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Gran Canaria Masca village

Gran Canaria Masca village

Gran Canaria Masca village a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Colonial house. www.travelwitholga.com twitter
Gran Canaria  Teno Mountains Masca Village Agricultural terraces

Gran Canaria Teno Mountains Masca Village Agricultural terraces

Gran Canaria Teno Mountains Masca Village Agricultural terraces a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The Teno Mountain range possesses the most dramatic terrain on the island. Here is one place where mountains (between 700 and 1100m) plunge straight into the ocean. At this altitude, the sea appears as a great wall of...
Garachico, Gran Canaria, was once a wealthy town of traders

Garachico, Gran Canaria, was once a wealthy town of traders

Garachico, Gran Canaria, was once a wealthy town of traders a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Lying on the NW coast, south of the old port of Santa Cruz, the small colonial town of Garachico is preserved and serves as a kind of museum showing us what life of merchants...
Guanche mummies dating back to about 1000 years ago are kept in humidity controlled chambers in the museum

Guanche mummies dating back to about 1000 years ago are kept in humidity controlled chambers in the museum

Guanche mummies dating back to about 1000 years ago are kept in humidity controlled chambers in the museum a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter There have been many mummies dating back to 1000 years ago found in caves in the various islands but since they were not excavated or recorded,...
Canary Islands reconstruction of a Guanche settlement

Canary Islands reconstruction of a Guanche settlement

Canary Islands reconstruction of a Guanche settlement a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter The original inhabitants of the Canaries were the Guanches who came here probably around 2000 BC from NW Africa and were Berbers. They lived in caves and in strange round rock shelters such as this one. From...
Mount Teide Volcano (3,718 meters) in the distance from the SW corner of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Mount Teide Volcano (3,718 meters) in the distance from the SW corner of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Mount Teide Volcano (3,718 meters) in the distance from the SW corner of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter In the distance we can see the highest peak of Spain, Mount Teide Volcano which rises to 3,718 meters and is surrounded by parkland. It is a...
House and museum of the late local artist, Cesar Manrique

House and museum of the late local artist, Cesar Manrique

House and museum of the late local artist, Cesar Manrique a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. www.travelwitholga.com twitter Lanzarote was a sculpture garden to Cesar Manrique who is a local icon. He designed his house to fuse human creativity with nature’s forces. Here, the living room of his house, which is now...
Volcanic granules trap water from the air making agriculture possible in this arid region

Volcanic granules trap water from the air making agriculture possible in this arid region

Volcanic granules trap water from the air making agriculture possible in this arid region a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. The indigenous Guanches learned that they could grow crops using volcanic granules to capture moisture from the humid trade winds to compensate for low rainfall and arid conditions. Today locals still use...
Lava fields of Timanfaya Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lava fields of Timanfaya Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lava fields of Timanfaya Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Different mineral composition, temperature and environmental conditions have created an eerie landscape of different colors and textures with small bubbles and cinder cones. Photo by Richard Sidey. www.richardsidey.com www.travelwitholga.com twitter
Buses drive through the lava fields of Timanfaya Park, Lanzarote, Canary, Islands

Buses drive through the lava fields of Timanfaya Park, Lanzarote, Canary, Islands

Buses drive through the lava fields of Timanfaya Park, Lanzarote, Canary, Islands a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Although it is possible to hike in this area with a special permit, only buses are allowed to drive along the road that winds through the various lava fields which cover 200 sq. km....
Volcanic deposits cover the southern part of Lanzarote at Timanfaya National park

Volcanic deposits cover the southern part of Lanzarote at Timanfaya National park

Volcanic deposits cover the southern part of Lanzarote at Timanfaya National park a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Timanfaya National Park, named for a legendary Guanche or indigenous hero, has only had about 100 years to start producing soil and plants and therefore it has a bleak and barren look. Nevertheless, the...
Camels were imported to Lanzarote by Spaniards to work in agriculture

Camels were imported to Lanzarote by Spaniards to work in agriculture

Camels were imported to Lanzarote by Spaniards to work in agriculture a photo uploaded by Travel With Olga on Flickr. Camels from North Africa were imported into the Canary Islands by Moors from Spain beginning in 1405 together with slaves to work the sugarcane fields. Eventually, sugar production and slavery went westward but the camel...