Exploring Gran Canaria’s mountainous terrain in a little rented car brought out the rally driver in the Captain. We had a great down hill run from some amazing rock formations as we headed to the valley of Mogan. It would have to be in the top 100 world road trips and the Captain made it a lot of fun.
We hiked to some rocky peaks where we enjoyed views of other islands, the rugged gorges and green plateaus that surrounded us. On the drive up the mountain we saw many houses that were resting precariously on the top of small hills patiently waiting for the land underneath them to take them to new topographical locations. It was a bit unnerving.
It was a public holiday in the Spanish isles and many people had joined us in our quest for greenery and wildlife. Families had pulled over to the side of the road and claimed a picnic spot in amongst the pine trees. Thomas and I saw several people with baskets laden with mushrooms as they hiked through the forest.
A motorbike rally had also brought many visitors to the mountains and at one stage I was caught by a television camera when crossing the road in front of some of the participants. It was great to see so many people enjoying the great outdoors.
Once we reached the coast we headed back towards Las Palmas engaging with the touristic areas along the way. We stopped for a quick snack at a nice roof top bar. Along a bit further we visited the Dunes of Maspolomas and were lucky enough to catch a beautiful sunset.