Surf Camp Las Palmas goes diving
Posted on 9 agosto, 2012 · Posted in Actividades, Todas las entradas

Day Trip to Peña del Elefante

I did not know that Gran Canaria was so beautiful!

A friend of mine told me about a surf camp on this island and about how much fun she had there, too. So I decided to leave my prejudices about Gran Canaria aside and booked my holiday.

When I arrived at the airport, the owner of the surf camp, Jordi, picked me up and gave me a lift to the surf house which was to be my accommodation for the coming week. My holidays could not have started better: the sea was just in front of my balcony, and Jordi took me and the other surfers in spe for a walk around Las Palmas. We ate some typical Canarian food, shared stories, and had a chilly beer. The welcoming atmosphere made it really easy to get to know the other guests and to feel at ease.

The highlight of my holidays, apart from learning how to surf, and getting to know the great Surf Camp crowd, was our trip to Peña del Elefante, a rock formation in crystal clear turquoise waters which is just a 10 minutes drive away from Las Palmas. The day we went on this trip there were no waves. With the sea being flat, it was the perfect day off from surfing. However, our excursion did not only make up for a surfless day, but surpassed all my expectations. We went diving in a marine cave, jumping off cliffs, snorkeling, and we relaxed at the beach. And the best part of it was that there were no tourists at all. Even most Gran Canarians do not know this place. Except for us, there were only a few locals who live by this beautiful beach. After taking in the spectacular view when descending to la Peña del Elefante, Jordi made us climb on a rock that could only be reached by balancing over a wooden ladder. Still digesting the adrenaline shock from this little expedition, we went into the sea to explore a curvy rock formation by swimming into a spacey tunnel. Since we all had snorkels, masks, and fins it was easy enough for all of us to uncover the secrets of the grotto. There were caves, colourful fishes, snow-white sand, and little cliffs. Some of us even dared to dive off the higher rocks: there were jumps from 3m up to 13m. Afterwards, we had a nice chat with the locals who were eager to show us their picturesque mosaic house which they had built right next to the beach.

Subsequently, we entered into the second phase of our excursion; we headed on to the tiny village El Risco, where we enjoyed some typical canary “bocadillos”, which are traditional sandwiches. Since it was Sunday, the village people had gathered around the cafe to play folk music and sing heartily. Having finished our delicious snack, again we said goodbye to the lovely locals and went to the beach which was named El Risco, too. The long and wide stretch of sand was surrounded by volcanic mountains. Some of us went swimming, others sunbathing and the rest of the group participated in a beach volleyball match.

As the evening drew on we left the beach and drove off to El Cenobio de Valerón, the third destination of the day. The “Cenobio” is an ancient grain store that was build by the indigenous people of Gran Canaria, the Gaunches. That evening this gigantic cave was hosting a classic concert. Like most of the festivals and concerts in Gran Canaria, this spectacle was for free. So we listened to the music for a little while and savoured the fascinating setting which was shining in the glow of the sunset. As a pleasant side effect we were able to learn something about the indigenous culture and watch the sun go down.

I am happy that I was able to take part in this excursion! A memorable day full of adventure, culture, sports, music, friends, and idleness.