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Explore the island of Gran Canaria with a Cicerone guidebook

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13 Apr 2017
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Walking on Gran Canaria

45 day walks including the GR131

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

Walking on Gran Canaria describes 45 day walks in eight areas of the island. A long-distance coast-to-coast route on the GR131 is included, and shorter walks can be linked to form longer itineraries. Gran Canaria, one of the larger Canary Islands is a hugely popular spot for tourists, but offers many peaceful, rural areas perfect for walking.

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Gran Canaria may be primarily known as holiday destination for its sun-kissed beaches, but beyond the resorts, the island offers many peaceful and charming country and hill opportunities for walkers. The central area is protected as a Parque Natural, with lush green terraces climbing up to the rocky towers of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. The walks also explore deep barrancos, extensive pine and laurisilva forests and the islands towns. 

There are walks suitable for those of all abilities, ranging in landscape from coastal clifftops to the dramatic volcanic mountains inland. Walks venture through villages and towns, and up to the summits of the highest peaks on Gran Canaria. Also included in the book is a five-day coast-to-coast route on the GR 131. The GR 131 is an island-hopping long-distance trail stretching across all seven of the Canary Islands.

The guidebook not only provides detailed route descriptions, but practical information on how to make the most of your trip to Gran Canaria. Transport, accommodation, language, food, currency are all covered, along with geological, historical and cultural information on the many sights along the way.

  • Activities
    Island walking, day walking and long-distance. Coastal, forest, hill and semi-desert landscapes.
  • Seasons
    High summer is popular, but too hot for walking. Good winter walking is possible, with only a very rare chance of snow on high mountains. Spring is ideal and autumn is tolerable.
  • Centres
    Most people stay in the city or resorts - Las Palmas, Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés - but there are quieter alternatives.
  • Difficulty
    Routes vary from short and easy to long and arduous. Many paths are rough and stony, so good footwear is required. The highest mountains are sometimes covered by low cloud, but sun protection will be needed more than waterproofs. Plenty of water should be carried in some arid places.
  • Must See
    Rugged, well-settled uplands dominated by towers of rock - Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. Long-distance coast to coast route. Deep and rugged barrancos. Scenery from mountains to extensive pine and laurisilva forests, with semi-desert and amazing cliff coastlines. Peaceful and charming rural locations, despite being in one of the world's most popular holiday spots.

February 2015

Introduction - Waymarking and Access - pages 31-32 - Signposts that were erected in recent years bearing the letters 'PR GC' (Pequeno Recorido Gran Canaria) followed by a number, are currently being replaced by signposts bearing the letter 'S' (Sendero) and a number. The numbers don't always correspond, and at the moment both types of signposts might be spotted. Use the route descriptions as before, and regardless of the numbering system, take note of the destinations written on the signposts. One thing worth bearing in mind around San Bartolomé is that the town is often referred to as 'Tunte' on signposts.

Walks 41-45 - GR 131 - Despite the installation of new signposting around the island, there is still no specific signposting for the long-distance GR 131. The trail has been completed across all the other Canary Islands, leaving Gran Canaria as the odd one out. In order of appearance, some of the new signposts that have appeared along this trail include the S 90, S 85, S 50 and S 57.

Walk 44 - The descent from Degollada de la Manzanilla to Las Tederas has been closed. However, walkers heading in that direction will come across a signpost for the S 57 for Ayagaures. Don't be put off by a later ascent, or the rugged slopes the route crosses, as the scenery is much better than what used to feature along the dirt road from Las Tederas to Ayagaures. The newly signposted path reaches the two reservoirs further down the valley, then follows the road to Ayagaures.


National parks
The Fortunate Isles
Getting there
When to go
Health and safety
Food and drink
Walking on Gran Canaria
Getting there
Getting around
What to take
Waymarking and access
Food and drink
Tourist information offices
Using this guide
Santa Brígida and San Mateo
Walk 1 Las Palmas to Santa Brígida
Walk 2 Las Meleguinas to Las Lagunetas
Walk 3 Las Lagunetas and Cruz de Tejeda
Walk 4 Santa Brígida to Teror
Walk 5 San Mateo to Teror
Walk 6 Pico de Bandama and Caldera de Bandama
Valleseco and Teror
Walk 7 Cruz de Tejeda to Teror
Walk 8 Cruz de Tejeda to Valleseco
Walk 9 Cruz de La Laguna and Valsendero
Walk 10 Cruz de La Laguna and Las Madres
Artenara and Tamadaba
Walk 11 Moriscos to Santa María de Guía
Walk 12 Artenara to Tamadaba
Walk 13 San Pedro and Tamadaba
Walk 14 Artenara and Vega de Acusa
La Aldea
Walk 15 Pista de Tirma
Walk 16 Altavista to La Aldea
Walk 17 La Aldea to El Risco
Walk 18 Albercón, Güigüí and Tasártico
Walk 19 Montaña del Viso and La Aldea
Mogán and Las Presas
Walk 20 El Aserrador and El Carrizal
Walk 21 El Aserrador and El Juncal
Walk 22 Presa de las Niñas and Morillo de San Juan
Walk 23 Cruz de San Antonio to Las Casillas
Walk 24 Camino de las Presas
Tejeda and La Culata
Walk 25 Tejeda and Cruz de Tejeda
Walk 26 Tejeda and La Culata
Walk 27 Degollada Becerra and La Culata
Walk 28 Roque Nublo from La Goleta
Walk 29 Cruz Grande to Ayacata
Walk 30 Llanos de Garañón and Pico de las Nieves
San Bartolomé
Walk 31 Santa Lucía and Pico de las Nieves
Walk 32 San Bartolomé and Cruz Grande
Walk 33 Arteara to Ayagaures
Walk 34 Dunas de Maspalomas
Walk 35 Siete Fuentes to San Mateo
Walk 36 San Mateo to Valsequillo
Walk 37 Valsequillo to Santa Brígida
Walk 38 El Rincón and Cuevas Blancas
Walk 39 Tenteniguada and Caldera de los Marteles
Walk 40 Caldera de los Marteles to Valsequillo
GR 131 – Puerto de las Nieves to Maspalomas
Walk 41 GR 131 – Puerto de las Nieves to Tamadaba
Walk 42 GR 131 – Tamadaba to Cruz de Tejeda
Walk 43 GR 131 – Cruz de Tejeda to San Bartolomé
Walk 44 GR 131 – San Bartolomé to Ayagaures
Walk 45 GR 131 – Ayagaures to Faro de Maspalomas
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Topographical glossary
Appendix C Useful contacts
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