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Canary Islands, Spain

You are in Los Cristianos you can get some expensive accommodation a full English breakfast a gallon of all inclusive lager or you could get on a ferry to La Palma and walk in the mountains along costal paths and dine on local cuisine, trying to speak Spanish.

Los Cancajos

Staying in a winter retirement village for few day, and boy do we feel young!

El Pilar Walk

quick strole in the hills now, well that was the plan, turned into quite a hike.

San Sebastian

2 days in San Sebastion and we find a fiesta. Like this place, mental note, revisit.

Valle Gran Rey Snorkelling

Final day at Valle Gran Rey, the water here is now nearly clear.

El Guro Waterfall Walk

Trudged up a stream over an assault course to get to a waterfall. Lots of hippies selling craft stuff on the way. Good lifestyle.

Caldera De Taburiente Walk

Didn't do the caldera walk last year, came back to do it this year. Well worth it. Earned a beer!

Orzola

Adorably cute little fishing village on the north coast of Lanzarote. No boozy Brits here, Orzola was as a pleasant surprise.

Ferries

Huge overnight ferry from Santa Cruz to Santa Cruz! Tenerife to La Palma. Almost empty.

Playa Blanca Snorkelling

Ended up absolutely freezing having swam with a large cuttle fish in one of the bays here in Playa Blanca. Fabulous. But my hands went white.

Good Accomodation La Palma

Found a couple of great apartments in La Palma, and few bad ones.

Playa Blanca

A bus through a lunar landscape to Playa Blanca, enjoying here, bit windy mind you.

Orzola Snorkelling

Found a nice little spot to snorkel, about 1km to the east of Orzola ina little bay, bery interesting rock formations above and below water.

Las Palmas

Visited more pharmacies than restaurants, searching for Spanish treatments for man flu. Gripe del hombre (it does not translate)

Los Cancajos Snorkelling

This was a surprise, this is a great place to snorkel, red crabs on the rocks.

Santa Cruz

Here again in Santa Cruz waiting for a ferry. Nice place to spend a few days. Good food and a great beach.

Good Accomodation Las Palmas

Back in our old apartment from last year, much better than the hole we just stayed in near Las Canteras beach.

Puerto De La Cruz

liking it in Puerto de la Cruz. It is not like the beach resorts of the south, it is much more interesting, but not at warm!

Las Palmas Snorkelling

Man flu, I have man flu, all this way to snorkel here and I feel shit. Still I went in with my wetsuit on. diving was painful!

Fuencaliente To Los Llanos De Aridance Walk

It was a bus from Los Llanos to Los Canarios today to climb up a hill at the end. Too cloudy up top though so we walked back, 25km; my feet hurt!

Buses Taxis Car Hire

First time in years I grew a backbone and hired a car to drive round in La Palma. Great choice. Taxis are too bloody expensive here.

Agate

Booking for 4 days here in January was a mistake. Weather very bad and stuck in a CÚsar Manrique style, uncomfortable accommodation. We are leaving early, sod the money.

Whale Watching Tazacorte

Went whale watching today. Loved the first hour. Felt sea sick, still feel like I'm going up and down with the boat on dry land.

Los Llanos

Staying in Los Llanos De Aaridane again. This is I think our favourite town in the Canary Islands. So laid back.

Valle Gran Rey

Staying in a semi hippy, semi middle aged German resort, love it, no chip shops. Scenery stunning, cliffs all around.

Tazacorte And Snorkelling

Sea is quite calm here today but the water is still too murky to see anything much snorkelling.

Las Galletas Snorkelling

Stuck in this place for a few days waiting for a ferry to somewhere nicer. Swimming is OK, the town need work.

Santa Cruz Las Teresitas Snorkelling

Needed a swim today, so hopped on a bus to Teresitas. Beautiful spot. Not much to see underwater but good swimming. Now for a lager.