A few months ago I just had to get away from everything for a few days. I decided to book a trip online, just any destination and found a last minute offer to Gran Canaria. The offer looked really promising so I decided to book.
When I landed at the airport in Las Palmas, the capital city of the island, a few days later, the first impression was the fabulous climate. When I stepped on the tarmac, sunshine and a gentle breeze greeted me, letting me forget about snow and ice that I had left behind just a few hours ago.
Picking up the rental at the airport was easy and soon enough I was off for a taste of Las Palmas traffic. I found a bustling city full of contrast. The old town, Vegueta, holds many historical sites and invites to a leisurely stroll.
Playa del Ingles is located on the other side of the island and I soon left the city behind in order to arrive at my final destination.
It is quite an experience crossing the island. I found the changing scenary astonishing. So many different landscapes on a realtively small island gave me the impression of travelling in a miniature world, where there is a little bit of everything on limited space. The only theme that seems to be omnipresent is bananas. Wherever you go there are bananas growing or being trucked from one place to another.
San Agustin, Playa de Ingles and Maspalomas share the most beautiful sand beach I have ever seen. The Maspalomas dunes at the southernmost tip of the island reminded me of African deserts and the beaches, though crowded, are fabulous for walking.
Gran Canaria offers a unique vacation experience and is well worth a visit.