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Monday, October 13, 2008

Holiday to Gran Canaria

Last month Me and Amanda went away for a 2 week holiday to Gran Canaria. It's taken me a while to write it up here because I am lazy :-) We flew to Gran Canaria from East Midlands airport on the Monday and got to our hotel around 10pm.

We were staying in Puerto Rico which is on the south west of the island. The resort is quite built up and in a bit of a valley with hotels all the way up the mountain edge. It was very touristy but also really nice. Our hotel was a self catering apartment with a really nice pool on the roof.

The first week was fairly quite in the resort. This is because it was the week after all the schools went back. This was good as it was easy to get a space by the pool. We planned on doing quite a few excursions around the island, but we didn't rush into it and spent a few days relaxing around the resort.

The weather was excellent. The temperature was between 28 and 31 degrees for most of the time we were there, but there was a gentle breeze blowing which made it not feel to scorching. One of the first excursions we went on was a day trip on a catamaran boat. We both really enjoyed this, especially swimming in the sea which was actually quite warm :-)

Another excursion we went on was to the capital, Las Palmas. We went on an organised tour to here as it worked out about the same price as getting the normal bus, so we got a bit of history too. The cathedral was really impressive, but unfortunately we couldn't go inside as they were preparing it for the king and queen to visit the next day. They were holding a state funeral for all the people that died in the Madrid plane crash a few weeks before. A large proportion of the people on board were Canarian residents.

We also did a few trips up into the mountains. One of the trips was an off road jeep safari. The scenery in the mountains was stunning. I definitely recommend spending time up there if you go to Gran Canaria. The part they refer too as the Canarian Gran Canyon is especially breathtaking.

There was another port a few bays along from our resort that was quite nice called Peurto Mogan. We got a ferry there and spend some time looking around. There is a lookout point up in the cliffs where you get a good view over the port. It was a really steep walk though getting up there :-)

As usual is was quite sad to come home. We could have definitely done with another week here. I have been back at work for 3 weeks now and what with project pressures and a collapsing banking system in the UK it doesn't even feel like we were away. Oh well, until next time.



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