Drive & Walk

Gran Canaria ESSENTIAL

Independent Hiking week

Gran Canaria ESSENTIAL

695 € per person

Live a magical experience on the island of Gran Canaria, walking at your own pace along the most exquisite routes. Discover incredible inland landscapes and stay in charming hotels.
Our ESSENTIAL programme offers you 6 carefully selected routes through the most characteristic parts of Gran Canaria, on foot.

6 Key Routes in 1 Week:

Includes rental car and 7 nights in small charming hotels, breakfast included, as well as 6 self-guided walks on the trails in Gran Canaria.

1.- Caldera de Bandama

2.- Finca de Osorio

3.- La Cresta de Artenara

4.- Barranco de Guayadeque

5.- La Fortaleza de Ansite

6.- Roque Nublo

MAPA-Gran Canaria ESENCIAL-programa

SELF GUIDED hiking tours

any date is possible:

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Mietwagen Rent a car coche de alquiler

rental car

All transfers will be done with your rental car. Circular routes with occasional taxi transfers.

Hotel Rural El Mondalón

accommodations

small charming hotels included, with breakfast (more information in Hotels tab).

What does this programme include?

  • Rental car – during the entire stay in Gran Canaria
  • Accommodations – 2 different charming hotels, B&B,  7 days
  • Videoconference information – personalised information by video-talk on your arrival day
  • Information material – maps to be picked up at the hotel reception, upon arrival
  • GPX Tracs – to follow your tourss with your mobile device
  • Support 24h – we keep permanently in touch with you throughout your stay to solve any problem or doubt you may have

Any arrival date is possible 

You decide your travel dates and programme start. However, we must first request availability to the accommodations.

To do so, please fill up the contact form and send it to us.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Very few territories in the world have the luxury of snow-capped peaks, volcanic valleys, evergreen forests or the most tropical coasts that envy nothing to the beaches of the Caribbean.

    Many poets have described Gran Canaria as a small sample of the world contained in an area of just over 1500 km2. An island that can be travelled from east to west and from north to south in a single day in the most beautiful landscape in the world, from alpine landscapes with their impressive peaks, to paradisiacal beaches or calderas with breathtaking science fiction scenery.

    The island is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the world, because in very few places in the world can a hiker go from a snow-capped mountain to a barren valley in just a couple of hours, while its soft sandy beaches and warm waters are a treasure trove for bathers from all corners of the earth, its coastal cliffs offer an experience that is impossible to enjoy in an all-inclusive package tour.

    Discovering the inland villages leads us through an architecture of bucolic beauty, which constitute a spectacular frame for the most beautiful routes of the archipelago.

    Travelling through the interior of the island takes you past the most beautiful waterfalls and natural pools on the planet, a unique sensory spectacle. The caves and grottoes of its forests are enigmas that enclose mysteries and legends of legendary pirates.

    Everything in Gran Canaria evokes and stimulates the senses, filling us with the purest natural magnificence and transporting us to landscapes full of secrets that yearn to be discovered.

    • Destination
    • Included
      Car Rental
      Maps and printed descriptions
      Maps and printed descriptions
      Maps and printed descriptions
      Maps and printed descriptions
      Transfers by taxi and regular bus
      Transfers by taxi and regular bus
      Transfers by taxi and regular bus
    • Not Included
      4WD transfer
      access permissions
      Aperitivo
      Arrival transfer
      Bebidas
      Bed & Breakfast accommodation
      beverages
      Bicycle rental
      Bus transfers
      Cable-car
      Courtesy lunch
      field telescope
      Guide
      Half board accommodation
      HAVEN hanging tent
      in/out Airport transfer
      Liability and accidents insurance
      Local flights + Ferry
      Luggage transfer
      Lunch
      snack
      Tasting
      Transfer by ship
      Traslado en 4x4
      Two nights in a hotel
    1
    Day 1

    Arrival to Gran Canaria

    Car rental pick up on arrival and drive to the hotel
    Bed and Breakfast:  Hotel Rural El Mondalón
    2
    Day 2

    Caldera de Bandama

    Driving just 10 minutes in your car from the hotel you will find the fascinating Caldera de Bandama and also the Canarian Garden. The Jardín Canario is located in the Barranco de Santa Brígida, next to a cliff between Mount Lentiscal. It is an area of rich vineyards and wineries. The circular route through the Caldera de Bandama begins at the edge of a large volcanic crater 1000 m wide, formed after the last volcanic eruption in Gran Canaria. The views are spectacular and the city of Las Palmas and even the neighboring island of Fuerteventura can be seen in the distance on clear days. The trail descends to the bottom of the Caldera and crosses old caves and abandoned houses, ascending again towards the starting point.

