TransGranCanaria experience, part 2: morning stroll in Las Palmas in search of food!

They say that your body keeps ‘working out’ and burning calories for 12h ish after a big, heavy exercise (such as running, for instance), so you can imagine the scale of hunger we had after completing 30 and 60k when we woke up the next day!. Sadly, almost everything was closed on Sunday morning in Las Palmas around 7am (how surprising.. lol), so Panaria was the only one – and tasty! – choice. On the way there we walked down some really beautiful streets and corners, and were lucky to see the sunrise, city awakening and the most beautiful light that makes you believe in magic :) iPhone doesn’t do its justice but you can still see how beautiful and peaceful it was:

Gran Canaria, oldtown, old spanish architecture

old street, spanish style, spain

him, edu acaso, love

blossoming tree, sewer hatch, from where i stand, feet

gran canaria, las palmas, early morning stroll

panaria, morning light, man reading newspaper

light reflections

street perspective, las palmas early morning


empty morning streets

On the way to Museum de Columbus – the house where Christopher Columbus has lived for a while :)

plaza, museum of Columbus, casa de Chrostopher Columbus in Gran Canaria

That’s the house! On the right hand side with greenish front entrance

money begger

Acts of kindness.. and money exchange :)


old vs new, street

street perspectives, lines

tree, plaza, town square

Nice little square

cafe, morning light, outdoors, cafe exterior

..and cafe nearby. That light !!

on the road

On the way to catch a lunch and ferry to Tenerife)

stormy clouds, dramatic skies

driving, talking, being hamdsome, mi chavalote

cloud formations, beautiful nature, landscape, white houses, mountain village

I mean.. just look at this beauty!. <3

rain drops

On the ferry before leaving Agaete

birds in the sky, storm sky

In fact it looked scarier than it really was :)

stormy ocean, waves, lighthouse

San Andres, Tenerife, from the ferry, through the glass window

Hello, rainy Tenerife! We made it through the storm :)

terrace, rainy days

Good to be home.. even though it’s raining outside

cozy nights, cats, black cats, sleepy heads

Cozy snuggles with the lil ones <3

morning sunshine, blonde, blue sky, after storm, sleepy face

And Good morning! The sun is back with its warmth & blue skies! And somebody needs a comb and coffee…hehe :)

Rather than associations with the race, Gran Canaria for me is in these few moments that were captured on the way to catch the ferry from Agaete back to Tenerife. When you finally can relax and enjoy the world around you; when you look forward to coming back home; when you are happy about one more small achievement (small for everyone else maybe, but big for you) and already start planning next goals! x

Noches de Carnaval 😈🤡🤩

santa cruz de tenerife, carnaval

tenerife, kiosko, twin ticket, canaries

carnaval, hospital, carnival

feria, parque de atracciones

carnival, carrousel, fun


play time, carnival



feria, parque de atracciones



creepy, toys

carnival, balloons

feria de santa cruz, tenerife, carnaval 2018

noria, ferris wheel, колесо обозрения

feria, noria, ferris wheel

green light

witchy, green, happy

auditorio, carnaval, santa cruz de tenerife, auditorium at night

carnival moments

santa cruz

Till next year!!!

carnival, carnaval, santa cruz de tenerife


Masca hiking. Up & down, same day – big post and lotsa pics with videos

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.

coffee, canarias, tenerife, rain, дождь на Тенерифе, канарский кофе

teide in snow, nieve, tenerife

Teide covered with snow, but sadly couldn’t be seen properly as it was too cloudy that day

santiago del teide, valley in the mountains

A bit blurry (due to the driving) image of Santiago del Teide valley

tenerife, almond trees, blossoming almond

Almond trees in full blossom

rainbow in masca, радуга, arco iris, Тенерифе

And here we are – Masca has heartily welcomed us with a rainbow :)

masca, tenerife, знак, ресторан в Маске на Тенерифе, sign

yellow flowers, windscreen, flowers on windscreen, цветы за стеклом

Masca village, pueblito en las montañas, hillside village, houses on slope, morning light, glow, beautiful cliffs

Houses are literally built on a slope as there’s hardly any flat surfaces in the village

Masca gorge, ravine, cliffs, Tenerife, la Gomera, Гомера, остров, ущелье Маска

Another shot of this popular view.. :)

happy, smiles, couple, love, tourists, hikers, hippie tourists

And the ‘tourists’ :)

masca village, barranco de masca, tenerife, тенерифе, маска

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doggie, stray dog, cute, ginger, рыжая собака, бездомыш, симпатичный пес, тату

Sad lil doggy as ginger as a carrot!!

