About Matthew H
Lives in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Since May 2012
35-49 year old
I'm a journalist/blogger who's been residing in the totally tropical city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 2004. The capital is a great base to cover Gran Canaria for my blog, Gran Canaria Local. I've also visited the rest of the islands including Lanzarote and Tenerife to write features for magazines like Living Spain and newspapers such as The Independent.
Geologic Formations, National Parks
Caverns & Caves
The Parque Nacional de Timanfaya is a must-see. This really is the great outdoors, where volcanic eruptions have created an impressive otherworldly landscape.
When you think of cactuses, the Wild West comes to mind. Yet this American landscape exists in Europe, on African soil, here at Guatiza's cactus garden. Confusing, right? Spread over 500 square meters, this garden is home to 1,400 types of cacti.
Say 'hola' to Lanzarote's oasis. Also known as the 'Valley of a Thousand Palms,' this is as green as the island gets.
Femes is a tiny village perfectly situated in a valley below the Monumento Natural de Los Ajaches, one of only two mountain ranges on Lanzarote.
The people of Lanzarote really love wine. How else do you explain their determination to grow vines in such volcanic terrain? La Geria is the main wine region on the island, with many bodegas to visit.
This beautiful agricultural area in the north of the island is also home to some of Lanzarote's best traditional restaurants.
Just inland from Playa de Janubio, you'll find these amazing salt pans whose white is an ivory that contrasts the beach's ebony. While a visit to the factory might not be at the top of everyone's must-see list, the views across the colorful marshes from above are undeniably spectacular.
It's unlikely you have played golf in a stunning setting such as this before. What other course can you name with a volcano as a backdrop?
The surrounding malpais is the Canarian version of the American badlands. An interesting guided tour leads visitors through an impressive section of this lava cave.
The birthplace of legendary architect and artist César Manrique is also where Lanzarote's great protector died. He ensured any development on the island was minimal and sensitive to Lanzarote's natural beauty.