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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

Maspalomas Sand Dunes and Beach

 

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

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The Maspalomas dunes looking good with suitably exotic backcloths.

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If some of the outlines look blurred, it will be the flying sand driven by a stiff wind from the north-east!

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Blundering towards the sea shore took me over the slip-faces of a number of dunes of 20-30' high.. which was exhausting, rather than negotiating the harder-packed surface of the windward sides ! The slacks were damp from proximity to sea level.

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The north-eastern margin of the dunes leads to the twin resort of Maspalomas, Plays del Ingles.

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A well-maintained flood channel running down through Maspalomas.

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The flood channel comes to the beach just east of the lighthouse in Maspalomas - Faro ...

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... and is even assisted by a cunningly engineered mini flood channel that doubles as a pedestrian walkway!

 

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The seaward end of the channel is a lake bounded by the sand dunes and protected as a wildlife refuge for wading birds and the like. The only other animals nearby are the commercial camel stables!

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Maspalomas beach

 

 

Deciding to see what everyone else comes to Gran Canaria to enjoy I took a walk along the beach from the Faro ...

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... to be confronted with the extraordinary 'beach-walking' phenomenon of Maspalomas. It was, and is, a complete mystery!

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Ayagaures Dam

 

 

A last-morning side trip from Maspalomas to investigate the whereabouts of the local water park and wildlife centre, leading up to the dam at Ayagaures on GC-503 and GC-504. Below the dam, right, the streambed was not dry, but a succession of stagnant pools. A pair of white-suited men were spraying the streambed, presumably against malarial mosquitoes. A water facility was passed down valley, and a stream of water tankers were plying this route, presumably again, to take potable water to outlying customers.

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Gran Canaria Maspalomas Plays del Ingles Faro Ayagaures coast sand dunes beach tourism nature reserve wildlife flood relief channel water supply mosquitoes

 

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