Hiking in Gran Canaria
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, is 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 hikes and difficulty.
How to get
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
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).
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
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 here!
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
When to go
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.