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
In Artenara the map can be purchased from the Artisan shop in the photo, which is located 100 metres downhill from the Gama Supermarket on the main road in Artenara, near the town centre. This shop specialises in local products, such as cheese, jams, wines etc. The owner Juanarte is happy for you to come and sample some of the excellent local products that she has for sale.
- The map can also be purchased from the Rural Hotel Molino de Agua (on the GC 60 just north of Fataga) and it is now available from Rural Hotel Melva Suite, between Firgas and Arucas. Printed copies of the walking guides are also available from these two rural hotels.
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, this is in the Atlante Bike and Hike Centre, 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.
- In San Agustín the maps are also available from the Scandinavian Club, which is next to Apartments Monte Rojo and also available from the Swedish Church, which is almost opposite the tourist information office in San Agustín.
- In Maspalomas, the maps are available from both of the Free Motion shops in Faro de Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés.
- In Arguineguin the maps are available from the Norwegian Club, opposite the car park where the street market is held every Tuesday.
- In Las Palmas the maps are available from the Scandinavian Club, which is near the tunnel entrance to the motorway which heads towards the north coast, the GC 2.
- Please contact me if you need more details of how to contact any of these outlets.
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.