Sunrise hike in Gran Canaria with Roque Nublo in the background and far-reaching views of Tenerife
Hikes in Gran Canaria
Canary Islands, Spain
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Hiking in Gran Canaria: Small island, great variety
With its diverse landscape, Gran Canaria is considered a small continent in its own right, where all the zones that are usually found only on large continents in the opposite directions of the compass form a great interplay on a comparatively small area. For hikers looking for the all-round package, the Spanish island is an absolute dream destination. With mild temperatures, hiking is possible all year round: maximum temperatures rise to 30 degrees in the summer and drop to 18-24 degrees in the winter. Usually it is rather cloudy in the northern half of the island and sunnier in the south. Of course, as everywhere, a certain amount of luck is needed when it comes to the weather.
In addition to demanding hikes with fantastic views, you can just as well indulge in doing nothing on the beach. What could be better than cooling your legs in the turquoise sea in the evening after a strenuous tour of high peaks?
But the combination is not a must. The beaches around Las Palmas or Maspalomas are usually packed with beach vacationers. If you are looking for solitude and wild nature, want to escape the crowds, the inland is perfect for you. Be prepared, however, that the tours can also be a bit more adventurous and signage is not always available.
Popular hiking destinations in Gran Canaria
San Bartolome de Tirajana.
This charming mountain village lies in the centre of the island and is known for its many fruit orchards, especially the cherry trees, from whose fruit the world-famous cherry liqueur of the region is made. In addition to delicacies, San Bartolome also scores points for its excellent location. Several hiking trails that lead into the old volcanic caldera start here. You will mainly hike along historical paths that were already used by the indigenous Canarian people, the Guanches. Here you will find hiking trails that require sure-footedness and lead you along steep slopes and rugged cliffs, but also quite easy circular hikes. In any case, you will be rewarded with a view of the caldera's vast, blooming nature. One of the most popular hiking destinations is Roque Nublo. But hiking tours to the neighbouring villages of Santa Lucía, Fataga and Tejeda are also worthwhile.
Bandama Nature Park.
Located in the north-east of Gran Canaria, the nature park is defined by the Pico de Bandama and Caldera de Bandama. The impressive volcanic crater of Caldera de Bandama is a highlight not to be missed during your hiking holiday. 200 metres deep and with a diameter of over 1000 metres, the island's landmark rises up here. The best view of the volcano is from Pico de Bandama. The Circuito de Cratera de Bandama takes you once around the volcano, which is also accessible to novice hikers.
Kraterrundwanderung um den Caldera de Bandama
Cruz de Tejeda.
Located on the highest mountain pass of Gran Canaria (1580 m), the „roof of the island“ is a beautiful mountain village that makes a good base camp for your hikes. On the historic paths you walk through the terraced almond tree plantations, which are in full bloom in February. Further up, the scent of eucalyptus accompanies you to the surrounding peaks, such as Pico de las Nieves.
And the scent of eucalyptus accompanies you to the surrounding peaks, such as Pico de las Nieves.
Adjacent to Tejeda is Artenara. Most of the municipality extends over the mountainous interior and only a small part lies on the water. The small village itself lies at an altitude of 1270 m, which is quite a bit higher than the surrounding peaks. In addition to the beautiful town itself, the cultural heritage in the region is also worth a visit: take a look at the architectural complex of Acusa and the cave houses.
You will find a lot of peace and quiet in the cosy fishing village of Agaete. The village in the north of Gran Canaria has some of the most beautiful viewpoints on the island. From Puerto de las Nieves, on a good day, you can see as far as Tenerife and Mount Teide. Good walks can be found in the valley of Agaete, which captivates with its enchanting nature. The valley can only be reached from the starting point in Agaete.
One of the top tours on Gran Canaria is certainly the one to the summit of the Altavista. On the ridge, the path leads high up to one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the island. The pine and pine forest path has few difficulties and is therefore also suitable for less experienced hikers, although there are still 500 metres of altitude to climb and you should have a certain basic level of fitness. Look forward to views of the Caldera de Tejeda, Roque Benraiga, Roque Nublo and the Acusa plateau. The hike starts in Mirador del Sargento.
Is it good to hike in Gran Canaria?
Easy coastal hikes, adventurous discovery tours in the interior or enjoyable hiking trails and fantastic views along the way - Gran Canaria has a lot to offer hiking holidaymakers. Thanks to the mild climate, hiking is possible all year round on the so-called miniature continent. So let's get going!