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Walking Gran Canaria


Walking on Gran Canaria describes 45 day walks in eight areas of the island. A long-distance coast-to-coast route on the GR131 is included and shorter walks can be linked to form longer itineraries. Gran Canaria one of the larger Canary Islands is a hugely popular spot for tourists but offers many peaceful rural areas perfect for walking.

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Gran Canaria may be primarily known as holiday destination for its sun-kissed beaches but beyond the resorts the island offers many peaceful and charming country and hill opportunities for walkers. The central area is protected as a Parque Natural with lush green terraces climbing up to the rocky towers of Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. The walks also explore deep barrancos extensive pine and laurisilva forests and the islands towns. 

There are walks suitable for those of all abilities ranging in landscape from coastal clifftops to the dramatic volcanic mountains inland. Walks venture through villages and towns and up to the summits of the highest peaks on Gran Canaria. Also included in the book is a five-day coast-to-coast route on the GR 131. The GR 131 is an island-hopping long-distance trail stretching across all seven of the Canary Islands.

The guidebook not only provides detailed route descriptions but practical information on how to make the most of your trip to Gran Canaria. Transport accommodation language food currency are all covered along with geological historical and cultural information on the many sights along the way.

  • 45 routes with detailed contour mapping and breathtaking photography
  • full background information and practicalities on Gran Canaria
  • spring and autumn are ideal times to go and winter has very little chance of snow
  • the fourth in a five-book series to the Canary Islands. Others include Walking on Tenerife  Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro  Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventure and Walking on La Palma 
  • Activities
    Island walking day walking and long-distance. Coastal forest hill and semi-desert landscapes.
  • Seasons
    High summer is popular but too hot for walking. Good winter walking is possible with only a very rare chance of snow on high mountains. Spring is ideal and autumn is tolerable.
  • Centres
    Most people stay in the city or resorts - Las Palmas Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés - but there are quieter alternatives.
  • Difficulty
    Routes vary from short and easy to long and arduous. Many paths are rough and stony so good footwear is required. The highest mountains are sometimes covered by low cloud but sun protection will be needed more than waterproofs. Plenty of water should be carried in some arid places.
  • Must See
    Rugged well-settled uplands dominated by towers of rock - Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. Long-distance coast to coast route. Deep and rugged barrancos. Scenery from mountains to extensive pine and laurisilva forests with semi-desert and amazing cliff coastlines. Peaceful and charming rural locations despite being in one of the world's most popular holiday spots.

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