Following a nice sail for most of the way from Fuerteventura we arrived to the large port of Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. This island has two distinct climates; north being lusciously green and the south is hot, cacti and sunbathers. It is a mountainous island, the highest peak at 1950 meters.
We were incredibly lucky to get a slip here with great appreciation from our Swedish friends Leif and Anna-Karin on Beaucastel who helped secure a slip on a private dock 2 days before we arrived. We had sent in a reservation for the Port of Las Palmas marina but did not receive any response and we knew the marina was quite full. This will be our “home port” until November so we plan to come back and forth from Sweden and sail to some of the other islands.
Three days after arrival we were part of a hiking group of Swedes. I can honestly say that the hike was a bit too aggressive for Roland and I, being out of shape hikers! We climbed a total of 1000 meters and covered 14 km. Four days later Roland and I were able to walk without moaning and groaning. Beautiful mountains here and spectacular vistas.
Las Palmas is a big city that offers constant entertainment with live music events. We were walking back to the marina one afternoon and there was a man behind us walking along singing Opera and, was quite good. I turned around imagining I would see a Pavoratti sized man but he was more the size and demeanour of England’s Mr. Bean.
There are many Swedish boats here and a Scandinavian club that is very active so we are slowly getting acquainted with many. Roland and Billy are enrolled in a Spanish course at the Scandinavian club.