Sidewalk flower, tiny, цветок на дороге, маленький цветок

Beauty around (and beneath) us

collage, dog, cafe with the view, кафе в Маске, кафе с видом на океан

The ginger stray dog and local cafeteria with The View

cafeteria en Masca, Tenerife, touristic place, for tourists, multilingual, кафе в деревне Маска, Тенерифе, для туристов

For all tastes & nationalities

empty cafe, morning light, light through the window, wooden chairs, wooden cafe furniture, кафе в горах, ресторан, Тенерифе, Маска

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almond flowers, almond trees in blossom, beautiful nature, Tenerife almond trees, цветущий миндаль на Тенерифе, цветы миндаля, миндальное дерево

These blossoming almond trees (and their guardian bees) are everywhere thanks to rain and sunshine that are typical for the place in winter.

house in Masca village, casita en barranco de Masca, Tenerife, rustic house Tenerife, деревенский пейзаж, Тенерифе, Маска

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Masca cliffs, Masca hiking, Tenerife hiking, Teneriffa

Cliffs, cliffs, cliffs whichever direction you turn your head..

rocks in Masca, rocas de Masca

Green and dark, bald and thriving, beautiful and scary..

masca trekking start, empezamos aqui

Starting point of trekking

collage, masca ravine, gorge, barranco, Teneriffa, dry tree, ущелье Маски

cane, cañazo, камыш, тростник, ветви тростника, Masca cane bushes

If you see these cane bushes – be sure there’s a water spiring nearby!!

en el barranco, hiking, Masca trekking, camino, tourist attraction, Masca, Tenerife, Маска, Тенерифе, горное ущелье

After two hours finally blue sky and a sight of the ocean.. Hallelujah!

sun glare, morning light, breaking through, cliff, rock, Playa de Masca

Down on the Playa de Masca

Atlantic ocean, Атлантика, остров Ла Гомера, La Gomera island from Tenerife

…the ocean never looked so good and inviting ;)

calmness, calm waves, tide coming up, ocean, deep blue, tranquility


volcanic sand, feet in the ocean, feeling good, good for feet, wet rocks, вулканический песок, ноги в океане, коллаж

Water feels goooood on tired feet

big splash, wave, jumping into waves, cold ocean, brave, morning swim, Edu Acaso

…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! =)

Los Gigantes, playa de Masca, in between hiking, cliffs of Los Gigantes, Tenerife cliffs

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!)

lovely cat, stray cat, cat on the beach

On the way back when leaving la playa, you’ll get a small furry blessing =)

almond tree, миндальное дерево, цветущий миндаль

Another almond tree in a full blossom but unfortunately out of focus (sorry)

Masca, Tenerife, Teneriffa, cliffs of Masca, barranco de Masca, Masca trekking, down in the gorge, natural pool

Above.. and underneath <3

cliffs, tourist, big cliffs, in the mountains, down in Masca, Tenerife cliffs, турист, ущелье Маска, треккинг на Тенерифе, масштаб гор, горное ущелье

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!

La Casona del Patio, hotel, almond tree, отель Сантьяго дель Тейде, Касона дель Патио

Hotel ‘La Casona del Patio’ from the parking

path to hotel entrance, hotel Santiago del Teide, hotel la Casona del Patio

Hotel entrance

hotel, backyard, patio, внутренний дворик


tea ceremony, чайная церемония, ceremonia del té, la Casona del Patio, Santiago del Teide

A free one-hour tea ceremony is held daily from 6pm to 7pm for the hotel guests

hotel toiletries, туалетные принадлежности в отеле


selfie, bathroom selfie, blondie, smilling, thumbs up, happy

..and a toilet selfie)

welcome cava, welcome drinks at hotel, cava, welcome card, bienvenido, blue lights, tree with blue lights, blue tree, in the night, голубое дерево, ночное небо

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

view from the hotel room, hotel in Santiago del Teide, Tenerife, mountain hotel, forest hotel

Morning view from our room – isn’t it beautiful?!.

hotel breakfast, buffet, la Casona del Patio, hotel interior, завтрак в отеле

And a quick brekkie before heading back home!

Next post: Carnival in Santa Cruz with some random, a bit psychedelic pics ;)