Five weeks in Gran Canaria is ample time to check out the sights and natural wonders. On week five we decided to try out one last adventure in the port town of Agaete. Most Google searches will tell visitors of the Fred Olsen ferry that takes island-hoppers to Tenerife in an hour... we dug a little deeper and found something worth a day trip: natural pools!
How to get there:
1/ Take a bus to Agaete
2/ Get off at the last stop and walk toward the water
3/ You will come to a beachside walkway. Turn left for El Dedo and a long street of fresh seafood restaurants. Turn right for the natural pools.
If you're into getting fit, there's plenty of simple machines along the beachside walkway. We tried out a few for fun.
At step 3 (above) we turned left first. We ate a platter of grilled fish and papas con mojo (Canarian classic) and kept on walking toward the port and the famous Dedo de Dios. Unfortunately for us, the weather was a bit too foggy to see the famous finger of god, but if you're lucky enough to go there on a sunny day, you should be able to see the remains of what the ancient Guanches called god's finger.
Back down the walkway and to the right we followed a small sign that described some salt pools. We didn't see the salt, but definitely found the pools! Or maybe the old salt pools re now swimming pools? Who knows.
I have always been intrigued by the gifts nature gives to its inhabitants. If only the wind would stop blowing, I might have jumped right in to these adorable swimming holes (which, btw, were cold as ice), but unfortunately we did not pick the right day to venture to the island's north west side.
Lesson of the day: check the weather before you take the hour long bus to Agaete! The pools are beautiful and full with fresh seawater, but won't heat up for swimming if they get no sun.
Also, make sure to bring a pair if beach shoes or flip flops. Those rocks are pretty darn sharp if you've got sensitive feet!
PS - You can only swim in these natural pools during low tide! The higher the water gets, the more crabs will start crawling around. You have been warned!