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Published: June 10th 2016
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Malaga - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Fuerteventura - Lanzarote - Barcelona - Frankfurt (Germany)
We have wanted to go to the Canaries for a long time. They are a pretty remote group of islands in the Atlantic just off the coast of Western Africa and owned by Spain so we were excited about that - an island chain in the middle of nowhere with some Spanish flare - sweet, so back towards the Moroccon coast we flew!
Landing in Gran Canaria, we arrived at our hotel, kicked off our bags and booked it to the beach, no Spanish flare in sight. With no intent on staying in touristy Las Palmas (Gran Canaria), we spent just one night there hopping on the ferry early the next morning for the more desolate, less visited (or so we thought) island of Fuerteventura.
The Canaries are very cool, landscapes so unique you wont see them anywhere else in the world. Staying on these volcanic islands you feel sometimes like you are on the moon, then you pull up to the most insanely beautiful beach ever. But, and big but here, then you hit the main towns
- heavily geared to European tourists. This catering to the white beach apes I call them (tourists) has really done a number on any semblance of Spanish flare that remained. Picture irish bar after irish bar full of tacky tacky décor, no thanks. That said, you deal with it because it is worth it, these islands are worth a visit no doubt!
We spent 5 days in Fuerteventura and 8 in Lanzarote. One unexpected thing about the islands is how cheap you can really do it here...we were paying less than $40/night for a whole apartment with swimming pools, renting cars for less than $10 a day, and beers were $0.35 at the grocery store - this was a major plus. We based ourselves on the outskirts of the major cities which worked out perfect - if you don't see the madness, you forget its even there.
We really just spent our days exploring every corner of each of the islands - now with the added freedom of the rental car, taking these cars over roads that we will never forget. We will let the photos do the talking here I think for this write-up. Of the two,
Amazing Famara Beach
these cliffs were seriously insane!
Fuerte had by far the nicest beaches, and more of them - you could really just go and be perfectly content on getting lost on this island. Our apartment there was right next to Corralejo Dunes national park that we could walk to the amazing beach. Lanzarote on the other hand had the coolest landscapes. Volcanic activity is still happening here and Timanfaya National Park was well worth the visit, driving through the scorched moonscape.
We ended up meeting up with our best friend Ashley's parents for one boozy day/night as they were just ending their trip in Lanzarote so that was fun and we even lucked out as there was an Ironman that happened while we were there so that was cool also. All in all, the islands are amazing - the bigger tourist cities, not.
From here, we had the word now that our trip got extended so it was off to catch our sweet flight to the Maldives, via Frankfurt, Germany. We found a super cheap flight to the Maldives from there so we were like f-it, to Germany we go, porque no! We spent one night in Barcelona on route. We ended up with
Cofete Beach Access
this is the road we drove down to get to this beach...it was ridiculous!
great timing for Frankfurt as a festival was going on so we drank huge ass beers and I ate sausages until I felt nauseous.
Then it was off the Maldives, ooooooh sweet sweet Maldives - but more on that later!
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