The third edition of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival was celebrated from the 3rd to the 12th of October,2014
On this edition, walkers across the world enjoyed the island through 10 walking, rural routes. They were showed a fascinating insight of Gran Canaria and this edition was also acompained with cultural activities. The good weather of the Canary Islands joined us throughout our adventure.
The organization of Gran Canaria Walking Festival invites every walker lover from all around the world to join us in our new experience, ¡we are looking forward to seeing you in Gran Canaria!
ANCIENT DRAGON TREES AND TRADITION
Santa Brígida, “the town of flowers”, is nestled in the midlands of Gran Canaria. This small town has always been a place where people just pass through to go back and forth from the countryside to the city and it is crossed by many paths that were used by country folks before the roads were built.
The Roque Nublo, a symbol of Gran Canaria, is a 65 m high rocky monolith that stands in the centre of the island. It is a magical place in the middle of the countryside and the panoramic views onto the Caldera of Tejeda are spectacular.
Near Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city, a spectacular very young (geological age) volcanic structure is located which is a formed by group of elements. They are a volcanic cone built by scoria and ashes and the amazing striking crater, which is 200m deep and a diameter of more than 1000m long.
The ravine bed of Barranco Guiniguada used to be considered as a river in the past and provided for the first settlement of the island of Gran Canaria after the Spanish Conquest. Irrigation channels were created and lands were farmed for exportation and internal supply. The riverbed and its surroundings became the vegetable garden of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
This route starts in Santa Lucía de Tirajana, an oasis among the great crags and ravines. This small town is surrounded by a vast palm grove and stands out for its production of olive oil. The path, easy and quite smooth, crosses the Ingenio lands and leads onto La Fortaleza.
This is a route which runs through the southern part of Gran Canaria; it boats of great botanical, geological and ethnographical value and presents beautiful landscapes. It is characterised by the two impressive valleys of the Caldera de Tirajana as they hold the major concentration of Canarian palm trees (Phoenix canariensis) of all the island.
Maspalomas is known worldwide for its beaches and hotels, but among all this tourist activity there is a natural oasis full of life. It is a vast area of 4 square kilometres of sand dunes formed by sea organism remains. There is also a palm grove and a small lagoon of seawater called Charca de Maspalomas, which shelters and feeds a great number of migratory birds in the winter.
Gran Canaria’s rocks secret a mysticism that goes back to the pre-Hispanic era; the Canarian aboriginals performed their rituals and burials in them. The track shows a different vision of them, a landscape full of magic where the earth and the sky unite perfectly to make one.
The route starts at the viewpoint that nature has capriciously carved in the shape of three rocks and that gives a lookout on the fertile Guiniguada valley. The track descends to the Goteras ravine and reaches La Atalaya. This village stands out for its potter industry which was significant in the old days.
Pico de las Nieves is the highest peak of the island as it rises up to 1949 metres above sea level. That is where the itinerary that skirts the Tirajana Caldera starts. This path provides spectacular landscapes and breath-taking panoramic views which point out the contrast between the summits and the south of Gran Canaria, Fataga and Tirajana ravines and the imposing Amurga massif.