Viva Gran Canaria
Canary Islands, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
- Mountains, sea and vibrant Las Palmas
- Three walking bases - coast, mountains and capital
- Start the week in the beautiful coastal resort of Puerto de Mogan
- Trek to the island`s high point, Pico de las Nieves
- Final night in the historic capital of Las Palmas
The highest mountain and the delights of the coast, combined with vibrant, historic Las Palmas, make this is a walking week crammed full of contrasts, with that special holiday feeling. With its eternal spring/summer climate, Gran Canaria provides a revitalising escape from a gloomy dark winter. Described as a continent in miniature the island has a dramatic variation in terrain, with the mountainous interior creating an exhilarating paradise for walking adventures. Staying in 3 different locations around the island we'll experience the undiscovered Gran Canaria, a million miles away from the beachfront tourism that most people see. Our hotel bases will give us access to a mouth-watering variety of day walks. We'll stay on the coast for the first 3 days at the busy little yacht harbour of Puerto de Mogan, nicknamed the Venice of the Canaries and probably the most picturesque resort on the island. Moving up into the mountains, the quaint village of Tejeda provides the perfect location for the second half of this holiday, as we embark on some superb walking in the central massif, including the trek to the island's highest point, Pico de las Nieves (1951m). After a delightful 6 days of mountains and sea, we end our walking week with another side of this island, the colourful and vibrant capital, Las Palmas, where we can explore the ancient streets of Vegueta, a fascinating historic area of the city. This week-long walking escape covers all the hiking highlights of Gran Canaria.
Is this holiday for you?
This is not a sustained trekking holiday but a series of day walks any of which, can be considered as optional. The walks themselves are on a wide variety of terrain including rocky mountain paths, goat trails, classic camino reals, forest trails and quiet roads. The programme includes five walks of approximately 5 - 7 hours allowing plenty of time for sightseeing and photographs and one shorter walk around the Bandama crater on the final day, allowing for an afternoon of R&R in Las Palmas. The walking on this holiday should be well within the capabilities of all active hill and back country walkers.