes to the people at Sioux City for their awful barbeque of cheap Lidl pork steaks that were still pink inside, vaguely cooked sausages and other crap. The Cowboys and Indians show was good, but the food was awful
Sioux City Sioux City Sioux City
Sioux City, great old western town buildings and show
snake Sioux City reptile
snake Cowboys Venomous reptile
Taxi Canaries Fairground
I loved the colourful taxis Canaries out in the wild Fairground in Malpalomas
cliffs gran Canaria Gran Canaria
Cliffs along the West Coast The fabulous West Coast road
Gran Canaria Sheer drop 2000 odd feet below
Near Mogan Sheer drop to the ocean If you skid off the road...
Cliffs cliffs West Coast road
West Coast cliffs Looking north along the western shore, a stunningly beautiful cliff hugging road that just begs to be driven, but be careful, mind them lorries See that blue lorry, I met several coming towards me round the twisty road, one mistake and its over the side and 2000 feet to the sea below!
Cliffs San Nicolás San Nicolás
Towering above the western coast road Looking towards San Nicolás coming from Mogan
Dunes Dunes Dunes
Maspalomas Lighthouse Looking across the Dunes at the RIU Hotel
Beach Puerto Rico Cats
The beach at Playa del Ingles Puerto Rico Black cats having a feed
Sand Lighthouse Twisting road
Sand sculptures Maspalomas lighthouse Heading up into the mountains
Mountains mountains mountains
The mountains and canyons in the centre of the island, makes one think of New Mexico
  Centre of Gran Canaria  
I end with this shot, one of my favourites, taken in the heart of the mountains
I went to Gran Canaria January 29 2011 for a week to escape the desperate winter. I flew with Sunway Holidays, booked through Bantry Travel. 2 of us went, cost €598 flights apt and transfers
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