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Man & Biosphere Walking
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Gran Canaria trek

Gran Canaria trek

The Caminos Reales: historic footpaths of Canary Islands

  • Valleys with veritable oasis of banana, orange and avocado plantations
  • Tiny white villages, exotic palms and colourful bougainvillea
  • Huge contrast between the lush North and the arid South
  • Gran Canaria's volcanic and sculpted terrain  
  • The Caminos Reales: an extensive network of historic footpaths
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Route

Start: Agaete        Finish: Las Palmas

 

Day 1: Arrival in the Canary Islands
Day 2: On the Camino Real, via Mirador de la Paloma (12.5 km)
Day 3: From Agaete to Tejeda (20.5/12.5 km)
Day 4: Around Roque Nublo (12 km)
Day 5: Roque Bentayga (10 km)
Day 6: From Tejeda to La Lechuza (12.5 km)
Day 7: Choice of walking routes OR visit Las Palmas (14 km)
Day 8: End of programme

Day 1:    Arrival in the Canary Islands

Flight to Gran Canaria airport and taxi transfer (approx 1hr) to Agaete, on the island’s rugged north-west coast. Arrival at your accommodation, situated just outside the town amidst orange and banana plantations, and time to relax by the pool to start off your holiday.

Day 2:    On the Camino Real, via Mirador de la Paloma (12.5 km)

After a delicious breakfast of orange juice, warm bread and all sorts of sweet and savoury toppings, you start your first walk right from the hotel entrance. All over the Canary Islands, the shortest route is by way of the nearest barranco (at least it is in dry season). 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 (645m), a rugged outcropping with fabulous views over Agaete Valley. You walk further on, to the vista point at Mirador Vuelta de la Paloma (850m), with views out over several valleys. The descent from Puerto de las Nieves follows a narrow gravel path along the ridge. Bus or taxi back to Agaete. Today's route is NOT recomended if you are afraid of heights.

Challenge: 4.5 hrs, 12.5 km, 525 m ascent, 650 m descent.

Day 3:    From Agaete to Tejeda (20.5/12.5 km)

Today begins with a 35-minute taxi transfer to Firgas, where you exchange the African oasis for the amazing Barranco de Azuaje, a stunning gorge in the island’s northern sector, formerly known as “Barranco de Aumartel”. 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.

At the end of the day you willbe driven to the mountain village of Tejeda, where you’ll spend three days at a comfortable hotel situated high up in the mountains, 

Challenge: 5 hrs, 12.5/20.5 km, 1000 m ascent, 850/500 m descent.

 

Day 4:    Around Roque Nublo (12 km)

This walk traverses beautiful terrain, on steep slopes around Roque Nublo, a rocky out-cropping teetering on the edge of a plateau. This may not be the highest peak on the island but it is certainly the most easily identified, as it's visible from almost anywhere on the island. The walk starts directly from your front door. After 1km 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 a peaceful fir forest – to reach the col where you can catch a bus back to Tejeda. In case you lose the bus or want to walk a little more, you can take the historical road that leads back to Tejeda, with occasional stretches of asphalt (8km extra, 400m difference in descent, 2 extra hours )

Challange: 5,5 hrs, 12 km, 800 m ascent, 400 m descent.

Day 5:    Roque Bentayga (10 km)

After three strenous routes, today you do an easier - yet equally beautiful- walk to Roque Bentayga, a UNESCO heritage site of great cultural, ethnographic and historic importance on the island. Amazing views of the Caldera de Tejeda on the north, the area of El Espinilo to the south and, as always, the a,gestuc Cumbre of Gran Canaria under the watchful gaze of Roque Nublo. If there is time in the afternoon, plan to visit the Medical Plant Centre in Tejeda, that shows all about the island´s rich cultutral tradition and use of medicinal herbs.

Challenge: 4/5 hrs, 10/14 km, 700/900 m ascent & descent.

 

Day 6:    From Tejeda to La Lechuza (12.5 km)

After a short 10min transfer to La Culata (elevation 1225m), 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 1620m. 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 accommodation. Unfortunately, to reach La Lechuza there’s no way to avoid doing the last 2,5km on tarmac. But your reward is great: a swim in the pool awaits!

Challenge: 5 hrs, 12.5 km, 500 m ascent, 325 m descent.

Day 7:    Choice of walking routes OR visit Las Palmas (14 km)

Today you have the choice of doing a shorter walk near the historic town of Teror, a longer route through ravines on the north side of Cumbre OR taking a rest day with an optional visit to Las Palmas. The walking routes are beautiful and you’ll see all sorts of fruits, vegetables and even chestnut trees growing in the barrancos. If you decide to visit Las Palmas today, you start off with a walk to San Mateo (45min, 2.75km, mostly downhill) There, you catch a bus to Las Palmas de G.C. which drops you off in the historic town centre known as La Vegueta. In addition to the town’s interesting Castillan-style colonial architecture, you also have Santa Ana Cathedral and the Casa de Colon, 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.

Challenge: 5/6.5 hrs, 14 km, 715 m ascent/descent OR 400 m ascent and 615 m descent

Day 8:    End of programme

Your arrangement comes to an end today after breakfast. Departure from Canary Islands.

prices & dates

 

 

accommodation

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.

 www.laslongueras.com

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.

www.hotelfondadelatea.com

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.

www.hotelrurallascalas.com

practical info

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) 

Aiport transfers are included in the programme

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation, on bed and 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 
  • Detailed route notes and maps in English
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away

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

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the standard accommodations along the way
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