            7 km |  + 450 m  | - 460 m


    Bed and Breakfast:  Hotel Rural El Mondalón
    3
    Day 3

    Finca de Osorio

    Today you go to Arucas (35 min by car) located in the north of the island. This is the home of the Arehucas Rum Factory. There you can learn about the history of rum making on the island and the disastrous effect it had on the local forest of Doramas.After a light tasting, head to the Finca de Osorio located in the Hacienda of the same name. Today's route starts in the beautiful gardens of the Hacienda and will take you through beautiful laurel and chestnut forests to the quiet Laguna de Valleseco, a natural refuge for native and migratory birds. The circular path runs along the Acequia de Crespo canal to Finca de Osorio ... And on your return trip to the hotel, don't miss the charming town of Teror, with its beautiful brightly colored houses, traditional wooden balconies and an old basilica from the 18th century dedicated to the patron saint of the island, the Virgen del Pino.

    Niveau 2         10 km | + 520 m  | - 518 m


    Bed and Breakfast:  Hotel Rural El Mondalón
    4
    Day 4

    Artenara ridge

    After 45 minutes of driving, today you go to the Parador Cruz de Tejeda with your luggage. This will be your next accommodation for the next 4 nights. After check-in at the hotel, an impressive hike begins. After an initial ascent, you will reach the crest of the Caldera de Tejeda. The descent offers exceptional views over the deep ravines, picturesque mountain villages and iconic rock formations in the center of the island. And in the distance you can see the peak of Teide, on the neighboring island of Tenerife. During the route you will cross ancient troglodyte settlements recognized by UNESCO, in the Caves of Caballero and Cuevas de Los Candiles before arriving at Artenara. Located 1,270 meters above the sea, Artenara is the highest town on the island with around 400 cave houses. These caves were mostly carved in the 15th century. Once you have arrived in Artenara, you will return to the hotel with a short taxi transfer, to enjoy the excellent facilities, the spa and the panoramic pool overlooking the surrounding cliffs and ravines.

        7 km | + 270 m  | - 560 m


    Bed and Breakfast: Parador Cruz de Tejeda
    5
    Day 5

    Guayadeque gorge

    Start your route today in the extinct crater of the Caldera de Los Marteles, 20 min. by car from Cruz de Tejeda. A continuous ascent through pine forests takes you to Cruz del Socorro, with extraordinary views of the Barranco de Guayadeque, undoubtedly one of the most emblematic ravines in Gran Canaria. A descent through the gorge continues, between areas of cacti and beautiful palm groves with a multitude of flowers and poppies at their base, a perfect place for a picnic. This entire valley is made up of stone walls and terraced fields. You will also find some cave houses that are still inhabited today. A typical landscape of the sunny south, with almond trees, piteras and prickly pears in abundance. And maybe you will also see the giant lizard of Gran Canaria. After this walk, you can go with the car to the lower valley and to the Montaña de Las Tierras or Cueva Bermeja, an idyllic place with small taverns inside artificial caves ideal to refresh yourself with a cold beer or to satisfy your appetite. And back at the hotel, why not end the day stopping at Pico de Las Nieves (1,949 m), the highest point on the island, with spectacular views that will not leave you indifferent?

        Niveau 3     12 km | + 718 m  | - 712 m


    Bed and Breakfast: Parador Cruz de Tejeda
    6
    Day 6

    The Fortress of Ansite

    Today your route takes you to Santa Lucía de Tirajana (50 min by car) with a descent through the beautiful Canarian palm grove until you reach the idyllic towns of El Ingenio and La Sorrueda. You will explore its streets full of character before continuing to the archaeological site of La Fortaleza, a 2,000-year-old fortified settlement carved out of the steep rock by the Aborigines. More recently, as early as the 15th century, it was the Guanches who used it in their futile attempt to resist the Spanish conquest. From this place you will go through the original tunnel to a path that ascends through olive trees on your return to Santa Lucia. To complete the day, don't miss out on visiting the beautiful white town of Tejeda, where its almonds and cookies are a must.

