A different way to discover the Maspalomas lighthouse

If there is an iconic image of Maspalomas, this is undoubtedly the aerial view of the Maspalomas lighthouse next to the Dunes. We can show it to you.

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What is the Maspalomas lighthouse?

Located in the geographical south of the island of Gran Canaria, the Maspalomas lighthouse is one of the most emblematic images of this tourist area that can be seen, given its colossal height of 56 meters, from different points in the area. In 2005, it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) by the Canary Islands Government. Without a doubt you should visit this monument and take a souvenir photo of your visit in this spectacular landscape.

What is the history?

The project for the construction of the Maspalomas lighthouse dates back to 1857; However, its definitive approval and subsequent construction did not finish until 1890. It is the work of the architect Juan de León y Castillo, author of the most important architectural projects on the island at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th; who put special interest in creating a construction that stands out in the wild environment of the area, but respecting the landscape and the harmony of the environment.

It should be noted that for the construction of the Maspalomas lighthouse, the materials had to be brought in by boat since access to the area by road was almost unfeasible at that time. Thus, the old lighthouse keepers received a salary and special treatment for being in such an isolated area.

You can see the detailed history here.

“This lighthouse is served by three towers that have 0.5 pts. Of daily gratification for being isolated lighthouse (…) the case has arrived that the doctor called to assist them ask for a visit 320 pts .. Together with this excess, the distance of 84km, between round trip, they make it very difficult if not impossible, the doctor’s assistance to the lighthouse.
This has a supply service performed by a vessel of 64 tons, which makes a monthly trip from Las Palmas. “

Guía del torrero, 1894

Why do I have to visit the Maspalomas lighthouse?

A pleasant walk along the Atlantic Ocean along the Boulevard de Meloneras, both walking and cycling, is always a good way to end a great day at Maspalomas beach. There you will find many shops, terraces and restaurants to do some shopping, refresh or have a good meal. And, of course, culminate with an amazing sunset that will not leave you indifferent.

What else can I discover in the area?

The lighthouse of Maspalomas is the entrance from the west to the impressive Dunes of Maspalomas, one of the most spectacular sandy areas of the Canary archipelago, which is a wonderful beach but also a protected natural space of singular beauty.

On the other hand, a few meters behind the lighthouse you will discover the Charca de Maspalomas, a brackish water pond where different types of birds nest (such as ducks, herons, sandpipers, etc …) and that also have native vegetation of the zone.

Both spaces are protected ecosystems so we beg you to respect the signage and regulations.

Do you want to know an alternative way to discover the Maspalomas lighthouse?

As we tell you above, a sunset walk to contemplate the sunset is well worth it. But from Sky Rebels we want to offer you an alternative way to enjoy this fantastic monument in one of our paratrike flights (paramotor, motorized paragliding) over Maspalomas, without doubt one of the best experiences and best memories that you will take from your visit to Gran Canaria. If you want more information you can click on this link.

Sources: http://www.playademaspalomas.com; http://www.fotosantiguascanarias.org

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Five essential peaks of Gran Canaria

The volcanic origin of the Canary Islands has created an enormous landscape diversity. Gran Canaria has several emblematic summits and peaks that you can not miss during your visit to this island. Do you dare to discover them on a guided tour?

Pico de las Nieves

With its 1,956 meters of height it is the highest peak of Gran Canaria. The access is very simple since there is a road that takes you to the same base and from there you only have to walk 50 meters. There are also several hiking trails that cross the Parque Rural del Nublo to take you to this point. The most daring arrive here by bike.

Why should not you miss it? We are talking about the highest point of Gran Canaria. But if you need more reasons we can only tell you that you are going to enjoy breathtaking views of the whole island

Roque Nublo

Undoubtedly, this is the most emblematic point of the island and a must for all visitors of Gran Canaria. There is a parking lot from which you can contemplate its majesty, but we certainly recommend that you walk to the base where it sits, the total distance is about three kilometers round trip; the road is simple, although somewhat steep. There are also several hiking trails to get to this point; one of them begins in the town of Ayacata.

Why should not you miss it? Because there are no words to describe the lunar landscape that you will discover when you reach the base of the Roque Nublo, and because when you feel under its majestic shadow to recover your strength after the ascent you will discover the incredible landscape of the western area of Gran Canaria .

Roque Bentayga

The “sacred mountain” of Gran Canaria is the third of the three peaks that make up the Parque Rural del Nublo along with the Pico de las Nieves and the Roque Nublo. With a height of 1,414 meters, Roque Bentayga it is the least known of the three, but it keeps one of the most interesting secrets about the first settlers of Gran Canaria. There is a parking at its base from which you can walk to the top. The road is a bit more complicated than Roque Nublo, but it is also much less traveled so you can enjoy a quiet walk.

Why should not you miss it? “Almogarén”, “rituals”, “spiritual axis of the aboriginal world of Gran Canaria”. In short, you are in the most sacred place on the island.

Galdar Mountain

In the north of Gran Canaria there is one of the most important aboriginal settlements on the island. The capital of the “guanartemes” (the aboriginal town of this area) was one of the last bastions that resisted the Spanish conquerors.

