It’s not exactly thousands of reservoirs – but there are at least sixty of them in Gran Canaria: a pretty impressive number for such a small island. Most of them are very hidden, in deep, difficult to reach ravines or in the farthest corners of the mountains – but they are among the most beautiful places in Gran Canaria.
Most tourists, even the most experienced ones, have never seen them – at most a few adventurous people who got lost so far up in the mountains, and that even by foot. By car you can‘t reach many of the small reservoirs.
Places of silence – and untouched nature
Already on the way to the reservoirs one usually comes through almost completely untouched and beautiful natural landscapes: the paths are lined with palm trees and agaves, again and again you come across prickly pears along the way. Here, the natural landscape of Gran Canaria shows itself from its most beautiful side.
The many reservoirs are known to the locals, they also like to use them for family trips or swimming with friends – but it often happens that you get to have the entire reservoir in its almost supernatural silence all to yourself. You often spend half the day completely alone with the often impressive dam.
By the way, the many reservoirs in Gran Canaria have an important function: they are the “water depots” for the inhabitants and are necessary to make agriculture possible in the arid landscape of the country where people still live today.
Just a stone’s throw away from Maspalomas
The easiest place to reach from the tourist centers is the Embelsa de Soria – just 30 km from the coast. From the small Casa, while having some excellent canarian food, you have a wonderful view over the lake, which especially in dry summer months only contains little water, if it hasn‘t rained for a long time. You will meet other tourists only sporadically – even in the main season – despite the relatively close proximity to the beach. Here you will have the peace and quiet away from the noisy tourist hustle and bustle and if so, you will only meet friendly and cheerful locals.
If you venture further into the country, you can also explore the Cueva de las Ninas, El Chorrillo or the Cercadillo – or let the locals show you the way to one of the many beautifully situated smaller reservoirs. They are always worth the journey.