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.
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
Below some great webpage's about Walking and Hiking on Gran Canaria