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WINTER SUNSHINE ON A MINIATURE CONTINENT

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A weeks walking and rambling exploring the hidden depths of the volcanic island of Gran Canaria, nicknamed the miniature continent.
  • Product Code 12780
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Winter Sunshine on a Miniature Continent

Here is your chance to walk a continent in just a week on Gran Canaria - a volcanic island just off the African coast with such vastly differing climates and landscapes that it has earned the name of ‘the miniature continent’. You’ll walk the high mountain range of the central Cumbre for endless dramatic views across the plains where remote cave villages hide amongst the rocks away from prying eyes. Further down the slopes you’ll find deep valleys full of lush vegetation and whitewashed rural villages on the Caminos Reales, the ancient pathways dating back to the early days of Spanish rule. Bask in the sun, stroll through alpine meadows and find shade in the majestic pine forests that dot the sub tropical valleys.

We stay in the historic port capital of Las Palmas, once an important trading post on route to the New World. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus stopped here to make repairs to his ship before continuing his voyage to the Americas. Over the centuries, Las Palmas has been visited (and occupied) by many nationalities and the multi-cultural influences are evident throughout the city. We will have time to explore the attractive and historical old quarters of Vegueta and Triana, a short bus ride from our hotel which is in the more modern quarter, where there are shops, restaurants and the magnificent sandy beach of Las Canteras. In the evenings we'll experience more local culture by dining in local restaurants.


Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the Barranco de Guayadeque to Tenteniguada with views over craters and rocky peaks.
  • Walk the high mountain range of the central Cumbre for endless dramatic views across the plains.
  • Discover remote cave villages hidden amongst the rocks away from prying eyes.
  • Walk into the valley of the Barranco de Azuaje and the pretty town of Firgas.
  • Follow ancient pathways dating back to the early days of Spanish rule.
  • Enjoy the winter sun from a coastal hotel.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Las Palmas (British Airways) or Gatwick to Las Palmas (Charter)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotel
      Dinners taken at local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    After arriving into Las Palmas Airport we then transfer by road to our hotel.

  2. Day 2

    A pleasant ascent from Lagunetas to Cruz de Tejeda followed by a lovely easy walk with fine views in the spectacular Cumbre Mountains, partly in pine forest, and culminating in the attractive village of Artenara with cave houses, bars and restaurants. Much of the walk is on easy forest tracks, 
    12.5km (7.8 miles), 550m ascent / 460m descent, 4 ½ hours

  3. Day 3

    A short bus ride from Las Palmas brings us to the famous Bandama Crater. There are two consecutive walks here – one which descends to the crater floor and the other which follows the crater rim.
    6.6km (4 miles), 510m ascent & descent, 3 ½ hours (figures for combined walks)

  4. Day 4

    We walk in the south of the island, through some pretty towns & villages, providing a contrast to the mountains of the north. Starting in San Bartolome the walk descends to Santa Lucia then continues in the afternoon, largely on old paths (caminos) to the ancient Guanche site of La Fortaleza, with a pleasant bar nearby for refreshments. We stop at the Mirador de Fataga on the outward journey for excellent views.
    12km (7.5 miles), 300m ascent / 600m descent, 4 hours

  5. Day 5

    Today is normally taken as a free day. Take the opportunity to explore Las Palmas’s old town, visit the Columbus and Canary Museums or the city’s botanical gardens.

  6. Day 6

    Today we walk through the Barranco de Guayadeque to Tenteniguada. This is one of the most beautiful walks on the island, mainly on caminos from a settlement of cave houses up the garden-like barranco of Guayadeque and over the Cumbre. The path down past Roque Grande to Tenteniguada has fabulous views over craters and rocky peaks, and a mass of flowers in the spring. The scenery on the drive to Guayadeque is quite stunning.
    12km (7.5 miles), 600m ascent / 700m descent, 5 hours

  7. Day 7

    A fine varied walk from La Culata in the central mountains with a good balance of ascent and descent showing two strongly contrasting sides of the island. After the initial ascent to Cruz de Tejeda it is a straightforward walk with no difficult terrain as far as the village of Lanzarote.
    10.5km (6.5 miles), 550m ascent / 600m descent, 4 ½ hours

  8. Day 8

    As we transfer back to the airport it has come time to say goodbye to Gran Canaria.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Las Palmas (British Airways) or Gatwick to Las Palmas (Charter)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Hotel Concorde

We stay in the four-star Hotel Concorde, located in the modern part of the city, with rooftop swimming pool (although we cannot guarantee it will always be in use) and solarium. The restaurant and bar have magnificent views over the Las Canteras beach. Rooms have good amenities, with ensuite facilities, AC, minibar, telephone, satellite TV, safe, Wi-Fi and 24 hour room service. Buffet breakfast and dinners are included. Dinners will normally be taken in local restaurants. Lunches are not included in the holiday charge, but Las Palmas is well equipped as a resort with many shops and restaurants nearby.


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