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.