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Traversing the exciting ridge to Artenara, Gran Canaria

After a fanatstic and busy guiding season in our beloved Scotland, and our first successful Gran Canaria tour in March 2018, we are delighted to be offering another Gran Canaria guided walking tour for March 2019! We are very familiar with hiking on the Canary Islands and feel that Gran Canaria offers a great diversity with its walking terrain and stunning views and early March is a lovely time to visit the isalnds with Spring on its way and a lovely walking climate.

We have put together this exciting itinerary as follows:

Gran Canaria Walking tour - Best bits of GR131 (long distance trail) and other hihg level scenic walks.

Day 1 (2nd of March)
Pick up from airport (or your accom if arriving on earlier days).
Transfer by van to accommodation. Apartments in Agaete/Puerto de las Nieves which is an attractive village/ port in the north of Gran Canaria. If flight times allow we will offer an optional shorter afternoon lovely cliff top walk as a nice introduction to the tour.. Alternatively you can just relax after your flight and enjoy the attractions of the area. Plenty of nice seafood cafes in the port for dinner as well as supermarket for those who wish to cook in apartments.

Day 2 (3rd of March)
Today we walk part of the GR131 long distance trail in a circular route from San Pedro to Tamadaba. Lovely hike up into the Tamadaba Forrest. Combination of good rocky path and then forrest path culminating with a steep and wonderful descent on a good rocky path with lovely views of the surrounding rock faces and villages. 14km, stop for well earned refreshment at small local bar in San Pedro. Short transfer back to Agaete (overnight apartments Agaete).

Day 3 (4th of March)
Another exciting day on the GR131 route from Tamadaba to Cruz de Tejeda. We transfer you by van to the Tamadaba Forrest for the start of this lovely walk. We follow the high mountain forested crest of Tamadaba arriving half way for lunch in the attractive mountain village of Artenera which stands at 1200 meters. Artenara is home to many lovely miradors with fab views and a lovely wee museum. We continue our route after a leisurely lunch along a wonderful ridge with stunning views of the surrounding mountains all the way to Cruz de Tejeda which sits at a high point of 1450 meters (higher than Ben Nevis!) Overnight in Cruz de Tejeda in Comfy and friendly family run hotel with outdoor pool. Distance 17km, 1000metres ascent, 670 meters descent. 7 hours. (A lovely home cooked dinner is included here!)

Day 4 (5th of March)
After a delicious breakfast, we continue our route on the GR131 walking from our hotel in Cruz de Tejeda to San Bartolome. We stay on a high mountain crest with an option of a detour to the highest point on the island... Pico de las Nieves at 1950 meters. ( optional 1 extra hour round trip Weather permitting). We are treated to many stunning views along the route today. We descend to Cruz Grande via an old path with amazing engineering, before our final descent into the mountain village of San Bartolome where we have a refreshment in one of the local bars before our van transfer to Fataga. Approx 15km, 300metres ascent, 910 meters descent (not including extensions). 6 hours. Apartment accommodation in lovely traditional Canarian finca in Fataga with outdoor swimming pool). There is also the option to extend the walk from San Bartolome to Fataga instead of van transfer for those who are extra keen (extra 1.5 hours).

Day 5 (6th of March)
Walking from the pretty village of Fataga to the equally lovely village of Santa Lucia! You will have time on this day to explore both of these villages. We ascend over the crest from Fataga and head through undulating valleys and then up to La Fortaleza which is one of the most important archaeological sites in Gran Canaria. We pass a lovely cafe on route for lunch (or you can take a packed lunch) and also an interesting interpretation center with fantastic exhibition rooms. We continue in the afternoon via a large interesting cave to Santa Lucia where you will have time to meander through the pretty streets and visit the impressive church Iglesias de Santa Lucia and squeeze in a stop for a refreshment at one of the many local village bars. Approx 13km, 500metres ascent/descent, 5 hours. Return transfer to Finca apartment in Fataga.

Day 6 (7th of March)
Today we drive you by van from Fataga to the start of our walk at El Aserrador which stands at 1350 meters above sea level. Our high level walk today takes us over an interesting undulating and very attractive Rocky Mountain crest which has a good steady path and good views which on a good day extend as far as El Teide on Tenerife (the highest mountain in Spain standing at 3700 meters). We may extend this walk weather permitting over another fine mountain crest. There are a few options open to us on this day for small extensions. The standard walk is 13km with 710 meters ascent/descent, 5 hours of walking. Return transfer to Finca apartment in Fataga

Day 7 (8th of March)
On this day we transfer you to the start of our delightful walk from the tiny mountain village of Ayacata. Our route takes us along good paths with great views once again of the surrounding mountains and countryside up to the stunning and probably most famous volcanic pinnacle landmark of Roque Nublo which is protected as a natural monument. A lovely spot for packed lunch and photos! We then descend back down on a different path to Ayacata for a local refreshment in the small bar which is popular with cyclists and walkers in the area. Transfer to Fataga finca accommodation. A10km, 500 meters ascent/descent. 4 hours (There is an optional extension on this walk which can be discussed at the time). A lovely group dinner prepared by our finca hosts is included on this evening!

Day 8 (9th of March)
A fascinating walk from the village of Santa Lucia with a steady ascent up the hillside and then down into to the lovely barranco of Guayadeque for a late lunch in the renowned Guayadeque cave restaurant which is dug into the mountainside. With Guayadeque being a stronghold for the islands original cave inhabitants this is historically an important and an interesting area to end our walking tour of the island. We include a visit to the Guayadeque museum which gives an incredible insight into how people lived on these islands throughout the ages. Approx 800 meters ascent/descent, approx 5 hours. Accommodation (finca) in the attractive village of Aguimes where there are plenty of restaurants and tapas bars to choose from for dinner.

Day 9 (10th of March).
After a lovely breakfast (included) we can transfer you on this day for your flight home or to your ongoing accommodation if staying a couple of days longer on the island (recommended for some relaxation time!)

Some walks may be subject to change due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances but we always will offer good alternative options of equal duration. We like to have a certain amount of flexibility on this tour with relation to these factors, the general fitness of the group and time scales. (We may have time on occasion to visit some other sights/villages on the island by van). We can also help with booking/advising on accommodation for days prior to or after the walking trip if required. Please be aware that the timings stated are in relation to walking times and generally do not include our break times and photo stops. We also include two paid dinners and two breakfasts for the group on the trip! All other meals including breakfasts, lunches and dinners are not included. The cost of eating out and drinking is very reasonable in Gran Canaria!

Price: £690 pp excluding flights (discounts available when booking for 3 or more people)

Deposit is £150 with the balance due 6 weeks before.

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