Gran Tour

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A trip which allows us to see why Gran Canaria is called a continent in miniature. It starts early in the morning (but not at four a.m. – thus you will have time to eat breakfast), and the means of transport is the bus. Sightseeing is accompanied by a guide who will present a lot of interesting facts about the island, its inhabitants, climate and historical monuments. I do not know whether the Grand Tours organized by various travel agencies have the same route, so I’ll describe it in a nutshell the one in which I took part.


The route leads us into the depths of the island and simultaneously to the top of it.

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The first stop is on the top of a volcano crater called Caldera de Bandama, and then we drive even higher in the mountains. I recommend bringing a sweater because at 1,700 meters above the sea level you may feel a little chilly. After reaching the vantage point we ride down the road visiting charming Teror.

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In the meantime, the organizers will take care of your stomachs – we had dinner in the restaurant picturesquely situated somewhere in the mountains. We also did not miss visiting a beautiful botanical garden – a must for lovers of exotic flora walks.

Our return journey provides us  incredible views of Canary gorges and a bit of an adrenaline rush when a coach overcomes sharp turns on narrow mountain routes that are divided from the steep, rocky slopes with only a small barrier. I do not recommend sitting by the window to those with fear of heights and weak nerves.

 

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Summary:

The trip perfectly illustrates the extensive nature of Gran Canaria, which history is presented to us by a guide. There is no need to walk too much, as we may admire most of the views from the windows of coaches. Unfortunately, As for me, this trip limited my need for exploration too much. I could not venture into the interesting parts, because I had to go back to the bus. I was taking photos in a hurry too. In addition, frequently through the glass of the bus window.  It was surprising that some came out well ! By the way, I made my mouth water to get to know all these places more precisely, but I had the feeling that I have seen not enough. If you plan to travel in the company of older people, or if you are not keen walkers yourselves, this trip can be very much of the agenda. However, if you – just like me – have a nature of a researcher, consider renting a car and self-touring of the island. Especially taking into account that in Gran Canaria there are still plenty of other places that you have to see (read about them in the following articles such as „Diving in Gran Canaria”), so I would recommend to rent a car for at least three days.

The total price is about 60 EUR with lunch.

 

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