Retro Slides: Gran Canaria, Canary Islands -- March, 1991
The Dunes of Maspalomas stretch for miles at the resort of Playa del Ingles. Not only does it look like a slice of the Sahara, you can even go on a camel ride. Favored by the English and especially the Germans, the Canaries are an easy getaway and you can be assured of good, warm weather all year round. It's expensive and out of the way for Americans, so I think I might have been the only one there.
The Riu Palace, at the edge of the dunes, is an excellent five star hotel. While living in Europe, I stayed here four times. The half board, which includes a huge buffet breakfast and very nice dinner, is a very good value, and best of all, it means you don't have to search for meals in town, which from my experience was hit and miss.
On this first trip to the island of Gran Canaria, I took a bus tour around the island.
Playa del Ingles is considerably less glamorous than Honolulu. The architecture tends toward the utilitarian side. The prices, however, tend to be far more affordable.
Parts of Playa del Ingles are surprisingly hilly.
After this trip in 1991, I returned to Los Angeles to work on Disney's Aladdin. I never took slides again.