Roque Nublo Gran Canaria

Roque Nublo monoliths on Gran Canaria at sunset overlooking Mount Teide on Tenerife above the clouds some 90km in the distance.

The Roque Nublo monoliths on Gran Canaria, know locally as just “Roque Nublo”, or translated from the Spanish as “Rock Clouded”. They are a pair of monolithic volcanic rocks that form the second highest point, at 1813m above sea level, on the Spanish Canary island of Gran Canaria. The small “Tableau del Nublo”, a flat table like rock bed at the top of a mountain, on which they sit forms a spectacular natural balcony from which views of Gran Canaria and Tenerife are wondrous.

The area has a magical quality at sunset as the clouds, which are formed from the moist ocean air hitting the side of the mountain during the day, create a blanket around the base of the Tableau. This natural temporal barrier isolates you from the rest of the island some 1800m below. The temperature drops sharply from around 20 degrees to zero within a few minutes as the sun passes under the clouds beneath you and the air becomes crystal clear.

The saturations of colour in the rock forms and sky are so enriched at sunset and dusk that you could be forgiven for thinking that they have been artificially enhanced from there drab light brown/grey daytime coats. Another, but you have to be quick about it, spectacle of nature at this location is the double sunset you can achieve by racing down the mountainside after the sun has set under the clouds you are viewing below you. It takes anywhere from five to twenty minuets to decent below the clouds if you run. Once under the clouds you will see the second sun set as the sun moves under the horizon back lighting the clouds which are now above you in golden pink.