As promised, here’s a report about Mia’s little trip to Gran Canaria with her boyfriend to participate in #Transgrancanaria (website) trail run, 24th February 2018. Here’s the first part!
Early morning departure.. The sunrise and dramatic skies
The beginning of adventures: rain & storm between Tenerife and Gran Canaria
Arriving to Gran Canaria..
‘Picturesque’ Agaete :)
ExpoMeloneras center to pick up the bibs
After we’ve picked up our bags with bibs and some goodies, we went to see the famous dunes of Maspalomas… Was windy and grey but still very beautiful! <3
Then we’ve arrived to our fantastic apartment in the old town, found through Airbnb:
… Sorted out gels, bottles of water, snacks, bibs, devices… etc
…Next day was a bit fast-forward / blurry but we both made it to the finish line, Mia 30km and her boyfriend 64km. So much emotions and memories!!!.. <3
5am before being separated and picked up by the buses – transportation option available at registration. Beware though that THERE ARE NO WARDROBES OPTION, so unless somebody is backing you up with the clothes, you have no place to store them anywhere when races start!! That was a big disappointment actually..
After finish, you’re eligible for a free massage (and limitless beers..hehe) – don’t neglect it cause it can help to recover much quicker!! I’m talking about massage of course not beers, and what did ya think?!. ))
During the race..
We started when it was dark and FREEZING, but in the end, closer to the finish line in Maspalomas, the sun started shining with no mercy.. It was really hot.
Next: The morning after the race, crawling wandering in Las Palmas before leaving Gran Canaria during big storm…
At last got some free time to organise, edit, upload and describe photos from the recent (Monday 18th Feb) Masca trekking! I know that some of you might have done it already, – some even a couple of times! – but for me it was a first time experience that was a part of training for #Transgrancanaria2018 where I’ll be running 30k’ and my boyfriend – 64 km race… (we’re both freaking out but that’s another story.. hehe)
The route: from Masca village down to the Playa de Masca, small break and back up to the Masca village. More or less accurate trail was uploaded on Wikiloc (click here to view details or see below):
But first things first: we’ve started with coffees and ‘motivation’ (which was a donut!) after driving in the rain from Santa Cruz to Santiago del Teide and then to Masca.
Teide covered with snow, but sadly couldn’t be seen properly as it was too cloudy that day
A bit blurry (due to the driving) image of Santiago del Teide valley
Almond trees in full blossom
And here we are – Masca has heartily welcomed us with a rainbow :)
Houses are literally built on a slope as there’s hardly any flat surfaces in the village
Another shot of this popular view.. :)
And the ‘tourists’ :)
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Sad lil doggy as ginger as a carrot!!
Beauty around (and beneath) us
The ginger stray dog and local cafeteria with The View
For all tastes & nationalities
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These blossoming almond trees (and their guardian bees) are everywhere thanks to rain and sunshine that are typical for the place in winter.
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Cliffs, cliffs, cliffs whichever direction you turn your head..
Green and dark, bald and thriving, beautiful and scary..
Starting point of trekking
If you see these cane bushes – be sure there’s a water spiring nearby!!
After two hours finally blue sky and a sight of the ocean.. Hallelujah!
Down on the Playa de Masca
…the ocean never looked so good and inviting ;)
Water feels goooood on tired feet
…And if you’re brave enough to jump into cold ocean, you’ll be rewarded with the best feeling ever, as if you could fly! =)
Remember you don’t have to do both ways up and down, instead you can just hire a boat that will bring you to the marine of Los Gigantes (might need to check or book beforehand though!)
On the way back when leaving la playa, you’ll get a small furry blessing =)
Another almond tree in a full blossom but unfortunately out of focus (sorry)
Above.. and underneath <3
Hey hey) By Edu Acaso <3
After we’ve finally managed to get back where we started, it was really nice to go and spend an evening/night in a hotel close to Masca! We’ve booked ‘La Casona del Patio’ in advance to avoid long driving back home after what felt like a week of hiking, – and it was definitely a smart decision!
Hotel ‘La Casona del Patio’ from the parking
A free one-hour tea ceremony is held daily from 6pm to 7pm for the hotel guests
..and a toilet selfie)
Was pleased to have a welcome drink and card in the room…(Gracias!!). Image on the right: a tree with blue lights that looked like a crazy night sky!. <3
Morning view from our room – isn’t it beautiful?!.
And a quick brekkie before heading back home!
Next post: Carnival in Santa Cruz with some random, a bit psychedelic pics ;)