Walking Tour San Bartolomé Fataga will take you from the picturesque mountain village of San Bartolomé de Tirajana to the most enchanting place and palm oasis on the island – Fataga.
Start: San Bartolomé de Tirajana 888 m Finish: Fataga 600 m Height difference: 400 m Distance: 7 km (2 hours) Don’t forget: good shoes, warm clothing, raincoat, sun protection, water, lunch
Before you will start the trekking you can do a little bit of sightseeing in the beautiful village of San Bartolomé. It is very interesting to visit the interesting ethnographic museum – House of The Yanez (free entrance, opened all working days). In this village you also have a chance to have a coffee or something to eat before you set up for the walking.
At the beginning of our walk, you will ascend approximately 100 meters higher, from where you will have nice views of the settlement. The first 2 km of your way, you will follow a small abandoned asphalt road that will take you between sporadic small ranches with nice views of the countryside and of the ocean on the horizon. You won´t have much shade on our path, that is why its highly recommendable to have a good sun protector with you.
Later on you will take an old aboriginal path and with amazing panoramic views you will descend the valley towards your goal. You will pass an old water mill and finish your wandering in the charming village of Fataga. Here you can enjoy a nice lunch in the traditional Canarian tavernas and to explore the village and its art shops or wine cellar.
Walking Tour San Bartolomé Fortaleza connect the beautiful historical center of San Bartolomé de Tirajana with the important archaeological site and fortress of the ancient aboriginal inhabitants – La Fortaleza
Start: San Bartolomé de Tirajana 888 m Finish: La Fortaleza 480 m Height difference: 450 m Distance: 10 km (3 hours) Don’t forget: good shoes, warm clothing, raincoat, sun protection, water, lunch
The walking tour San Bartolomé Fortaleza starts in the historical center of a picturesque mountain village of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Here you will have an opportunity to visit a unique House Museum of The Yanez – an old traditional Canarian house of a well positioned family (free entrance). There is also a possibility of having a coffee or something to eat in the village and afterwards you can start your way.
All the trip to La Fortaleza have a descending tendency. The first half of the trek will take you through the small villages of Hoya de Tunte, Rosiana and Ingenio de Santa Lucía and will be mostly cemented road with a lot of shade stages.
The second half until you reach the village of Sorrueda and La Fortaleza Fortress will be mostly a trekking path and it will get quiet sunny.
Finally you will finish your wandering by the new interpretation center (museum) of a very interesting archaeological site La Fortaleza. According to the legend, this was the last defeated place in Gran Canaria during the conquest. Here you will have a chance to visit the museum (3 €/person) or to have a nice lunch in a traditional Canarian taverna.
Walking Tour Charco Azul – Guayedra will take you to the beautiful pond hidden between the rocks of the valley of El Risco. You can jump into its blue water and let yourself refresh by a fresh cascade of water. Later on you will have a possibility to swim on the charming and lonely beach of Guayedra.
Start: El Risco 110 m Finish: El Risco 110 m Height difference: 200 m Distance: 6 km (2 hours) Take with you: good shoes, sun protector, swimsuit, swimming shoes (if you have), water, lunch
Walking tour Charco Azul Guayedra is a very easy trek suitable for beginners, for families with children or as a relaxing day during your walking holidays. First you will arrive to the village of El Risco on the western coast of Gran Canaria. You will start the walk from the center of the village.
The way is mostly flat, easy and sunny. The stream that brings water in the form of a cascade into the pond usually flows all year round. However in the warm summer months it may happen that there is not enough water to refresh yourself in the pond.
Charco Azul means “Blue Pond” in the Spanish language. Its name is given by blue colour that you can observe when the sun shines into its clear water.
After visiting Charco Azul you can relax on the beautiful volcanic beach of Guayedra. Because it is not possible to reach the beach by car, you will have to do another short walk of approximately 800 meters with approximately 70 meters of height difference.
