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Discover the enchanting embrace of Gran Canaria along the iconic GR131 trek. In eight days, traverse the island from north to south, experiencing its striking contrasts. Wander through shifting microclimates and diverse terrains, from mist-clad cliffs to sun-kissed beaches, and fragrant pine forests to volcanic formations. Immerse yourself in the vibrant scent of wildflowers and coffee plantations and be captivated by the sight of towering dunes, island’s rugged interior and the chic coastal resorts adorned with Spanish colonial architecture. After 45 miles of ups and downs on ever-changing trails, savor a day of complete relaxation in Maspalomas. Unveil Gran Canaria’s secrets step by step, joined by expert local guides and like-minded adventurers.

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  • Challenging and rewarding hikes

    Experience Gran Canaria’s legendary GR131 trail, conquering rugged terrain and dramatic cliffs

  • Enjoy captivating scenery

    Take in the majestic volcanic rocks and dunes, coffee plantations, sun-kissed beaches, and lush forests

  • Hiking meets relaxation

    Relax and savor delectable cuisine; get immersed in Canarian culture in this island’s vibrant setting

Itinerary

Embark on an 8-day Gran Canaria adventure, traversing the iconic GR131 trail from north to south. Explore diverse landscapes of this awe-inspiring volcanic island and soak in the culture and irresistible vibes of quaint villages and coastal towns. Enjoy daily breakfast, seamless luggage transfers, and carefully picked B&B and hotel accommodations, along with convenient airport transfers. Traverse 45 miles of hiking trails over four days, and unwind for a day in lively Maspalomas. Discover the Canaries' allure on this hassle-free active retreat.

  • Given the availability of accommodations, the itinerary includes two possible options for Day 2 and Day 3. This means that the specific hiking routes for these days depend on the chosen accommodation, which may vary based on dates. However, rest assured that both options offer equally well-organized and scenic hiking experiences. You will find out which routes will be walked on Day 2 and Day 3 when the trip is confirmed.

  • Welcome to the start of your Gran Canaria adventure! Upon your arrival at the airport, you’ll be greeted by your Gran Canaria hiking guide and transported to the charming coastal town of Agaete on the northwest coast of the island. Settle into your accommodation for the night and relish the anticipation of the journey ahead. Your group will have the opportunity to connect over a welcome drink, introducing yourselves and sharing in the excitement. Rest well, for tomorrow marks the commencement of your explorations.

    The coastal town in north Gran Canaria, Agaete, with white-washed houses and a baroque church.
  • Option 1: Embarking from the harbor, your journey takes you through the captivating Tamada nature reserve on your way to Artenara. This area has garnered recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As you ascend to an elevation of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet), you’ll witness the striking beauty of the Canarian pine forests that grace the mountaintops, the dramatic coastal cliffs, and the diverse ecology of the ravines. The accommodation awaits just a few kilometers from Artenara, and you’ll be conveniently transferred there to rest and prepare for the following day.

    Hiking: 12.7 miles (20.5 km)
    Elevation change: +5,659 ft / -1,821 ft (1,725 m / -554 m)

    Option 2: From Puerto las Nieves, the route takes you via the San Pedro valley to the village of Juncalillo. Skip the climb to the Tamadaba nature reserve and walk
    via the large reservoir towards Juncalillo. With this option, the so-called vertical kilometer is avoided. The altitude meters are slightly less, the distance is approximately the same as option 1.

    Hiking: 12.4 miles (20 km)
    Elevation change: +5,380 ft / – 1,771 ft (+1,640 m / -540 m)

    Dramatic cliffs in Gran Canaria near Agaete.
  • Option 1: Today, you’ll set off from Artenara on a captivating hike towards Cruz de Tejeda. This scenic route unveils Gran Canaria’s diverse landscapes, taking you through rolling hills, ancient volcanic formations, and charming villages that seem suspended in time. As you ascend to Cruz de Tejeda, a mountain pass offering panoramic vistas, you’ll immerse yourself in the island’s unique flora and fauna. Spend some quality time with your guide and fellow hikers once you’ve settled into your accommodation.

    Hiking: 8.5 miles (13.6 km)
    Elevation change: +3,353 ft / -3,176 ft (1,023 m / -968 m)

    Option 2: Via Juncalillo, your group will walk to Artenara to join the GR131 route again and then walk to and one of the nicest villages in Gran Canaria, Tejeda.

