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Walking and Hiking
Gran Canaria is the third largest island of the Archipelago of the Canary Islands and has a beautiful scenery which diversify the landscape for walking! With the arid but spectacular canyons of the South and the lush greener landscape of the North combined together makes Gran Canaria a walkers paradise!

 

In an attempt to create a more diversified tourism on the island, the Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria (Regional Government) has invested in the recovery of the Caminos reales (royal paths) and reopened them to the public. These ancient paths, once the only means to get around in the interior of the island, centre on Cruz de Tejeda and radiate out from here to cover big parts of the island.

Some of the attractions you will see whilst trekking over the island include the magnificent Barranco de Fataga and Roque Nublo. From here you can see amazing views over the mountains of the Canary Islands including Snow capped Mount Teide in Tenerife!
 
Pozo De Las Nieves, is another which is the islands second highest peak at 6,317 ft,  Pico De Las Nieves the islands highest point, The old Guanche cemetery, Montana Inagua, El Laurelillo ridge, Casas de Inagua ruins plus many more breathtaking views, wonderful canyons, little villages that lay hidden away, valleys and rocky peaks!

Almost 66,000 hectares of the island are protected land with rural parks, nature reserves, fully protected reserves and natural monuments, these old tracks giving access to most of this land. Some of these walks are newly built paths and there are some challenging ones with serious climbs, but there are also a series of relatively short and easy walks.

Be prepared
Walking or hiking is a great way of exploring less known, unspoilt landscapes and the dazzling beauty of the ancient Gran Canaria.

But conditions in the mountains can be very different from those on the coast, so make sure you are prepared for abruptly changing weather conditions and be equipped with good shoes, warm clothing, food, plenty of water, sun block and a good map. Also, we would advise you to never walk alone in these often quite deserted and rough areas in case of any mishap.
 
The Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria publishes a series of leaflets, including maps, and although the information is in Spanish, basic details such as altitudes, length and duration of walks are clear.
There is also another useful book, called '
Gran Canaria: Rother Walking Guide', available in English from Amazon.co.uk
 
Below some great webpage's about Walking and Hiking on Gran Canaria

 
 
Federación Gran Canaria de Montañismo www.fgcm.org
Grupo Montañero www.trekkingmogan.com
Trekking Canarias www.trekkingcanarias.com
Rocky Adventure www.rockyadventure.com
Canaria Adventura www.canariaventura.com
Canarias Extreme www.canariasextreme.com
Rambling Roger’s walking guide www.ramblingroger.com
Guided and self guided walking program on GC
 

 

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