Hiking in Gran Canaria
walking All the Canary landscapes in Gran Canaria
La isla de Gran Canaria ( Grand Canary island ) belongs to the Canary archipelago which is located in the Atlantic ocean, 150km far away from the Moroccan coast. Gran Canaria is the second most populated island and the major part of it lives in the northeast and south part of the island.
Generally, it’s much more beautiful for those who want to hike in the island, to explore the west and central area of the island, where the wildest and greener part is. Though being a small island, it has a maximum altitude of 1947m and offers many different types of walks and hiking trails with difficulty.
Best trails IN
Gran Canaria has a Footpath Network with more than 1000 km. It means that there are many routes that one can choose but the best hikes of Gran Canaria are located in the “cumbres” (the central part of the island) and as well there are really nice walks and trails in the north and west coast of Gran Canaria with unique beaches in all the Canary islands.
-Hiking traverse from Agaete to Maspalomas: In the hike below there is a long distance traverse that joins Agaete and Maspalomas walking through the most beautiful spots of the island as Tamadaba Natural Park, Artenara, Tejeda, Roque Nublo, Pico de las Nieves, Tijarafe, and Maspalomas.
-Caldera de Bandama:
-Acusa Seca – Acusa verde: hiking from Acusa Verde to Acusa Seca shows really nice views of the roques of Gran Canaria and passes by an interesting archeology spot where the aborigines lived thousands of years ago.
–Hikes in Tamadaba Natural Park: in Tamadaba Natural Park there are many paths through the
–Natural Monument of Roque Nublo and other
Gran Canaria hiking Trails
Gran Canaria walking holiday
How to get to Gran Canaria
From Cádiz and Huelva there are connections with Gran Canaria by boat with the following companies: Trasmediterranea and Naviera Armas
The better option to take to fly to the island may vary depending from the place of departure.
From UK, Germany, Ireland and Spain, Ryanair is one of the airlines that have really cheap connections with Gran Canaria and other Canary Islands.
In Spain and France, the Spanish airline Vueling have daily connections from different cities and offer as well low prices.
From France, Switzerland and UK can be interesting to have a look to Easy Jet.
In the Scandinavian countries Norwegian and SAS have direct flights and for those who are under 26y.o can be interesting to check out the prices because in the price is already included a 23kg baggage.
Can be possible to have cheap flights with Norwegian and SAS from North America stopping normally in Oslo and taking another flight to Gran Canaria.
How to get around
In Gran Canaria there are different roads where is not allowed to do hitchhike, those that the signal is in blue colour (motorways and dual carriageway. Anyways is possible to do it in the entrances of this roads always before the traffic signal that notices you are getting on the motorway. Can be really useful to go and ask directly to drivers in touristic parking lots or in petrol stations. In the west and central area of the summits there are fewer cars running but in isolated places can be easier sometimes to get a ride than in crowded roads.
Renting a car in Gran Canaria can be a good option for travelling around the west coast if the costs are shared. Cars can be rented for less than 15 euros per day and petrol is really cheap (below 1€/l in 2018).
Public transport in Gran Canaria
There’s a good public transport network in the north, south and east parts of the island. On the west coast there are only a few lines running and for example, from the summits area to the west there isn’t any bus running. The prices of the buses are not as cheap as expected, especially in the south where the tourism is focused. Google Maps works perfectly with the public transport option and shows the fastest way to go and schedule.
Notice that every time you change the bus you need to buy a new ticket, so for going from A to C stopping by B you will need to buy a ticket in the bus for going from A to B and from B to C afterwards. In case you can avoid changing lines is going to be cheaper cause every time you pay for a ticket you are already paying more than 1 euro for getting in. In the following link can be found the prices of the bus and the different routes that run the island. Prices – Lines
Wild camping or bivouac in Gran Canaria is regulated, as in other regions of Spain, by every town and rural municipality and it’s hard to know all the regulations but in general is NOT allowed. Here we are not going to tell you where we stayed without being caught, we will post only the legal places to pitch your tent. In Gran Canaria there are 8 different camping areas where having a permission is completely free to stay with your tent for a maximum of a week. You can fill the form and choose where you are going to pick your permission. These areas are equipped with toilets and drinking water.
In the hiking areas there are a few hostels you can find in Hostelworld that can be great option after some days doing wild camping.
Airbnb can be as well a good resource in those cases where there’s not a hostel or when you are a group of 3 or more. You can get 25€ off for your next trip!
Using couchsurfing in the north and in the city of Las Palmas is a great option and it can be tried in the rest of the island but there are less hosts.
What to see and do
Best time to go to Gran Canaria
Dangers and tips
Protect your skin from the sun, all year round. Know when you will be able to refill your reservoir and carry enough water, more during summer when temperatures can reach 40ºC. Avoid hiking during the midday.
There’s no danger of being attacked by animals. Only jellyfishes can hurt you while swimming especially during winter. Several beaches have very strong currents.
Be aware of the weather conditions while hiking and driving, heavy rain causes flash floods in the steep valleys and rockfalls may occur.
Gran Canaria Hiking Map
This hiking map contains the most impressive walks in Gran Canaria and all the information and facilities that you may need when walking in the island. Remember that in Opentopomap you can find the online topo map of Gran Canaria. In every hike that is posted in this website, it contains the resources to find the walking map of each route of Gran Canaria.