The South


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Puerto Mogan

Most of the south coast is filled with tourist resorts, like Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Arguineguín, Puerto Rico and Playa de Taurito. Another one of these, but then a little less 'tourist-industrial' is Puerto Mogan.

Although we still were glad we stayed in a hotel in the mountains, we kind of liked the flowers and little harbour of this place.

 

Ribbed sand

Dunas de Maspalomas

Dunes are not very common in Spain. And the Dunas de Maspalomas on Gran Canaria are something special.

Here, you might think you are in the Arabian desert. And, when you see a caravan of camels passing by, you're quite sure you're far away from Playa del Inglès ... until you see the people on the camels are not Bedouins, but German, English, Dutch and Scandinavian tourists.

The dunes of Maspalomas are one of the many natural parks of the Canarian Islands. As a result of the constant wind (and some passing tourists), the dunes are shaped and reshaped constantly. Only where vegetation finds itself a place to grow, the sand comes to a rest.

Action !

Looks like bad weather

Faro de Maspalomas As we already said, you would suppose you are miles and miles away from civilisation. On the contrary, the dunes are situated between the see, Maspalomas (with lighthouse), and Playa del Inglès. Thousands of tourists lie on the beach here every day, only meters from away this beauty.

Barranco de Fataga

Many tourists staying in Playa del Inglès never see the magnificent landscapes of Gran Canaria. Yet they don't have to go very far: the Barranco de Fataga, which starts immediately after the city limits, is a wonderful sight.

Viewpoint over the Barranco

Bloody tourists (Leon's parents)

From an outlook-place, made for the people who do have a look beyond the beach, you can see the dry mountains around Fataga and San Bartolomé. The villages itself are real oases with fruittrees, palms, grapes (some of the wine of Gran Canaria comes from this area!) and lots of flowers.

People who love driving roads with hairpins, can enjoy themselves here.

Coming from Playa del Inglès, you pass Mundo Aborigen, a place where the history of the Guanches, the original inhabitants of the Canaries, is told. Just a little further along the road at Arteara, where no one will find it (but not hidden), lies a Guanches-cemetery. The graves are marked with large piles of rock, which are buried under more rocks (with even more rocks on top). But it is recognizable from other piles of rocks, because there is a fence around it. One of our walks went across this area, so we were happy to find openings in the fence.

Guanchen cemetery


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