Hiking in the Canary Islands (complete guide)

March 17, 2019, 2:42 p.m.

If you are thinking of travelling to the archipelago and you are a fan of trekking or routes between forests and places invaded by nature, hiking in the Canary Islands is a must. Counting with a guide like this is essential to know first hand the best places to walk these impressive and diverse islands.

A hiking route is one of the best ways to know the majority of hidden corners that make these islands known worldwide among nature lovers. More and more visitors are coming each year to the Canary Islands to discover these unique hideaways in the world.

The Canarian archipelago is a melting pot of natural places in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where you can find volcanic landscapes, lush forests, impressive pine fields... All this crowned with views, natural monuments and experiences that give fame to these places.

In addition to this, the Canary Islands have an ideal climate for this kind of routes thanks to some 300 days of sunshine with average temperatures of 24 degrees almost all year round.

These islands have everything you need to enjoy the best mountaineering experiences in this Atlantic paradise.

For this reason, having a hiking guide in the Canarian archipelago is ideal to find out the necessary information on the most recommended routes to enjoy all the disciplines related to crossings in the middle of nature.

Discover the best hiking routes in the Canary Islands

Next we will begin to describe the most emblematic hiking routes in each one of the Canary Islands.

These are very different places with impressive characteristics to enjoy a day of mountaineering knowing not only famous spots, but endemic flora and fauna that you can only discover if you choose any of these routes.

Caldera de Taburiente

Discover the best known corner of the "Beautiful Island", as La Palma is already known. An incredible area to practice mountaineering and know the impressive life generated by the volcanic nature of the island. You will be able to see the small streams that descend from the summit of the largest crater in the world.

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Caldera de Bandama

This route is related to the volcanic past of the islands, since in Gran Canaria we can find areas formed by geographical features related to the archipelago’s origin. In the Caldera de Bandama you will be able to explore a route full of Canarian endemic vegetation.

Las Cañadas del Teide

The volcano that guards everything from the heights. The giant of the Canary Islands. The highest point in Spain. On the island of Tenerife. The Teide.

The terrain that you will cross to reach the Teide will allow you to walk through some unusual moors full of vegetation and endemic fauna, proof that hiking in the Canary Islands is a experience you won’t forget.

A lunar landscape caused by the fertility and circumstances of the volcanic character of the island conditioned by the Teide with its 3,718 meters high.

You can take a cable car to its summit, which you can crown with the respective permit at the offices of the Teide National Park.

Garajonay National Park

One of the best hiking routes in the Canarian archipelago is the Garajonay National Park, a forest that seems to have been taken from a fantasy tale.

Leafy, humid, full of life and sensations that you can feel if you cross its paths full of native flora that attract year after year nature experts to admire the exuberant growth of this corner of the island of La Gomera.

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Roque Nublo

We end up with a unique route that will take us to conquer the top of the island of Gran Canaria. The Roque Nublo, together with the Pico de las Nieves, is one of the highest points on the island. This simple route with an impressive end makes that not only mountaineers, but tourists and groups dare to cross it.

If you’re reading this article, you’d probably want to take hiking in the Canary Islands to the next level. We highlight this hiking route as an excellent activity to do in Gran Canaria as a family, thanks to its low difficulty and open paths, a reason more than enough to enjoy the pure air of the center of Gran Canaria and take some beautiful photos thanks to the breathtaking views from the Roque Nublo.

Hotels for hiking lovers in Gran Canaria

In order to make the most of hiking in Gran Canaria, it is necessary to stay in hotels that provide you with the following characteristics:

- Comfort: this is the minimum you should ask for, because if you are willing to walk and tour the island… is there a better thing than being comfortable when you finish each day of your trip?

- Calmness: it is very necessary that the hotels are in quiet areas, close to services and known places. The best area to achieve this characteristic is the south of Gran Canaria.

- Relax: relax must be a main factor, with facilities like spa, swimming pools, terraces, solariums...

Below we offer these four recommendations that meet these three characteristics and where you can have an option that suits the conditions in which you travel to experience hiking in the Canary Islands to the fullest.

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Don Gregory by Dunas

Don Gregory by Dunas is an adults-only hotel ideal for rest and calm, as it’s one of the best beachfront hotels of Gran Canaria.

You will be able to relax thanks to its Nordic style that immerses you in an impressive peace and excellent services, starting with its rooms full of comfort. A perfect option to recover from a good walk thanks to its solariums, spa and pool area.

Suites & Villas by Dunas and Maspalomas Resort by Dunas

Suites & Villas by Dunas and Maspalomas Resort by Dunas are impressive options where you will be able to rest in the middle of villas and bungalows that will make you feel that you live in a town in the middle of paradise.

Here you will have all the privacy you need in your holidays, as you will be surrounded by beautiful and lush gardens that will give you relaxing sensations.

Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas

Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas is a dynamic hotel full of vitality where you’ll have everything you need. If you travel with the little ones, they will be able to continue enjoying their holidays thanks to DUNI, the hotel mascot that will animate children's workshops full of fun.

A very common choice between cyclists and sportsmen looking for an all-inclusive hotel in the south of Gran Canaria. Just relax and focus on enjoying all the trails and routes that this island offers.

Hiking in the Canary Islands is an experience that will take you far, far away both physically and mentally. Besides, most of the routes offer the guarantee and tranquility of knowing they have been devised by professionals, that they are approved and marked out and that they have the necessary means for hikers of all levels.

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