by walk in Gran Canaria
Route 1. Santa Lucía, the palm trees trail.
The Caldera de Tirajana is a place of extraordinary natural beauty, where high mountains meet deep ravines. The route starts in Santa Lucía old town and follows a path that will take us to the untouched Gran Canaria, a place where nature and rural life join in perfect harmony and create a landscape of exceptional beauty. The route takes place at the Caldera de Tirajana. Santa Lucía is a fertile land surrounded by high mountains and gifted with quiet white hamlets, small farms, oasis of native palm trees, cane fields, vineyards and ravines. Here starts the Route of the Salt, which we will cross during our walk. Some iconic mountains (Risco Blanco, Amurga Range or the Roques) are prominent in the landscape, and will be our geographical reference all over the route. Before finishing the route we will visit an important archeological site of Gran Canaria: La Fortaleza de Ansite. The route finishes in Santa Lucía Old Town, a quiet village full with charming houses and tall palm trees. This is a beautiful hike to start your walking trip in Gran Canaria.
Route 2. Natural Triangle of Gran Canaria: Los Marteles, Altos de Tirajanas, Guayadeque
The Barranco de Guayadeque is a place of great interest for its natural beauty, its endemic vegetation, its importance on the pre-history of Gran Canaria and finally the charming cave houses where the local inhabitants still live nowadays. The route starts at the Montaña de las Tierras and follows a path to the centre of the Island. After a few km. we will ascend following a track which offers impressive views over the Valley. An old stones farmers way will take us to the pine trees forest. Depending on the season of our trip, we might enjoy of the flowers of the blue tajinaste (an endemic plant) and also of the views over Las Tirajanas Crater. We will start descending at La Caldera de Los Marteles, a volcanic crater of 550 m. diametres and 80 metres deep. On the Caldera de los Marterles we still can see the trace of the farms that settled there until a few decades ago. The path around Caldera de los Marteles is full with black volcanic ash, which resulted from the volcanic explosion thousand years ago. We will return to Montaña de las Tierras following an old farmers way, from where we will see the abandoned terraces which shows the amazing work the inhabitants of Gran Canaria made to create farm lands. Where we reach Montaña de las Tierras, make sure you take the little circular path around the mountain to enjoy of the views and also of the charming cave houses you will find there. At the Montaña de las Tierras, the valleys' walls become gigantic. After this long walk, you might wish to stop for a coffee/beer on one an original cave restaurant located at the Montaña de las Tierras.
Route 3. Gran Canaria’s sacred rocks route
This route starts on the highest point of Gran Canaria (Pico de Las Nieves), and it follows a path that crosses on of the largest pine forest of the Island. This forest becomes specially remarkable when we acknowledge that it is the result of an outstanding ecological project undertaken by the Island's Government in the middle of the last century (most trees were cut after the conquest of the Island to get wood to make boats, fire, etc. Fortunately, the Island Government undertook a giant reforestation project 70 years ago, with amazing results: the forest has been recovered and is 100% alive. On the way we will have views over the Gran Canaria’s Biosphere Reserve, which covers 43% of the Island surface. Little by little you will approach to a territory that was declared "World Heritage by the United Nations in 2019: Risco Caído and the Sacred Rocks”. You will go up and around Roque Nublo, one of the sacred rocks for the Canariis (the old inhabitants of Gran Canaria). Roque Nublo is a 87m. high volcanic chimney that has become the natural symbol of Gran Canaria. From its platform you will have beautiful views all over the west side of the Island, and some days, also impressive views over Mount Teide (Tenerife), the highest mountain in Spain. From Mirador de la Fogalera, your next stop, you will have the best views over the other sacred rock: Roque Bentayga. After leaving the Roque Nublo area you will reach La Culata Hamlet, a quiet place that might be perfect to have a coffee or a drink while enjoying the sense that time has stopped. Tejeda is just 5 km. away from La Culata.
Day 4. Caldera de Tejeda trail, the 100 Valleys route.
The route starts at the Cruz de Tejeda, the geographical centre of Gran Canaria, where many walking routes start. You will make this day a route with superlative beauty which follows the border of the Caldera de Tejeda. On the way, you will enjoy of the Riscos de Chapin, caves where the Canariis used to live, pine forest, great examples of other endemic species, the sea of clouds over the north face of the Island, but specially, this route offers you outstanding panoramic views over the Gran Canaria’s Sacred Rocks (Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga) and the mountain range of the west side of Gran Canaria. After seven km. walk you will reach Artenara, the highest village in Gran Canaria. This is a really picturesque place, which might be worth a stop for a visit. Specially, we recommend a visit to the Ermita de la Virgen de la Cuevita, the Cave Museum and also the Iglesia de San Matías. Please notice that this is the only place where you will find a coffee place in case you want to stop for a coffee or a drink. After leaving Artenara you will walk in the direction of the Tamadaba forest, but you will always follow the path on the border of the Caldera de Tirajana. This part of the route gives you the most stunning views of Roque Bentayga and Roque Nublo. On the west side is possible to see all the canyons with a few isolated houses in them. Little by little you will reach Acusa Seca, where you will find a complex of caves carved on the huge rock walls, where the aborigines lived since 400 AD and the troglodyte style of living was preserved until the XX century. In this area were discovered mummies and is an archaeological site very well preserved. This part of the route becomes really interesting. Following the path you will reach Acusa Verde, where this amazing route finishes.
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