Hiking in the French Riviera Gorbio – A French Riviera Hinterland Today’s walk is the perfect daytrip for visitors of the French Riviera who want to get a first impression of the arrière-pays, the mountainous hinterland of the coastal strip between Cannes and Menton. The trail leads – across a distance of roughly 6 km – from Gorbio to Saint Agnes. Both villages are connected to the bus network of Menton.
The main feature of the French Riviera – responsible for both its great natural beauty and its warm climate – is the proximity of coast and relatively high mountains. It is one thing to know this, even to see how close the mountains are from one of the coastal towns, and quite another to actually experience it, standing in the middle of what can only be described as an alpine landscape and to look down
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Hiking in Gran Canaria Some Charming Towns of Gran Canaria Hiking in Gran Canaria is great, but surely we have not come all this way to miss out on the cultural attractions the island has to offer. Today, concluding our series of posts on the Gran Canaria Walking Festival, we present you with a small selection of charming towns of Gran Canaria that you can visit for convenient day trips when you are recovering from the exertions of the Gran Canarian hiking trails – or when you just feel like doing something different for a change. All towns can be easily reached by both car and public transport (bus). Las Palmas
Top of the list, of course, is Las Palmas, the largest city in all the Canary Islands and the 9th biggest in Spain. Las Palmas offers everything you would expect from a coastal metropolis: beaches and a
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Hiking in Gran Canaria The Gran Canaria Natural For the past two weeks, we have informed you comprehensively about the walks on this year’s Gran Canaria Walking Festival and about the wonderful time we had sampling them. Today, I want to explain to you why the Walking Festival is relevant and important, economically as well as politically – and why, up to a point, it represents the travel equivalent of “fair trade coffee”.
I want to tell you all about Gran Canaria Natural, the organization behind the Walking Festival, an association of local providers, tour operators and official institutions. Their enthusiasm for the promotion of hiking tours, meanwhile, appears not to be shared by everyone involved in the industry.
Some government agencies, we were told, consistently question the value of investment in the upkeep of trails and the creation of a viable hiking infrastructure – hikers, they argue,
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Gran Canaria Walking Festival Caving in for Gran Canaria on the last hike Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, says George Santayana, and you know what: he was right.
Things are coming full circle: you may remember that I started the Gran Canaria Walking Festival by forgetting my ID, and for our 4th and last walk, I have now forgotten to bring my raincoat. Or, worse still, I deliberately failed to bring it, because having taken our breakfast in short sleeves on the outside terraces of Las Longueras at 6 am in the morning – when it was still dark, mind you – we could simply not imagine any other type of weather, at least not on the same island (which is, if I may remind you, only the size of Greater London).
As soon as our bus
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Hiking in Gran Canaria The Caldera de Bandama Hike A caldera is the black hole of geology: the remnant of a supernova-sized explosion when all the remaining energy of a volcano is released in one almighty blow. After the explosion, the volcano collapses into its – now empty – magma chamber, leaving a crater-like surface structure that can extend for dozens of square miles.
When a big volcano explodes in this way, this can be literally a life-changing event: the explosion that created the Yellowstone caldera, for example, emitted enough ash to cover most of North America west of the Mississippi, and if such an explosion were to happen today, most life on earth would be threatened by the ensuing “nuclear winter”.
The caldera of Bandama in central Gran Canaria, however, was created by a much smaller explosion – thankfully, because it happened
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