Culturally speaking, it’s Spanish. However, during our exploration of the island we were reminded at times of many different places:
- Hawaii, because of its volcanic nature, steep coastal cliffs and fertile plains,
- Arizona, because of its deserts, cacti, rock formations and canyons,
- Palm Springs, because of its luxury golf resorts in the desert,
- The Mediterranean, due to its pine trees, blue seas and rocky coastline,
- Mexico, because of its charming pueblo-style settlements dotting the arid hills and red-roof haciendas
- Benidorm, La Grande Motte, the Algarve and/or parts of south Florida, because of some of its, shall we say, ‘over-developed’ and largely tourist-oriented coastal towns where any local flavor drowned out by an abundance with high-rises, casinos, strip-joints and other foreign establishments (we saw British pubs, McDonald’s, fondue and wiener schnitzel restaurants, to name a few), all aimed at attracting northern Europeans from their cold climates to something familiar,
- and finally Africa, of course. The sedimentary geological formations show that these islands were once part of the African continent and although not predominant, there is a distinct feeling, mainly in the market place and in certain aspects of the architecture here, that Africa is not far--only 300 kilometers/186 miles away actually, the closest I have ever been.