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Fantastic mountain panorama with far-reaching views

Gran Canaria – GR131

Hiking on the “Camino del Guanche”

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7 Days / 6 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Fantastic mountain panorama with far-reaching views

The "Camino del Guanche" pays tribute to the ancient inhabitants of the Canary Islands, who crossed the islands around 1,800 years ago in search of the best grazing grounds for their herds. These historic paths are now used as hiking trails and are part of the GR131 long-distance hiking trail, which is part of the European hiking trail network. An incomparable hiking experience awaits you on Gran Canaria, the main island of the eastern province of the Canary Islands. Your route takes you from the dry south side through a fascinating and unspoilt mountain landscape through the center of the island to the humid north. Enjoy this unusual variety of landscapes: whether sandy beaches, cliffs or beautiful architecture in the villages - your hiking tour on Gran Canaria's GR131 will offer you a new perspective on the island.

Itinerary at a glance

Marvel at the iconic rock formation Roque Nublo, one of the most photographed places on the island, or take a walk through the golden sand dunes of Maspalomas. In the picturesque village of Agaete, you will come across natural hot springs.

Day
01
Arrival at Maspalomas

You walk northwards uphill until you come across markings for the so-called "Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria". Follow this path through the Barranco de Vicentillos ravine and on to the valley of the aborigines with the necropolis of Arteara and countless small plantations with tropical trees. From there, a transfer takes you back to Maspalomas.

Short drive to Arteara, where you pick up the Way of St. James to Tunte again. This fairly leisurely stage takes you into the interior of Gran Canaria, characterized by ravines and succulents. You have the opportunity to visit the 17th century parish church of San Bartolomé with its magnificent baroque façade. Tunte is home to the interpretation center of "La Fortaleza", a symbolic enclave of the Guanches' resistance against the Spanish conquerors.

Today's stage takes you up to the summit area to Cruz de Tejeda, over 1,500m high above the sea. From there you have a spectacular panoramic view over a large part of the island, including the Roque Nublo, one of Gran Canaria's most famous natural symbols. From your accommodation, it is not far to the Parador Cruz de Tejeda, an excellent vantage point over the west of Gran Canaria.

The path to El Hornillo is part of the GR131, which is also known as the water route. Once you have left Artenara behind you, the descent is accompanied by lush green vegetation and passes three reservoirs: Presa de Soria. Presa de Las Niñas and Presa de Chira. Once you reach El Hornillo, a tiny mountain village, you will find yourself on the western side of the Gran Canaria massif, a very sunny area with frequent winds.

Your hike takes you down into the Barranco de Agaete valley, where coffee is grown thanks to the fertile soil. Many other tropical and subtropical fruit trees line your path. The village of Agaete has a pleasant colonial atmosphere with old manor houses and a beautiful central square. Your GR131 route ends a little further on in the picturesque Puerto de Agaete. A place that invites you to relax after the eventful days of your hiking tour.

Day
07
Departure or extension

Route information

Mountain Hiking

You hike on well-signposted hiking trails of the GR131 and Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria. You need to be in good physical condition for the steep climbs and longer stages. You should also be sure-footed and have a head for heights.

Prices & Dates

Category: beautiful 3*** and 4**** hotels and traditional inns

You can book an extra night for any day of your tour. Prices on request!

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer according to program

 

  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel information 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data
  • Service-hotline

Arrival / Departure

  • Las Palmas de Gran Canaria airport and by bus in approx. 45 minutes to Maspalomas, costs approx. EUR 5 per person. Alternatively by cab in approx. 25 minutes, costs approx. EUR 40 per trip.

Note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
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