As we didn’t get to the Pinar de Tamadaba on Thursday Silke and I made another attempt today. We drove over the island’s motorways almost to Agaete at the north coast of the island. Then we took a road south through the mountains. After cruising over the usual serpentines for an hour we reached a valley which provided a spectacular view from an observation point. We could see all the way to the Teide on Tenerife.
After a short break we continued our trip to the Pinar de Tamadaba. When we finally arrived at the ring road through the forrest we parked the cark and began to climb the peak of Montaña de Tamadaba. It was hot as usual and the trees didn’t provide as much shade as we had hoped for. But in the end we made it all the way to the top. We were rewarded with an incredible view of the forrest, the Roque Nublo …
… and Tenerife.
We didn’t stay up there for long because the sun was still roasting us without mercy. As usual the way down was much easier.
After exploring the surroundings of the Hotel during our first day on Gran Canaria Silke and I went to have a look at the rest of the island yesterday. We decided to visit the Pinar de Tamadaba, a large pine forrest in the nothern part of the island.
After two hours of driving over mountain roads with lots and lots of serpentines we stopped for lunch at the restaurant La Candelilla. As we weren’t even close to our destination yet we changed our plans and settled on visiting the nearby Roque Nublo. The Roque Nublo is a 64 metre tall basalt monolith. It was created by volcanic activity over 3 million years ago.
The landscape in the mountains was spectacular. We grabbed a bottle of water and began the climb up the rocky path.
The air was hot and smelled intensely of pines. Altogether it felt like walking in a dry sauna until we were above the treeline. The landscape up there reminded me of pictures of the surface of the moon.
Another quarter of an hour later we finally reached the Roque Nublo. The view from up there was worth the effort. I was very happy that altitude sickness didn’t stop me this time.
After a few minutes we made our way back to the car park. Down there we bought a few bottles of mineral water because we had gotten very thirsty in the meantime. After a short break we drove back to the Hotel in good spirits.
Once again Silke found a very nice hotel for us: The Lopesan at the Costa Meloneras. The hotel is a beautiful resort with a nice palm garden and a big swimming pool with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The breakfast buffet is rich with delicacies and you can sit outside on the terrace in the shade. Our room is nice and spacious and the air conditioning keeps it cool without being unpleasant.
The bathroom is spotless clean and has a shower cabin that I would like to take home with me. And the balcony provides a real nice view on the garden:
If there is anything to complain about it is the Internet access via WiFi that the Hotel provides. It is a bit expensive, you have to go the reception to get an account and a password and the network connection is neither very fast nor very reliable.