Canary Islands – part 1 The Southern Resort Towns


December 11, 2017 – Leaving

This was a big one, Terri-Lynn is turning 50. I had to think of something and Terri-Lynn has decided she Loves to go on a cruise. So we found a great deal on a 7 night cruise on the Canary Islands. Not a place that was ever on my radar as we usually prefer off the beaten path zero tourist destinations. But it was her Birthday, and I would find out that I really enjoyed the Canary Islands.

The hardest thing of course is saying goodbye to our little man friend for almost three weeks

We love flying! Bye Oregon.

December 12, 2017 Taurito, Gran Canaria

Taurito, one of the many resort towns on the southern end of Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands lie about 100 miles off the coast of West Africa. The islands are geographically closer to Africa than Spain and with a distinct culture a bit different from the mainland. Gran Canaria is a large island with diverse regions we decided to stay in three different Air BnB type rentals in three very different parts of the island. The first would be in one of the southern resort towns called Taurito. Jumping right into the tourist thing seemed like a reasonable way to begin.

Our terrace for the next three nights

We found our flat and it was even better than the photos online. Many of these towns are “seasonal” towns meaning they are all vacation rentals without a local population. Taurito did not even have a store so we had to do our shopping about ten minutes away in Puerto Rico which seemed to be a bit more of a real town. Luckily we have a car for our first week.

Most of the towns have a Disney Family feel to them and most have a water park.
First night! Happy! Rainbows!

It was a big travel day and tomorrow our plan is to hike to the next town so we enjoyed a simple tuna dinner and watched the sunset.

December 13, 2017 Puerto de Mogan

Approaching Puerto de Mogan from the trail above

The next morning we woke to a beautiful day on the Canary islands.

We set off on our hike towards Puerto de Mogan the next town on the coast.

Puerto de Mogan has a nice beach and busy promenade. There was live music in the courtyard and people were dancing. We eventually walked back to our flat for happy hour.

Octopus, salami, bread, olives and wine

December 14, 2017 Maspalomas

One of the more popular towns on the southern coast is Maspalomas which is well known for the sand dunes and clothing optional beaches.

We made a day trip out to see the dunes and lay around on the beach. Sorry, but I think Terri-Lynn will kill me if I post any clothing optional pictures of her sun bathing.

That afternoon we returned back to Taurito for our last night on the southern coast.

We checked out the nightlife. It is off season in December so not much was going on. We had a sugary cocktail and watched a Michael Jackson impersonator. The next morning we would drive across the island for a very different experience. Three nights in the small hill town of Moya.

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Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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