Walking in the Aboriginal Footsteps

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.

The route runs through the village of Ingenio and the small town of Santa Lucía and is accompanied by olive tree plantations. The production of local olive oil had disappeared years ago and is now witnessing a revival. In Santa Lucía you will visit a former oil mill.

From this spot, the path is easy, quite smooth and leads onto La Fortaleza.

La Fortaleza is a basaltic outcrop in the middle of a ravine that the aboriginal Canarians used to use as a fortified settlement. This spectacular site shows many natural caves and cultivated fields which were used as dwellings, silos or for burials and funerary rites.

This route includes:

  • Visit to the archeological site 'La Fortaleza'
  • Ancient locals life recreation


Difficulty: high One-way 7 km 05:00 hrs 300 m 351 m


Fataga – Ingenio de Santa Lucía – La Fortaleza



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