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Gran Canaria trek

Gran Canaria trek

Historic footpaths of Canary Islands

  • Veritable oases of banana, orange and avocado plantations
  • Dramatic contrast between the lush North and arid South
  • Tiny white villages, exotic palms and colourful bougainvillea
  • Sculpted volcanic terrain and mind-boggling slopes
  • The Caminos Reales, an extensive network of historic footpaths
Map walking routes Gran Canaria
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Start: Agaete        Finish: Las Palmas

Day 1: Arrival in the Canary Islands
Day 2: The Camino Real via Mirador de la Paloma (11,5 - 13 km / 7 - 8 mi)
Day 3: From Fagajesto to Tejeda via Pinos de Galdar (13.5 - 11 km / 8,5 - 7 mi)
Day 4: Around Roque Nublo (12.5 - 20 km / 8 - 12,5 mi)
Day 5: Degollada del Sargento to Artenara via Altavista (13 - 9 km / 8 - 5,5 mi)
Day 6: From Tejeda to La Lechuza (12.5 - 18.5 km / 8 - 11,5 mi)
Day 7: Choice of walking routes OR visit Las Palmas (13 - 14 km / 8 - 8,5 mi)
Day 8: End of tour

Day 1:    Arrival in the Canary Islands

Travel to the ‘Islas Canarias’ and take a one-hour taxi transfer to Agaete, situated on the island’s rugged northwest coast amidst orange and banana plantations. A colourful tropical setting to start off your holiday.

Day 2:    The Camino Real via Mirador de la Paloma (11,5 - 13 km / 7 - 8 mi)

Start off with the Canary Island version of a shortcut, a direct route up the nearest ‘barranco’! In San Pedro you turn uphill on the Camino Real, hiking to Montaña Bibique (elevation 645m), a rugged outcropping with immense views. Next up is the vista point at Mirador Vuelta de la Paloma (elevation 850m) and the views are even grander. A bit of careful footwork is required on the descent to Puerto de las Nieves. Once down at sea level you get a bus or taxi back to your hotel. Option of avoiding the tricky descent, if you don’t like heights. 

Challenge: 4 / 5 hrs, 13 - 11,5 km / 8 - 7 mi, 520 / 770 m ascent, 600 / 850 m descent

Day 3:    From Fagajesto to Tejeda via Pinos de Galdar (13.5 - 11 km / 8,5 - 7 mi)

A technically easy walk, which starts along a quiet tarmac lane with splendid views (first 2 km) but then follows historic footpaths up into the evergreen forest Pinos de Galdar and then down via Cruz de Tejeda to the highest village of the entire island: Tejeda, beautifully located on a terraced slope with both Roque Nublo and Bentayga in view.  The ascents are long and steep at times, especially the section through the pinewoods, on vertical paths with lava grit. The descent is more gradual, along a stony footpath that zigzags along slopes and through some orchards and kitchen gardens. You can shorten the route by asking the taxi to drive you 2 km further uphill at the start. The only pit-stop along the way is in Cruz de Tejeda where there are 2 restaurants and a chique parador.

Challenge: 6.5 / 5 hrs, 13.5 - 11 km / 8,5 - 7 mi, 700 / 825 m ascent, 700 m descent

Day 4:    Around Roque Nublo (12.5 - 20 km / 8 - 12,5 mi)

Take off to traverse steep slopes around Roque Nublo, a craggy outcropping teetering on the edge of a plateau. Not the highest peak on the island, but certainly the most easily identified and visible from nearly anywhere on the island. Setting off directly from your hotel, the first kilometre on tarmac soon gives way to paths zigzagging up toward the peak. The peak’s volcanic origins become evident higher up as you gaze hundreds of metres down eroded ravines. The descent takes a different route down through a peaceful fir wood to the col where you catch the bus back to Tejeda. Optionally you can extend your route, adding an extra 8km and returning to Tejeda on foot.

