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Canyons, Caves & Coast of Gran Canaria

An island on a grand scale
This self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported, offers contrasting scenery and incredible views of stunning Gran Canaria. Experience rewarding walking from the central mountains to the north-west coast by day, and relax in a delightful mix of accommodation by night.
Canyons, Caves & Coast of Gran Canaria. 7 nights
Canyons, Caves & Coast of Gran Canaria. 7 nights

Holiday information


A walking holiday on Gran Canaria

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.
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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The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. It's up to you whether you follow our suggested routes for non-itinerant days or simply relax at your hotel.
  • 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. Gran Canaria has been known to have the odd day of snow in winter, but only above 1400m.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °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
  • Arrival in San Bartolomé
    Night 1: at Hotel las Tirajanas (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk via Barranco del Data: 13.5km, 5.5hrs
    This circular walk serves as an excellent introduction to the island and its dramatic interior. Setting off from San Bartolomé, you enjoy views into the Tirajana Gorge, but these are surpassed by those into the ravine of the Barranco del Data later on – the vista stretches almost as far as the south coast. These spectacular panoramas, combined with sections through scented forests of Canarian pine, make for a varied circuit.
    Circular walk via Barranco del Data: 13.5km
    Circular route from San Bartolome
  • San Bartolomé to Cruz de Tejeda: 18km, 7.5hrs
    Today starts with a short transfer to the nearby pass, from where you rise steadily into the central mountains, with incredible, wide-screen views over the dramatic peaks of the interior, to visit the iconic Roque Nublo ('Cloud Rock'), a 67-metre basalt rock needle which the island's first inhabitants held sacred. Dropping into a hamlet before ascending to a ridge and skirting the dramatic Tejeda ravine with expansive views over the Roque Nublo Rural Park, you descend to reach the geographic axis of the island at Cruz de Tejeda, where you stay two nights at the Parador.
    San Bartolomé to Cruz de Tejeda: 18km
    The route from San Bartolome to Cruz de Tejeda
  • Choice of circular walks: 8.5km or 14km

    Circular walk via Artenara: 14km, 6hrs
    Our recommended option ranks as one of the best on the island. Follow a truly stunning ridge above the deep valleys of the dramatic Caldera de Tejeda and the Parque Rural Roque de Nublo. Passing ceremonial caves used by the island's first inhabitants en route, your path descends through fragrant pine forest to the fascinating cave village of Artenara, the island's highest settlement. Once there you can see what cave living is like by visiting the cave museum; enjoy more breathtaking vistas from the village's balcony location on the lip of the caldera; and visit a chapel entirely carved into a cave – pulpit included. You can halve the distance shown above by returning to the Parador by taxi (pay locally).

    Circular walk via Tejeda: 8.5km, 4hrs
    This route descends the panoramic Tejeda Valley, where emblematic Roque Bentayga stands guard, flanked by Roque Nublo on the ridge and Mount Teide on the horizon. Your target is Tejeda, one of Gran Canaria's most picturesque villages. Explore its cobbled streets and leafy plazas with views down the valley; try some of its famous almond cakes from the bakery; or visit one of its museums, which include a medicinal plants centre. You can halve the distance shown above by returning to the Parador by taxi (pay locally).
    Artenera Walk
    Circular walk via Artenara: 14km
    Circular walk via Tejeda: 8.5km
  • Cruz de Tejeda to Fontanales: 15km, 6hrs
    Your route out of Cruz de Tejeda takes you above the Las Cumbres Protected Area with its splendid views down to the coast and Las Palmas, before descending gently to a peaceful valley with a babbling brook. Passing through rural hamlets, you briefly follow a trail of ancient lavaderos (public laundry spaces), before reaching the mighty Barranco de la Virgen, whose flank you descend. Your final ascent takes you to a ridge from where you descend gently through meadows filled with the sound of goat and sheep bells, into the village of Fontanales and the welcoming Cabañas Valle Verde.
    Cruz de Tejeda to Fontanales: 15km
    The route from Cruz de Tejeda to Fontanales
  • Fontanales to Agaete: 14.5km, 6hrs
    After an initial ascent along the ridge above Fontanales, today's route takes in some of Gran Canaria's most diverse landscapes, from rolling green meadows reminiscent of England to the prehistoric surroundings of the Barranco de Agaete with its cascades of water, old laundry basins and breathtaking views. As you descend through the Agaete Valley towards the delightful Hotel Las Longueras, you catch glimpses of the sea in the distance.
    Fontanales to Agaete: 14.5km
    The route from Fontanales to Agaete
  • Choice of walks around Agaete: 6km to 15km

    Tamadaba reservoirs walk: 9km, 4hrs; longer option returning on foot: 14km, 6hrs
    This recommended walk shows a very different but equally dramatic face to this diverse island. After a short taxi ride (pay locally), you ascend into the splendid Tamadaba Natural Park from where you gaze down through the pine trees over two of the island's most spectacular reservoirs before descending to circumnavigate the lower lake and enjoy a picnic lunch by its shoreline. You can choose to take a taxi back, or to return on foot.

    Circular walk via Puerto de las Nieves: 15km, 5.5hrs; shorter option returning by taxi: 10.5km, 4hrs
    Promising the satisfaction of reaching the sea after your previous days' exploration of the interior, this route takes you up the slopes of Montaña Bibique, passing below the Caves of the Ancients where Gran Canaria's first known inhabitants lived as troglodytes. The views from the ridge are spectacular. You then follow the cliff-top path that leads down into pretty Puerto de las Nieves where a selection of traditional restaurants offer fresh fish and seafood for a well-deserved lunch. Walk back via the town of Agaete, perhaps visting the small botanical garden and the fascinating 1,300-year-old Maipés Necropolis, or return by taxi.

    Linear walk to Puerto de las Nievas: 6km, 2hrs
    A more direct way of visiting both Agaete and the seaside town of Puerto de Las Nieves. Return by taxi.
    Agaete Valley
    Tamadaba reservoirs walk: 9km
    Circular walk via Puerto de las Nieves: 15km


Your accommodation is delightfully varied.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Wherever you stay in Cruz de Tejeda, we reccomend an extra night so that you can enjoy the Roque Nublo walk and also have time to visit the town.

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What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    3 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on Day 2

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