The island of Gran Canaria is well known for the long beaches at Mas Palomas. But its hinterland, with small villages, beautiful landscapes and high mountains offer the perfect setting for a Gran Canaria walking holidays. The north has green and lush ravines with exquisite vegetation. the central plateau has iconic sites such as Roque Nublo or the Artenara houses in caves, and a lofty peak: Pico de Las Nieves – 1949 mts high. From there, the view all over the island is absolutely impressive. Definitely, a Gran Canaria walking holidays is a different way to discover Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria Contrasts
Treasures of Gran Canaria
As part of a super varied ecosystem with the greatest biodiversity on this side of the Atlantic, Gran Canaria has natural landmarks of enormous beauty that will leave you speechless.
Suffice it to say that its beaches are the most beautiful or that its villages are full of a special charm that colours its streets with picturesque architecture.
However, this would only describe two of the hundreds of treasures to be found in Gran Canaria as one of the richest territories in natural diversity and a conglomerate of landscapes that we rarely have the opportunity to visit. And doing a Gran Canaria walking holidays you will be able to discover them. Some of the most beautiful natural monuments on the island are:
The Canarian rocks
The profuse volcanic activity with thousands of tons of igneous and basaltic rocks left a series of rock formations all over the geography of Gran Canaria that stand like great stone guardians.
These impressive formations are several metres high and can weigh several tons.
La Gañifa: a world of dreams
La Gañifa window is one of the most enigmatic, mysterious and energetic places on the island. The warm sea breeze collides with the icy peaks and all this humidity is transformed into a thick fog that covers the whole landscape as in the most fantastic dream.
Snow-capped peaks: A journey to another land
If someone told us that we would need a thick parka or balaclava in the Canaries we would probably think they were playing a joke on us. However, the beautiful snow-capped peaks of the Grand Canaries will give you a very pleasant surprise with their incredible white blanket with steep slopes and unparalleled views.
The Grand Canyon
You don’t need to go to Colorado or Arizona to hike through the dry riverbed of a very old river and marvel at rocky skyscrapers with smooth walls and striking colour contrasts. Visiting the Coronadero Arch will take you to a landscape more than 10 million years old, one of the most spectacular places during your Gran Canaria walking holidays.
Probably the person who invented the phrase “the world is a small world” travelled through the beautiful geography of Gran Canaria. This beautiful island is home to all the climates of the planet in a single territory.
From the snowy peaks that resemble the landscape of the Pyrenees or the Swiss snow-capped peaks, the most fertile valleys that remind us of the French countryside or the most beautiful Caribbean beaches.
But we also find Saharan desert landscapes or a small sample of the Grand Canyon of Colorado. Not content with this, Gran Canaria has copied lunar landscapes or landscapes similar to a Martian plain.
Thousands of years of furious volcanic activity together with the inclement Atlantic winds, formed peaks, valleys, depressions and the most striking geographical features. Within these natural formations, vegetation, soil and a microclimate that varies radically over just a few metres was formed.
The island has a pleasantly stable temperature throughout the year with low rainfall and temperature peaks that do not exceed 10 degrees between seasons.
These conditions are ideal for the development of nature tourism, hiking and outdoor adventures all year round and in all seasons.
What to do on your visit to the island?
We should probably ask ourselves what NOT to do in Gran Canaria? In your Gran Canaria walking holidays the answer is very simple… Boredom! The island has one of the largest tourist infrastructures in the archipelago and an infinite compendium of activities.
You can relax on the shores of a soft sandy beach with a cool breeze and then rappel down a deep ravine under a waterfall, suspended dozens of metres above the ground. But for the ramblers holidays Gran Canaria is just perfect.
Gran Canaria has mountaineering, hiking and outdoor activities with an endless number of things to do in its beautiful geography. Its seas offer natural reefs ideal for scuba diving in crystal clear waters full of marine life.
In short, having fun on the island is a natural state and will make your stay very short, leaving you always wanting to return.
Culture, gastronomy and the Canarian people
The Canary Islands experienced an important emigration phenomenon during the last third of the last century. The Canarians took to the sea and their steps led them to populate every corner of the Earth.
Today, the children of these emigrants have returned to their roots, bringing with them backpacks full of cultures and ways of life that have blended perfectly with the ancestral Gran Canarian tradition.
There is no better place to witness this wonderful fusion than at the table. The new gastronomy of Gran Canaria is full of dishes that combine Caribbean, European, Iberian and Asian ingredients in perfect synchrony.
Wrinkled potatoes are combined with American chilli mojos to give them that perfect touch of spiciness while their gofios are combined with Caribbean sugar cane to delight the most discerning palates.
Like any island, in your Gran Canaria holidays there is an infinite supply of seafood. From the richest fish to seafood cooked with the most innovative and traditional techniques to offer unforgettable delicacies.
After an exquisite meal, the best thing to do is to explore the Canarian cultural scene, a beautiful collage of art, tradition, new trends and the best of theatre, music and dance from all over the world. But without a doubt, the greatest treasure hidden in Gran Canaria is the pleasure of sharing with its cheerful people and discovering their legendary hospitality.
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for your group that combine different
islands or visit special places,
we will adapt it to your prerogatives.
Your own group? Ask us !
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