Challange: 5.5 / 7.5 hrs, 12.5 - 20 km / 8 - 12,5 mi, 800 m ascent, 400 / 800 m descent

Day 5:    Degollada del Sargento to Artenara via Altavista (13 - 9 km / 8 - 5,5 mi)

The ascent to the Altavista peak (at 1378 m) on the edge of the Nature Park Tamadaba is easy but interesting as it allows for some great views across Gran Canaria, Tenerife and El Teide, the highest peak of Spain. You will be taken in the morning to the pass Degollada del Sargento and picked up at the end of the walk in Artenara, where you can wait for the taxi while enjoying a drink or lunch on a terrace. If you want to shorten the walk, you should ask the driver to pick you up at the starting point and pay for this on the spot

Challenge: 5 / 3 hrs, 13 - 9 km / 8 - 5,5 mi, 500 / 300 m ascent, 450 / 300 m descent

Day 6:    From Tejeda to La Lechuza (12.5 - 18.5 km / 8 - 11,5 mi)

Set off with a transfer to La Culata, elevation 1225 m, to begin a hike up and over La Cumbre (literally ‘The Summit’) into the island’s green north sector. Trekking up to Roque Nublo by way of yesterday’s route, you reach 1620 m and walk the ridge for an hour of views to Gran Canaria’s highest peak, Pico de las Nieves, elevation 1951 m. Taking footpaths and rural tracks down toward La Lechuza, you’ll have to endure 2,5 km on tarmac at the end to earn your reward: a refreshing plunge in the hotel swimming pool!

Challenge: 4 hrs, 12.5 km / 18,5 mi, 500 m ascent, 325 m descent.

With the optional ascent to Pico de las Nieves: another 6 km / 3,5 mi, 2.5 hours and 285 m ascent and descent.

Day 7:    Choice of walking routes OR visit Las Palmas (13 - 14 km / 8 - 8,5 mi)

Choose a short walk near historic Teror, opt for a longer route through ravines north of La Cumbre or take the day off to rest or visit Las Palmas. Both walking routes explore spectacular ‘barrancos’ exploding with fruit trees, vegetable patches and even chestnut groves. The urban version starts with a stroll to San Mateo and bus ride to the capital. Wander round Vegueta, the historic Old Town with interesting colonial style architecture. See Santa Ana Cathedral, inspect the island’s archaeological artifacts at the Museo Canario and take a souvenir photo at Casa de Colon, where Columbus stayed for a time before undertaking his odyssey overseas.

Challenge: 4.5 / 5.5 hrs, 13 - 14 km / 8 - 8,5 mi, 400 / 715 m ascent, 620 / 715 m descent

Day 8:    End of tour

Your self-guided walking trip comes to an end today after breakfast.





The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra nights:

Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Rural Las Longeras-Agaete
Hotel Rural Las Longeras (Agaete)

Located in a large estate in the extense and fertile Valley of Agaete. The building has belonged to the family Manrique de Lara since the 17th century. The rooms are decorated with care in different colours and fabrics, each with its own charm.


Fonda de la Tea-Tejeda
Fonda de La Tea (Tejeda)

The only charming hotel in Tejeda. It is the ideal destination for those who are nature and hiking lovers. With priviledged views, quietness and comfort for your trip into the very heart of Gran Canaria. The impressive terrace with views towards Roque Bentayga, the patio and the welcoming living room with chimney, invite you to read, converse or just relax.


Hotel Rural Las Calas-San Mateo
Hotel Rural Las Calas (San Mateo-La Lechuza)

Manor house from the 17th century in which the restoration works have maintained the traditional architectural elements. Exclusive design rooms, completely equipped, that combine a minimalist design with the Arab influences and some antique furniture from the island. The decoration surprises with pieces and materials brought from all over the world.



You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, throughout the year

The nearest airport is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA) 

Airport transfers are included in the programme

GPS tracks are available on request



  • 7 nights' accommodationwith breakfast basis
  • 3 dinners
  • Transfer from airport to first accommodation
  • Transfer from last accommodation to airport
  • Luggage transport on days 3 and 6
  • Transfers for days 3, 5 and 6, according to programme
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Canary Islands
  • Other meals
  • Other transfers
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program
  • Compulsory extra dinners at Christmas' Eve and New Year's Eve


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation 


We found some of the walks a bit more challenging than we expected. However the views were fantastic.


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