After the intense heatwaves of last week, I was in search of some cooler weather. The weather forecast predicted rain, so yesterday was the perfect day for an adventure in the mountains of Gran Canaria.
A quick stop at Primark in El Mirador shopping center, Telde was needed first. After an hour of browsing the shops, it was clear there had been a bit of a downpour in Telde as all the floors were wet.
Jumping in the car, we set out for Tafira with the intention of heading inland from there via San Mateo.
As the rain came down, the trees released the lovely fresh smell of eucalyptus, the plants and flora looked very green and lush. With the low cloud and temperature drop, I was glad of the sweater that I had purchased earlier on in Primark.
It was around 16ºc degrees at Cruz de Tejeda and raining lightly. Hotel Parador de Tejeda was the perfect place for a bathroom break then we were on our way again, headed to Artenara, that you may remember we visited on Canary Islands Day in May.
Artenara the village with the most altitude in Gran Canaria, has a special cave restaurant called Mirador La Cilla. There is a very impressive statue of Jesus Christ on the hill above the restaurant which looks over the village. From inside the restaurant the view is spectacular and a really nice setting for lunch.
It's great to relax on the beach but Gran Canaria has some wonderful hidden treasures that you will only see if you get out of the main resorts and explore. I recommend you hire a rent a car and find your version of Gran Canaria. All of the photos in this blog post were taken on the same trip, so you feel different seasons in one day, plus those secret corners of the island that the guide books won't tell you about.