Gran Canaria: Island of Contrasts

From $1,650.00
8 Days & 7 Nights

Gran Canaria: Island of Contrasts

  • The volcanic landscape of the 80 metre tall monolith of El Roque Nublo
  • Explore the charming whitewashed Mediterranean villages brimming with bougainvillea
  • The Caminos Reales - an extensive network of paths and classic routes
  • Lush tropical valleys, rolling sand dunes and dense woodlands
  • Gran Canaria’s white sandy beaches and rugged coastline
Often referred to as a continent in miniature, the Canary Island of Gran Canaria offers a unique walking experience, from the rugged coastline broken up with sandy beaches and whitewashed villages to lush forests, tropical plantations and arid volcanic mountain ranges. Your journey starts in the whitewashed fishing village of Agaete on the Northwest coast, with its winding narrow streets. Sample the local goats cheese or fresh seafood paella. From here you will follow walking routes through valleys where bananas, mangoes, papayas and citrus trees grow in abundance. Walk the ancient Camino Reales along mountain ridges and deep ravines offering panoramic views of the valleys below. Your base for the next few days is the village of Tejeda in the centre of the island, set in the protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. On a clear day you will enjoy views across the mountains and out to Tenerife in the distance. Visit the village market and try some traditional sweets and marzipan made with locally grown almonds and honey. See the volcanic landscape of Roque Nublo and Gran Canaria’s highest peak Pico de las Nieves. Your tour comes to an end in the tiny rural village of La Lechuza. Enjoy a loop walk or take a day trip to the capital city of Las Palmas where you can soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying some tapas in one of the café filled side streets. Popular travel resource Rough Guides featured our Island of Contrasts walking tour in a recent article. Their writer said, "At the end of our week...we will look back at the peaks up which we have walked and smile at the memories of our discovery – that the Canary Islands are so much more than beaches and bars."

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Gran Canaria/Overnight Agaete Day 2 Walking on the Camino Real 7.8 miles / 12.5 km Day 3 Walk from Fagajesto to Tejeda 8.4 miles / 13.4 km Day 4 Walk around Roque Nublo 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 5 Degollado de Sargento to Artenara via Altavista 8.1 miles / 13 km Day 6 Walk to La Lechuza 11.75 miles / 18.8 km Day 7 Choice of walks or visit to Las Palmas 8.5 miles / 13.7 km Day 8 Onward Travel
THIS TRIP'S CARBON SCORE

This trip has a carbon score of 10kg per person per day, meaning it’s one of our greenest trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 10kg is equivalent to 18 lattes.

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