Self Guided

Gran Canaria SMART

Short Walking Holidays

Gran Canaria SMART

436 € per person

Short walking holidays: 5 days-3 hikes. Includes luggages transfer & personal transfers, maps, descriptions & GPX-files – Difficulty: ▲▲△△△

Gran Canaria Walks  

Gran Canaria Walks
SMART

▸ Includes 4 nights in a little hotel in the heart of Gran Canaria.

▸ 3 walks through the spectacular interior landscapes of Gran Canaria.

▸ All transfers organised by taxi or private car.

▸ Possible extension to one week, with additional walks.

from

372 £

per person

The 3 essential walks in Gran Canaria

5-day getaway

Waymarked trails + GPX tracking files

transfers included (taxi and/or regular bus)

Order our telescopic poles for 14 € each.

in 1 small charming hotel in Cruz de Tejeda:

  • Hotel El Refugio (Cruz de Tejeda)
traslados en bus y taxi

transfers by taxi or public bus

transfers by taxis or public buses for each walk, to and from the hotel.

El Refugio - Gran Canaria

accommodation

staying in a small charming hotel in the centre of the island, with breakfast included

3 walks

of approx. 10 ~14 km each to discover the most characteristic features of Gran Canaria.

WALKS AND ACCOMMODATION: 

arrival in Gran Canaria

  • arrival transfer 
  • 1st night in Cruz de Tejeda > Hotel Rural El Refugio

Artenara ridge

  • walking distance: 7 Km
  • ascent: + 270 m
  • descent: – 560 m
  • 2nd night in Cruz de Tejeda > Hotel Rural El Refugio

Guayadeque gorge

  • walking distance: 12 Km
  • ascent: + 718 m
  • descent: – 712 m
  • 3rd night in Cruz de Tejeda > Hotel Rural El Refugio

Roque Nublo

  • walking distance: 13 Km
  • ascent: + 721 m
  • descent: – 727 m
  • 4th night in Cruz de Tejeda > Hotel Rural El Refugio

departure day

  • transfer to the airport or extension

This 5-day SMART trip can be extended to a week, with a rest day between each route.

with 4 nights hotel

Difficulty

Niveau 2
This activity 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.
See more details in:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does this programme include?  

con Alojamiento Accommodation – 4 nights in a strategic hotel in the heart of Gran Canaria, on a bed + breakfast basis

SEE HOTEL

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 the walks on your mobile device

Taxi or public bus transfers – all necessary transfers for each route, included arrival and departure day to the airport.

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

 

Senderismo independiente en Canarias

Choose your dates now and book your trip !

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

ICONO Calendario Booking: With an initial payment of 100 € (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.

 

Early-booking-10%-discount


Book early!!  …and get a 10% discount for bookings made 90 days before the arrival date.

Early-booking-10%-discount

Book early!!  …and get a 10% discount for bookings made 90 days before the arrival date.

  485▸ 436,5 € per person in double room
2 persons

|    Supplement for single room use
(and 3rd person): + 125▸ 112,5 €

  Solo Traveller (1 person only): 880▸ 792 €

Further information …

What is NOT included?

Arrival and departure flights from/to your destination are not included.

 

SEE GRAN CANARIA FLIGHTS
Cancellation Policy
– Up to 14 days before the date of arrival, 100% refund.
– 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.
See more details in:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TRAVEL INSURANCE
TRAVEL INSURANCE

Request our Cancellation Insurance for your trip for a bit extra 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.

call us on +34 922 433 001 or text us at

Request more information …

... open this form and send us your questions

    By submitting this form, you confirm that you have read and understood ourPrivacy Policy - Terms & Conditions, accepting the use we make of your information.

    Highlights of the trip:

    Roque Nublo – Caldera de Tejeda – Pico de Las Nieves

    Guanches: an overview of their recent history

    staying in a small hotel in the interior of Gran Canaria

    Gran Canaria SMART walks

    Gran Canaria GR131

    Gran Canaria is a well known tourist destination due to the spectacular white sand beaches. But the distinctly rural character of the interior of Gran Canaria is much less well known.

    In the mountains you will find ancestral trails that were used by the aborigines and later by the locals. Today, these paths open up the possibility to discover a natural paradise, still largely unknown.

    The great variety of landscapes that Gran Canaria has to offer is another example of its rich biodiversity and excellent state of conservation. Walking in Gran Canaria means entering this world, which is still unknown to the vast majority of visitors to the island.

     Remnants of volcanism

    Gran Canaria is an island of ancient volcanic origin. Today there is no Gran Canaria - Caldera de Bandama volcanic activity. However, ancient volcanism is clearly visible, both in the morphology of its basaltic rocks and in the remains of calderas or volcanic cones.
    La Caldera de Tejera
    or La Caldera de Bandama are two good examples that can be appreciated magnificently while Gran Canaria SMART walks. 

    Advantages of walking Gran Canaria in a organised way

    The island of Gran Canaria is very large. Getting to and from the best routes takes time and effort. Inland roads are full of curves that make driving them an adventure.

    For all these reasons, it is much more comfortable to join a self-guided program with all transfers included.

