눉The free toiletries in the bathroom should be of better quality. On some labels it reads "basic" and that's no lie.
눇Somewhere on my travel bucket list it reads "discover every Canary Island on foot", and, since in the meantime I have hiked across La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and El Hierro, only Gran Canaria had to be ticked off from that list.
Given the fact that most of the greatest hiking paths are located in the centre and the west of the island, it makes sense to look for a "base camp" in the west, preferably in a place close to the ocean, if like me, you can appreciate a swim among the fish at the end of the day if only to rinse off the dust dragged down from the barrancos. A search which is rapidly narrowed down to only two pueblos: Agaete in the northwest with Puerto de las Nieves at its doorstep and the far quieter La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino with neighbouring La Playa (only 3 km away) in the southwest.
Rest your worried minds right here: La Aldea is my favourite since it is a genuine rural pueblo where the main focus still lies on the production of tomatoes. Regarding the local food and beverage department, there is only one pizzeria which is strangely enough called "American Burger" and there are only three bars: two in the church's shade where old men endlessly discuss politics,and, there is one on a street corner where the younger crowd gathers, among others because it is also a piscolabis featuring a terrace with a TV hooked against the wall for the football fanatics. Add to this a few shops, a supermarket and only two hotels and you'll understand why this kind of dwelling is my cup of tea, especially because the place is really out of the way of the majority of the cruising Maspalomas mob and the many sightseeing buses. But should you be starving, all it takes is a 3 km ride to La Playa where there are some very good seafront restaurants.