Monday, 20 April 2020

Gran Canaria Adventure - Day 9

Las Palmas

When we opened the front door this morning Lucy had returned again! She was just in time as we were heading back to Las Palmas today. 

We gave her some tuna and she jumped into Ella's suitcase. It was so nice to see her one last time before leaving, such a beautiful cat!

We wheeled our cases down to the petrol station and handed the Airbnb keys in at the counter. Our stay in Fataga had been wonderful but now it was time to head back to Las Palmas where we would spend our final night. We grabbed a coffee and sandwich for breakfast and made our way to the bus stop.

Just before the bus arrived Tony from Fataga Grill walked past with his dog. It was good to be able to say goodbye and thank him for his kind welcome and great food.

We caught the bus to Maspalomas and from there caught a bus to Las Palmas. First we dropped off our cases at Casa di Stella, a delightful property with a wonderful host which cost us just £27 for a one night stay.

With check in complete we wandered around in search of somewhere to eat some lunch.

Everywhere was so busy but we eventually found a table at a Gluten Free restaurant. Ella ordered a salad and I ordered some calamari.

Great calamari served with fried potatoes and salad.

After lunch we strolled around the streets of Las Palmas. We didn't really have a plan in place, we were just spending our final day here so we were closer to the airport in the morning.

I forget the flavour but remember thinking I'd have one last ice cream in February before returning to Winter back in the UK.

Whilst walking around Las Palmas it's always worth remembering to look up, there's some beautiful buildings to be seen.

Particularly along Calle Francisco Gourie.

My wife went to look in an art gallery whilst I took in the sights of the Cathedral. 

We met up again and continued walking the streets until sunset when we finally stopped for something to eat.

We shared this delicious Caprese salad and moped up the pesto with some warm bread.

Then we shared some mushroom croquettes with a beer. Our time here had almost come to an end so we walked back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.

The following morning..

We got to the airport in good time for our flight as bus access from Las Palmas to the airport was easy and frequent. The rooftop terrace in the departure lounge was a nice surprise. I had a final beer and the opportunity to vape before boarding the flight. Our time here had been wonderful and I'd highly recommend Gran Canaria, especially during the winter months when you can experience some glorious sunshine and longer days. I think we got particularly lucky though as temperatures during our time here were slightly higher than usual. We also got lucky by avoiding the distruption of Storm Ciara and later in February the dust storm "Calima". This was never intended to be a trip I was going to write about, just a relaxing holiday in the sun. With much of the world currently in lockdown though due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, it suddenly seemed important to remember this trip. After all, who knows if and when holidays will ever be the same again?