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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

 

Fataga  Rocque Bentaya San Bartolome de Tirajana

 

North-west coast - St Nicholas and Agaete

Galdar area

Maspalomas- Dunes and Beach

Tasarte - valley study

Wind Farm at Aringa

Volcanics  - Pico de Galdar and Montanon Negro area

Central caldera - Santa Lucia

Mogan - Ayacata Road

Fataga  Rocque Bentaya San Bartolome de Tirajana 

The Humid North

GC210 Acusa Artenara Road

Chira - valley of water and of fire

 

 

From Maspalomas the road to the interior climbs smoothly above the town, and views backwards show the town and its famous sand dunes. After this viewpoint, however, there is a tricky downward switchback section!

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A gravity-fed water supply, called a bisse in French, follows the valley sides.

 

 

Palm tree detail

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Fataga runs alongside the valley road and, in early morning light, is oasis-like in feel.

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More of Fatada and, right, looking back to Fatada and its valley.

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San Bartolome de Tirajana

 

 

At the head of the Fatada valley is the drop to San Bartolome and the ring of cliffs that end in the Pico de las Nives. On the right what I assume is a grove of almond trees.

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San Bartolome de Tirajana, the capital of the caldera, with its terraced slopes and overlooked by the rock faces of Pico de las Nieves.

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The sub-tropical gulley fascinated me, by the shape of the ravine and the range of plants growing in it.

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On GC-60 just north of the col at Cruz Grande begins one of a series of massive valleys to the west and, from the road, a paved footpath leads the way ....

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... downvalley to Chira, left. Outliers of  resistant rock cross the road, possibly of the same series as the Roques Bentayga and Nublo.

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Rocque Bentaya comes into view with, right, Teide on Tenerife in the background.

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At the junction of GC-60 and the Bentayga spur road is a feedlot for goats and sheep. Although there is no grazing as such, at an altitude of 1160m there must be relief from the summer heat.

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Rocque Bentayga offers all-round views, within the gorges and over to Tejeda and Ayacata in the north.

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Settlements perched above the ravine at the end of a tortuous road

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Rocque Bentayga is approached by a metalled footpath - for a while - and then it gets steeper and more exposed. I stopped just below the vertical monolith, where the footpath ended ... I believe. However, the visitor's centre showed habitation inside the highest parts of the rock!

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Looking back from Bentayga to Rocque Nublo, and the encroaching wave of cloud.

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Aridity and even hints of green within the same landscape. Ayacata features in the centre shot.

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The ascent of Rocque Bentayga draws to a close; exposure was beginning to drain the nerves and I convinced myself the path had come to an end!

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Ayacata over the abyss.

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Rocque Bentayga from the Tejeda Road.

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Rocque Bentayga from above Tejeda, on GC-230.

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A series of look-backs on Rocque Bentayga from above Tejeda and the detail within the valley.

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Gran Canaria Maspalomas Fataga GC-60 Cruz Grande Rocque Bentayga agriculture almonds walking animal husbandry goats sheep

 

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