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If you want to take a short (a few hours) trip from Maspalomas or Playa del Inglés and explore a bit of Gran Canaria inlands, you can drive on the road GC 503 towards Ayagaures. The narrow road will take you to the hills overlooking the south coast resorts and you will have many opportunities to watch the Atlantic coast and maybe you’ll also see your Maspalomas hotel.
GC-503 above Montaña la Data, a few kilometres from Maspalomas (in the background).
Road GC-503 heading inlands Gran Canaria – and uphill.
Gran Canaria is a big island and various places have different micro-climate and different vegetation. Most hills above Maspalomas are arid with very little vegetation, but occasionally you will find groups of trees or rural houses with gardens.
Cycling on GC-503 above Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.
Road GC 503 in Roca Negra, 7 km from Maspalomas.
Serpentines and Gran Canaria south coast in the background.
There are sharp curves all the time and the speed limit is 40 km/h on most of GC-503 (and in fact, on most Gran Canaria roads).
Gran Canaria is a volcanic island and its surface is dominated by rocks, mountains, barrancos, and cliffs. Building a road on such a landscape is not easy and many Gran Canaria roads are very narrow and quite challenging for a driver. In many places you need to drive very slowly when meeting another car in the opposite direction, let alone a bus or a truck.
A very typical scenery on road GC-503. Rocks on one side and a deep valley on the other.
There are quite frequent parking places, where you can stop and enjoy Gran Canaria landscape.
Serpentines on GC-503 – descending to Ayagaures, where the road ends. You can take road GC-504 on your way back to Maspalomas – it runs parallel to GC-503, but down in the valley (Barranco de Ayagaures).
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