Gran Canaria | View of Fataga Ravine and the Mares

We are coming to Gran Canaria’s Grand Canyon and now you’ll see from this vantage point an amazing view. With these words the guide who accompanied us on the road through the interior of the island of Gran Canaria announced we were coming to the viewpoint of the Mares. If you do a tour of the interior of Gran Canaria starting from the south, the road will lead you hiking to the mountain part from Maspalomas and the first prominent place you’ll meet that you’re going to get to is this so called Grand Canyon.

Fataga Ravine

Fataga Ravine

Maspalomas Lighthouse

Maspalomas Lighthouse

If you pay attention you’ll notice some scenic spots justify this name that is compared with the spectacular scenery of the west coast of the United States. From the viewpoint of the Mares we see on one hand the coast of Maspalomas in the foreground of the road that rises from it. On the other hand we see what is known as Fataga ravine where in the distance you can see the palm oasis so it is also known as the Valley of the thousand palms.

Maspalomas

Maspalomas

You will be amazed to know that inside this Canary Island there are about 200 oasis with palm trees although in recent times there has been a huge decline and even the Cabildo of Gran Canaria has claimed the support of the municipalities to save the palm oasis. This viewpoint is in the municipality of San Bartolomé and since you can see the palm trees next to the Necropolis Arteara you might as well give a shot to the enclave I visited later in our route where you can see mounds that date back to the third century and where it is estimated that there are up to 800 burials of the ancient inhabitants of the island.

Fataga Ravine Oasis

Fataga Ravine Oasis

Gran Canaria photos: Juan Ramon Rodriguez Soza, DevilsEye, Guillen Perez, Anna.

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