    Nature of the island

    Gran Canaria Auzaje Firgas Gran Canaria was conquered by the Spanish Empire between 1402 and 1496. Why did the conquest take so long? The original inhabitants, the Guanches, did not give in easily and took refuge in the rugged inner mountains. Some remote enclaves had to be besieged and fought hard. Today we can perfectly understand the affection of the aborigines for their island, walking through its mountains and enjoying its landscapes, hiking Gran Canaria in the annual Walking Gran Canaria Festival.

    Other similar programmes

    Gran Canaria Esencial self-guided ► hotel + breakfast included
    Hiking week with Car Rental ► Includes maps,…
    Gran Canaria GR131 self-guided ► hotel + breakfast included
    5 stages of ◆Camino del Guanche◆ Including transport…
    Gran Canaria Highlights - Natour self-guided ► hotel + breakfast included
    Hiking week with 6 walks, including luggages transfer…

    See similar proposals on other islands

    LANZAROTE

    Request availability

      By submitting this form, you confirm that you have read and understood ourPrivacy Policy - Terms & Conditions, accepting the use we make of your information.

      • Destination
      • Included
        Bed & Breakfast accommodation
        in/out Airport transfer
        Liability and accidents insurance
        Luggage transfer
        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
        Car Rental
        Courtesy lunch
        field telescope
        Guide
        Half board accommodation
        HAVEN hanging tent
        Local flights + Ferry
        Lunch
        snack
        Tasting
        Transfer by ship
        Traslado en 4x4
        Two nights in a hotel
      1
      Day 1

      MAPA-Gran Canaria SMART - programa Arrival to Gran Canaria

      Taxi transfer on arrival to the hotel
      + Hotel Rural El Refugio (Cruz de Tejeda)

       
      2
      Day 2

      Gran Canaria

      Artenara ridge

      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, inside 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.

      Niveau 2         7 km |  +270 m / -560 m

      + Hotel Rural El Refugio  

       
      3
      Day 3

      Gran Canaria - Guayadeque

      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.

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

      + Hotel Rural El Refugio  


       
      4
      Day 4

      Roque Nublo en Gran Canaria con el programa de Gran Canaria Esencial

      Roque Nublo

      Roque Nublo, a huge monolith in permanent equilibrium on a rocky plateau 1800 m high, is what remains of an ancient volcanic dike formed in the Pleistocene. It is undoubtedly the icon of Gran Canaria and a must-see during your stay on the island. Start your route today at Llanos de La Pez (10 min drive from the hotel), ascending through pine forests towards the crest of the Riscos de Tirajana. Extraordinary views open up to the south, showing you the deep ravines and cliffs with vertical drops. When you reach La Foguera, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Roque Nublo, the Caldera de Tejeda and the Roque Bentayga rising in its centre. Later you continue your ascent to the Roque, from where you will enjoy a 360º panorama over the whole island and even towards the other islands of the archipelago: Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro.

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

      + Hotel Rural El Refugio  


       
      5
      Day 5

      Departure

      Transfer by taxi to the airport for the departure of your flight.

      TOUR LOCATION

      Discover the essence of the island of Gran Canaria at its most rural. The SMART Gran Canaria programme includes the 3 hiking routes that you should not miss on your visit to the island. We organize your transfers for each route in an individualized way, from/to your accommodation. Walk independently and enjoy on your own the extraordinary nature of the island.

      ACCOMMODATION

      Subject to availability:

      El Refugio - Gran Canaria

      HOTEL RURAL EL REFUGIO 

      Mountain hotel located in the heart of Gran Canaria: the Cruz de Tejeda. Comfortable hotel located in an incomparable natural environment, ideal for enjoying the best hiking routes on the island.

       

       

      Gran Canaria - Caldera Tejeda

      During your stay in Gran Canaria SMART you will enjoy the incomparable setting of the Caldera de Tejeda, with extraordinary views of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga.

       

       

       

      The Hotel Rural El Refugio is situated at a crossroads of paths, making it a real refuge for hikers. Just a few steps away is one of the most beautiful villages of Gran Canaria: Tejeda. An ideal place to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature Gran Canaria.

      PRICES / SERVICES

      rates for bookings less than 90 days in advance

      4   | 5 days:

        485 € per person in a double room (2 persons)
      | Supplement for single use (...and for 3rd person) + 125 €

      INCLUDED:

      • Airport pick-up and in/out transfers
      • 4 hotel nights with breakfast in a small hotel
      • Descriptions for 3 hiking routes
      • Maps, information materials and GPX files
      • Virtual meeting on arrival

      NOT included:

      • Flights to/from Gran Canaria
      • Lunches & dinners

      Singles

      The program is suitable for single travelers, although the final price is different due to higher costs:

        Sólo Traveller ......  880 €


      BOOKING:

      With an initial payment of 100 € (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.


      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 3 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

      The Canary Islands 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.


      Luggage transfer

      For the whole trip, it is recommendable to use a single suitcase, not bigger than 20 kg.


      You can book at any date!


      Request more information

        By submitting this form, you confirm that you have read and understood ourPrivacy Policy - Terms & Conditions, accepting the use we make of your information.

        Miguel

        Travel organisation

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

        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

        Request our Cancellation Insurance for your trip for a bit extra 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.