Viva Gran Canaria

A real walking holiday on the sun-kissed island of Gran Canaria




From $1,300 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • 3 Comfortable hotel bases - coast, mountains and capital
  • Trek to the island`s high point at Pico de las Nieves
  • The harbour town of Puerto de Mogan & historic Las Palmas
  • Walks everyday, private transfers and all but one dinner included

From the top of the highest mountain, Pico de Las Nieves, to the delights of the coast, and from pretty mountain villages to vibrant, historic Las Palmas; this fantastic walking week in Gran Canaria is crammed full of glorious contrasts. Described as a continent in miniature, the island boasts a dramatic variation in terrain. The mountainous interior is a gift for keen walkers and its eternal spring/summer climate provides a welcome and revitalising escape from a gloomy dark winter. Basing ourselves in 3 different locations around the island we will have access to a mouth-watering variety of day walks; so we can be sure to experience the real Gran Canaria, a million miles away from the beachfront tourism. Our holiday begins on the coast with 3 days at the bustling little yacht harbour of Puerto de Mogan, nicknamed the Venice of the Canaries and arguably the most picturesque resort on the island. Moving up into the mountains, the pretty village of San Bartolome 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). Our accommodation even has a small spa and sauna to which we will have free access! 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 have the afternoon free to explore the ancient streets of Vegueta, a fascinating historic area of the city, or relax on the award winning beach as Las Canteras. This week-long walking escape covers all the hiking highlights of sunny 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Puerto de Mogan. Transfers from Las Palmas Airport are provided.
  • Hiking the volcanic plateau above Mogan. Return to Puerto de Mogan.
  • Walk to El Laurelille (945m) and Roque El Castillete (1135m). Return to Puerto de Mogan.
  • Walk to the viewpoint of Roque Nublo and onto the village of Ayacata. Transfer back to San Bartolome.
  • Ascent of Pico de Las Nieves (1954m).
  • Ascent of Tamadaba (144m). Return to San Bartolome.
  • Walk on the Calera de Bandama. Transfer to Las Palmas.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Las Palmas Airport are provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport, which is approximately an hour's drive from the group hotel in Puerto de Mogan. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Thomson Airways from London, Edinburgh and Manchester and and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow and Ryanair who flights from London, Bristol, Bournmouth and Glasgow Prestwick. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

  • airport
  • point
  • peaks
  • trip direction
  • trek
  • transfer

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Puerto de Mogan. Transfers from Las Palmas Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Puerto de Mogan. KE Land Only package services begin with a transfer of approximately 35 minutes from the airport in Las Palmas. Puerto de Mogan is the most westerly resort on Gran Canaria's southern coast. This charming fishing port is the perfect base for our winter sun walking holiday. The sea is beautifully clear and we have access to a beach of golden sand. In the port area is a network of canals and bridges which has given rise to the name 'Venice of the Canaries'. Here, too, there is a yacht marina and a range of shops and restaurants. This evening we will have a trip briefing from our guide before dinner at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Hiking the volcanic plateau above Mogan. Return to Puerto de Mogan.

    Today's walk begins directly from our hotel. We make our way through the fragrant palm garden and hike up through a steep rocky ravine onto a vast volcanic plateau overlooking Mogan. We’ll take lunch next to some caves, which provide some shade from the sun, and enjoy the fantastic views. In the afternoon our long descent takes us to the historic preserved windmill of Mogan, an iconic feature of the ancient farming practices. Finally we arrive in Mogan and it’s time to enjoy a nice cooling drink in the shade! Once refreshed we’ll take the short transfer back to our hotel in Puerto de Mogan.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1150m

  • Walk to El Laurelille (945m) and Roque El Castillete (1135m). Return to Puerto de Mogan.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we take a picnic lunch and drive for 30 minutes back to yesterday's end point at Degollada de la Aldea (642m). Our circular route today goes up through the wild mountain area of Inagua, characterised by sheer cliffs and a series of flat-topped mountain ridges silhouetted against the sky. The main climb to El Laurelille (945m) will reward us with a wonderful view into the centre of the island towards Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. The scenery changes rapidly, as we continue our ascent and we pass through a pine forests to reach the rock pools and strange formations of Roque El Castillete (1135m). From here, we descend sharply after a walk through an internal valley down to the blue and red stone cliffs of Azueljos, where we also find a refreshing road side juice bar. Driving back down to Puerto de Mogan, we spend our final evening at this charming town.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 13km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

  • Walk to the viewpoint of Roque Nublo and onto the village of Ayacata. Transfer back to San Bartolome.

