…I had visited it once. I honestly didn’t have a lot of high expectations about anything when I went there. I had prejudged this place to be X and Y, but breathtakingly beautiful and something that could well be described as a place to really live a life with a lot of life quality was not among them. (I am sorry, please forgive me!)
If one thing, I have been reminded that you should never listen to what people say about something, and believe it is a certain way without checking it out for yourself. There is usually more than one side to a story, and the same goes for cities and regions!
So… when I went here on holidays, I wasn’t prepared for having such a great time, and I certainly wasn’t prepared for falling in love and then always thinking back with a dreamy look and thoughts in the line of “Ahh, it was just wonderful.”
This region is known for receiving a lot of tourists. Loads. It’s a dear holiday destination for northern Europeans, as well as Spaniards. I have heard so many Spaniards talk about this place as something close to paradise, the most fantastic holiday destination.
Anyway, I always thought this place was somewhere I didn’t really have any wishes to even visit. After all, there are sooo many fabulous destinations in this world, why would I go here? My mental images were overflowing with sunburned tourists behaving in ways they never would in their home countries. (Read: drunk beyond belief. Being very ‘easy’ (&dressed thereafter). Etc. Etc. Why? Just because they are far away from home, the sun is shining and the alcohol is cheap.) I can’t really say I like that kind of attitude, and I thought this kind of place was not for me.
…and here I am, living on this island! BUT. I have learned a lot about it since then. Yes, in the south of Gran Canaria, the resorts lie like beads on a string, and have said tourists overflowing them (among normal tourists behaving just like normal educated human beings of course!). But in the capital, Las Palmas (in the north of the island) it’s not like that at all. Las Palmas is a beautiful, old city with a lot of character. There is not that much foreign tourists here (at least not the kind I described earlier). The tourists here are the kind who want to visit a cosmopolitan city with great shopping, great restaurants, great climate and great beaches. It’s a Spanish city. Colonial buildings, a laid back attitude and very nice people. (I’ll come back to that!) It’s the 7th biggest city in Spain as far as I have been told.
I feel I am on a mission. I feel bad for having written off Gran Canaria and now I want to show the world (haha!) that Gran Canaria is a fantastic place, and is so so so much more than one big tourist circus! I will show you, just wait and see!
Gran Canaria really has so much to offer apart from beautiful resorts. The capital is a wonderful city, there are mountains up to close to 2000 m. There are wonderful small villages that hardly ever sees a tourist, there is a stunning ‘desert’ with sand dunes, there are beautiful flowers and cactus everywhere. And the beaches! So many beautiful beaches.
Gran Canaria is an island, part of Las Islas Canarias (Canary Islands),
a Spanish archipelago located about 100 km. off the African coast
(border of Morocco and Western Sahara).
So, its Spain, but with a climate of Africa.
Which means, it’s the place in Europe with the nicest all year climate,
with an average of 25 degrees Celsius all year round.
Las Palmas is the capital of the province of Las Palmas,
which includes the islands Gran Canaria,
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura (+ six smaller islands).
I will show you that Gran Canaria is a great holiday destination, I will keep posting gems of Barcelona, and I realized I still have tons of pictures and anecdotes from trips around Catalunya, from Andalucía (Granada in particular) and other parts of Spain. And I might have to slip in some stuff from the trip to Provence in August as well, although it’s France. (Yes, I try to keep the blog true to its name, but I gotta be allowed some exceptions!)
I hope you will keep me company! Have a wonderful weekend!
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