There is no better way to learn more about Gran Canaria than trekking. You will feel the island by all yours sences, your eyes will observe the fascinating views and countryside, your nose will smell the fresh air enriched by the scents of eucalyptus, sage or flowers, your years will hear the lovable birds singing, your hands will touch the volcanic stones or palm and birch trees on your way and your mouth will savour the exquisite taste of freshly picked oranges, opuntias, almonds or another local fruits.
The aboriginal people called Guanche, that used to live on the Canary islands more than 500 years ago, left us a plentiful heritage of uncountable trekking paths. The island is literally interwoxen by the old aboriginal trails that used to connect the old settlements. Nowadays we use modern roads and highways and these treks have been left abandoned for those who love the walking tours.
It is not important whether you are an experienced regular walker or just a beginner. Gran Canaria has walking tours of all difficulties and levels.
If you are looking for something more challenging, you should set up for the walking tour to the GuiGui beach, towards Roque Nublo or for the Royal Path of Tamadaba. On the contrary the beginners would opt for Cruz de Tejeda – Artenara or Santa Brígida – Jardín Canario.
The trekking tours in Gran Canaria are as wide-ranging as the island itself. Some of them go throught the mountains, some of them through the forests, some of them along the streamlet full of lovely water cascades, some of them green and full of abundant vegetation anothers are as dry and desert as the Gran Canyon.
Walking tours are also perfect to learn more about the local flora as the Canary Islands hide more than 2000 endemic plants and for example the mentioned walk from Santa Brígida – Jardín Canario will bring you to the largest botanical garden of Spain, where you can admire many of them.
Lovers of birds watching should set up for example to the natural reserve of Tilos de Moya and if you are lucky, maybe you will see a Giant Lizard on your rambling in the dry low altitudes.