Hola, Bradypus. Yes, I do, and thank you. I have resolved since undergraduate days to visit the home country of Garcia Lorca. I am coming to do the camino and still deciding a route. Since it's going to be summer, I think this can't be the route for me. Seems like desert and bright, hot sun. Still, since I'll be there, It could in some ways be convenient. I am from Florida, so mid 80s doesn't bother me much, but when 90 hits, we lay low indoors as the people up north lay low inside in the snow. So, how hot was it? How lonely for a sola traveler? I don't at all mind being alone, really, so long as I meet nice people rather than dangerous. ( Who can predict that?) I could also travel at night some of the time to minimize exposure to heat and sun. Stars would be awesome, I bet, but i'd need private accomoations for that, i suppose. How' bout accommodations and alburques along the route? That's asking you to comment on just about everything Of course, it is also possible to skip some of the hottest parts by way of transport. Thanks. Gigipro
I walked on Gran Canaria in early April and daytime temperatures seemed hot to this Scotsman. Probably above 30C but I did not record it at the time. Certainly a lot of direct sun. The ground conditions are very varied. The first half-day from Maspalomas was semi-desert with a lot of prickly pear and bare rock. As the route climbs into the hills that gives way to scrub trees and grassland. Then the really mountainous parts are mostly pine forest and well shaded. Bars, restaurants and hotels are widely spaced and apart from those there are few water sources. Stock up well with food and water. There are no albergues like those on the mainland but a later post in the thread I mentioned above lists a hostel. Otherwise you probably need to book hotel rooms if you do not wish to camp outdoors. The climb to the summit is far steeper and rougher than anything on the Camino Frances. It is challenging but rewarding.