Gran Canaria Walking Festival: Explore the island’s hidden treasures on foot

Gran Canaria Walking Festival

by Trail magazine |

The 11th edition of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival takes place in October and allows walkers to discover the hidden side of the island that most tourists don't get to see.

The Canary islands are well known by many people as wonderful places to relax on an overseas holiday, but this festival allows walkers to get off the beaten track and discover hidden natural gems, magical landscapes, archaeology, culture and the wonderful gastronomy of the island.

The 2022 festival focuses on four main walking routes, all of which will finish with food tasting sessions where walkers can sample the unique local cuisine. The tasting sessions will take place in rural accommodation associated with Gran Canaria Natural & Active.

Details of each walk are listed below, and registration is already open for you to start planning your walking trip of a lifetime. CLICK HERE for registration info.

Route 1: The Heart of the Volcano

Thursday, 27 October

Explore both the most recent and the oldest geological features on Gran Canaria as you summit the 1669m peak of Montañon Negro, with stunning views from the summit, after walking through one of the greenest areas of the island to reach it. The food tasting session at the end of this walk will take place in Tejeda, a charming village where history comes to life.

Route 2: Journey Through Time

Friday, 28 October

Preserved throughout history, under the protection of La Fortaleza, this historic route takes you on a journey through time in the Caldera de Tirajana, before finishing in one of the most picturesque villages in the interior of Gran Canaria.

Route 3: In Search of Water

Saturday, 29 October

This route starts in Juncalillo, on the heights of Barranco Hondo, then descends through one of the greenest areas of our island, where agriculture, tradition and landscapes eroded by water merge into a unique experience. The route then leads to the Los Lugarejos and Los Pérez reservoirs, and gives you the chance to observe the historical caves of Risco Caído.

Route 4: In the footsteps of Guguy

Sunday, 30 October

Sheltered by cliffs and ravines, what is now the refuge of tabaibas and cardones was once the refuge of the pre-colonial population known as the Canarii. Protected by the Guguy massif, this route is a hike in the 'Far West' of Gran Canaria, full of history, legends and majestic landscapes.

Why choose Gran Canaria for my walking holiday?

Gran Canaria is home to a wide variety of natural treasures, many of them in the form of incredible landscapes that surprise visitors. Nature and outdoor sports lovers can immerse themselves in its trails all year round to discover the most human and natural side of the island, full of traditions, flavours and unique scenery. The climate is undoubtedly Gran Canaria's best ally, with plenty of sun, low rainfall, and cooler autumn temperatures in October.

Where can I stay on the island?

So people attending the Walking Festival can get to get to know the accommodation on offer in Gran Canaria Natural & Active, each route will finish at a stunning local hotel. There the festival organisers will arrange tastings of local food so hikers can rest after a long day on foot.

In the village of Tejeda, you will find charming places such as Hotel Rural Fonda de la Tea
Casa Rural La Longuera de Tirajana
Hotel Rural Las Longueras
Hotel La Aldea Suites

The Gran Canaria Walking Festival, which is organised by Gran Canaria Natural & Active, is officially sponsored by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria through the Gran Canaria Tourist Board and has the support of the Town Council of Tejeda and the Town Council of Agate.

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