    Hiking: 10.6 miles (17 km)
    Elevation change: +2,788 ft/ –2,985 ft (+850 m / -910 m)

    Landscapes near Cruz de Tejeda with a large volcanic rock formation.
  • This is the heart of the adventure, where the challenge yields the most exquisite rewards. Having reached the summit, the descent to San Bartolomé de Tirajana beckons a transition from 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) down to 900 meters (2,953 feet). Settle into your accommodation and get some well-deserved rest.

    Hiking: 11.2 miles (18 km)
    Elevation change: +4,757 ft / -6152 ft (+1,450 m / -1876 m)

    View of the church of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. In times of the "Fiesta" the place is decorated with colorful flags.
  • Begin your day with a nourishing breakfast as you prepare to leave San Bartolomé. A relatively short walking day awaits your group today. From San Bartolomé, you will leave descending to the next accommodation where your group will arrive in time to have an afternoon of rest. For those who want a long walk, it is possible to do hike some more on your own once you’ve reached your accommodation.

    Hiking: 6.2 miles (10 km) or 12.4 miles (20 km)
    Elevation change: +295 ft / –2,066 ft (+90 m / -630 m) or +1,410 ft / –3,379 ft (+430 m / -1,030)

    A reservoir surrounded by hills near Ayagaures, Gran Canaria.
  • The final leg of your journey unfolds as you descend mainly downhill toward Maspalomas. The route grants you a scenic perspective of the expansive Palmitos Park. Your path winds through quaint villages, where opportunities to indulge in local cuisine and beverages abound. The conclusion of your hike culminates at the lighthouse in the heart of bustling Maspalomas. Here, your comfortable accommodation awaits, inviting you to unwind and relish the final days of your island exploration.

    Hiking: 11.2 miles (18 km)
    Elevation change: +502 ft / -1499 ft (+164 m / -458 m)

    Dunes in “Little Sahara” near Maspalomas, Gran Canaria.
  • With the hiking trails behind you, seize the chance to immerse yourself in Maspalomas’ vibrant offerings. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the captivating beaches, savor local cuisine in charming eateries, and indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments. Engage in recreational activities such as cycling, swimming, or simply basking in the warm sun. This day is tailored for relaxation and exploration, ensuring a memorable and fuss-free continuation of your journey.

    Sand dunes meet the Atlantic Ocean. Top view of Maspalomas sand dunes. Aerial view of Gran Canaria Island. Ocean meets sand dunes on the Canary islands. Canary Islands, Spain.Waves crashing the sandy seashore. Beautiful landscape with huge sand dunes.
  • As your remarkable journey draws to a close, bid farewell to your fellow adventurers and guides, carrying with you cherished memories of the Gran Canaria landscapes and experiences. Your airport transfer is arranged. Alternatively, if you wish to extend your stay, convenient bus connections from Maspalomas to Las Palmas airport are available, as well as the option of a taxi service.

    A typical house in Gran Canaria.
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Meet your guides

Jeanne van den Reek
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Jeanne van den Reek
Jeanne is the founder of Canary Hiking, which she founded when she was in search of a more positive mindset while battling cancer. She created a website and walked all routes (more than 600 km!), later on going to the Canary Islands with a campervan to truly discover the islands. Jeanne also ran the New York Marathon after diabetes diagnosis, and whichever obstacles she comes across in life, she always finds the beacon of light and hope. Her hope is to transfer her enthusiasm and love for the Canary Islands to her clients.
Astrid Kusters
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Astrid Kusters
Astrid turned her life around at the age of 45—she found joy as a volunteer in a hospice with her rescue dog Kyra. After meeting Jeanne, she did not hesitate to follow her gut feeling and go to the beautiful Canary Islands for explorations and research. Astrid loves helping people find happiness in the great outdoors (in the Canary Islands more specifically) by hiking and discovering it. Kyra follows her along on hiking trips, making the trips even more special.
Mauk van de Waarsenburg
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Mauk van de Waarsenburg
Mauk van de Waarsenburg
Born and raised in Helmond, Mauk left the Netherlands for Tenerife in 1998. There, his passion for mountains and nature flourished, embracing activities like trail running, climbing, and canyoning. Crossing paths with the company in 2021, he transitioned from guiding underground volcanic tunnels to becoming a certified Spanish hiking guide. With a focus on sustainable tourism and local support, he, along with Canary-Hiking, aims to share the beauty of hiking while fostering personal connections and supporting the local economy.
Canary Hiking
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Canary Hiking
Canary Hiking gathers hiking specialists who love to share their passion for the Canary Islands with other people. They offer excursions, special stays, complete tours, island hopping, multi-day hikes, and more custom-made adventures! Whatever your goal is on the sunny Canary Islands, they can make it happen—whether it’s spending the night on the edge of a volcano or tasting local wine in authentic bodegas after hiking in the mountains.
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laleh rafati (source: Google Reviews)