Safe swimming on Guayedra beach is possible only when the tide is low. In case you wouldn´t be able to reach the beach during the low tide hours, you can still do some swimming in the natural sea water pools in Puerto de las Nieves instead.
Walking Tour Santa Brígida Jardín Canario starts in the beautiful historical center of Santa Brígida and goes through the valley of Guiniguada to the biggest botanical garden of Spain, where you will have a chance to enjoy the large collection of endemic and other plants.
Start: Santa Brígida 510 m Finish: Jardín Canario 260 m Height difference: 250 m Distance: 10 km (3 hours) Don’t forget: good shoes, warm clothing, raincoat, sun protector, water, lunch
Walking Tour Santa Brígida Jardín Canario starts in Santa Brígida. This village was for its water sources and fertile soil one of the first colonized places on the island. Until nowadays it is well known for its unique wines planted on the volcanic soil. If you are interested you can visit a wine museum here. The tour finishes in the largest botanical gardens of Spain with great number of endemic plants and a singular cactus garden. Entrance is for free.
You will start your walking tour to Teror by the “Cathedral” in the historical center of Arucas and with spectacular views you will climb up to the top of Pico de Osorio mountain (968m) and then throught the ranch of Osorio you will descend down to the mysterious basilic in the beautiful center of the village of Teror.
Start: Arucas 240 m Finish: Teror 589 m Height difference: 1107 m Distance: 15 km (5 hours) Don’t forget: good shoes, warm clothing, raincoat, sun protector, water, lunch
Walking Tour Arucas Teror connects 2 historical centers of Gran Canaria of great interest. You will start in Arucas, the local base of artistic stone-cutters. Since the past they have decorated a great number of buildings by basaltic stone and have constructed an imposing “cathedral style” church in the main square. Later on you will finish in Teror, the most important religious center of the Canary islands with its temple dedicated to Our Lady of the Pine.
Walking Tour Tejeda Roque Nublo is a trail to the mythical symbol of Gran Canaria – Roque Nublo. You will start your way in the historical center of Tejeda and finish on the same place.
Start: Tejeda 1050 m Finish: Roque Nublo 1813 m (one way path) Height difference: 1800 m Distance: 18 km (8 hours) Don’t forget: good shoes, nordic walking sticks recomended, warm clothing, raincoat, sun protector, water, lunch
Roque Nublo was often mentioned already in the old aboriginal mythology. The locals believed that the guardians of the gods used to live there. That is why they used to bring their offers as milk and honey to another mystical rock called Roque Bentayga. You will be watching Roque Bentayga most of your way from Tejeda to Roque Nublo. The Gods themselves used to live a bit higher – on the highest mountain of the Canary Islands, and nowadays also the highest mountain of Spain – Pico de Teide in the island of Tenerife.
Roque Nublo has converted into a symbol of Gran Canaria for everyone. And that is the reason why you should do this trek. Most of the visitors of Roque Nublo take the “lazy way” that starts on the parking space below the mountain. If you are in a good condition, make something for your ego, and defeat Roque Nublo from Tejeda. Walking Tour Tejeda Roque Nublo starts in a beautiful almond village in the height of 1050 meters. Your experience of visiting Roque Nublo will be way different.
Walking Tour Barranco de los Cernícalos is an easy forest walk along the stream with a lot of small cascades. Includes the possibility of sightseeing in the historical center of Telde.
Start: Lomo Magullo 400 m Finish: Lomo Magullo 400 m (one way path) Height difference: 600 m Distance: 10 km (3 hours) Take with you: good shoes, warm clothing, raincoat, water, lunch
Walking Tour Barranco de los Cernícalos is mildly climbing up along the nice stream of water and from time to time it is necessary to hop from one side to another one which makes all the way more funny. It is suitable for all levels of walkers, because the advantage of this tour is that you will return back by the same way that you will take to go up. During the working days the path is quiet abandoned but it is not recommendable to walk it on the weekends, as it is very popular by the local families.
