Lex Thoonen

Lex Thoonen

Afters years of having been almost completely empty I heard a friend, who works up in the forests, mentioning that the Las Niñas reservoir was nearly full again. I went up and had a look. I've got good memories of that place, and it just is a lovely area of Gran Canaria, high up in the mountains, at the southern end of the huge crater that forms the inner ring of the island.

Driving up is always a good experience, and from where I live, to get to  the lake takes more or less one hour and 45 minutes. Or so I thought.

I drove past Cruz de Tejeda, past the Roque Nublo, via Ayacata and tried to get on the GC605 which connects the Roque Nublo with the Mogán valley more or less. 

ROAD CUT OFF it said. From here, there are no real viable alternatives. I'd have to drive all the way down again to La Aldea, then on to Mogán village almost and back up again from the other side. Which would be ridiculous. So I decided to drive past the sign and see how far I'd get before the road was really blocked. Now, I had heard in January about a rockslide here, but I'd presumed that by June that had been cleared. I was wrong. Nothing has been done, I don't know why. Anyway, I could drive on for a couple of kilometers and then where the rocks had fallen there was no way I could pass in a car.

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According to Google maps I was still 7,5 km away from the lake. My dog Layla and I got out and we started to walk (I on flip flops). Luckily, I had some water in the car, but no walking shoes as I thought we'd get to the lake by car. 

We walked more or less 1,5 hour to get there, and 1,5 hour back, and stayed at and near the lake for more or less 2 hours. We've seen two other persons: a mountainbiker who passed us (you can pick up your bike and walk past the rocks) and a goat shepherd living very near the lake, staring at us as he probably doesn't see a lot of people these months. All the rest of the time I was completely alone surrounded by majestic mountains. It was quite a trip, and it was absolutely worth the trouble of getting there. Not just the lake, but the whole experience. So if you like solitude in nature, and have the chance to go there now, go for it.

Here are some pictures:

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 09:11

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Sunday, 06 December 2020 12:19

Lex's two favourite roads on Gran Canaria

If driving around to see different landscapes is your thing, you're in luck: it's what I do a lot wherever I am, and of course as well at the island I live on. Included you'll find links to the routes on Google Maps.

Road choice 1: GC200

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One road is rather obvious, it's the road between La Aldea and Agaete. 24 Hours a day people are working on the new road, and the old road is disappearing fast. Now, the old road was amazing, but yes, a bit dangerous. With rainfall rocks would fall down, at some spots, for more than 800 meters. BIG rocks. People have died, and the decision was made to create a new road, consisting of a lot tunnels. It's boring. You can only use a little bit of the old road between La Aldea and El Risco. Just enough, to see the breathtaking views from "El balcón". From there it's back to the new road to continue in whatever direction you were going. The new road is fast and convenient, but views are s**t compared to how it was before.

The bit between El Risco and Agaete is still via the old road, but as said before, that won't last long: they're working hard. So enjoy it while you can. The views are really amazing, you're driving against a cliff wall with the ocean deep below, waves hitting the rocks and around you only wilderniss. Ocean and mountains. Go and see it! This is the route on Google maps and it includes the stop at the Balcón viewpoint.

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Road choice 2: GC704, the Barranco del Laurel

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The other, the second road in this article, will hopefully last longer. It's a really beatiful, green rural road between Moya and Fontanales (more or less ;) ). You can either drive it up, or down. It's steep, and at most places a very thin road, so if you meet other traffic you sometimes have to reverse to find a spot where you can pass each other. But don't let that put you off, the road is really worth seeing and there is not a lot of traffic. This link should take you to a google map with the route. Anyway, it's not that hard to find.

If you want to drive it going up, then first get yourself to Moya. From Moya, head for "Los Tilos", where you can in fact park your car, and do a short circular walk (less than an hour) in one of the best bits of laurel forest in Gran Canaria. Now, you're on the road already. Just follow it up and up. You'll pass a little chapel just after having done a bend so sharp you might have to reverse just to be able to make it. Keep on going up. At a certain point you'll reach a 'normal' road where you turn left and go to Fontanales. That's it, you've done the bit I like best.

I'd advise you to keep going up to Cruz de Tejeda and see places like Artenara or Tejeda and enjoy the mountains at the centre of Gran Canaria. Obviously, you can drive down this road too. A good starting point would be this spot:

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Which is the end of the line in this route on Google maps.  

Have fun driving and don't forget to stop here and there and take in the scenery without the noise of a car. 

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Friday, 04 December 2020 16:43

Best Pizzeria Of The Whole Island (Says Lex)

Now, I'm vegetarian. So I do like that Italian restaurants exist. As it happens, I do like good pizzas too, and if friends ever go to a good, new pizza place, chances are they will tell me about it. And I've been to the really good pizza places all over Gran Canaria. It is a real coincidence, that the very best pizza place of the whole island happens to be righ in my village: Agaete.

If you get to Puerto de las Nieves (the harbour of Agaete) you'll find lots of restaurants at the sea front. Most do excellent fish if you're into eating dead animals. ;) Look for Pizzeria Dibe, try a pizza there and tell me if you think I'm wrong. I personally prefer the "Celso" pizza, but that is only an option if you like blue cheese and kapers. Any pizza there is really good. The bread bit of the pizza is just amazing!

Anyway, have fun and bon appetit!

Lex

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Gran Canaria's biggest music event, the annual Bioagaete festival, can't happen this year due to Covid-19.

However, the organisers have decided against taking a well-deserved year off and have instead launched a charity music playlist.

Dubbed the BIODISCO, it features 18 new songs from local famous singers and bands that always play for free at the festival.

To listen to the BIODISCO, please go here and make a small donation to the Bioagaete Foundation. The money raised goes to local families who have been left in need due to the Coronavirus, and to street children in Senegal. 

 

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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:18

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Saturday, 29 August 2020 11:37

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There is no UK government travel advisory against travelling to the Canary Islands but UK citizens must isolate for 14 days after returning.

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Here are four tourists who are currently spending their holidays in the south of Gran Canaria. They talk about wearing masks, social distancing, travelling in airplanes and going through airports, using shops and enjoying restaurants. All of the interviews were done on July 21 2020. (At the bottom of this article you'll find useful links to more information.)

In English, at Puerto Rico:

In English, at Amadores Beach:

In German, at Maspalomas:

In Dutch, at Puerto de Mogán:

 

Here is more handy information regarding the rules and regulations:

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