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Gran Canaria trek

Gran Canaria trek

The Caminos Reales: 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
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Route

Start: Agaete        Finish: Las Palmas

Day 1: Arrival in the Canary Islands
Day 2: 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 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.

Challenge: Travel to Gran Canaria

Day 2:    The Camino Real via Mirador de la Paloma (12.5 km)

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, 12.5 km, 525 m ascent, 650 m descent

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

Board a local taxi for the 35-minute transfer to Firgas, where you exchange Agaete’s African oasis for the amazing Barranco de Azuaje, a stunning gorge in the island’s northern sector. This Special Nature Reserve boasts a unique ‘laurisilva’ forest, crystal-clear streams, abundant waterfalls and lush vegetation. Admire it from above then hike down and explore the ravine itself, making your way to the village just opposite, Carratería. In the afternoon a second transfer takes you high up into the mountains and your next hotel, in the village of Tejeda.

Challenge: 5 hrs, 8 / 12.5 km, 1000 m ascent, 850/500 m descent

Day 4:    Around Roque Nublo (12 km)

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 hrs, 12 km, 800 m ascent, 400 m descent

Day 5:    Roque Bentayga (10 km)

After three strenuous routes, give your legs a break today and do a less demanding -yet equally beautiful- walk to the intriguing UNESCO Heritage Site at Roque Bentayga. Swoon to amazing views looking north toward La Caldera and south to El Espinilo, beneath the watchful gaze of La Cumbre. Make time later for a visit to Tejeda's Medicinal Plants Centre and collect a wealth of information on rich island culture and the traditional 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)

Set off with a transfer to La Culata, elevation 1225m, 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 1620m and walk the ridge for an hour of views to Gran Canaria’s highest peak, Pico de las Nieves, elevation 1951m. 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: 5 hrs, 12.5 km, 500 m ascent, 325 m descent

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

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

Day 8:    End of tour

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

Challenge: Departure from Gran Canaria

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'standard' hotels

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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