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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

Agaete to the Galdar area

 

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

 

 

Agaete - port and infrastructure

 

 

The approach to Agaete follows the indentations of a rocky cliff coastline, until the port comes into view.

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The port of Agaete has a ferry service to Tenerife and presumably the other islands; a high-speed ferry was later seen approaching the coast. The municipal waste site incinerates over the Atlantic.

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Infrastructure in all its glory. Agaete is the white-clad town in the foreground, whilst the motorway, GC-2 climbs the hill towards Galdar; the hill is nicely finished off with a wind farm!

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Galdar

 

 

The labour component involved in Canarian agriculture is great, but also specialised and skilled, as this worker demonstrates. Galdar is seen encroaching up its volcano in the centre photo.

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My first view of animals on the island was in Galdar, of a dairy herd, being fed in a lot. At sea level the summer temperatures must be marginal for such stock.

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The view towards Galdar from near the faro at Sardinia, across a blue and energetic sea!

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The faro at Sardinia and more of the rocky coastline towards Galdar, and the intrepid anglers!

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A new development will soon dominate this headland. Views include the obligatory wind farm and the municipal waste site.

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There is some sand at Playa de Bocabarranco but sea conditions make the coastline unsafe; bathing is catered for by concrete tidal pools.

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Playa de Bocabaranco awaiting further development, right.

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New residential areas are appearing to the south-west of the old town of Galdar, and more seem to be planned according to the clearance work. The roads into the old town were narrow and precipitous!

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Approaching Galdar from the interior, namely GC-70.

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Gran Canaria  La Aldea de San Nicholas  Agaete Sardinia Galdar Playa de Bocabarranco coast road  agriculture  sea cliffs port refuse dump pollution infrastructure wind farm  motorways urban development animal husbandry dairying faro volcano beach waves danger

 

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