Why should not you miss it? Because it is a compulsory step in your visit to the north, because you have to try the Flor de Guía cheese and because here is the “Sistine Chapel” of the Canarian aborigines: Cueva Pintada.

Risco Faneque

The best kept secret of Gran Canaria is hidden in the heart of the Natural Park of Tamadaba. The access to this unknown corner by tortuous narrow roads and full of curves makes that few arrive at this place. There is a camping area regulated by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

Why should not you miss it? Because Pinar de Tamadaba is one of the best preserved natural areas of Gran Canaria. But, above all, to discover the highest cliff in Europe, with 1,027 meters of altitude.

In Sky Rebels we offer private guided tours from which you can discover all these essential points. Discover our tours with local guides and make your trip to Gran Canaria a unique memory.

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Discovering Gran Canaria: Roque Nublo

In the center of Gran Canaria stands the most emblematic peak and symbol of the island. We explain what you will discover and how you can enjoy it.

What is Roque Nublo?

It is a geological formation product of a volcanic explosion and erosion after several million years. With its 80 meters of height it is the third highest rock in the world and the one located at the highest altitude.

Located at 1,813 meters above sea level, almost in the geographic center of Gran Canaria, in the municipality of Tejeda; its name comes from the fact that in many occasions the clouds are below their level, standing out above them.

“It is a tremendous commotion of the bowels of the earth, it seems like a petrified storm, but a storm of fire, lava, rather than water.”

Miguel de Unamuno

Why should I visit Roque Nublo?

It is difficult to explain in words the sensation that it produces when you reach the stone platform that forms the base of this imposing geological formation after having traveled a path surrounded by forests. No doubt you will have the feeling of having reached another planet. But it’s not just that: on sunny days you will discover a 360º panorama of the island of Gran Canaria, and even contemplate other islands; on low cloud days you will have the sensation of stepping on the sky. In any case you will discover the exuberant nature of this beautiful island.

What will I discover in this area?

It’s not just the Roque Nublo. Next to it stand out two other geological formations surprising for their beauty and uniqueness; They are called “the frog” and “the friar”, guess why?

But there is much more: going through the forests of Canarian pine, breathing the aroma of chamomile, anise and other shrubs and plants. Cross with small animals such as lizards and rabbits. Contemplate the majestic flight of hawks, kestrels or crows. Be amazed by the sight of the vertiginous volcanic calderas during the ascent …

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A friar contemplating Pico de las Nieves

How can I get to the Roque Nublo?

Virtually from any point of the island you can get to the base of Roque Nublo by car (although the more adventurous do it by bike); from the different points of the coast it takes between an hour and an hour and a half to arrive. The most usual route is to go to the parking lot of La Goleta and then start walking the path. Parking is free but we recommend that you go early because it fills up fast and outside of it it is forbidden to leave the car. Once there you only have to take the perfectly marked path that leads to the top, it is a walk of about 1.5 km with a difference of 166 m; It is considered an easy route but we recommend you to be careful, especially on rainy days since at certain points there are risks of falling due to slips.

For hiking lovers there are longer routes that depart from different points in the area’s surroundings. You can view more information here.

If you are not too fond of hiking, you may have enough to reach this point, however we recommend that you do at least the first 200 meters of the route and go a little way on the path that leads to the summit, it is worth it!

What do I need to walk there?

The logical material for any type of walk: shoes and comfortable clothes and sun protection. In summer the temperatures at the summit can exceed 25ºC and in winter they can descend below 5ºC, in any case we recommend that you check the weather forecast before making the ascent. Hiking poles can be useful to make the journey easier, although they are not essential.

Finally, it is advisable to bring water, some enjaque to recover strength once you get up, the mobile phone charged 100% and, of course, a camera. As a curious fact: the telephone network at the summit is relatively good, so you can make a video call to your loved ones to show off where you are.

What else can I do?

There are many points of interest in the Parque Rural del Nublo. A few kilometers away is the Pico de las Nieves and, a little further, the magical Roque Bentayga. You can also take the opportunity to visit Tejeda, which is on the list of the “Most beautiful villages in Spain”.

Important: Respect the environment

Roque Nublo receives the visit of hundreds of visitors every day of the year and, unfortunately, some do not care about respect for the environment. To the list of material to carry we can add a bag to collect your waste. If you smoke, please be careful to throw ashes or cigarette butts to avoid the risk of fire.

At Sky Rebels we propose a private guided tour that includes, among other essential points in Gran Canaria, a hike to the top of Roque Nublo, as well as a forest picnic. If you want to know more, get in touch with us.

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Brief history of paratrike

Paratrike? No doubt this name does not tell you much. But maybe you have heard about paramotor, paragliding with a motor and, of course, paragliding. We are going to tell you the story of one of the most exciting and safest ways to fly and how to enjoy the best experience in Maspalomas – Gran Canaria.

A paratrike is basically a car with three wheels (a trike) that can have one or two seats, depending on whether it is used for individual flights or two-seater flights. This trike is supported by a large paraglider and is propelled by a motor to which a propeller is attached.