    We check out of our coastal hotel and drive inland for around 50 minutes for total immersion in the stunning mountainous interior of Gran Canaria. After our previous 2 days of relative solitude in the island's remotest corner, we are likely to have company on our walk today as we hike Gran Canaria’s most popular trail to the landmark and viewpoint of the Roque Nublo. We start from the famous village of Tejeda and make our way through farmland through la Culata, entering the forests and eventually joining the main tourist trail to Roque Nublo, where we eat our lunch in the shade of this mighty rock. The vistas from the Roque are simply superb and it is obvious why this is such a popular walk. This is the geographical dead centre of the island and the 67 metre-high sheer plinth of rock was first summited as recently as 1930. It’s quite normal now to see climbers resting nonchalantly in their harnesses, hooked to the rock face, whilst making their way to top. The ancient Canarians or Guanches also held ceremonies here to their gods and indeed the area has a deep significance to the island today. From the Roque we descend steeply through tiny hamlets before emerging at the mountain village of Ayacata where there is the possibility of a coffee or drink, before we take the short drive back to our hotel at San Bartolome.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 14km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

  • Ascent of Pico de Las Nieves (1954m).

    We start directly from our hotel today and as we leave the village pick up a cobbled path which leads to a ‘camino real’ that climbs to the upper reaches of the Barranco de Tirajana and to Cruz Grande. From here, we follow a magnificent old camino which once crossed the cumbre to the north. At the rocky crown of Alto del Campanario (1926m) which is part of the collapsed caldera of a massive volcano, we have possibly the best views on the island and can appreciate the vastness of the mountainous interior. Following the rim of the caldera, there’s a final steep climb through the dense forests to a point where we can explore a few high placed trig points, before making the final push up to Pico de las Nieves (1951m). If you’re lucky you can pick up a giant pine cone to keep as a memento from the trail. From the viewpoint here you can see all the way to the coast (45 km away in the south) and also see Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, over to the west on the island of Tenerife. If it’s really clear, the distant island of La Gomera is also visible. A short drive down takes us back to San Bartolome.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1150m

  • Ascent of Tamadaba (144m). Return to San Bartolome.

    Our goal for today is Tamadaba, the highest peak in the north-west of the island, where the sheer cliffs drop almost vertically down to the coast. After a 60 minute drive through the heart of the island, we set off following a trail which contours across heavily wooded mountain slopes. The lush green pine forest of Tamadaba covers the whole mountain ridge and represents the only enclosed and protected forest of the island. Arriving at Roque Faneque, an impressive sheer rock pillar, we can appreciate the sheer scale of the cliffs. Descending from here, we reach the Cuevas Zapatero (Caves of the Goatherders), which are still used today and provide a unique photo opportunity. Further along the trail we reach a viewpoint where we have a fantastic panorama over the Atlantic coast and the villages below. From here, we can also clearly see Tenerife in the distance with Mount Teide sometimes appearing as a second island rising above its encircling cloud. We will find ourselves seemingly on the edge of the world, as the ground drops vertically into the deep blue of the Atlantic Ocean. The ascent to the summit of Tamadaba (1444m) is on steep winding roads and rough paths with a final rocky ridge. We retrace our steps to the viewpoint where we meet our vehicle and drive to the quirky village of Artenara - doubtless the most spectacular on the island with many of its houses built in the solid rock of caves dating from prehistoric times. From here, we drive back through the hills to San Bartolome, to spend our last evening in this tranquil village in the mountains.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 9km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

  • Walk on the Calera de Bandama. Transfer to Las Palmas.

    We check out of our mountain hotel and head north towards the coast and the island's capital of Las Palmas. En route, we will stop off at Caldera de Bandama for a stunning walk around the crater’s edge. Declared a Natural Monument, this incredible crater rises to 569 metres above sea level and is around 1000 metres wide and 200 metres deep. The circumnavigation of the Caldera de Bandama is a must-do for any walker visiting Gran Canaria. This walk will take approximately 2 hours and afterwards we continue our drive to Las Palmas arriving there around lunch time. There is the chance to opt for a tasty Lebanese lunch on the sea front too. We check in at our hotel close to here and the rest of the afternoon is free to explore this atmospheric, colourful capital and the ancient quarter of Vegueta. Las Palmas is also a duty free port and offers some fine shopping opportunities or you may want to join the locals at Playa de las Canteras for a refreshing plunge. This evening, the guide can give you information and suggestions on the many restaurants in Las Palmas and the choice is yours. We spend our final night of the holiday at the hotel in Las Palmas.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 610m

    • Distance 8km

    • Meals bl

    • Descent 610m

  • Departure day. Transfers to Las Palmas Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport are provided. Those with time to spare can enjoy some further free time to explore Las Palmas.

