Rating in Spain
$ 1200

Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
min $ 1200
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Gran Canaria, Tejeda, La Aldea de San Nicolás, Roque Nublo, Saint Lucia
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1200
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Description

Description of Gran Canaria walking tours, Canary Islands

The Canary Islands offer some of the best walking anywhere in Southern Europe. The volcanic island of Gran Canaria in particular offers far more than the beaches it is best known for. Staying off the beaten track in Aguimes on the eastern side and La Aldea de San Nicolas on the western side of the island, we discover dramatic volcanic landscapes, steep gorges, high peaks, semi-tropical valleys and unspoilt hillside villages as we explore the 'Gran Isla' by foot.

• Aguimes - A traditional Canarian village
• La Aldea de San Nicolas - Hiking in the remote west of the island
• Guayadeque Canyon - dramatic ravine with stone age cave dwellings
• Roque Nublo - a distinctive rock formation and Gran Canaria's most famous landmark
• Pico de las Nieves - Hike up Gran Canaria's highest peak
• Historic trails - Follow 'caminos reales' and ancient paths between hillside villages


Vouchers Accepted Holiday type Small group holidays Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right. What are the main benefits? Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen. Who is it ideal for? Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier. Mythbuster “I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No. Meet a local guide No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrive to Aguimes Our trip starts in Aguimes a small, traditional town in the east of Gran Canaria, about twenty minutes from the island's airport. If you arrive early you may wish to explore the historic narrow streets with pretty painted houses of the 'old town', or find a quiet cafe to sit in to acclimatise to the pace of life.
Day 2:Circular walk to the Guayadeque Canyon Today we make a walk along the main landmark of this side of the island - the stunning Guayadeque Canyon that runs south east along the slopes of Pico de las Nieves. There are lots of endemic plants, but the volcanic landscape has a lunar feel as we get closer to the deep gorge, reminiscent of Northern American canyons. We walk along a tarmac road for 30 minutes before heading into the gorge. This area has been inhabited since the stone age and the remains of cave dwellings from these times are still visible. As we walk we will also see some traces of lava fields from an ancient eruption of a smaller volcano. After the gorge we head back to Aguimes on foot. Please note there is little shade in the countryside around Aguimes, so strong sun protection is needed. Our walk today is approximately 4 hours and covers 12kms. Approximate total ascents and descents are +550m / - 550m.
Day 3:Walk from Tejeda to Artenara and the Acusa cliffs This morning we drive west to Tejeda, a small mountain village (1076m) with white washed buildings which for many is the prettiest hill village on Gran Canaria. There will be time for a walk around the town and a coffee before continuing to Cruz de Tejeda. We walk from here with spectacular views across Roque Nublo and the central valley to Artenara and the Acusa cliffs with its white washed cave dwellings dating back to stone age times, some of which are still occupied (there is a short bus transfer to connect both walks). We then head for our next hotel in the west of the island, our base for the next three nights. Our walk today is approximately 2 hours and covers 7kms, with approximate total ascents and descents of +200 / - 650m.
Day 4:Ancient village trail Hopping on the local public bus, we travel a short distance to the start of today's walk at the Aldea Pass (700m). From here we follow an ancient pathway that in former days connected the villages of La Aldea, Tasarte and Veneguara. It is an undulating trail with one steep but short downhill section. On our left-hand side we enjoy the impressive walls of Los Azulejos, green layered rock sheets topped by the Inagua Forest. When we reach the village church of Veneguara we take a short break for lunch before continuing our walk over the last pass that leads us into the Barranco de Mogan. Here there will be time for a coffee break while waiting for the public bus that will take us back to La Aldea. Today we walk for approximately 4.5 hours and cover 14kms with total ascents and descents of approximately +250m /- 400m.
Day 5:Free day. Opportunity to relax or walk in Inagua Forest Today has been left free. You may wish to relax around the hotel, enjoying the village life in La Aldea, or decide to go to the nearby beach five kilometres away. Further afield you could visit the city of Galdar and see the Cueva Pintada Museum to learn about aboriginal life on these islands - On your way back stopping off for a dip in the ocean. Alternatively keen walkers may wish to take the optional walk through the Inagua Forest to the Pico Castellet, a flat rock outcrop with a spectacular view. Optional walk 5-6hrs, 13km and total ascents and descents are approximately +500m/-700m
Day 6:Walk to the summit of Roque Nublo After breakfast we drive below the Picos de las Nieves (1949m) from where we make a gentle walk up to the summit of Roque Nublo, the landmark rock of Gran Canaria and offering great views across the island and - weather allowing - across to neighbouring islands of the Canaries.From here we drive back to down to Aguimes. Our walk today is approximately 3 hours long and covers a total of 8kms. Total ascents and decents are approximately +215m / - 500m.
Day 7:Descend from village of Santa Lucia to Aguimes Today we travel by local bus to Santa Lucia for our long but scenic walk back down to Aguimes. As we start our descent we pass an old maize mill, before walking down into the Hondo Ravine and up to Lomo de Don Pedro. We continue eastwards to Temisas village following signed trails, then part of a 'Camino Real' marked out by stones to Aguimes town. Today we walk for 6 hours and cover approximately 17kms, with total ascents and descents of +300m / - 700m.
Day 8:Tour ends in Aguimes Our tour ends after breakfast, in Aguimes.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Responsible Travel
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