Canyons, Caves & Coast of Gran Canaria

An island on a grand scale
 

Holiday Highlights

Volcanic landscapes aplenty | Notably the Caldera de Tejeda.
Barranco de Agaete | This steep, luscious ravine is blanketed with banana, mango and papaya trees.
Tejeda | An idyllic Canarian village famous locally for its almond cakes.
Roque Nublo | A striking rock needle sacred to the island’s first inhabitants.
Canyons, Caves & Coast of Gran Canaria. 7 nights
Canyons, Caves & Coast of Gran Canaria. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Gran Canaria

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.
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 amid the central mountains, where many of the island’s best walking trails begin, this holiday is a rewarding journey northward to the sea, 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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Itinerary

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 Cruz de Tejeda
    Night 1: at Parador Cruz de Tejeda (the first of four nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of routes from Tejeda: 8.5km to 14km
    We offer three very scenic routes from the Parador: a great introductory walk via iconic Roque Nublo; a breathtaking route to the cave village of Artenara; and an exploration of the Tejeda Valley.

    Roque Nublo: 13km, 5hrs; ascent 660m/descent 835m
    Pay for a taxi for the ten-minute drive to the drop-off point near iconic Roque Nublo ('Cloud Rock'). After admiring this 67-metre-high basalt rock needle which the island's first inhabitants held sacred, you descend along a trail to a hamlet before ascending to a ridge and skirting the dramatic Tejeda ravine with expansive views over the Roque Nublo Rural Park. A final descent brings you back to Cruz de Tejeda and your hotel.

    Out-and-back walk to Artenara: 14km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 765m
    This route from the Parador ranks as one of the best walks 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; ascent/descent 640m
    This final option 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; call into the bakery to try some of its famous almond cakes; or visit one of its museums, which include a medicinal plants centre. Returning directly from Tejeda to the Parador by taxi (pay locally) will halve the length of the walk.
    Roque Nublo walk: 13km
    Views to Roque Nublo
    Artenara walk (outward leg only): 7km
    Artenara walk
    Circular walk via Tejeda: 8.5km
    Ridge near Cruz de Tejeda
  • Cruz de Tejeda to Fontanales: 15km, 6hrs; ascent 675m/descent 1190m
    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; ascent 675m/descent 1520m
    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
    Walking from Fontanales
  • Choice of walks around Agaete: 5.5km to 14km
    We suggest three options for your final day. Pay locally for taxis.

    Montaña Bibique & Puerto de las Nieves walk: 14km, 5hrs; shorter option returning by taxi: 10.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 690m
    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 along a quiet path through the valley, or return by taxi.
     
    Agaete & Puerto de Las Nieves walk: 9km, 3hrs; shorter option returning by taxi: 5.5km, 2hrs; ascent/descent 325m
    Promising an easier route to seaside Puerto de las Nieves than our first suggestion, this walk rises to a ridge above the valley to the north, then descends to Agaete, where you could vist the small botanical garden and the fascinating 1,300-year-old Maipés Necropolis. Return on foot via a quiet valley path, or take a taxi.

    Tamadaba reservoirs walk: 9km, 4hrs; longer option returning on foot: 14km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 700m
    This recommended walk shows a very different but equally dramatic face to this diverse island. After a short taxi ride, 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.
    Montaña Bibique and Puerto de las Nieves walk: 14km
    Agaete and Puerto de Las Nieves walk: 9km
    Tamadaba reservoirs walk: 9km
    Agaete Valley
 

Accommodation

Your accommodation is delightfully varied, and your first hotel, the Parador Cruz de Tejeda, is a particularly special place to stay given its spectacular location overlooking the island’s cavernous central canyon.
 

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  • 7 nights: 02 January 2024 - 31 May 2024, 01 September 2024 - 24 December 2024, 01 January 2025 - 27 July 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 31 December 2025

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    2 - 31 Jan 2024 £1065 £230
    1 Feb - 22 Apr 2024 £1130 £230
    23 Apr - 26 May 2024 £1085 £220
    1 - 30 Sep 2024 £1040 £220
    1 Oct - 10 Dec 2024 £1080 £230
    11 - 17 Dec 2024 £1135 £240
    1 - 31 Jan 2025 £1110 £240
    1 Feb - 22 Apr 2025 £1180 £240
    23 Apr - 26 May 2025 £1130 £230
    1 - 30 Sep 2025 £1085 £230
    1 Oct - 10 Dec 2025 £1125 £240
    11 - 24 Dec 2025 £1185 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70 to -£73
    Single traveller supplement £70 to £73

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Las Palmas

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    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

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    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Las Palmas

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Las Palmas airport to hotel (1h) £41-£43 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Las Palmas airport (1h) £55-£57 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfer on day 2
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; Catalan, Basque and Gallego have equal status in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, respectively. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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