31.10.2017: Drive inside the island to the Roque Nublo and up Pico de las Nieves.
Lazy children stay back home, but we decide for a drive, for a walk to the famous Roque Nublo.
From San Fernando near Maspalomas we drive up the valley, via Arteaga and Fatara to San Bartolome. On the way, there are "Palm tree oases" - a bit of ground water still exists on the valley ground.
We stop on a small saddle between Arteaga and San Bartolome to enjoy the view on 929 m asl.
Panoramic view from the saddle between Fataga and San Bartolome. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.
Cactus growing everywhere here.
View to the North to the Pico de las Nieves.
Arrved at the completely over-occupied car park on 1.581 m asl, so we park the rented car at the roadside. This is the first rock, albeit a small one.
We now walk 40 minutes up to the Roque Nublo.
View back the road where we have come from.
Several bizarre rock needles, of which Roque Nublo (far right) is the biggest.
View to the Pico de las Nieves, which we plan to visit afterwards.
A bit further up now.
Lava-basalt rocks and the view to Pico de las Nieves.
Lucy seeking sun protection beneath a rock.
Pico de las Nieves.
Up on the ridge a huge rock plateau with the two rocks protruding out - the small Roque Rana and the big Roque Nublo.
Roque Nublo. The summit is 1.813 m asl, rising 65 m above the rock plateau.
Wonderful view from this point over the sea to the neighbouring island of Teneriffa with the Pico Teide (3.718 m)
Teneriffa and the Teide.
Panoramic view taken from the rock plateau at Roque Nublo facing the Teide on Teneriffa. Click here or into the picture for a larger display.
Roque Nublo and Teide.
At the descent.
We now changed location to the Pico de las Nieves (1.949 m). We park at the small car park on the summit near the radar station, so we donīt have to walk.
Gorgeous view to Roque Nublo and Teide on Teneriffa.
On the opposite side, the view goes down to the east coast of Gran Canaria.
The car park.
Now we drive down to the east coast - on the way we see the Caldera Los Marteles, a vulkanic cove (caledera, crater).
Passing the villages of La Solana and La Pasadilla ...
... we reach El sequero, Ingenio and Carrizal, where (after a traffic jam) we enter the highway back to San Agustin.
A short visit to San Agustin beach.