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Trails of Gran Canaria

Trails of Gran Canaria

Tour details

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Country
Spain
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
January - December

Itinerary

Day 1: Agaete
Day 2: Camino Real
Day 3: Tejeda
Day 4: Roque Nublo
Day 5: Roque Bentayga
Day 6: La Lechuza
Day 7: Teror/La Cumbre
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Trails of Gran Canaria

Put on your walking shoes and let us take you to a walker’s paradise: Gran Canaria. Often referred to as a “miniature continent” because of its diverse microclimates and wide variety of landscapes – from white sandy beaches to dark green ravines – this extraordinary island is one of the places with the greatest biodiversity in the world. Its volcanic origins with mountains and valleys turn it into a home for unique laurel forests, full of indigenous species that can only be found here. For all this, UNESCO has recognized the island as a Biosphere Reserve.

The round island provides walks taking in fishing villages, high plateaus, volcano craters, ridges, green hills. They are all connected by caminos reales (royal paths). They were used historically by farmers using donkeys or pilgrims progressing on foot to a holy place (rather than by kings and queens).

Start your journey in the Agaete Valley with its oases of banana, orange and avocado plantations. The north side of the island is lush and green, while the south is arid. Vertical landscapes drop down into the Atlantic, with deeply carved ravines, high plateaus with pastures, bay laurel woods, fir forests and terraced farms with almond orchards and prickly pear cacti. Gran Canaria’s volcanic and sculpted terrain plummets from the heart of the island – la Cumbre – straight down into the sea. At the centre of the island, two peaks stand out: Roque Nublo and Bentayga, towering high above deep ravines.

Highlights

  • Valleys with oases of banana, orange and avocado plantations
  • Tiny white-washed villages, exotic palms and colourful bougainvillaea
  • Impressive contrasts between the lush North and the arid South
  • Gran Canaria’s volcanic and sculpted terrain
  • The Caminos Reales: an extensive network of historic footpaths

Itinerary for Trails of Gran Canaria

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Day 1: Arrival Canary Islands

Your journey begins with a complimentary transfer from Gran Canaria Airport to Agaete, on the island’s rugged north coast. Agaete is surrounded by beautiful orchards, mountains, and sea, so perhaps take a scenic walk before dinner, or relax by the pool.

Day 2: Mirador Vuelta de la Paloma

After a delicious breakfast, you start your first walk. All over the Canary Islands, the shortest route is by way of the nearest barranco (river gorge). You walk up among fronds of bamboo with a chance to select a light-weight yet very strong walking stick to use throughout the trip. In the village of San Pedro, you start your ascent along the camino real to Montaña Bibique (645 m), a rugged outcropping with fabulous views over Agaete Valley. Then you walk further on, to the vista point at Mirador Vuelta de la Paloma (850 m), where you look out over several valleys. The descent from Puerto de las Nieves follows a narrow gravel path along the ridge. Take a bus or taxi back to Agaete.

  • Overnight in hotel Rural Las Longeras (or similar)
  • Walking for the day: 4.5 hours, 12.5 km, ↑525m ↓650m

Day 3: Agaete to Tejeda

Today the walk begins with a 30-minute transfer to Firgas, where you exchange the African oasis for the amazing Barranco de Azuaje, a stunning gorge in the island’s northern sector. The barranco is protected as a Special Nature Reserve due to its unique laurel woods laurisilva, crystal-clear waters, abundant waterfalls and lush green vegetation. Before exploring the ravine itself, you will have a chance to admire the gorge from above, as you walk up to the village of Carratería, just opposite Firgas on the other side of the ravine. Short transfer at the end of the day to the mountain village of Tejeda, where you’ll spend three days in a comfortable hotel situated high up in the mountains.

  • Overnight in hotel Fonda de La Tea, (or similar)
  • Walking for the day: 5/8 hours, 12.5/20.5km, ↑­­­­1000m ↓850/500m 

Day 4: Roque Nublo Circular walk

The walk starts directly from your front door and traverses beautiful terrain, on steep slopes around Roque Nublo, a rocky outcropping teetering on the edge of a plateau. Shortly the tarmac gives way to steep paths which zig-zag up toward Roque Nublo. The peak’s volcanic origins become evident higher up and you gaze hundreds of meters down steeply eroded ravines. On the descent, you follow a different route – through peaceful fir forest – to reach the col where you can hop on a bus back to Tejeda.

If you want to walk a bit more, just take the historical road that leads back to Tejeda, with occasional stretches of asphalt (+2 hours, 8km and ↓400m).

