The Terrain and Maps - Gran Canaria
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 well maintained, on rare
occasions you will have to clamber over a rock fall, or fight
your way through a few bushes.
Many of the footpaths you will be walking are old
'Camino Reales'. Camino Reales are old donkey
tracks that used to connect villages together many years
ago, before the advent of modern vehicles.
Some have become rather overgrown, some have been
restored, but others have become dirt roads or concrete
tracks, and a few have now been asphalted.
near Cruz de Tejeda
Wherever possible I try to avoid tarmac roads in my walking guide 'Don't Leave Gran Canaria Without Seeing It' but there are a few occasions where to complete a circular walk some tarmac is unavoidable.
There are no Ordnance Survey type maps of Gran Canaria. The maps I
recommend are from Discovery Walking Guides (DWG)
We are pleased to announce that 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. All of my published walking routes are included, as well as much more. You can see full details on the DWG web site at www.dwgwalking.co.uk
The printed version of the map is on Polyart material which is Super-Durable and waterproof. The map is double sided and will cost £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 will also available in Gran Canaria from March 2014.
The digital version can be used with Garmin mapping GPS models. It can be purchased online from www.dwgwalking.co.uk as a digital download for £5.99 inc. VAT. The digital maps are also available for smart phones using the Viewranger and MyTrails apps.
We can highly recommend this map and we believe it is the map best available. A map should be purchased to accompany my Guide(s) '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.
Always have a 'Plan B' in case of bad weather when you get to the start of a hike.
Satellite Views of Gran Canaria...
Google Maps & Google Earth are other good ways to get the feel of Gran Canaria and its mountains. No footpaths are shown but they do show the network of small and larger roads across the island - start your journey at Tejeda, which is in the heart of walking/hiking country:
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Canaria has a wide variety of beautiful scenery - mountain top
views, forests, lakes, glistening reservoirs, waterfalls and
streams, not to mention peasant agriculture, cave dwellings and
animal farms. To create interest, Roger tries to
incorporate as many of these different types of terrain into
each of his walks. You will need to be reasonably fit and
used to walking on rough ground to enjoy his walks, but you will
not find any of them endurance tests, nor will you find jaw
dropping cliff ledges to encounter. You will be tired on
their completion, but they are all safe and enjoyable and have a
guaranteed a feeling of achievement, with memories of views and
characters met, to last you all your days