Gran Canaria boasts one of the most spectacular landscapes across Europe. The island has been shaped by the volcanic nature of the region creating some of the most stunning views you are likely to find.
Hiking tours are hugely popular across Gran Canaria and it’s easy to see why. The rugged countryside offers a peaceful serenity you simply cannot find on your typical summer holiday. It is a voyage of discovery passing through woods, quaint villages and hidden beaches untouched by tourists. So grab your hiking boots, your water canteen and join us on a tour Gran Canaria’s best walking spots.
Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago is a walk known across the globe. It is the name given to a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the north-western Spanish region of Galicia. Gran Canaria has its own version of this iconic trail.
This coast-to-coast adventure starts from Maspalomas in the south reaching to Galdár in the north-west. The main finishing line for many hikers’ journeys is the church at San Bartolomé de Tirajana but the route takes in some breathtaking views along the way including the rolling hills of the Terjida district and volcanic peaks in the distance.
You’ve probably already seen Roque Nublo on postcards outside supermarkets dotted around Gran Canaria so how about seeing it in the flesh? This volcanic rock is arguably the most famous landmark of the island and is understandably a protected natural monument of the region.
Located around two miles away from Tejeda it is a must on any hiking route through Gran Canaria. Set on a distant-planet like landscape it was formed by a volcanic eruption around 4.5 million years ago. It was a holy monument for the indigenous people of Gran Canaria who regarded it as a pillar of Heaven.
Today it attracts a large number of tourists who want to touch this iconic monument for themselves.
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Barranco de Arguineguin is one of Gran Canaria’s impressive valleys atop of which stands the village of Soria. The area is perfect for either hiking or cycling with the forest of cacti and palm trees flanking the vast Embasle de Soria.
This lake is one of 63 lakes across Gran Canaria that provides drinking water for the island. However, Soria is the setting for the island’s huge dam, the largest of its kind across the Canary Islands, ensuring some incredible views.
Maspalomas is a bustling town popular with tourists but it is the starting point for some great hiking trails. It forms part of the Camino de Santiago route of Gran Canaria but is also perfect for exploring the nearby mountainous region.
Hiking through the woods of Monte Leon allows you to get some great panoramic of Maspalomas as well as the surrounding Atlantic. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can head into Parque Natural Pilancones, one of the protected natural spaces across Gran Canaria. Best of all, a day of hiking can be rewarded with some rest and relaxation in Maspalomas.
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