Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Gran Canaria

In my last post I mentioned that I was going to blog about my holiday to Gran Canaria, and so here it is.

Having never been to Gran Canaria before, I wasn't too sure what to expect. I've been to Tenerife before, but I wasn't really a big fan of it, probably one of the main reasons was because I caught an infection there that sort of ruined the holiday! But when we arrived at the hotel, I just knew I'd love it. The hotel looked really grand, like a palace, and the inside matched the outside. The hotel that we stayed at was the Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas, and it is situated overlooking the sand dunes of Maspalomas, along with the sea. One thing is that I wished we'd paid extra for a room with a good view of the sea and dunes, as we did see the views as we walked past some of those rooms (sneakily peeking through when the maid was cleaning!), and the rooms looked incredible. I couldn't really fault the hotel - it's in a great location, with 2 large pools, plenty of sun loungers, and amazing food. Oh, the food! I've posted a couple of pictures below of some of the dishes that I had, but it really was great food, with such a wide range. I even got the chance to try snails for the first time! There was definitely something for everyone, and it was cooked perfectly.

The hotel is situated close to Playa de Ingles, which is a beach resort. This type of place is great for a fun night out, but I wouldn't really recommend it for a daytime visit (unless going to the beach), as it isn't the prettiest of places in Gran Canaria. It is, however, good for shopping and food/drinks/souvenirs.

We took a trip to Puerto De Mogan (see my previous blog post), which is a much prettier village not too far away (around 30 minutes by bus), and we also went on a 4x4 trip around the mountains and valleys, which also included a camel ride. This was a fun trip as it was something a bit different, although very dusty! The images below are from this trip. So, overall a great holiday in a beautiful setting.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Travel: Puerto de Mogan

During my recent travels to Gran Canaria (I'll be writing a blog post very soon about my trip), I was lucky enough to visit Puerto de Mogan, a beautiful fishing village close to the south coast. It is referred to as 'Little Venice', due to the bridges and canals of the seawater. As you can see from the images, the architecture, Mediterranean homes/cottages and marina are really picturesque - one of the prettiest places that I have visited. There are also a lot of little handmade stores, selling anything from jewellery, souvenirs and scarves. Along with this, there is a market every Friday which is the day that I visited, and so it's very tempting to have a good splurge!

I've posted a selection of some of my favourite photographs that I took whilst I was there. I go a bit crazy with photo's whenever I travel, so I've edited them down quite a lot. As you can see, the flowers, colours, white-washed buildings and canals make this a lovely place to visit. The fact that it is hot all year round is an added bonus, so you can visit during any month and it will always look this pretty!

If you are thinking of traveling here for a day trip, then my advice would be to go in the morning, as it gets very hot in the afternoon with it being the hottest part of the island along with Puerto Rico. Also, remember plenty of water and sun cream of course! There is also a beach in the centre too with watersports (just to the left of this picture above), although it does get very busy. So overall, I'd really recommend visiting this part of the island if you are visiting Gran Canaria - there is plenty to do, and lots to see.