A week in Gran Canaria

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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby Tony R » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:38 am

Great stuff, Liz! Another wonderful 'winter' holiday. Thanks.
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby Liz M » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:13 am

Thank you everyone. I can recommend the Canary Islands for great weather, mostly, fantastic scenery and wonderful plants. There are cactus gardens on several of the islands which are also worth visiting. The biggest problem, apart from the number of visitors, is the disaster of the introduced species of Agaves and Opuntias. It really brings home to you, what happens when alien plants are brought to a place.
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby Paul in Essex » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:33 am

Just back from a week there myself! Where did you stay? May have bumped into you!

And where was the Aeonium spathulatum?
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby Liz M » Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:56 am

We stayed in San Augustin, on the quiet end of the beach from Maspalomas. The Aeonium spathulatum was on the road GC130 close by to the Caldera de Marteles. Apart from those in the photo I only saw small bits of it. There seemed to be plenty of the other native species.
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby Paul in Essex » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:03 pm

Thanks for that. I didn't go to that bit - looks like a nice area to visit, so it is on the list for next time!
We stayed in Puerto Mogan. I guess anywhere on the coast is still only an hour or less drive into the mountains, although I'd like to find a nice base to try on the east side, north of the airport I think.
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby jerryb23 » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:48 pm

If you ever go back to Gran Canaria there is a huge cactus garden/park tucked away in in the hills on the west coast.

Cactualdea, Cactus Park Visitor & Tourist Information
Address : Cactualdea Parque, Carretera del Hoyo, Tocodomán, 35478 La Aldea de San Nicolás, Gran Canaria, Spain

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It is not very well advertised on GC so not many people seem to know about it but it is well worth visiting though you will need a hire car to get there. I have been 3 times and the last time (in 2013) they were giving each visitor a free plant of their own choice from the nursery (everything grows so quickly over there that they end up with a surplus of more than they can use). So using my better half's allowance I selected two Agaves (Macroacantha and Potatorum) in 8 inch boxes which fitted nicely into a hand luggage holdall. As Spain is EU you can bring plants back without certificates although with Gran Canaria Islands this is limited to a maximum of 5 plants.
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby Paul in Essex » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:19 am

Interesting. I guess that must be the reason for the large imitation cactus in the road we drove by one day at La Aldea!
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby jerryb23 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:38 pm

Yes, that's it - here are some images:

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=ca ... &FORM=IGRE
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Re: A week in Gran Canaria

Postby Emile » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:57 pm

nice photos of your trip. thanks for sharing

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