I spent last week lounging by the pool and beach in Gran Canaria, San Agustin. Blue skies, sunkissed skin, salty hair and sunshine is something I’ve been craving for a while and I finally got my wish. Cheap, cheerful and stress free holidays are the absolute best – especially when days consist of nothing but reading books, photographs and eating local cuisine. My Olympus Pen e-pl7 camera came along for the ride and I managed to find some great locations for some great holiday snaps. I already miss waking up here…
For the first couple of days we literally did nothing but relax in the sun and sleep. The hotel we stayed at, Gloria Palace, was the second highest rated vacation spot in San Agustin and we were very impressed with the standard of the hotel in terms of the pool, bedrooms and food. I will be posting a review separately so watch out for that. We were limited in choice for other local restaurants as the hotel was fairly high up and secluded so opting to go half board was a sensible idea and saved us money. Some nights we ventured out on the hunt for somewhere else to try but we were more than happy to eat at the hotel.
For the holiday I was kindly gifted a few beautiful pieces to try. First being an Italian purple bikini from David Swimwear (RRP £74.95). They have various other inspirational pieces with something to suit every colour preference. Sweet corals, purples, bright blues and fresh lime greens are mixed with pretty patterns which certainly compliment tanned completions. The trademark David luxury embellishments adorn the pieces making them all feel that little bit extra special and were super comfy to wear by the pool and the beach.
The Iconique kaftan which I also received (RRP £59.95) is inspired from the fresh natural atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. It is part of a cruise collection that is designed to suit every holiday need including colourful cover-ups, flowing dresses and delicate kaftans. Brand new for 2016, they are perfect for a party, happy hour or romantic cocktails. I walked out to eat tapas and to the beach in mine a few times with a bikini underneath and it was incredibly lightweight so it didn’t take up much room in my suitcase.
The day we decided to go on a Gran Canaria excursion, it was pretty much overcast which I was happy about. Our skin had started to frazzle a touch from the heat on previous days, so walking around in the cool breeze was certainly welcome. The first stop on the tour was the Arehucas Rum Distillery which allowed visitors to see inside where rum is made on the island. It lasted around 20 minutes and at the end we sampled a variety of different flavoured rum shots. I definitely shouldn’t have had five shots (or was it six?) before climbing back onto the coach. I felt my head blur on the way up to the mountains… oops!
Not long after, we visited a beautiful gothic church and town named Teror which had some of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. Most have wooden structures and have been painted in pastel shades. Teror is a place of pilgrimage for all the residents of Gran Canaria and is one of the best municipalities for buying typical items of Canary Islands crafts and textiles. We were given some time to walk around, visit the shops and take some pretty photographs before driving up even higher into the moutains of the island.
Next we stopped off for some local food and had an opportunity to see across the landscape. A controlled fire was alight on the mountain side as we ascended which we thought was a real forest fire. Josh has always wanted to become a Firewatch, this was the perfect opportunity to gaze and pretend it was real. Once we were more than 6000 feet up, we were able to see Tenerife from across the water.
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through my photos and we thoroughly enjoyed our week away, I just wish we could have stayed longer. I’m the type of girl who likes to plan holidays while on holiday… so we have already listed and started planning our next adventure. I certainly have the travel bug right now, can you tell? I just want to see and do absolutely everything! Have you ever been to Gran Canaria before?
Please note: several items of clothing were gifted to me by www.patricia-eve.co.uk