I am an old git, who first came to the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, in the spring of 1962.
I arrived from Trinidad in the Caribbean on a Shell oil tanker called Achatina, laden with black gold for Las Palmas, and that short visit started my love affair with this beautiful archipelago.
I have visited all the larger islands including Graciosa, all the islands are different, all have their own character and all are well worth a visit.
I live on the smallest and most south westerly isle of El Hierro, here time has stood still, the people still smile and say hello,the young ones are polite and still respect their elders. The tourism boom that the other islands have enjoyed, has passed us by, and we have therefor retained our Herreño culture and charm. Crime is virtually unknown here, people leave their wallets keys and those awful mobile telephones on the bar, whilst they go outside for a smoke. Motor cars are left with the engines running while the driver pops into the supermarket. Very few buildings have those "Prison bars", on the windows, and many don't seem to lock their doors.