Drive & Walk

Gran Canaria ESSENTIAL

Self-guided Walking Holidays

Gran Canaria ESSENTIAL

925 € per person

Hiking week with Car Rental ► Includes maps, descriptions & GPX-files for 6 amazing walks – Difficulty: ▲▲▲△△

Hiking Gran Canaria

Gran CanariaHiking Gran Canaria: 6 key walks

Discover the best of Gran Canaria walking independently, in one week. Includes rental car and 7 nights in small charming hotels, breakfast included, as well as 6 self-guided walks on the best trails in Gran Canaria.

The 6 best walks in Gran Canaria's interior

One-week trip

car rental included

Waymarked paths + indications

Map of Gran Canaria and GPX files

small charming hotels:

  • Hotel Rural El Mondalón (Los Hoyos)
  • Parador Cruz de Tejeda (Cruz de Tejeda)

Mietwagen Rent a car coche de alquiler

car rental

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

Parador Gran Canaria

accommodation

Includes accommodation & breakfast in two small charming hotels from Gran Canaria's interior

Gran Canaria - Pico Roque Nublo con Tenerife

6 walking tours

of approx. 8 ~12 km each to discover the most characteristic features of Gran Canaria.

TOURS AND ACCOMMODATION: 

arrival in Gran Canaria

  • Car rental pick up at the airport and ownwards transfer to the hotel
  • 1st night in Los Hoyos > Hotel Rural El Mondalón

Caldera de Bandama

  • walking distance:  6,3 Km
  • total climbs: + 529 m
  • total drops: – 541 m
  • 2nd night in Los Hoyos > Hotel Rural El Mondalón

Barranco de Azuaje

  • walking distance: 9,6 Km
  • total climbs: + 579 m
  • total drops: – 579 m
  • 3rd night in Los Hoyos > Hotel Rural El Mondalón

Cresta de Artenara

  • walking distance: 7,7 Km
  • total climbs: + 520 m
  • total drops: – 830 m
  • 4th night in Cruz de Tejeda > Parador Cruz de Tejeda

Barranco de Guayadeque

  • walking distance:      12,7 Km
  • total climbs: + 618 m
  • total drops: – 598 m
  • 5th night in Cruz de Tejeda > Parador Cruz de Tejeda

Fortaleza de Ansite

  • walking distance:  10,7 Km
  • total climbs: + 289 m
  • total drops:  – 279 m
  • 6th night in Cruz de Tejeda > Parador Cruz de Tejeda

Roque Nublo

  • walking distance:   13,6 Km
  • total climbs: + 737 m
  • total drops: – 727 m
  • 7th night in Cruz de Tejeda > Parador Cruz de Tejeda

departure

  • Ownwards transfer to the airport

with 7 nights hotel

Difficulty

Niveau 3
This programme is for you if you usually do sports and have a good physical background; if you can walk steep slopes up and down and don’t have health problems; if you love nature, are environmentally friendly and are a regular hiker.
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What does this program include?

con Alojamiento Accommodation – small charming hotel, B&B,  7 days

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ICONO - VIDEOCONFERENCIA

Videoconference information– personalised information by video-talk on your arrival day

mapa Information material – maps to be picked up at the hotel reception, upon arrival

ICONO GPX GPX Tracs –  to follow your tourss with your mobile device

Car rental – during the entire stay in the island

ICONO 24h-Service Support 24h – we keep permanently in touch with you throughout your stay to solve any problem or doubt you may have

 

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Choose your dates and book

ICONO Calendario Any arrival date is possible. You decide your travel dates and programme start. However, we must first request availability to the accommodations.

ICONO EQUIPAJE Booking: With a firts payment of 150 € (per person), book now and guarantee your trip. We will confirm your reserve within 24 hours. But in the case of accommodations  unavailability, we will refund the paid amount or propose alternative dates.

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Get in advance !!  …and get a 6% discount for bookings made 90 days before the arrival date.

Early-booking-6%-discount

Get in advance !!  …and get a 6% discount for bookings made 90 days before the arrival date.

  925 € per person in double room
2 persons

|    Supplement for single room use
(and 3rd person): + 205 €

  Solo Traveller (1 person only):  1420 €

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What is NOT included?

Flights to and from your home city to Gran Canaria are not included.

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Cancellation Policy
– Up to 14 days before the date of arrival, 100% refund without justifying reasons.
– Between 13 and 7 days before the arrival date, 75% refund or free of charge dates change.
– Between 6 and 3 days before the arrival date, 50% refund or free of charge dates change.
48 hours before the arrival date, 0% refund or date change with 20% penalty of total amount.
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    Highlights of the trip:

    Roque Nublo – Caldera de Tejeda – Pico de Las Nieves

    Guanches: an overview of their recent history

    2 unique accommodations in charming enclaves

    Hiking Gran Canaria: the best hiking tours

    Gran Canaria GR131Together with Tenerife, Gran Canaria is one of the two main islands of the Canary archipelago and is home to part of the autonomous institutions. The island had an incipient tourist development, mainly in its beach areas: Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas in the south and Playa de Las Canteras in the capital itself. However, the mountainous interior of Gran Canaria has remained unaffected by this development and preserves an extraordinary natural environment with an enormous diversity of landscapes.

    A large number of hiking trails now make it possible to walk inland and discover, on foot, a nature that has remained relatively untouched, with impressive volcanic landscapes, deep gorges and beautiful mountains.

    Here are some of the best hiking tours in Gran Canaria:

    Roque Nublo: This is one of the most popular hiking tours on the island. It takes you up to the iconic Roque Nublo, a huge rock formation that towers over the landscape. The route gives you spectacular views of the island and you can enjoy an amazing sunset from the top.

