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“Beautiful, quiet, enchanting...”

Puerto de Las Nieves
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Ranked #60 of 409 things to do in Gran Canaria
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Beautiful, quiet, enchanting...”
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

this is a small fishing village with a few great restaurant serving seafood and one of the best natural swimming pools I've ever seen. They are located 500 meters East to the village, and no matter how big the waves, those pools will give you shelter and allow to have a swim in the ocean! Great experience! From here you can also take a ferry to the neighbor islands of Tenerife.

Visited November 2013
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Estepona, Spain
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“The bleaker side of life in Gran Canaria”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Far, far from the beaches of the south, the karaoke bars, often even far from the sunshine - this is where the winds whip the clouds and the rain falls more often as those clouds hit the mountains.

Take a coat.

It was 24 degrees in Maspalomas on a sunny December day, 14 degrees with a gale blowing in Puerto de las Nieves.

But it's not only the weather which can be bleak here - and it is sunny sometimes.

Daily life is pretty bleak for the people here, and the future is bleak too.

It is one of the areas with highest unemployment, the main employment being fishing (in those gales . . .) and the Fred Perry shipping line which runs boats to Tenerife. On a clear day you can see the winter-snow-capped peak of Mount Teide riding above the waves. Others travel daily to Las Palmas to earn a living, 35 km taking 50 minutes.

And as you drive south, the countryside and life get even bleaker.

We picked up a hitchhiker - a 70 year old lady - as we left Agaete to drive south towards the Aldea de San Nicolás. She was going to El Risco - marked on our map as the one place on the 37 km road between Agaete and La Aldea. It took us 25 minutes to get there along a narrow winding road where heavy lorries filled with tomatoes from La Aldea rumbled past us. There was not another dwelling anywhere along the route.

When we finally got to El Risco - marked on the map as I said - it was just a huddle of a dozen small houses either side of a tarmacked-over mule track leading off the "main" road and going straight up the side of the bare mountain. "No shop, no doctor, no school, no jobs, nothing, nothing" she told us. Born there, lived there all her life, although she had once been to Las Palmas. She wanted us to come and pick tomatoes from her garden as a thank-you.

It made us appreciate the bleaker side of life in Gran Canaria.

Visited December 2013
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“Great place for a long lunch”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

Small harbour, fantastic location, great place to go for lunch if you have been exploring the north coast, it was easy to while away a couple of hours, watching the ferry, seeing the church, meandering along to the saline pools or just watching the sea and shifting shadows on the cliffs

Visited December 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“A lovely little harbour village”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Considering that this is very close to the busy Ferry port, it is a nice little spot to visit - maybe not to make a special trip but if you are in the area, worth a little stop. There is a pretty little church in the town, the usual little souvenir shops, restaurants along the beach front. There are sunbathing platforms. It is a clean and friendly little place.

Visited April 2013
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Warszawa, Polska
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“God's finger Village”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Most of the people used to stop here to have lunch with the view of the "god's finger". A few years ago it was detroyed by tidal waves and with that a lot of tourist skip the town on their travel initinary.

Even without the full finger, this is a nice town with a great view over the cliffs of Gran Canaria.
Good to stop for lunch after a long windy road from SE.

Visited December 2012
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