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Gran Canaria, 3-10 November 2008

 

Tasarte Valley

 

North-west coast - St Nicholas and Agaete

Galdar area

Maspalomas- Dunes and Beach

Tasarte - valley study

Wind Farm at Aringa

Volcanics  - Pico de Galdar and Montanon Negro area

Central caldera - Santa Lucia

Mogan - Ayacata Road

Fataga  Rocque Bentaya San Bartolome de Tirajana 

The Humid North

GC210 Acusa Artenara Road

Chira - valley of water and of fire

 

 

The village lies within a steep valley running down to the sea, and just below the main highway along the west coast, GC 200. The settlement is linear, following the zig-zagging GC205 valley road. Its main service appears to be the SPAR shop, left.

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Attractive 'though this upper section of the valley is, functionality is never far away, right.

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The backcloth of mountains to the north show clear in these shops, as the village gives way, downslope, to agricultural land.

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Plots in the part of the valley below the settlement have clearly been terraced over the years, and demonstrate a year-round growing season.

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The valley floor drops rapidly, gorge-like, but plots are still being found even here.

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Below the gorge there is actually some flat bottomland, where conditions are easier to work.

 

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Unusually, bananas are being raised without the cloth tents. The ripening fruit/vegetable in the centre needs identification, if anyone can help?

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A few hundred yards on unmade track bring the visitor to Tasarte beach, a mixed deposit from pebbles to cobbles ...

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... and possessing a cafe/restaurant and coastal erosion features etched into the vertical cliffs.

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The beach has access to a grower and also a number of holiday lets.

 

I spotted the ultimate second home on my way out of the valley '(right)!

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Gran Canaria  Tasarte coast erosion features cliffs settlement services agriculture vegetables bananas

 

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