Gran Canaria walking vacations
Calling all hill hikers, volcano viewers and scenery seekers – walking vacations to Gran Canaria take you to an island with eruptive origins. Don’t let the snoozing towns fool you. You might start out in hilltop Aguimes, where green-shuttered houses slouch along skinny streets, or dawdling, cathedral-capped Arucas. But the footpaths beyond are exhilarating stuff, twisting and turning along mountain slopes, clifftop forests and deep-cut gorges.
There’s the wild, wave-swept west, the mountainous middle, the villages like pearls, the fern forests. A vista for every occasion.
Most Gran Canaria walking vacations head up (and up and up) into the mountainous center of the island. In the Guayadeque Canyon, you’ll ramble along the echoes of ancient lava eruptions and past abandoned Stone Age cave dwellings. Or peer up at the pinstriped rock walls of Fuente de Los Azulejos and wind through pines, lavender and rock roses in the Inagua Forest. You’ll be hard-pressed to miss the Roque Nublo, too – a towering crag that was once a sacred spot for the precolonial Guanche people.
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What do Gran Canaria walking vacations entail?
There are two types of walking vacations in Gran Canaria: small group tours and self guided trips. Small group vacations place you with a bunch of 10-16 hikers of a similar ability. You’ll take each hike together in the wake of a guide who knows every crag and crack on the island. Accommodation is included; you’ll stay in one or two towns across the span of a week or so. Most meals and transfers are also rolled into the package. Organised tours tend to run from October to March, when the heat retreats to a walkable 18°C.
All walks are meticulously designed, using ultra-local knowledge. And they always take the most interesting route.
Tailor made vacations leave the guiding to you. Half board accommodation is usually included, along with airport transfers and a handy pack of maps and trip notes (wining and dining recommendations included). You’ve got the freedom to pick and choose the walks that suit you, and swap out challenging hikes for easier ones. Accommodation will be basic in the mountains, but if you fancy laying your weary head somewhere cushier at night then tailor made tours will give you the chance to upgrade your hotel. Luggage transfers are the cherry on top, so you just have to take a day pack with you.
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A walking vacation to the Canary Islands, lifts the veil on mystical laurel forests, volcanic valleys and vineyards, and villagers that still fish for a living.
Canary Islands walking vacations tend to focus on the main islands, where mule tracks and petrified lava rivers take you from whitewashed village to dormant volcano to sandy coast.