Entering the Spanish autonomous territory of the Canary Islands, we spent the day exploring Gran Canaria. One group went off hiking in the ravine of Los Cernicalos, taking in the native flora and fauna while wandering through the willow forest.

The rest of the guests had a full day starting at Los Berrazales Valley, tasting the rich ‘black gold’ coffee and the local wine and goat cheese. A few wished they hadn’t eaten quite so much for breakfast back on the ship! Then we visited the small town of Galdar which had a museum housing an excavation of an indigenous village, including a 13th century cave with paintings.

The temperature dropped about 15 degrees as we climbed up the mountains to our lunch destination with stunning views over the central mountains. The skill of our bus driver was tested with the curved roads and tiny villages.