  • Overnight in hotel Fonda de La Tea, (or similar)
  • Walking for the day: 5.5 hours, 12 km, ↑­­­­800m  ↓400m 

Day 5: Roque Bentayga

After three long walks, today you do a more relaxing hike to Roque Bentayga, a UNESCO heritage site of great cultural, ethnographic and historical importance (short transfer included). Amazing views of the Caldera de Tejeda on the north, the area of El Espinilo to the south and the watchful gaze of Roque Nublo. After this walk consider visiting the Medical Plant Centre in Tejeda which continues to grow the plants that have played a key role in human health, including balsam (used to prevent poison ivy rashes), epazote (used to combat malaria and cholera) and berberis (now being used in experimental test treatments for diabetes).

  • Overnight in hotel Fonda de La Tea, (or similar)
  • Walking for the day: 4.5/5.5 hours, 10/14km, ­ ↑­­­­700/900m ↓700/900m

Day 6: Tejeda to La Lechuza

After a 10-minute transfer to La Culata (elevation 1225 m), you begin a walking route which takes you up over la Cumbre toward the green north sector of the island. The first part of the ascent (up to Roque Nublo, by way of yesterday’s route) gets you to 1620 m. Then you follow the ridge for about an hour, enjoying views to Gran Canaria’s highest peak, Pico de las Nieves (1951m). Your descent follows footpaths and rural tracks all the way to your hotel. Unfortunately, to reach La Lechuza there’s no way to avoid doing the last 2,5km on the tarmac. But your reward is great: a swim in the pool awaits.

  • Overnight in hotel Rural Las Calas (or similar)
  • Walking for the day: 5 hours,­ 12.5 km, ↑500 m ↓325 m 

Day 7: Teror, La Cumbre walk or Las Palmas

Today can choose between the following options:

  • Option 1: Shorter walk near the historic town of Teror.
  • Option 2: Long and demanding walk through ravines north of La Cumbre.

Both walking routes will offer stunning views and you’ll see all sorts of fruits, vegetables and even chestnut trees growing in the barrancos.

  • Option 3: Taking a rest day to visit Las Palmas.

If you decide to visit Las Palmas today, you start off with a walk to San Mateo (45min, 2.75km, mostly downhill), where you catch a bus to Las Palmas. Hop off in the historic town centre known as La Vegueta, where Christopher Columbus was a lodger for a time before undertaking his long journey overseas. There’s also the Museo Canario, with the island’s best collection of archaeological artefacts. At the end of the day, bus back to San Mateo and walk / taxi back to your hotel.

  • Overnight in hotel Rural Las Calas (or similar)
  • Walking for the day: 5/6.5 hours,­ 14 km, ↑400/715 m ↓615/715 m 

Day 8: Departure or Extension

Complimentary airport transfer included.

Hotels for Trails of Gran Canaria

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Accommodation is in welcoming 3-star hotels. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us, and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample hotels: Rural Las Longeras, Fonda de La Tea, Rural Las Calas.

Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel (from the ones pictured above) is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners on Days 1, 3 and 6 are included and served at the accommodation. Packed lunches are available at an extra cost from the accommodation (pack of five lunches available at an extra cost). Where no dinner is included, you will have plenty of options to dine in one of the many restaurants in the old town.

Travel for Trails of Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria is the most convenient airport.

 


Your transfer from Gran Canaria Airport to your first accommodation is included.

Travel Insurance

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A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

  • In bigger towns, you will have no problems finding English speaking service in hotels or restaurants. However, we suggest carrying a dictionary or a phrasebook with you. Please be aware that only a few restaurants offer multi-lingual menus.
  • The currency in Spain is the Euro (€).
  • 112 enables anyone to call emergency services from anywhere in the European Union.
  • Up-to-date travel advice on Spain is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Trails of Gran Canaria

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This itinerary is suitable for experienced walkers: If you are used to rough terrain and have a head for heights, you should be able to tackle all walks in the programme (especially the walk on Day 2). Good level of fitness is necessary. You should be able to walk for up to 6 hours a day in order to enjoy the walking to the maximum. Average walking time: 5-6 hours per walking day (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available throughout the year. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your holiday on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

Weather

Gran Canaria is warm year-round with almost no rain and long days of sunshine. The temperature in Gran Canaria is among the most consistent anywhere in Europe. Temperatures rarely drop below an average of 24 °C throughout the year and, despite being in the Atlantic Ocean, Gran Canaria sees only 148 mm of rainfall in total over 12 months. Most of this falls between October and February, while July and August are very dry.

Included for Trails of Gran Canaria

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  • 7 overnight stays in private en-suite rooms as listed above
  • 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Transfer from airport to the first accommodation
  • Transfer from last accommodation to airport
  • Luggage transport on Days 3 and 6 (when changing hotels)
  • Transfers to/from trailheads on Days 3, 5 and 6
  • Detailed digital holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps. Please note that the info pack is emailed to you prior to departure and no printed documents are mailed or provided on site
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Options and Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Solo traveller supplement
  • Extra nights

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Excluded

  • Flights to and from the Canary Islands
  • Meals and transfers not specifically mentioned in the programme
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.

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