    Niveau 3          10,5 km | + 341 m  | - 333 m


    Bed and Breakfast: Parador Cruz de Tejeda
    7
    Day 7

    Roque Nublo

    The Roque Nublo, a huge monolith in permanent balance on a rocky plateau 1800 m high, is what remains of an old volcanic dam formed in the Pleistocene. It is undoubtedly the icon of Gran Canaria and a must during your stay on the island. Start your route today in Llanos de La Pez (10 min by car from the hotel), ascending through pine forests towards the ridge of Riscos de Tirajana. Extraordinary views open to the south, showing you the deep ravines and their cliffs with vertical falls. When you arrive at La Foguera, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Roque Nublo, the Caldera de Tejeda and the Roque Bentayga rising in its center. Later you continue your ascent to Roque, from where you will enjoy a 360º panorama over the entire island and even towards the other islands of the archipelago: Tenerife, La Gomera and even El Hierro. Return in your car passing by the Los Hornos dam reservoir, the highest in Gran Canaria and also known as the La Cumbre reservoir. … And don't forget to enjoy your last night in Gran Canaria with an impressive sunset from the hotel terrace.

    Niveau 3       13 km | + 721 m  | - 727 m


    Bed and Breakfast: Parador Cruz de Tejeda
    8
    Day 8

    Departure

    Drive to the airport for your departure and car rental delivery.

    TOUR LOCATION

    Discover the essence of the island of Gran Canaria at its most rural. The ESSENTIAL Gran Canaria programme includes the 6 hiking routes that you should not miss on your visit to the island. With a rental car (included in the programme) you will be completely independent to organise the transfers in your own way. You can approach the circular routes in the way that suits you best.

    PRICES / SERVICES

    • Price from: 695 € per person 
    • included:
      • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
      • Car rental
      • 6 circular hiking tours
      • Taxi transfers
      • Meeting via Zoom
    Single supplement: +485 €


    ACCOMMODATION


    Additional overnights

    It is also possible to book some additional days, before or after the hiking week, or an additional week to relax.

    Difficulty

    The hiking week is not suitable for vertigo sufferers. Some walks can be considered as strenuous and parts of some trails has narrow passages. Some sections can be slippery due to loose stones and/or wet parts, especially in rainy days. To join the hiking week and enjoy the tours, it is essential to be healthy and to have good physical condition.

    Trails

    The Canary Islands have a well signposted network of trails. All sections where from our tours are perfectly marked. In addition to the detailed map of Gran Canaria, you will get from us precise indications of each route and assistance from the hotline on your walks.

    We recommend

    Appropriate hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the tours, it is necessary to have food and drink enough, as well as sun protection, a cap, wind jacket and, in the winter months, warm clothing. We do offer wooden walking sticks for free.

    Singles

    The program is suitable for single travelers, although it is subject to an additional charge.

    You can book at any date!


    Price do not include flights, dinners, and picnics. You can book at any date!

    ¡Important!

    Before formalizing your booking accommodations availability must be requested

    Difficulty

    The hiking week is not suitable for vertigo sufferers. Some walks can be considered as strenuous and parts of some trails has narrow passages. Some sections can be slippery due to loose stones and/or wet parts, especially in rainy days. To join the hiking week and enjoy the tours, it is essential to be healthy and to have good physical condition.

    Trails

    La Palma has a well signposted network of trails, over 1000 km long. All sections where from our tours are perfectly marked. In addition to the detailed map of Gran Canaria, you will get from us precise indications of each route and assistance from the hotline on your walks.

    We recommend

    Appropriate hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the tours, it is necessary to have food and drink enough, as well as sun protection, a cap, wind jacket and, in the winter months, warm clothing. We do offer wooden walking sticks for free.

    Singles

    The program is suitable for single travelers, although it is subject to an additional charge.

    Luggage transfer

    We move your luggage from one accommodation to next, so on your hikes you should only carry a backpack with the essentials of the day. For the whole trip, it is recommendable to use a single suitcase, not bigger than 20 kg.

    You can book at any date!


    Price do not include flights, dinners, and picnics. You can book at any date!

    ¡Important!

    Before formalizing your booking accommodations availability must be requested

    FLIGHTS

    Flying to GRAN CANARIA allows you to enjoy an island full of contrasts. But it also gives you the chance to take advantage of the best low-cost flights to the Canary Islands.

    ...And from there, connect to any of the other islands of the Canary Archipelago with local flights of

    Binter Canarias     -     CanaryFly

    ... or perhaps take advantage of the excellent ferry connections to visit the neighbouring island of Tenerife, from Agaete harbor, in the north of Gran Canaria (1 hour and 20 minutes crossing), even taking your hire car with you.

    ERGO-Versicherung

    CANCELLATION INSURANCE

    Take out Cancellation Insurance for your trip for few Pounds and ensure you get a full refund of everything you paid, including your flights.

    Valid in more than 35 different cases for health, legal, labour or extraordinary reasons.