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Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking local leader
  • Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure days only)
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for support staff and guide
  • Miscellaneous expenses drinks souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients arriving at Las Palmas Airport on Day 1 and departing on Day 8 will be provided with complimentary airport transfers. Clients arriving or departing outside of these days should make their own arrangements to meet at the group hotel in Puerto de Mogan by the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Taxis are always available at Las Palmas Airport. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you are staying additional nights at the group hotel in Las Palmas at the end of your holiday, you can arrange your own taxi from the hotel to the airport at a cost of approx 15 - 20 euros.

During this holiday, we will generally meet for breakfast at around 8.00 - 8.30. After a short transfer on some days we will generally start our day’s walk at around 9.00 - 10.00 am. We will have regular stops to take photos and admire the views and occasionally we will stop at a cafe along the way. At an appropriate time our guide will pick a spot for lunch, usually at a viewpoint and we eat our sandwiches. The afternoon session is normally shorter than the morning walk and at the end of the day we meet up with our tour vehicle and transfer back to the hotel. There will normally be time to shower and change and do some exploring around our base before we gather for dinner in the hotel. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising. Most people will want to get a reasonably early night to recharge the batteries for the next day's walk and by 10.00 pm it is likely that everyone will be in bed.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

During this holiday we spend 3 nights in a resort style hotel in Puerto Mogan, 3 nights in a comfortable hotel in the mountain village of San Bartolome, complete with pool and spa, and a final night in a hotel in the capital of Las Palmas. Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available on request for an additional cost. Please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website for details of the single supplement.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts at the hotels that we use are 'continental' in style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, porridge and cereals as well as bread, eggs, fruit, jam, honey and cheese. We will have packed lunches which we will carry with us and eat together at a suitable spot during the walk. These lunches will normally be a sandwich of meats or cheese, a piece of fruit and some biscuits or cake. Evening meals are usually taken at the hotel and may be buffet style, with a choice of food or we may have a set meal with vegetarian and meat options. There is usually a choice of dessert, too.

All meals throughout the holiday with the exception of the final evening meal in Las Palmas, are included in the holiday price.

We suggest that 200 to 250 euros should cover all your personal expenditure including your final dinner in Las Palmas.

This trip will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking local leader. In addition, there will be a support vehicle and driver.

You may wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the holiday. Please remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We recommend that you give any tips from the group as a whole rather than individually. The group should decide collectively on a level of tipping that everyone is comfortable with.

There is no weight restriction on this holiday other than that of your international carrier. However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main item of baggage and a small daypack. In general you will always have a more pleasant travel experience when you travel as light as possible. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. Although it can be useful for our tour leaders when all members of the group have similar, identifying baggage, we have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Spare laces
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c. 20 - 30 litres
  • Torch / flashlight
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers or sandals
  • Gaiters
  • Shorts
  • Towel (for swimming)
  • Swimwear
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera and batteries
  • Spare laces
  • Penknife (for picnic lunches)

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

This is not a difficult or sustained trekking holiday but it makes sense to get some additional exercise before coming on any active holiday. We suggest that you do some hiking in hill or back country in the months leading up to your trip. An exercise regime involving jogging, swimming, squash etc which you can gradually build up leading to departure is also very good for getting in shape.

Gran Canaria is a year-round destination and has what is often described as eternal spring-summer conditions. There are surprising differences across the island, however, with the south-western part being semi-desert and the mountains of the north receiving more rainfall. The prevailing north-easterly Trade Winds, that deposit their rain on the northern slopes of the Island, are responsible for this split. During the period from November to March, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging from 16 to 24 degrees Centigrade, becoming progressively cooler as we gain height in the mountains. In April and May it will be a few degrees warmer than this - but still pleasant for walking in the mountains.

Canary Islands. (Lonely Planet Guide).

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