Monday, February 11, 2013

Parque Natural de Tamadaba, Gran Canaria

As the title of this post reveals, today I am going to talk about a National Park in Gran Canaria, called Tamadaba. I went there with my friend, when she visited in December. It is located on the north-west side of the island, and the distance from Agaete isn't that far in kilometers, but it took us a lot longer to get there than anticipated, due to one million curves and narrow roads. We were several times considering to just turn around and go back to Las Palmas as the time passed and we started getting worried about not making it there, and back before it got dark, but it felt like such a waste to have come that far and not get to the final destination that we kept on driving. 

And we were so glad we did! The landscape we got to see was breathtaking. On the way up, we drove through green lush valleys, waterfalls and great views over the island. And then we got to the pine forest of Tamadaba, , and we were both in awe. It was so beautiful, and so unexpected for what we thought to find in Gran Canaria. We were the only ones up there, and the silence and beauty of the forest was simply magical. 

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.




Up at the top, there is a camp site of sorts. There are (very simple) toilet facilities (toilet/sink) and nothing else. You can put your tent wherever you please. It's free, but you need to ask permission first from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. When we were there, there were no one at all. Imagine having this place all to yourself!



Up where you can camp, the views aren't bad either. 



That's Agaete, the white town you see down there.
On a cloudy day, you are often above the clouds at the "camp-place", so instead of views all you see are clouds. Just as beautiful!


If you want to camp up here, you need to get a permission. It's free, but you need a little paper fastened to your tent. It's not hard to get the permission, you just need to fill in a form (that can be found here, in English) Choose Llanos de la Mimbre - Tamadaba. Further instructions can be found at the same website.

And then, just a little map to show where on the island this is!

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9 comments:

  1. WOW :D det er dette som er så bra med Gran Canaria. Det blir som jordkloden i miniatyr. 4 forskjellige klimasoner på øya gjør jo at man får slike opplevelser som dette. Har aldri vært der som du viser bilder fra nå, men tusen takk for at du deler bildene med oss :) Dere skal være glade dere ikke snudde ja. 183 dager til vi skal tilbake til denne vakre øya :D :D Ja vi har full nedtelling hihihi
    Ha en fortsatt fin dag! Hils sola og palmene fra meg.

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    1. Tusen takk Laura! Du kjenner jo øya du, og det er helt riktig at det er veldig mye spennende her og der! De klimasonene er noe som fascinerer meg noe veldig. Samme hvor grått og overskyet det er i Las Palmas finner man omtrent alltid sol bare en 30-45 minutters biltur unna! 183 dager :):) Skal hilse tilbake ;)

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  2. Really beautiful.

    This gave me the itch of the travel bug.

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    1. Thank you Tina. I thought this was really beautiful as well, and so peaceful. Not another human in sight, just quiet nature.

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  3. This is beautiful, but it looks a bit freezing!

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    1. Haha well spotted! We had a swim at the beach down in that white town you can see in the second last picture, warm and sunny, and by the time we reached the top here it was raining and pretty chilly!

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  4. Great post. Next time you have to check out the coffee plantation. More on that here: matthewhirtes.com/tamadaba

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    1. Thank you. I have been researching for the coffee plantation, I thought it was in Agaete, but maybe there are more? It sounds very interesting and exotic and I look forward to finding out more!

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  5. Nature lovers! I have a friend who likes hiking. He would definitely like to learn more about this. Thanks for the info. I will also let him check travel republic for some deals to Gran Canaria.

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