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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.
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.
|The Fortunate Isles|
|When to go|
|Health and safety|
|Food and drink|
|Walking on Gran Canaria|
|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|
|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|
|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|