Top Hikes and Drives in Gran Canaria

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Top Hikes and Drives in Gran CanariaAguimes to Maspalomas via Temisas, Santa Lucia and Fataga (drive)
Break up this winding drive with stops at quaint publos Temisas and Fataga, and at the mirador (viewpoint) on the road to Maspalomas. A detour takes you to the La Sorrueda reservoir and on to the Portaleza de Ansite, south of Santa Lucia.

Barranco de los Cernicalos (hike)
Take the road out of Lomo Magullo towards Los Arenales. A clear path leads you along the lush ravine, where a stream trickles throughout the year. As well as appealing to lovers of flora, the hike rewards all with its impressive finale: a series of ever-higher waterfalls. Allow about three hours for this out-and-back walk.

Tamadaba (drive)
The fantastic views and lush scenery make this short circular drive a favourite. Follow the GC216 from Cruz de Acusa, near Artenara, and take the loop around Gran Canaria’s finest pine forest.

The west coast (drive)
Not for the faint-hearted, the road from Agaete for a seafood lunch before turning inland. The Moorish village of Veneguera warrants a stop.

Teror to Artenara (drive)
The highlights of this drive along the GC21 are the stretch overlooking the Barranco de Valsendero and two superlative miradors, Balcon de Zamora and Los Pinos de Galdar.

Santa Lucia to La Fortaleza (hike)
This three-hour hike leads you through idyllic countryside to the Fortaleza de Ansite. Take the path leading from km 49 of the GC65, then keep left at all forks.

Galdar to Moya via Fontanales (drive)
The GC220 passes Hoya de Pineda, a troglodyte village, before reaching the Pinos de Galdar pine forest. Pause at the superb Mirador de Los Pinos de Galdar before taking the GC70 past Fontanales and then a spectacular side road, the GC700, on to Moya.

Barranco de la Virgen (hike)
Starting from Valleseco, this three-hour hike takes you through Valsendero before descending into the Barranco de la Virgen and on to Las Madres. As the vegetation changes from pine to laurel, keep an eye out for rare native flora such as houseleeks.

The Dam Circuit (hike)
This breathtaking hike skirts three of the island’s reservoirs. Starting from the GC605 north of Presa de las Ninas, it hugs the Soria dam and passes north of Chira. The walk takes seven hours and ends at Cruz Grande.

Mogan to Pico de las Nieves (drive)
After heavy rain, waterfalls start to appear long the winding road that leads to the island’s highest point.

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