Gran Canaria & Tenerife
Santa Lucía, the rural heart of Gran Canaria (1)
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; we are 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 great ravines. Here starts the Route of the Salt, which we will cross during our hike. 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. The route finishes in an archeological site of Gran Canaria: La Fortaleza de Ansite. Before returning to Agaete, we will stop for a snack on the way.
Natural Triangle of Gran Canaria: Los Marteles, Altos de Tirajanas, Guayadeque (2)
The route starts at the Caldera de los Marteles, a crater with a diameter of 550m wide and 80m deep. Years ago, this crater was a farming land. After leaving the Caldera, we will enjoy views over the upper side of Guayadeque. Following a path, we will go through a pine forest, and from there, we will have fantastic views over the Caldera de Tirajana. Little by little we will descend into Guayadeque’s Valley enjoying beautiful views. At the Montaña de las Tierras, the valleys' walls become gigantic. The route will finish at the Montaña de las Tierras, where a small group of locals still live in caves. After the route, we will stop for a snack in a cave restaurant. Picnic on route.
Caldera de Bandama, the volcano and wine route & Azuaje, the route to the Hidden Valley (3)
A visit to the Caldera de Bandama will help us to understand the geological origin of Gran Canaria, which is the result of thousands of years of volcanic eruptions. The Bandama Natural Monument is part of the Tafira Protected Landscape. When we reach the center of the crater we will feel small due to the impressive surrounding walls. The Caldera de Bandama isolation has created the perfect habitat for the growth of many endemic plants, which give this place a special botanical significance. The ”Dama de Bandama” is a protected rare flower unique in the world. In one of the sides of the Caldera de Bandama is the Pico de Bandama, another volcano which rises to nearly 1000 metres over the sea level. There is only one inhabitant at the Caldera de Bandama, “Agustinito”, who has lived in this place for decades. The Bandama Area is currently the main wine producing area of Gran Canaria, the soil of the area and also the climatology has created the ideal conditions for the farmers to set up their vineyards. Bandama is home to some charming family wineries. The production and exportation of wine was the base of the Canary Islands Economy during a long time in its history. The excellent wines produced on the Islands had international recognition. Shakespeare mentioned it in some of his books. Before leaving Bandama we will visit an old Winery for a local wine and cheese tasting. During the afternoon we will visit the charming botanical gardens, which are located nearby
Roque Nublo and the biosphere reservation of Gran Canaria (4)
Roque Nublo is a natural symbol of Gran Canaria, a “must visit” while you are on the Island. This route offers you the chance to enjoy the grandiose landscape of the center and west side of the Island. This Route runs through the Gran Canaria’s Biosphere Reservation (Unesco 2005). The unique scenery that you can see from this route was named “The Petrified Storm” by the philosopher Miguel de Unamuno in reference to its violent and spectacular shapes. The Roque Nublo Hiking Route starts on the highest point of Gran Canaria (Pico de las Nieves), and finishes at the Roque Nublo, with wonderful views over the Caldera de Tejeda. On most of the path, we will walk between endemic plant species such as the Canary pine trees (Pinus canariensis). From La Fogalera viewpoint where the views become breathtaking, we can see a stunning sight of the Roque Bentaiga from there and on most days, we can also see the Mount Teide over the clouds. We will continue hiking around Roque Nublo up to its base, a large plain on which surface is set up with huge basaltic rock (87 meters high from its base – 1813 meters above sea level). Roque Nublo was declared Natural Monument in 1987 and belongs to the Rural Park of the Nublo.
Anaga, the laurisilva forest in Tenerife (5)
Anaga Natural Park is located in the North East of Tenerife. It is an isolated area full of small hamlets which benefits from a nature of extraordinary beauty. Anaga is home to one of the largest Laurisilva Forest in the Canary Islands. The route starts and finishes at the Cruz del Carmen, a geographic crossroad where all paths connect on its way to the cities of La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The route follows a path surrounded by a lush vegetation, typical of the Laurisilva Forest (fayas, heathers, laurels, Portuguese laurel, Persea Indica, linden, Canary Holly). It crosses some of the isolated hamlets of the area (Batán, Las Carboneras, Tegueste…), giving the participants an idea of the type of life the local live, a peaceful atmosphere typical of the old times. Anaga is full of amazing stories of its inhabitants, who have experienced and suffered for centuries the isolation of the area. The special features of Anaga, and its particular nature, make it an island inside another island. Before leaving Anaga we will make a stop at the Roque de Las Bodegas, to have a view of the beautiful coast of Anaga.
Urban Route, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Chirino (6)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the Island’s Capital. It is a vibrant city located by the sea which becomes a nice plateau for an urban route. The walk starts in Vegueta, the Old Quarter, where you will enjoy the elegant architecture of the colonial buildings, the impressive Santa Ana Cathedral and the charming little squares which witnessed important moments in the history of the new world discovery. After leaving Vegueta we will go through Triana, where you will enjoy some fine examples of modernist architecture. We will cross the city using the promenade that connects some of the districts of the city, stopping in Las Palmas Marina and also a district called “Garden City”. The harbor influences the districts around it, and from there, the city becomes cosmopolitan and lively. The Mercado del Puerto and La Luz Castle will be stops before we reach Las Canteras beach, the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. We will have lunch in a local restaurant in the area before returning to Agaete
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