The idea to create this type of machines arose at the end of the 80’s from the necessity on the part of the pilots of paragliding to find alternative places for the takeoff; since the flight without motor requires of a great height -reason why normally the takeoffs are made from hills or summits of mounts-. In this way the idea of placing an engine with a propeller on the back of the pilot to help him in the maneuver of the takeoff arose. This is what is known as “paramotor”. With this invention it was opened the possibility of being able to make flights almost from any location, regardless of height.

However, the paramotor presented a serious drawback: the extra weight of an engine in the back, a propeller that rotates at several thousand revolutions per minute and a fuel tank close to the pilot can represent a serious safety problem. The solution came incorporating a trolley with wheels that allows the pilot not to have to carry extra weight and separates potentially dangerous components from the body. From this idea they began to design the paratrikes.

There are many types of paratrikes on the market and in some countries -such as Germany- specific certifications are required for this type of equipment. For the practice of tandem flights in paratrike, the fundamental idea must be safety, that is why it is important to have the best equipment on the market and follow the manufacturer’s specifications as well as being up-to-date in the revisions of the whole equipment.

In Sky Rebels you can experience the wonderful feeling of paratrike flying over Maspalomas, south of Gran Canaria, with the help of our friend Gavioto, which is more than just a paratrike.

Tripadvisor – Certificate of Excellence 2016

SKY REBELS EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

 

MASPALOMAS, GRAN CANARIA, SPAIN – May 25th 2016 Sky Rebels, the only Tourism certexc2016Company in the Canaries specialized on Paratrike tandem flights, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

 

“For the second consecutive year, we have obtained the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor. Sky Rebels was founded just two and a half years ago, and for us is a tremendous honor to achieve this recognition through the support of our customers. During this year we will continue working to continue improving on the quality of our services, offering a unique experience in the Islands. “(Inés Armero, owner of Sky Rebels).

 

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

 

 

 

Sky Rebels – Paratrike tandem flights

 

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site**, enabling travellers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features, with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors***, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.

 

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP), through its subsidiaries, manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:

www.airfarewatchdog.com, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com (including www.lafourchette.com, www.eltenedor.com, www.iens.nl, www.besttables.com and www.dimmi.com.au), www.gateguru.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.housetrip.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.onetime.com, www.oyster.com, www.seatguru.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travelpod.com, www.tripbod.com, www.vacationhomerentals.com, www.viator.com, and www.virtualtourist.com.

 

**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, February 2016

***Source: TripAdvisor log files, Q1 2016

 

Inés Armero

+34 622 212 213

skyrebelsfly@gmail.com

http://www.sky-rebels.com

Cómo interpretar un METAR / How to read a METAR

En el mundo de la aviación es fundamental tener un conocimiento lo más preciso posible sobre las condiciones meteorológicas en las áreas donde realizamos el vuelo. Es por eso que un buen piloto tiene que poseer además un sólido conocimiento en este terreno, para poder predecir las condiciones atmosféricas y evitar riesgos. Hoy vamos a explicar qué es un METAR.

El METAR (acrónimo de Meteorological Aerodrome Report), es un informe a tiempo real de las condiciones meteorológicas de un aeropuerto o aeródromo.

Como ejemplo, este es el METAR  del aeropuerto de Gran Canaria a las 18 horas del día 12 de mayo de 2016

METAR GCLP 12051618

¿Qué significan estos códigos?

INT METAR

Básicamente lo que nos dice el METAR en este caso es que hay viento débil de componente Norte; una leve capa de nubes a 2.500 pies (aprox. 800 m) y una más gruesa a 3.500 pies (aprox. 1000 m). La temperatura del aire es de 20ºC y el punto de rocío 15ºC. La presión atmosférica es de 1019 hPa (alta presión por encima de la estándar, no se esperan lluvias). Además no se esperan fenómenos adversos en las próximas horas.

¿Dónde podemos consultar el METAR? Hay diversos sitios en Internet, un ejemplo: http://euro.wx.propilots.net/; lo único que tienes que hacer es indicar el indicativo OACI del aeropuerto en la casilla correspondiente (el indicativo de Gran Canaria es GCLP)


In the aviation world it is essential to have as accurate as possible knowledge about weather conditions in the areas where we perform the flight. That’s why a good pilot must also have a solid knowledge in this area in order to predict weather conditions and avoid risks. Today we will explain what a METAR is.

The METAR (Meteorological Aerodrome Report acronym) is a real-time report of weather conditions of an airport or airfield.

As an example, this is the METAR Gran Canaria Airport at 18 hours on May 12, 2016

METAR GCLP 12051618

What do these codes mean?

Basically what the METAR tells us in this case is that there is weak northerly wind; slight cloud layer at 2,500 feet (approx. 800 m) and thicker cloud layer at 3,500 feet (approx. 1000 m). The air temperature is 20 ° C and 15 ° C dewpoint. The atmospheric pressure is 1019 hPa (high pressure above the standard, no rain is expected). Moreover no bad phenomena expected in the coming hours.

Where can we see the METAR? There are several sites on the Internet, an example http://euro.wx.propilots.net/; all you have to do is specify the indicative ICAO airport in the box (indicative of Gran Canaria is GCLP)

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