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Gran Canaria Hiking Adventure Along the GR131

Guide(s)
Jeanne van den Reek, Astrid Kusters, Mauk van de Waarsenburg, Canary Hiking
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1 Person
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Duration
8 day
Guide(s)
Jeanne van den Reek, Astrid Kusters, Mauk van de Waarsenburg, Canary Hiking
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  • 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.

    • 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.
    • 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)

      Dramatic cliffs in Gran Canaria near Agaete.
    • 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)

      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. With provisions in your backpack, you’ll navigate the initial tranquil kilometers, gaining sight of the ascent that awaits. The final challenge presents itself—the culmination of the journey’s uphill climbs. Upon reaching the summit, a gradual and extended descent guides you toward Ayagaures. The rugged path includes tight hairpin bends, overgrown trails, and the descent of 800 meters (2,625 feet) until the expansive Ayagaures reservoir comes into view. Here, a restaurant provides sustenance for your senses. Your accommodation at Ayagaures or Maspalomas will serve as your base, offering rest and relaxation after a full day of hiking.

      Hiking: 9.3 miles (15 km)
      Elevation change: +2,083 ft / -4006 ft (+635 m / -1221 m)

      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.
    • 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!

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