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Gran Canaria Self-Guided Trek

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  • Veritable oases of banana, orange and avocado plantations
  • Dramatic contrast between the lush North and arid South
  • Tiny white villages, exotic palms and colourful bougainvillea
  • Sculpted volcanic terrain and mind-boggling slopes
  • The Caminos Reales, an extensive network of historic footpaths
  • Receive a complimentary Water-To-Go bottle on departure to minimise our plastic foot-print in Spain!

Gran Canaria gives new meaning to the words ‘desert island: The island’s surprisingly mountainous terrain. Extreme vertical slopes plunge down into the Atlantic, deeply carved ravines criss-cross the island and high plateaus are home to pastureland, laurel and pine woods, terraced farmland, almond orchards and prickly pear cacti.

Gran Canaria’s arid southern sector sits in contrast to its lush north side while two towering peaks emerge from the island’s centre: Roque Nublo and Bentayga. In the pre-Spanish era, these summits were named by the Guanches, Berber people who settled these islands. In more recent times, an extensive network of paths and classic routes come together on the Caminos Reales, a demanding trek designed to make the most of the island’s dramatic geography.

Why go Self-Guided:

You get to choose your very own trip date. Take advantage of low-cost flights or make the most of your precious leave by arranging travel around a Bank Holiday or a weekend.

Travelling independently gives you the freedom to go at your own pace and stop where you wish to sample local food & drinks.

You let us know who would like to go with, and we’ll arrange the rest. For cost purposes these trips are best with a minimum of 2 people. Solo trips can be arranged and feel free to contact us for more info.

Stop at places that take your interest, linger in a local market, savour your coffee or chat with the locals.

Time to indulge in all the local delicacies. Find the best ice cream, sample the finest cellar door wines or enjoy locally famed cuisine.

Relax in the knowledge that we have made all your arrangements for you. From your starting point to your departure, we have it covered. We handpick your accommodation, transport your bags each day and provide you with all the route details and information you need to have a fantastic trekking journey. And don’t forget, a self-guided adventure doesn’t mean you’re all on your own. The local team is only a phone call away to offer a helping hand, should you need it.

Day 1

Arrival in the Canary Island
Begin you ‘Islas Canarias’ adventure by taking a one-hour taxi transfer to Agaete, situated on the island’s rugged northwest coast amidst orange and banana plantations. A colourful tropical setting to start off your self guided adventure.

Day 2

The Camino Real via Mirador de la Paloma (12.5 km)
Your Gran Caneria self-guided trek begins with a hike to Montaña Bibique (645m), a rugged outcrop with immense views to coast. Next up is the view point at Mirador Vuelta de la Paloma (850m) and the views are even grander. A bit of careful footwork is required on the descent to Puerto de las Nieves. Once down at sea level you get a bus or taxi back to your hotel. 

Trek details
Distance covered:  approx. 12.5kms
Ascent:  520 metres
Descent:  660 metres
Trekking time:  approx. 5 hours

Accommodation:   B&B (twin share basis)
Meals:  breakfast

Day 3

From Fagajesto to tejeda via Pinos de Galdar
Today you follow historic footpaths into the evergreen forest Pinos de Galdar making your way to via Cruz de Tejeda the highest village on Gran Caneria, the beautiful viilage of Tejeda is pearched on a terraced slope with views of Roque Nublo and Bentayga huge volcanic rock formatioms. Roque Nublo is considered on the largest natural crags in world.

You have the option to shorten the route by asking the taxi to drive you 2 km further uphill at the start.

Trek details
Distance covered:  approx. 13kms
Ascent:  825 metres
Descent:  700 metres
Trekking time:  approx. 6.5 hours

Accommodation:   hotel (twin share basis)
Meals:  breakfast

Day 4

 Around Roque Nublo (12.5 km)
Today you traverse steep slopes around Roque Nublo the 3rd highest peak on the island. it may not be the highest peak on the island, but certainly the most easily identified and visible from nearly anywhere on the Gran Caneria

Trek details
Distance covered:  approx. 12.5kms
Ascent:  800 metres
Descent:  400 metres
Trekking time:  approx. 5.5 hours

Accommodation:   hotel (twin share basis)
Meals:  breakfast

Day 5

Degollada del Sargento to Artenara via Altavista

This morning you will have a transfer to Degollada del Sargento Pass where your trek beigns. Your trekking route will climb to Altavista summit (1378m) in Tamadaba National Park which is a registered UNSECO Biospere home to oldest and biggest forest on the Island with thousands of endemic plants and animals. You will end your walk in Artenara where you relax on the terrace with cold drink before your transfer to the accommodation.

