Trip Details & Highlights
- Dramatic landscapes, steep gorges, high peaks and semi-tropical valleys
- Roque Nublo – A distinctive rock formation and Gran Canaria`s famous landmark
- Walking within the Tamadaba National Park with the Unesco Biosphere reserve
- Hiking the best parts of the GR 131 – A long-distance trail through the Canary islands
- Beautiful unspoilt villages with the best local hospitality
Gran Canaria is truly an island of extremes. It is of course well known for its popular beach resorts and year-round temperate climate, but we introduce our groups to a wonderfully different aspect of this diverse Canarian island on the Hiking Highlights of Gran Canaria.
It offers amazing path networks which allow for superb walking within the dramatic mountainous interior including natural parks, spectacular gorges, distinctive rock formations and true Canarian hospitality in the picturesque villages where we sample local speciality dishes.
Wintertime and early spring in the Canary Islands are a great time to choose a walking tour as the temperatures are still warm and pleasant but generally without being uncomfortably hot for walking.
We carefully select all our accommodation which is a mix of modern and traditional apartments and hotels within beautiful coastal and mountain villages so that our clients feel immersed in the local culture.
- 8 nights accommodation
- Interpretation centre entrance fees
- Backup Car for the whole trip
- 2 group dinners and 4 breakfasts
- Baggage transfer daily
- Taxi/Van transfer where applicable
- 7 guided walks with one or two experienced and friendly guides (qualified mountain leader)
What`s not included
- all meals other then specified
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Flight to Gran Canaria & Return
- 28/11/2020 – 06/12/2020
- 17/02/2021 – 25/02/2021
- £895 pp
- Single supplement: £150 pp
- Discount available for 3 or more people
AT A CLANCE
- Group size: 3 – 7
- 7 days walking
- Deposit: £200
- Start: Gran Canaria Airport
- Finish: Gran Canaria Airport
- Extension possible
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
- 8 nights in Apartments/Hotels
- 4 breakfast
- 2 dinners
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Join trip and transfer to Agaete in the north
Pick up from the airport (or your accommodation if arriving on earlier days). Transfer to Agaete/Puerto de las Nieves which is an attractive traditional village and fishing port in the north of Gran Canaria where we spend two nights. Here you will have free time to explore.
The villages have lovely small churches and a small fascinating botanical garden hidden away in the old town of Agaete.
Don’t miss the beautiful Agaete natural pools – protected seawater pools that are perfect for a refreshing dip with manmade stairs and ladders blending in with the crystal clear water.
There are plenty of nice seafood cafes in the port for dinner as well as a supermarket. We will have an informal meet and greet and introduction to the week before dinner.
Walk details: optional walk possible
Day 2 – High up into the Pine Tree Forest of Tamadaba Natural Park
We begin our tour with a walk that incorporates part of the GR131 long-distance trail in a circular route from San Pedro to Tamadaba.
This is a lovely hike up high into the Tamadaba forest with a combination of good rocky path and then forest path culminating with a picnic lunch stop at our high point in a recreational area within the forest.
We then begin our fairly long steep and wonderful descent on a good rocky trail with lovely views of the surrounding rock faces valleys and villages and finish with a much-deserved refreshment at a small local bar in San Pedro.
Walk details: 12 km/ 7.5 miles | approx. 6 – 7 hours | ↗ 750 m/2460 ft | ↘ 1000 m/3280 ft
Day 3 – Along the ridge to Artenera and volcano crest
Another exciting day on the GR131 route from Tamadaba to Cruz de Tejeda. We transfer you by van to the Tamadaba Forrest for the start of this lovely walk.
We follow the high undulating mountain forested crest of Tamadaba arriving halfway for lunch in the attractive mountain village of Artenera which stands at 1200 meters.
Artenara is home to many lovely miradors with outstanding views and a gorgeous museum. We allow time to explore this picturesque village.
We continue our route after your leisurely lunch stop with a steepish ascent up and along a wonderful ridge with simply stunning views of the surrounding mountains to finish in Cruz de Tejeda, which sits at a high point of 1450 meters (higher than Ben Nevis!).
