Gran Canaria day 2 – The journey to the middle of nowhere

I woke up, a bit confused in the first place, but I remembered quickly why I was where I was. 20160624_101104I used the shower, provided in the room with trying everything to not think about what people did in it already and packed my stuff afterwards. Then I was saying goodbye to Habi and his girls and went to Santa Catalina. It was a very nice and warm morning and I had a lovely walk on the beach. The water there was very clear but I couldn’t go inside, as I had no idea where I could have left my stuff. Instead I found a lot of crabs and fish between the stones and tried to catch them. Then I walked to the next supermarket and got some water.

I decided20160624_105604 then to go to the castle but honestly, there was absolutely nothing special. It was the most boring castle I have seen in my life (I am still young, so there is still a lot of potential to see something worse). When I figured that there was nothing special to see anymore, I decided to walk back to the bus station to go to the next unknown destination. On the way back I saw a lot of beautiful pretty houses, some parks and melted in the sun, as it was midday.

At the bus station I had a look at the buses and decided to go to Agaete as I saw some advertisement of it written in English. 20160624_133811I asked at the information how to get there and the lady there explained which bus number I had to take. She said that I had to take bus 103 at gate number 6. I got the bus there and drove all the way to Agaete. On the way I saw some parachutes. Also the landscape itself was stunningly beautiful full with banana plantations. One village, that I saw was built on a mountain and the mountain was covered in clouds. I will never forget this odd scenery.

20160624_144816When we finally arrived, I couldn’t close my mouth anymore. The whole town was simply white. This was the Casablanca of Gran Canaria. The church, restaurants, walls, simply everything was white! I walked around and discovered some of the houses.

When I took some pictures, an elderly man approached me and asked me if I would like plants. I said yes, I do. He then told me about a park in the town, full of exotic flowers from South America. 20160624_144011Of course I went in. It looked so amazing. From banana trees to pineapple fruits, they had everything. I even have never seen some of the plants in my life before.

I checked for a hostel, but there was absolutely nothing available in the town. The citizens told me there are 2 hostels nearby at Puerto de las Nieves, so I decided to go there. During my walk, I got some water and ice cream in the nearby Spar. At the place, everything was white as well. I fell in love with this port! I went to the hotels first, but both of them were too expensive and I couldn’t afford them.

Instead 20160624_152349I decided to check out the harbor itself. There was a black stone beach with the clearest water I have seen in my life! I really wanted to just jump into it and enjoy the water, but I had no place to leave my stuff. I was so sad about the fact that I won’t have the possibility to enjoy this clear, blue water. Instead I walked around a bit and checked out the location. It was a really small harbor town with some good restaurants. Also a lot of Spanish tourists overcrowded the beach.

After a while, I decided to move further to the south, as I couldn’t sleep at this place anyway. The tourist information was closed, so I decided to walk back to 1 of the hotels to asked where I need to go. The receptionist showed me a map of the island and asked me where I want to go to. I then chose San Nicolás de Tolentino as my next destination. The receptionist then explained me where the next bus station is and I simply waited there for the bus. And I waited there and waited. When the bus came, the driver explained me he is going to another destination first and is coming back later again and I should better wait at the bus station. So I waited again and waited and waited. After a good hour, the bus came back and took me this time.20160624_173554

I will never forget the drive to San Nicolás de Tolentino though. The view itself was amazing, as we drove on the edge of the cliffs, but also, we drove on the edge of the cliffs! The driver was talking with the passengers, sometimes he drove on the left side of the road, then on the right side, sometimes in the middle, also he took every curve very sharp and didn’t pay attention to the road a lot of times. When I looked down the window, I saw a huge emptiness beside the road and under it the ocean. At some points I really thought I am going to die now, as the bus nearly came off the street several times. I don’t know how, but we arrived at the town finally.

The town itself was pretty small and surrounded by mountains. On one of the mountains was also a big huge cross. The town itself was very empty, I didn’t see any people, also the shops were closed. 20160624_184619Actually nothing was open. The town was like dead. I think the reason behind it was, that they had siesta.

So I checked the bus plan, but unfortunately there was no bus going out of the town anymore. I literally stranded in the middle of nowhere. Anyway I found a hotel there, but they were booked out. Still, I was happy, as I finally was able to see some people. I figured out that there was a second hotel, but I couldn’t find it. Instead I walked several times in a circle until I figured out, that the hotel was hidden in a small side street. The receptionist couldn’t speak any English, but I was able to book a room and negotiate with him a lower price without breakfast. I was fine with it and very proud of myself, as I was able to negotiate with a Spanish speaking person.

The first thing I did in the room was taking a very loooooong and enjoyable shower, as I was sweating all day long. I then had a look where I wanted to go the day after and booked a room for my destination, as I was sick of running around and looking for a room to stay at. Afterwards I went outside and was pretty surprised. It was 10 pm and the town was alive. The restaurants were open and filled with people. It felt like in another world! I walked a bit around and when I looked up to the mountains, I saw nothing but a huge shining cross which looked like it was flying in the night sky. Very cool! Then I went to bed.

 

To the next day —>

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