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Oft referred to as a mini continent, Gran Canaria’s myriad walking trails were formed by the feet of the ancients as they traversed the island moving livestock from low ground to high in search of fresh pasture and water, and then later augmented by merchants taking produce to market and to export. What remains is a labyrinthine wonderland of routes that take you from verdant valley floor to parched mountain ridge, through dense pine forests and palm groves, past pretty, white hamlets and troglodyte communities.
If you’ve ever considered a walking holiday on Gran Canaria, now’s your chance to experience its hiking wonders on the island’s most spectacular trails and in the safe hands of its most experienced guides by joining the Gran Canaria Walking Festival.
The festival will comprise of a series of five different walks over five days and the chance to experience some of the capital’s cultural highlights on the last day. Opt for the full package and you can enjoy transportation to starting points from your accommodation and lunch at traditional restaurants in the mountains at the end of each walk which, let’s be honest, is pretty much the perfect way to end a hike.
Groups are restricted to 25 and routes will cover some of Gran Canaria’s most spectacular and varied routes including the volcanic crater of Bandama and the Parque Natural de Tamadaba. With experienced guides accompanying the walks, you’ll learn about Gran Canaria’s flora, fauna and culture as you tread its spectacular trails.
Choose to participate in individual walks for just €16 each; include transportation and lunch on your one day walk for €50 or opt for the full five day festival package for €250.
You’ll find masses of helpful information on rural places to stay on Gran Canaria as well as full details of the routes and registration for the festival on the official Gran Canaria Walking Festival website.
Andrea (Andy) Montgomery is a freelance travel writer and co-owner of Buzz Trips and The Real Tenerife series of travel websites. Published in The Telegraph, The Independent, Wexas Traveller, Thomas Cook Travel Magazine, EasyJet Traveller Magazine, you can read her latest content on Google+