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Canyons, Caves & Coast of Gran Canaria

An island on a grand scale
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You can combine this holiday with a holiday on another Canary Island, or opt for our 14-night island-hopping holiday which explores Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Gomera.
  About Gran Canaria >For an island measuring barely 50km in diameter, Gran Canaria is astonishingly varied in its landscapes, and this variety is matched in its flora and fauna. In the 14 million years since it rose from the ocean (during which time it has never been connected to a continental land mass) an incredible number of endemic species has evolved: 95 of the 600 plant species are unique to Gran Canaria, and a further 101 grow only on the Canary Islands. Furthermore, all the native terrestrial reptiles are endemic to the archipelago, earning a large part of the island UNESCO biosphere status. Perhaps unsurprisingly given its position just 208km off the African coast, Gran Canaria’s traditional gastronomy is closer to African cuisine than Spanish. Fresh fish such as sama frita con mojo verde (fried bass in a garlic and coriander sauce) features widely on menus, as do rabbit and goat, as well as the fruit – bananas, mangos, papayas, guavas – that grows all year round in the eternal spring climate.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • rewarding walking from the central mountains to the north-west coast
  • contrasting scenery and incredible views
  • delightful mix of accommodation

It may measure only 50 kilometres in diameter, but Gran Canaria possesses scenery on a grand scale. There are peaks that rise to almost 2,000 metres; crags and towering rock formations that wouldn’t look out of place in Arizona; wide open spaces; black volcanic cones offset by the vibrant green of Canarian pines; and even a huge caldera reminiscent of the Grand Canyon.
The true glory of this island is the mountainous interior, where ravines, waterfalls and pine forests make for cooler temperatures and sublime walking. Nothing quite beats the sound of the breeze sighing in the trees, as you gaze towards the coast thousands of feet below.
     
Telegraph

Such topography makes for dramatic walking. Starting in a valley that faces the distant south coast, this holiday is a rewarding journey northwards through the central mountains to the sea on the other side of the island, with abrupt changes in scenery as you progress through three very distinct landscapes: the volcanic interior and its scenery of grand proportions; the quiet north-west coast; and the green, pastoral landscapes that lie in between. Impressive views greet you at every turn – not just of Gran Canaria’s own towering peaks, but also the soaring cone of El Teide on Tenerife, some 70 miles away – providing you with a real sense of achievement.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 17 18 19 19 20 22 25 25 25 23 20 18
mm 46 42 30 24 9 3 1 1 13 28 50 52

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

Winters are generally mild, although it is cooler in the high mountains and more humid in the north of the island, where the climate is more heavily influenced by the trade winds which come from the NE. Gran Canaria has been known to have the odd day of snow in winter, but only above 1400m.