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Five days in November to enjoy Gran Canaria can be very fruitful. You can schedule your daily plan according to oscillatory temperatures of an average 20-25 degrees during the day and 17 degrees from late afternoon till late evening. Sometimes it gets cloudy and rainy, but there are so many activities to do also for non-best weather conditions. Not to mention to be aware of the clouds: I personally have been sunburnt even under a covered sky. Here is a short list of tours places somebody might find interesting to visit and benchmarks to take in consideration, starting from San Telmo.
San Telmo bus station of Las Palmas is the perfect hub for your excursions if you are not willing to rent a car. Taking the yellow buses (guaguas) you will discover the city area, while the blue lines link Las Palmas with all the other destinations and cities. Usually, the tickets are bought inside the coach, although for the yellow lines you can purchase a travel card for 10 euros.
On the first day, I suggest you take your time to explore Las Palmas: a stroll to Muelle Santa Catalina and the shopping mall will be a good exercise to taste the Canarian environment. Ahead, you will find Las Canteras beach, which is fascinating both during the day and the night. Very close to San Telmo is the Vegueta and the old city centre, which I first visited during the night too. I believe going around the downtown was the most beautiful feeling ever, empowered by the emptiness of people and noises. Shooting pictures and breathing the Canarian history was very joyful and relaxing. I'll give a tip for the season: bring a sweatshirt with you and a light scarf as wind or breeze can be present.
If you are not likely to walk, notice that Las Palmas counts on an hop-on-hop-off bus service too, hence you can move around according to it.
On the second day, a must stop will be El Corte Ingles, to buy the bikini and the pair of glasses you might have forgotten to put in the suitcase, as you won't expected such hot weather in the morning. Proceed to Las Canteras beach and enjoy your suntan, until 2 pm, when it starts to get chilly. What can we do afterwards? I propose to take a bus and begin to discover the towns in the area. In this way, for example, anyone can deeply fell in love with Arucas, located about 30 minutes north-east of Las Palmas along the Northern Coast. The hamlet is small and charming, with its huge cathedral embedded in the middle of tinier houses and its several striking points of view.
Tuesday was a rainy day, so I deviated to Teror. I was told by a friend to get the chance to visit this town, renowned for religious festivals and its typical colonial architecture – especially the wooden houses' balconies – still preserved. There is a cute shop called El Pequeren (Spanish for lizard, one of the Island's peculiar animals), where you can find funny gadgets and local food from the Canarian traditional cuisine.
On Wednesday I finally made my trip to MasPalomas, enjoying the sun, the 26 degrees and the famous dunes. My day ended with a sunburn, but this did not stop me from having a long walk through the dunes. The experience was breathtaking and it truly regenerates the soul giving you a sensation of peace and tranquillity. At the conclusion of the walk, the sand just continues and I reached Playa del Ingles, another popular destination, which is perhaps too much of touristic imprint according to my taste, but it was anyhow worth a visit with its postcard pictures and good ice-cream.
Dunes of MasPalomas
Playa del Ingles
On Thursday, head to the Cueva Pintada (Painted Cavern) of Galdar, a city in the North Coast. For people passionate about the history of the Canarian natives and the connections with the Spanish conquerors, I believe two hours on the guided visit will be more than satisfactory to get a whole idea of the chronological facts and stories characterising the island.
Then, another magical place to reach must be the natural pools of Roque Pietro. Coming back from Galdar, the bus stop for these beauties is La Atalaya village. Then, from here, if you do not have a car, just walk for about thirty minutes to Roque Prieto beach. Once there, well, the feeling and the scenario will be so strong you won't be back anymore. Let the power of the Atlantic Ocean be with you. Nobody was there because of the weather and the ocean's conditions, but with hotter temperatures, this place is top notch among people.
Cueva Pintada of Galdar
Roque Pietro's pools
Unfortunately, the tour did not make it to Roque Nublo, the national mountain, but on the next trip, it will be included again.
In conclusion, it might be said that in Gran Canaria daily forecast needed to be seen often and, if it is raining just keep in mind that there are numerous alternatives to consider beyond the beaches. Gran Canaria has a terrific mild weather, thus you can have great fun everytime.