Walk details: 17 km/ 10.5 miles | approx. 6 – 7 hours | ↗ 1000 m/3280 ft | ↘ 670 m/2200 ft
Day 4 – Walking on old ´Caminos Reales´ towards the South
Today we continue our route on the GR131 walking from our hotel in Cruz de Tejeda to San Bartolome.
We stay on a high mountain crest with an option of a detour to the highest point on the island – Pico de las Nieves at 1950 meters. (optional 1 extra hour round trip Weather permitting). We are treated to many stunning views along the route today.
We descend to Cruz Grande via an old steep zig-zag cobbled path with amazing engineering, before our final descent into the mountain village of San Bartolome where we have a refreshment in one of the local bars before our van transfer to Fataga.
Walk details: 15 km/ 9.5 miles | approx. 6 hours | ↗ 300 m/985 ft | ↘ 910 m/2985 ft
Day 5 – Crossing ardent valleys towards Santa Luica via Fortaleza
Walking from the pretty village of Fataga to the equally lovely village of Santa Lucia! We ascend over the crest from Fataga and head through undulating valleys and then up to La Fortaleza, one of the most important archaeological sites in Gran Canaria.
We visit an interesting interpretation centre to hear about the fascinating Fortaleza history.
We continue in the afternoon via a large cave which was part of the ancient Fortaleza settlement and then onto fairly level paths to bring us into Santa Lucia where you will have time to explore the village.
Walk details: 13 km/ 8 miles | approx. 5 hours | ↗ 500 m/1640 ft | ↘ 500 m/1640 ft
Day 6 – Gorges, ridges and lush green valleys. Tasarte to Mogan
Today we make our way to the West side of the island to explore the steep dry and barren slopes contrasting with green valleys.
A lovely trail takes us along zig-zags down into the valley with stunning views of towering crags in the background, crossing barrancos and arriving in the church square of the attractive village of Veneguera where we stop for lunch.
We continue our route through more valleys before ascending to a mountain ridge to reach a wooden cross, Cruz De Mogan. From here we descend to the large village of Mogan where we transfer you to the picturesque coastal town of Puerto De Mogan nicknamed Little Venice.
Time to explore the village with its marina and flower-adorned alleyways and lovely crescent beach before heading back to our apartments in Fataga.
Walk details: 13 km/ 8 miles | approx. 4.5 – 5 hours | ↗ 710 m/2330 ft | ↘ 710 m/2330 ft
Day 7 – Gran Canaria`s famous landmark – Roque Nublo
Today the Hiking Highlights of Gran Canaria route takes us along good paths with great views once again of the surrounding mountains and countryside up to the stunning and probably most famous volcanic pinnacle landmark of Roque Nublo which is protected as a natural monument
A lovely spot for packed lunch and photos with extensive views. We then descend to La Caleta for a local refreshment, before continuing our walk on a delightful balcony path to the stunning mountain village of Tejeda.
Walk details: 12 km/ 7.5 miles | approx. 5 hours | ↗ 500 m/1640 ft | ↘ 750 m/2460 ft
Day 8 – Exploring a steep sided valley and cave dwellings
A fascinating walk from the village of Santa Lucia with a steady ascent up the hillside and then down into to the lovely Barranco of Guayadeque for a late lunch in the renowned Guayadeque cave restaurant which is dug into the mountainside.
With Guayadeque being a stronghold for the islands original cave inhabitants this is historically an important and interesting area to end our walking tour of the island.
We include a visit to the Guayadeque museum which gives an incredible insight into how people lived on these islands throughout the ages.
We have a short transfer to the small town of Aguimes where we have our last night together and a celebratory dinner.
Walk details: 9 km/ 5.5 miles | approx. 3 – 4 hours | ↗ 650 m/2130 ft | ↘ 350 m/2130 ft
Day 9 – Trip ends in Aguimes or extension starts
Today it’s time to say goodbye from the Hiking Highlights of Gran Canaria trip. We can transfer you on this day for your flight home or to your ongoing accommodation if staying a couple of days longer on the island (recommended for some relaxation time!)
Walk details: no walking today