Friday, February 5, 2016
There are channels between the marina and the fishing harbour, passing under arches in the buildings and between the port and the beach. This led to Mogan being dubbed the Venice of the Canaries in a publicity campaign. Since many of the channels were completely dry it didn't really live up to its image.
As we wound our way back to Meloneras, we stopped to look at some beach towns while driving straight through others. We saw many more examples of beaches packed with rental chairs. This is not for us. This is high season now with not that many people on the beach but you can only imagine what it must be like in August.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
We drove further up the road to the next town, San Bartolome de Tirajana, before retracing our steps. We stopped at some spectacular viewpoints on our return journey. From Mancizo de Amurga we looked out at rock lava flows 500 meters thick. These were the result of the final phases of the first volcanic cycle in Gran Canaria, 11-12 million years ago. The material is highly sought after for the production of concrete and Tarmac, which explains the wonderful roads on the island.
It was quite a day and gave us a greater appreciation of what we would see in future trips around Gran Canaria.
We have our morning coffee on the promenade below us, at a restaurant owned by Calabrese from Italy. There are loads of Italians in the area, as well as Germans, Scandinavians, Brits and French. It is fun listening to all the languages and seeing what the various nationalities wear or even how they look. The Germans and Swedes, strangely enough, are the most rotund.
We can swim in the sea or in the 50-meter pool in our complex. A few minutes away at Pasito Blanco is another beach we want to try - secluded and quiet. We like that area very much. There are no chair rentals on the beach and there is another roped off swimming area on the other side of the marina by the Nautica. The area is very special.