Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

It’s a beautiful day here on Gran Canaria, a low of 62 and a high of 70. We started out the day by walking along the promenade to the auditorium at the south end.

Along the promenade

Along the way we stopped for pastries and coffee.

Later we saw a churrería and stopped for more coffee and a churro.

Coffee and a churro

We were resting in our room when we heard the children’s parade starting so we went down to watch.

Part of the children’s parade
More of the children’s parade

Duke was really looking forward to seeing them mark the end of Carnival by burning the sardine. We found some seats in the bleachers and waited for the parade escorting the sardine to start. It was worth the wait. The end of the parade was the sardine followed by mourners in black.

The sardine
The mourners

We followed the sardine as it headed towards the beach. We were swept along by the crowd and were dumped onto the beach. Eventually the sardine was carried down to the water and loaded onto a barge.

The sardine being carried across the beach
The sardine being towed out from the beach

Eventually they lit the sardine on fire and then the magnificent fire works show started.

The sardine burning and the fireworks starting

As the fireworks were ending we found our way to an Italian restaurant overlooking the beach and had dinner. The pizza and ravioli were excellent.

Ristorante Pizzería Al Maccaroni
Anchovy and olive pizza
Shrimp and salmon ravioli

What a great day!

La Palma to Gran Canaria

Saturday we took a plane from the island of La Palma to the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. It was about a one hour flight. Here’s a link to my La Palma video.

Leaving La Palma

We took the bus into Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where we are staying.

The view from our room

The big Carnival parade on Gran Canaria was Saturday night. Our hotel is right next to the parade route.

We stood in one place for a couple of hours watching the people with beautiful elaborate costumes go by. Then came a series of buses and semi trucks with rolling bars and lots of people on and following each one.

We watched a while, then walked around some, then went up to the restaurant at the top of our hotel to have dinner. The parade started around 6 and when we were eating at 10:30 it was still going on!

Cheese board to share as part of our dinner
The Carnival parade from the restaurant at the top of our hotel