Trek details
Distance covered: approx. 13kms
Ascent: 300 metres
Descent: 450 metres
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours

Accommodation: hotel (twin share basis)
Meals: breakfast


Day 6

Tejeda to La Lechuza

Start the day with a short transfer to La Culata (1225m), Your trek today will be traverse over La Cumbre (literally ‘The Summit’) into the island’s green north. Trekking up to Roque Nublo, you reach a heigth of 1620m,then following the ridgeline for an hour with unterrupted views to Gran Canaria’s highest peak, Pico de las Nieves(1951m). The path soon begin to descend following  footpaths and rural tracks to the tiny hamlet of La Lechuza ending you day with a refreshing plunge in the hotel swimming pool!

optional ascent to Pico de las Nieves: another 6 km and 2.5 hours (additional height difference 285 m)

Trek details
Distance covered:  approx. 12.5kms
Ascent:  500 metres
Descent:  325 metres
Trekking time:  approx. 4 hours

Accommodation:   B&B (twin share basis)
Meals:  breakfast

Day 7

Choice of walking routes OR visit Las Palmas (14 km)

Choose a short walk near historic Teroropt for a longer route through ravines north of La Cumbre or take the day off to rest or visit Las Palmas. Both walking routes explore spectacular ‘barrancos’ exploding with fruit trees, vegetable patches and even chestnut groves. The urban version starts with a stroll to San Mateo and bus ride to the capital. Wander round Vegueta, the historic Old Town with interesting colonial style architecture. See Santa Ana Cathedral, inspect the island’s archaeological artifacts at the Museo Canario and take a souvenir photo at Casa de Colon, where Columbus stayed for a time before undertaking his odyssey overseas.

Challenge: 5/6.5 hrs, 14 km, 715 m ascent/descent OR 400 m ascent and 615 m descent

Trek details
Distance covered:  approx. 14kms
Ascent:  715 metres
Descent:  615 metres
Trekking time:  approx. 6 hours

Accommodation:   hotel (twin share basis)
Meals:  breakfast

Day 8

End of tour

Your self-guided walking trip comes to an end today after breakfast.
Challenge: Departure from Gran Canaria

Why Go

Supporting local tourism, local communities and understanding the Galician culture

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local communities and livelihoods across the planet, we’re keen to promote adventures in countries that are actively working towards sustainable tourism and conservation projects. Given the numerous environmental, cultural and conservation projects in place in Gran Caneria, we’re particularly keen and passionate to help support the local tourism industry here whilst also giving you the chance to get out and explore this historic pilgrimage trail in a safe and enjoyable manner.

Why Go Self-Guided

Going self-guided you get to choose the day of the week to start your adventure, within our specified periods of when best to travel, allowing you to take advantage of low-cost flights or make the most of your precious leave by arranging travel around a Bank Holiday or weekend. You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability.

You choose the pace

Travelling independently gives you the freedom to go at your own pace. If you fancy a lie-in, have one! It’s your holiday. With no group times to stick to you can take the day as you like, whether that’s indulging in a leisurely breakfast or speeding ahead to settle in your accommodation and explore each destination to the full.

Pre-trip Info

On booking your Self-Guided Camino de Santiago Trek, you’ll receive all the exciting trip info via our free mobile travel app.

You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper to benefit the environment and the need of carrying around documents with you. A’ppy days.

Plus your nav app will enable you to follow your daily hiking routes in an easy and intuitive way.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background.
Pre-trip support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service for your Self-Guided Gran Canerua Trek.

We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this trek and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the trek and beyond.

Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the destinations that we visit in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure. Jim and Sue have both completed this trek numerous times, so are well equipped to answer any of your queries no matter how big or small.

Getting to and from

Arrival in Gran Caneria

The best way to reach Agaete is to fly into Gran Caneria airport on arrival you will have a transfer to your first hotel.

You can book optional transfers from the airport to Agaete your accommodation. (prices on request).

Departure from Agaete

You can book a taxi on arrival or we can pre book a transfer for you. (prices on request)


All nationalities require a full passport. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. For the latest info, please visit


British nationals do not require a visa to enter Spain for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. For the latest entry requirements, please visit and also Brexit advice at

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is an important part of any booking. It is compulsory that everyone who travels with us has taken out adequate travel insurance which includes, among other things, cover for the full value of your trip, medical (emergency, evacuation and repatriation) arrangements, activities undertaken, personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects and COVID-19 travel cover.

For UK residents we have partnered with Campbell & Irvine Direct to provide you with a travel insurance. If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote.

You must send your Travel Insurance Policy to Adventurous Ewe no less than one month prior to departure.

Vaccinations & allergies

For the most up to date entry requirements please visit

Recommended vaccinations include: Tetanus. For the most up to date info on vaccinations, please consult with your GP or travel healthcare practitioner 8 weeks in advance of travel. For more info, feel free to visit

Severe allergies
If you have a severe allergy please inform us at the time of booking. We will do all we can to help, but unfortunately we are unable to guarantee an allergy free environment on this trip. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you.

