Arrival in Gran Canaria
Arrival at Gran Canaria airport. As soon as you arrive, a driver will be waiting to take you to your accommodation in the municipality of Agaete, where you'll spend your first night. Once you are in Agaete, we suggest you take a walk through this relaxing and charming fishing village, where you will also have the opportunity to get to know and enjoy its natural pools.
The Camino Real route
Today we start your trekking route on the island of Gran Canaria and, for this first stage, you will go up a long way towards the town of San Pedro. Afterwards, you can continue along the Camino de los Romeros towards Roque Bermejo, a rocky, reddish mountain, also known as Era de Berbique or Era de Bibique. This name is given because of the Berbique Caves that are located there. These, however, are not easily accessible as the path along your route runs away from the caves.
During the trip, you will have the whole Agaete Valley in view, as well as the impressive cliffs that characterize the north of the island. You will continue walking towards the Vuelta de la Paloma viewpoint, enjoying the views of multiple valleys, until you reach Puerto de Las Nieves, from where you start your descent down a narrow road.
Once you get to the end of your trek, we recommend you take a taxi or a bus back to Agaete. Also, if you are afraid of heights, we suggest that once you get to the viewpoint, turn back and return to the hotel.
Length: 10,5 km
Route to Tejeda
Today you will enjoy a hike around the municipality of Tejeda, in the very centre of the island of Gran Canaria, where you can enjoy multiple visits to museums, get to know the city centre and, why not, enjoy an exquisite typical Canarian dish. You will be transported by taxi for a short trip to start your hike of the day, which receives you with two considerably pronounced ascents.
The taxi driver will drop you off in a small car park located just before turning right, where the car route continues on the S-97 road. From there, you start your walk for today.
You will go down the old Camino Real to the village of Fagajesto, where you'll arrive after an asphalt section. Once you have finished this first section, we suggest you rest your feet a little before starting the ascent through pine forests near the municipality of Gáldar.
Once you have gone down to Cruz de Tejeda, you can see your final destination, Tejeda, to where you will have to descend the last stretch, passing through an ancient volcanic crater with exceptional sea views. As a curious fact, we remind you that you are in the first and only municipality of the Canary Islands that belong to the association of 'The Most beautiful villages in Spain'. Enjoy!
Length: 15 km
Trekking to Roque Nublo
Today you will walk around the heart of Gran Canaria, the Roque Nublo Monument, touring the steep volcanic terrain that surrounds it. Most of the hike will be along natural stony trails, but very simple to transit, as well as some by dirt roads and others on asphalt.
As you ascend, you will see multiple eroded ravines, and if you look up, no doubt you will delight in observing the distance the famous Roque Nublo Monument, point of reference on the island despite not being the highest.
At the end of your route, you will reach the top of Roque Nublo, declared a Natural Monument in 1987, from where the breath-taking views of the whole island will remind you that all the effort of the day has been worthwhile. When you start the descent to take the bus back to Tejeda, enjoy the passage through multiple pine forests.
Length: 20 km
From Tejeda to Artenara
Today's route will take you to Artenara. You will pass by dirt roads, asphalt and some others surrounded by pine trails. To start your day, you will have a transfer included that will take you from your hotel to the beginning of the route in Tamadaba Natural Park.
Once there, if you have time, we suggest you go to the Artenara Cave Museum, which teaches visitors the way of life in the caves. Also, it is essential that you know the Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Cuevita, whose tradition goes back to the appearance of the Virgin Mary (centuries ago) inside one of the caves.
Today, it will be one of the best trails, throughout all the Altavista mountain range, surrounding the Tamadaba Natural Park. At the end of your walk, near the Church of San Matías, in Artenara, you will meet a taxi driver again who will take you back to Tejeda. There, we suggest you visit the Spice Garden and taste some of them.
Once in the hotel, remember that you can also see the Roque Bentayga, the second most important peak of the island after Roque Nublo.
Length: 14 km
From Tejeda to La Lechuza
Today you will be moved to La Culata from where you start your ascent today to La Cumbre, in the north of Gran Canaria, characterized by its green colour. Ascending towards Roque Nublo enjoy the views of the highest peak of the island: Pico de las Nieves.
Then, you will start the descent along some rural trails and other asphalt paths, until you get back to your accommodation where you can rest from the walk of the day.
Length: 19 km
Overnight: La Lechuza
Walking in Las Palmas
Today you will have all day to visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of the island. In our information dossier, we will give you a list of all the places you cannot miss. So then, you will have to start with a walk to La Vega de San Mateo and, there, go on your own by bus to the city of Las Palmas.
If you prefer, we can arrange a private transfer from your hotel to Las Palmas, if you tell us in advance, although it is really worth knowing the landscape from La Lechuza to La Vega de San Mateo and enjoy a last walk that, in addition to being very short, will offer you a spectacular landscape.
Once there, we suggest that you visit its beautiful historic centre in the Vegueta neighbourhood, take a walk through its colonial streets, get to know its museums and enter the majestic Cathedral of Santa Ana.
To return to your hotel, in La Lechuza, where you will spend your last night in the most charming rural environment on the island, you can take a bus on your own from the Vegueta district or ask us, at the time of booking, to arrange a private transfer back.
Length: Free walk
Overnight: La Lechuza
Return from Gran Canaria
Transfer to Gran Canaria Airport to take your flight back to your hometown.*
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to reserve additional hotel nights of for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in Gran Canaria on your own.
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All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.
Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.
When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.
All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.
Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.
Where am I going to stay?
All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:
Accomodation in Las Longueras country cottage - Agaete
Accomodation in Fonda de la Tea Hotel - Tejeda
Accomodation in Rural Las Calas Hotel - La Lechuza
In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
Thanks to the exquisite temperature in Gran Canaria, this walking trail can be done all year round.
It is important, however, to bring some warm clothing, as in the highest points of the island you are likely to find some rain and even some snowfall, depending on the time of year when the trip is made.
Also, between June and September, bring everything you need to protect yourself from the sun and heat.
How do I get to the starting point?
To start your Walking Holiday in Gran Canaria, you must take a flight to the only airport in Gran Canaria, which is located right in between the main cities. From there you have a transfer included to Agaete.
When you finish your trip in La Lechuza, you will also have an included transfer that will take you back to Gran Canaria Airport to take your flight back home.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.