Vegan Eats ◯ Gran Canaria
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You definitely need a car/motorbike/bike in Gran Canaria to enjoy all it has to offer.
Driving/cycling around the island is definitely not for the faint-hearted however – some roads are banned on rainy days (you'll get why when you drive on one!) and the island has a Zero Tolerance Policy on drink-driving (again, easy to understand why when you drive on some of the roads, especially the new coastal road on the North/North West of the island). The roads are well-maintained however so it won't be a pot-hole that gets you unstuck.
We spent most of our time in the mountains on this trip (Gran Canaria's UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covers approximately a third of the island), away from the tourist trap beaches, finding some incredible hikes. We can recommend routes Tamadaba (SL 3), Punta de Las Arenas (SL 7) and Montaña Artenara (SL 1). Maps are available from most tourist shops in the higher villages.
When we needed some beach time we were really keen to find bays the locals used and had a really wonderful day swimming, sunbathing and picnicking on the black volcanic sands of Playa Guayedra.
We found this bit a little hard to swallow – Gran Canaria is an island 30miles in diameter with a population of a million people and everyone is drinking bottled water. Apparently the government are working on a desalinisation plant for the island but until that project is complete it sadly only leaves you with a choice between dying from dehydration (it gets ridiculously hot so make sure you have water with you when you hike) or unavoidable plastic pollution.
All photos © Poppy Zella Reed