The volcanic coastline at Aldea

We’d planned to ride along the spectacular twisting GC220 coast road to Aldea but learned a few days earlier that the southern section was permanently closed after rock falls and a new fast road is now open for all traffic. Christine wasn’t feeling too good after yesterday’s exertions so we looked into alternative ways of getting there. Being Sunday, there wasn’t a bus until 15:45 and we weren’t sure whether or not it would take our bikes so the hotel called a taxi for us for 11:30. That allowed us a walk along the promenade before loading the vehicle.

The driver took us at such speed along the twisting road which would have been a hard ride, we were relieved to join the new stretch. We checked into the hostel and sat outside in the warm sunshine with our lunch, after which we rode the few kilometres to the beach, busy with locals out for Sunday afternoon. The hostel didn’t have a guests kitchen but luckily one of the few island restaurants listed on Happy Cow, La Ganania, was a short walk away. I had vegetable croquettes which came with an imaginative salad which included fruits and a choice of either chips or Canarian style potatoes. Christine chose ropaviejas, a filling and well flavoured casserole of chick peas and vegetables with the same accompaniments. Both were very good and remarkably cheap.

Puerto de Mogan