Walking Tour GuiGui Beach is trekking through the wild and untouched valley to one of the last virgin beaches of Gran Canaria. Good physical condition needed – very significant height difference.
Start: Tasartico 190 m Finish: Tasartico 190 m (one way path) Height difference: 1900 m Distance: 10 km (7 hours) Take with you: good shoes, nordic walking sticks recomended, warm clothing, raincoat, sun protector, swimsuit, water, lunch
Walking tour GuiGui Beach will take you to one of the last virgen beaches in Gran Canaria. The reason of its loneliness is simple. It is quiet difficult to reach it. Occasionally the beach is a goal of sporadic boat trips, but most of the visitors are hikers searching for peace and hidden secrets. There are two beaches of GuiGui. One of them you will reach any time from the path, second one is reachable only when the tide is low. Please be sure you are in good physical condition if thinking about this tour.
Walking Tour Tamadaba Agaete is a trekking path of the old aboriginal Guanche. Starts in the pine forests of Tamadaba and with amazing views when descending through the green Valley of Agaete to the picturesque village of Agaete. Good physical condition needed.
Start: Tamadaba 1350 m Finish: Agaete 30 m Height difference: 1320 m Distance: 15 km (5 hours) Take with you: good shoes, nordic walings sticks recomended, warm clothing, raincoat, water, lunch
Walking Tour Tamadaba Agaete used to be walked originally by the aboriginal women and served as an important commercial road. The women of Artenara where the cereals were produced needed to change some of the cereals for the fish caught by the fishermen in Agaete and vice versa the women of Agaete wandering up the hill to exchange their fish for the cereals.
After visiting the mountain village of Tejeda you will continue to Cruz de Tejeda, where your walking tour Cruz de Tejeda Artenara starts. As the path leads along the ridge of the mountain, you will often enjoy magnific views both of the Northern and Western coast. You will finish in the highest located village on the island – Artenara where you can enjoy a nice lunch with the views.
Start: Cruz de Tejeda 1560 m.n.m. Finish: Artenara 1270 m.n.m. Height difference: 700 m Distance: 8 km (3 hours) Take with you: good shoes, nordic walking sticks recomended, warm clothing, raincoat, sun protector, swimsuit, water, lunch
Before you start the trekking from Cruz de Tejeda to Artenara, you can make a short visit to the beautiful mountain village of Tejeda that is definitely worth it. Afterwards you will continue driving to Cruz de Tejeda where you will start trekking.
You will finish in Artenara – one of the highest located villages in Gran Canaria. It was inhabited already in the prehispanic times as the area was suitable for the production of cereals and stock raising. This feature survived until nowadays, the same as the unique form of local habitats – cave houses. The thermic qualities of the caves keep the same temperature all year round. That is why you can find so many cave houses all over the island.
Walking tour Cruz de Tejeda Artenara is not very difficult and is suitable also for those not used to long and hard walking tours.
Walking Tour Cruz de Tejeda Teror is an old trekking trail throught the original path of the aboriginal Guanche. Includes sightseeing in the historical center of Teror.
Start: Cruz de Tejeda 1560 m Finish: Teror 589 m Height difference: 971 m Distance: 14 km (5 hours) Don’t forget: good shoes, warm clothing, raincoat, lunch
This trek starts in a place called Cruz de Tejeda – an important crossroad of several paths of the indigenous people. These paths used to connect their settlements, nowadays we can enjoy them for trekking.
Many stages of the tour are through the pine forests so there will be a lot of shade on your way. Most of the time you will go down the hill.
Finally you will end up in the pretty village of Teror. Its historical center was declared a historical and cultural heritage and it is considered to be the best preserved center on the island. It is important also for the religious reasons. In the 15th century an icon of the Virgin appeared on the pine tree here. Later on a church was constructed on the same place and became the most important pilgrimage place of the Canary islands.