    Barranco de Guayadeque: This ravine is a breathtaking place with its lush vegetation and imposing cliffs. The hiking route takes you through the ravine, passing prehistoric caves and small settlements. You can also enjoy the local gastronomy in the cave restaurants located in the area.

    Reserva Natural Especial de Azuaje: This hiking tour takes you through a laurel forest, a type of subtropical forest that used to cover a large part of the Canary Islands. You can enjoy beautiful waterfalls, streams and a variety of flora and fauna.

    Caldera de Bandama: This hiking tour takes you to the crater of the Bandama volcano. You can walk around the crater and enjoy the panoramic views of the island and the surrounding volcanic landscape.

    Pico de las Nieves: This is the highest mountain in Gran Canaria and offers breathtaking panoramic views from the top. The hiking route takes you to the summit, passing through beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages.

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

      MAPA-Gran Canaria ESENCIAL-programa Arrival to Gran Canaria

      Car rental pick up on arrival and drive to the hotel
      + Hotel Rural El Mondalón  (o similar - Los Hoyos)

       
      2
      Day 2

      Gran Canaria - Caldera de Bandama 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.
         6,3 km |  +529 m / -541 m

      + Hotel Rural El Mondalón (o similar - Los Hoyos)


       
      3
      Day 3

      Gran Canaria Auzaje Firgas Barranco Azuaje

      In the smallest municipality of Gran Canaria, everything revolves around water. Today's hike takes place in Firgas, in the north of the island. We start in the village and hike down into the Barranco de Azuaje, where we cross river courses and immerse ourselves in lush, almost jungle-like vegetation with springs and waterfalls and huge laurel trees, bamboo, willows and ferns.
      Niveau 2      9,6 km |  +579 m / -579 m

      + Hotel Rural El Mondalón (o similar - Los Hoyos)


       
      4
      Day 4

      Gran Canaria - Artenara Artenara ridge

      After 45 minutes of driving, today you go to the Parador Cruz de Tejeda with your luggage, or to Hotel Agaldar (Gáldar), depending of availability. 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.
          7,7 km |  +520 m / -830 m

      + Parador Cruz de Tejeda (o similar - Cruz de Tejeda)


       
      5
      Day 5

      Gran Canaria Barranco Guayadeque con el programa EsencialGuayadeque 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   12,7 km |  +618 m / -598 m

      + Parador Cruz de Tejeda (o similar - Cruz de Tejeda)


       
      6
      Day 6

      Gran Canara - Fortaleza 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   10,7 km |  +289 m / -279 m

      + Parador Cruz de Tejeda (o similar - Cruz de Tejeda)


       
      7
      Day 7

      Roque Nublo en Gran Canaria con el programa de Gran Canaria Esencial 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   13,6 km |  +737 m / -727 m

      + Parador Cruz de Tejeda (o similar - 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.

      ACCOMMODATION

      Subject to availability:

      Hotel Rural El Mondalón

      HOTEL RURAL EL MONDALÓN

      The Hotel offers to their customers every luxury of comfort in a privileged rural setting. It has 10 luxury double rooms, four of them with private terraces. A central wooded courtyard with a covered porch that gives access to the upper rooms, as well as a lounge for reading..

      Hotel Rural El Mondalón

      A large part of the estate on which the hotel is located is home to several hectares of vineyards. The grapes harvested are used by the Bodega El Mondalón winery to produce its excellent wines.

      The hotel also has a large swimming pool within its landscaped area.

       

      Rooms fully equipped with all the accessories and services you may need during your stay. The decoration of the rooms mixes the rustic air that emanates from the old building with modern design elements and straight lines.

      Parador Gran Canaria

      PARADOR CRUZ DE TEJEDA

      In the centre of the island of Gran Canaria hides the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda. It is located at an altitude of 1560 metres, at one of the highest points on the island, so the views are spectacular.

      Nearby is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain: Tejeda.

      Parador Gran Canaria

      From the terraces you can admire the cultural landscape of the Risco Caído and the sacred spaces of the mountains of Gran Canaria, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2019.

      The Infiniti Pool opens onto an indescribable panorama, with the spectacular view of the Pico del Teide of the neighbouring island of Tenerife on the horizon.

      Parador Gran Canaria The rooms at the Parador combine design and modern services to perfection. In each of them you can enjoy the comfort, elegance of design and furnishings and the best views in destinations you will want to return to again and again.

      Miguel

      Travel organisation

      Do you have any questions? I am happy to help you. I will answer any questions you may have!

      Additional overnights

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


      Difficulty

      To successfully achieve the 6 Walks it is necessary a good physical condition, steady walk and lack of vertigo. According to the year season, temperatures can be extreme (hot and/or cold). Therefore, it is necessary to have suitable warm clothes permanently, to be removed as layers if necessary. Some parts of this trail include passages with slippery loose stone. Although most of this trail is roomy enough, certain sections are quite aerial and require caution. Using hiking poles is highly recommended.


      Trails

      Gran Canaria has 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.


      Singles

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


      Luggage 

      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!

      PRICES / SERVICES

      rates for bookings less than 90 days in advance

      Price from: 980 € per person 

      included

      • 7 hotel nights with breakfast
      • Rental car
      • Descriptions for 6 hiking routes
      • Maps, information material and GPX files
      • Video-meeting on arrival day

      The price does NOT include:

      • Flights to/from Gran Canaria
      • Lunches and dinners

      Single supplement: +525 €

      Booking:

      With a firts payment of 150 € (per person), book now and guarantee your trip. Pay the rest amount 15 days before your arrival date. We will confirm your reserve within 24 hours. But in the case of accommodations  unavailability, we will refund the paid amount or propose alternative dates.


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        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.