For many years Gran Canaria was the most underrated of the Canary Islands among countryside enthusiasts but, recently, with the restoration of the old trails, the island has been ‘discovered’ by walkers. It is often referred to as a ‘continent in minature’. If you travel across Gran Canaria by car or on foot you’ll see why for yourself!
From the hub of the cumbre, the island’s great saddle, ravines are born and fan out seaward like spokes on a wheel, gouging enormous valleys in their wake. Between them there are magnificent barrancos (ravines). Each has its own little secret to share. In the Barranco de los Cernicalos there are knee-deep grasses and a chuckling stream; the Barranco de la Aldea hides an emerald-green reservoir; the Barranco de Güígüí opens out to an incomparable beach. These are but a few of the island’s breathtaking ravines… and this is only the start of what you will find when out walking in Gran Canaria.
Area covered: the whole island
The best months for walking in Gran Canaria are October to June.