Maps & Terrain
Gran Canaria is a volcanic island with high mountains and many deep canyons and ravines, there are many interesting and spectacular rock formations. The terrain you will be walking on is very variable, from grassy meadows in the North to barren scree in the South.
The condition of most of the paths is good, but they are not all well maintained, on rare occasions you will have to clamber over a rock fall, or fight your way through a bush. After heavy rain some paths in exposed areas can become rather unstable. Certain descents can be rather “skiddy” if very dry or very wet. I try to avoid vertiginous sections but do mention any such sections in the text.
During the years we have been hiking in Gran Canaria there have been many improvements, there is a lot more work being done on path maintenance, and the signposts are significantly better. 20 years ago official signposts were non-existent. For example, in Spring 2012, Eileen and I completed a walk on a newly restored camino real, and we were told that we were the first people to walk on this path through the barranco for 70 years.
During the last 2 years the Cabildo has numbered and signposted many footpaths, this path is now a signposted and numbered path the S 82. This guide we believe will be the only guide available with the new updated information. The signposting of paths is still ongoing.
There are no Ordnance Survey type maps of Gran Canaria. The maps I recommend are from Discovery Walking Guides (DWG)
We have been involved with Discovery Walking Guides (DWG) who have produced what we believe is the best map available for hikers in Gran Canaria. The map has a scale of 1 to 50000 and covers the complete island.
It is available in both printed and digital versions and all of my published walking routes are included, as well as much more. You can see full details on the Discovery Walking Guides website.
The printed version of the map is on Polyart material which is Super-Durable and waterproof. The map is double sided and costs £8.99 inc. VAT in the UK and €12.00 in Gran Canaria. The DWG map of Gran Canaria has an ISBN number of 9781904946984 and is available from Amazon or Stanfords. The printed version is available in Gran Canaria.
Where To Buy The Maps
The map can be purchased from the Artisan shop next to the Artenara Tourist information Office in the centre of Artenara.
- The map can also be purchased from Molino de Agua (on the GC 60 just north of Fataga) and very shortly it will also be available from Hotel Melba Suite, near Arucas.
In Puerto Rico the maps can be purchased from the offices of:
JPD legal consultants and P and B financial consultants.
Their offices are opposite the newly refurbished park in Puerto Rico, Bungalows Martinica No’s 20 & 21, almost opposite McDonalds
- In Puerto de Mogán the maps are available from the Free Motion bike hire shop, which is in the Hotel Cordial, Puerto de Mogán
- In San Agustín, the map is available from Bar/Café Buenavista in the San Agustín shopping centre, opposite Hotel Don Gregory.
- The maps are also now available from the Swedish Church, which is almost opposite the tourist information office in San Agustín.
- In Maspalomas, the maps are now available from both of the Free Motion shops in Faro de Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.
There are 2 digital versions, one is for smart phone users, the other can be used with Garmin mapping GPS models. These interactive maps are great value at under £10.
Smartphone users should download the free Viewranger App from Viewranger.com The App is available in English, Spanish, French and German. To purchase the DWG digital map of Gran Canaria, go to the Viewranger home page, click Shop, then go down the page and click Canaries and Madiera, then click Gran Canaria. The cost is £7.00
The free Open Street Maps and Open Cycle Maps can also be used with the Viewranger App, but of course do not contain the same details of the actual walking routes used in my guides.
For clients with Garmin GPS mapping models, the digital map can be purchased online from Discovery Walking Guides as a digital download for £5.99 inc. VAT. It can be downloaded onto a mini SD card.
We can highly recommend this map and we believe it is the best map available. A map should be purchased to accompany my guides 'Don't Leave Gran Canaria Without Seeing It' to get the 'big picture', as my maps are only very local to give a rough guide of the route. With this map and my notes, getting lost on a mountain walk really should be a thing of the past.