Group size

You are most welcome to book this Self-Guided trek as a solo trekker or with a small group of friends or family be it 2 – 12 people. There is a ‘Solo Traveller Supplement’ fee.

Trip grading

The Self-Guided Gran Caneria Trek is graded as ‘Medium’. The trek consists of 6 consecutive days of walking. Your luggage is transferred between hotels, so you only need to take a day pack with you on the walks. The terrain and type of path will vary from paved tracks, tarmac, forest trails to gravel. The walks are not technically difficult although there are some steep ascents and descents, so a good level of fitness is ideal. 

It’s important to bear in mind that the distances walked some of the days are long and you are expected to walk 6 days in a row so there is a high chance to get blisters. We recommend to take extra care in making sure that your hiking boots are comfortable and well worn in. We advise bringing hiking boots and trail running trainers as this will allow you to alternate them at any stage to avoid blisters and pain.

Preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this trek. A good level of fitness, endurance and some gritty determination will help you conquer each day.


A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations together with some top tips.

We also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities, please visit our Training and Preparation page.

The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the trek.

Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!


A full kit list will be provided when you register for this trip. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic adventure and an uncomfortable one. Well worn in waterproof hiking boots are recommended.

An exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code will be provided for the independent outdoor retailers both in shop and online when you book this trek.


In the winter months October to March expect temperatures in the 60-70F/ 15-20ºC with chance of rain showers though it could also be simply partly cloudy and more temperate. Temperatures in April and September tend to be about 85F/29ºC

When to go

You can trek year round in Gran Caneria. 

July – September are hottest months with an average tempraure of 29c, and the cooler winter months average 21c. Although the sub tropical climate offers year round sunshine and great trekking in the winter months. 

Dates: Available all year round


In the small towns of Agaete, Tejeda, San Mateao le Luchuzaand you’ll stay in carefully selected family run hotels and guesthouses. All accommodation is en-suite and is based on twin sharing.

You’re most welcome to book this Self-Guided trek as a solo traveller, a solo traveller supplement is incurred. You’re also welcome to book single rooms for your group, this incurs a single room supplement and is dependent on availability. 

Additional nights in Gran Caneria are available, please contact us for more info.

Food and drinks

All breakfasts are included during your trip. Breakfasts in Spain usually consist of coffee with milk, toast with ham, olive oil, tomatoes, cheese and butter and jam. Bakery items such as pastries, fruit and juice are also popular. During this trip you can expect different variations of breakfast at the hotels and pensions we stay at but they will all include at least some of the standard breakfast items that are popular in Spain. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know. 

Lunch and dinners will be eaten at local cafes and restaurants. This allows you to purchase items that you wish and also helps support local businesses. Gran Caneria produces almost everything one might want to eat from fish and seafood to good quality meat, vegetables and fruit. Your app will recommend good places to eat.

Please bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your challenge) and refill to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water bottles.

Water-to-go bottle

Adventurous Ewe has partnered with Water-to-Go, a filtration system that eliminates over 99.99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source – for more info please click here.

Adventurous Ewe trekkers will receive a free Water-to-Go bottle when departing on our Self-Guided Camino de Santiago Trek, and better still, 15% of the purchase value for replacement filters will be donated to our environmental charity partner, Cool Earth. Please help us reduce the volume of single use plastic in this pristine environment.

Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)

What's Included?

Pre trip

  • Personalised trip support in the lead up to your trek from Adventurous Ewe
  • Trek training guide
  • Discount on personal kit both in shop and online
  • Trip info supplied via mobile travel app
  • Public liability insurance
  • Financial Protection for your booking
  • Monthly payment plan available
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning
  • Free Adventurous Ewe Water-to-Go Bottle

On the trip

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • Road book with logistic information and description of routes
  • 3 dinners 
  • Transfer day 3,5 and 6 to your “select” accommodation
  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates.

What's Not Included?

  • 4 dinners 
  • Pack lunches
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Return flights to Gran Caneria. These can be arranged for you at an additional cost through our Flight Agent who is ATOL protected
  • Vaccinations
  • Any COVID-19 entry/exit requirements per the UK and Spain Governments
  • Personal spending money and drinks
  • Meals not listed in your itinerary (lunch & dinners)
  • Snacks, electrolytes, water purification tablets
  • Kit and equipment as listed on your kit list and medication
  • Tips for local crew
  • Single room supplement where available
  • Any associated costs with leaving the trek early.


Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering our trips in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!

Some of the responsible travel features embedded in our Self-Guided Gran Caneria are:

  • Staying in local family owned and run hotels wherever possible
  • Minimising plastic waste wherever possible with providing a complimentary Water-To-Go bottle on departure
  • Careful management of limited energy and water resources
  • Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding 
  • Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos – take only memories, leave only footprints
  • Adventurous Ewe will make a financial contribution to the environmental charity, Cool Earth, as part of our business partnership.

Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet.

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