Gran Canaria: Roque Nublo. Mood: Looking Down to the Sunny South

 

Before starting our hiking to the natural monument of the Roque Nublo, we stopped for a while wondering the light spectacle of the sun playing with the clouds. It was late in the afternoon and some rays found their way under the clouds. The golden light unlighted the South while on the top the clouds were playing with the wind.

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Gran Canaria: Roque Nublo. Mood: Reaching the Clouds

 

We were lucky to enjoy a second hiking to the Roque Nublo this time just before the sunset with a cap of dark clouds after letting behind us the sunny southern part of the island.  Strong winds and a the end light rain made this hike more adventurous and the landscape dreamy!

In the next days I will present you some of the pictures taken in this short hour, but intensive hour!

Gran Canaria: Roque Nublo

A few days of holidays and vacations need to enjoyed as much as possible and for us this means let everything behind us, take a break from our jobs explore, explore and explore.

This time the wing blew us to Gran Canaria, only a week, but a very intensive week spent on traveling around with our rental car, make a few short hiking tours, sit at the sun enjoying a coffee or a meal and visiting Las Palmas as well as other cities and villages.

We rented a flat in near Santa Brigida as this is a quite central place from where we had the possibility to reach all places of the island in a reasonable time, have dinner on the way or in Las Palmas and be home for a resting sleep.

The first day we planned to reach the Roque Nublo by the roads GC-15 and  GC-600 and follow on of the trail to the natural Monument of the Roque Nublo  and later to a small lake in the south.

After a night of rain, we found the best weather and a T-Shirt was more then enough even in January! The water in a big puddle inspired us to an unusual picture of this iconic place and holes in the rock made a great frame for the Roque Nublo.

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Click  on the trail to see details and enter Wikiloc

 

Post submission for  the weekly photo challenge: “silence”

Tenerife: La Cueva del Viento

 

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The “Cueva del Viento” is a cave in municipality of Icod de los Vinos in the north east of Tenerife. This is Europe’s largest lava tube and is considered to be the 5th largest in the world after four of Hawaii’s volcanic wonders. Its underground passageways form tunnels spanning over 17 Km (10 miles). 

The cave (or better the caves) had been formed by the hot lava from the Pico Viejo volcano eruption about 27.000 years ago. As the lava flows and comes into contact with the air, the surface of the flow cools and hardens, forming an outer layer while the lava continues to flow through it until the flow stops, thereby forming the volcanic tube.

To visit this place you have to join an organised tour which will bring you to the place and you will have a chance to explore a small part of the tunnel. The tunnel itself remains closed and to preserve the delicate ecosysteme only a small part is open to the public. All reservations are made online!

We tried to capture some impressions of this place with the camera and with lightroom presets I’ve made the dark parts of the picture become more visible. I hope you will enjoy them!

After the the transfer by minibus and parking we enjoyed a short walk along old trays. Our guide (we got a great French speeking guide) explained us the difference between the different lave surfaces: the smooth one  pahoehoe and the rough (painful to walk on) A’a lava.  Places with A’a lava are known as “malpais”  (for example the Malpais de Güimar) as this places cannot be used for agriculture.

 

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The tunnels of the Cueva del Viento

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Here an official video of the cave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW2anlp3ASU

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Source : Information brochure from the website http://www.cuevadelviento.net/

More about the “Cueva del Viento”:

https://laciudaddeldrago.wordpress.com/httpwww-cuevadelviento-org/  (español)

http://www.todotenerife.es/en/article/show/4846/04-cueva-del-viento

http://www.cavepics.com/IVS17/REIN.pdf

http://www.atlantic-island.eu/documentos/MartinOromiHernandez1986.pdf

Tenerife: Los Reyes Magos at Los Cristianos (Adeje)

 

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Christmas time does not finish on the 25th of December! For the Spanish and in general the Latin tradition the “3 Kings Day” is very much celebrated and it’s a day filled with joy!

This day is celebrated on the eve of 5h of January (not the 6th) and we were very lucky to assist at this festival in the South of Tenerife, in Los Cristianos! While in Santa Cruz de Tenerife the Kings arrives by air (elicopter) in the big stadium, in Los Cristianos they arrive with the ship!

Everybody, especially the children is highly excited and all way at the port and along the streets. Music and a lot of people actin follow the Kings. A real feast of Joy!

 

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Tenerife: Tagana to Anaga

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We stated this year with a few days holiday on a great island as Tenerife, an island with different climates, beaches and a volcanic landscape.  The days we spent on the island were well loaded with highlights and all this now seams to be a dream.

I don’t want to forget this experience and I’m happy to share what I saw and felt in this amazing place.

We bought the flight, booked our overnight stays and prepared the program (or better the options) ahead.

A great discovery was the highly recommended app of Wikiloc! With this tool hiking was incredible attractive and we discovered an infinity of options.  All you need a good Smarphone and place (with WIFI) to load the maps and the trail ahead while during hiking the GPS will sufficient and you will not need the internet.

The fist trail we followed (by Nacho 1951) was a great hit; I really recommend to follow his trails if you are on Teneriffe. He is a great expert and a good guide!

Trail: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=10941597

Coming from the south we reached the Anaga after about 30 minutes drive through an enchanted forest and spectacular views!

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We parked in picturesque village called Taganana with a beautiful old church an a wonderful “dragon tree“.

The walk starts in Taganana from the central of “Plaza Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves”; we walked along historical trails from where we enjoyed the spectacular views and we reached the incredible beautiful laurel forest (“laurisilva”).

 

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We shortened the trail going back to Taganana by car, so that we had some more time to explore the north coast passing from Benijo whith the black sand beach and having a look to the village of Draguillo.

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https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=10941597

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