“GR 131 Gran Canary” was a wonderful and unique hiking experience with Mauk, Jeanne and Astrid. This hike was so well organised (e.g. accommodations, luggage transfers, hiking guides, on-time hiking planning for every day). I feel safe during the trip and I was able to only focus on hiking and enjoy the nature because the rest was managed perfectly by this group. Strongly recommended.

geraldine o sullivan (source: Google Reviews)

If you are the type of person to trust in the universe to provide you with a pathway then these are the people who can help you achieve your way forward. I truly believe that by walking you make your path, and these walks are truly inspiring. The routes are at times challenging but remember it’s just one foot in front of the other. Your luggage and a hot shower waits for you at the end of an inspiring day walking. Great company, wonderful life experience. I recommend the trecks with the care and love of a great team.

René Looman (source: Google Reviews)

This is the second time I have been out with Canary Hiking. Again well organised. Fantastic locations to spend the night. I’m going again in March.

Ilse Verlaan (source: Google Reviews)

Astrid and Jeanne are enthusiastic and professional. You can feel their passion for hiking and the Canary Islands! Top people and top company! Recommended!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • Experienced, local hiking guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5 days of hiking along the GR131 in Gran Canaria
      • Accommodation based on double occupancy (7 nights)
      • Luggage transfers
      • Daily transfers to accommodations
      • Airport transfers
      • Breakfasts and welcome drink
      • Special hiking pin for successfully hiking a part of GR131

    What’s not included:

      • Airfare to Las Palmas
      • Lunches, dinners, and drinks
      • Travel, cancellation, and medical insurance
      • Any other transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • To fully enjoy and participate in the Gran Canaria guided hiking trip, a reasonable level of physical fitness is recommended. The trip encompasses a series of daily hikes, each involving varying degrees of elevation gain and descent. The terrain traversed ranges from mountainous paths to quiet villages, and the journey covers distances of around 9.3 to 13.7 miles (15 to 22 kilometers) per day.

    While the adventure is designed to be both challenging and rewarding, it is important for participants to have a good level of endurance, as the hikes involve significant height differences, reaching up to 5,659 feet (1,725 meters) in elevation gain and 6,135 feet (1,870 meters) in descent. You can also expect some steep uphill and downhill sections, as well as winding paths.

    Given the nature of the trek and the daily distances covered, participants should have a moderate level of hiking experience and be prepared for several hours of walking each day. Adequate physical preparation, including cardiovascular fitness and leg strength, will contribute to a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. Training and preparation in the months leading up to the trip will enhance your ability to fully appreciate the stunning landscapes and unique experiences that the Gran Canaria hiking journey offers. We suggest you practice by taking longer day hikes in hilly terrain, as well as activities such as cycling, swimming, or running.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots
      • Moisture-wicking T-shirts
      • Hiking pants and shorts
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket and
      • Midlayer or fleece
      • Leisurewear for when you’re not hiking (including regular trainers and footwear appropriate for the beach)
      • Bathing suit
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Bring comfortable clothing you can easily move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. The climate is mild in Gran Canaria throughout the year, but you can expect the weather to be cooler and wetter in between October and January. We suggest you avoid hiking clothes made from cotton.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this Gran Canaria guided hiking tour, the maximum number of participants is 8.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 persons for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Gran Canaria guided trekking tour can be arranged for larger and private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Gran Canaria, people usually fly into Las Palmas Airport. You’ll be greeted by your guide at the airport and get a transfer to Agaete (usually in the morning or the afternoon on Day 1), where the tour officially begins.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions when hiking in Gran Canaria, Spain, please refer to Spain’s Foreign Travel Advice.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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