One of the most impressive places on our trip to Iceland was the Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon. It is very easy to reach just by the main road and it is certainly worth to stop there. For photos the best time is sunset or sunrise. Here are some pictures from both sunset and sunrise.
I have only been hiking in Gran Canaria for 6 days, so I don’t have a lot of experience. But here are some of my impressions and thoughts about hiking on the island.
Gran Canaria is a small island, but close to half of the island is protected. So there is a lot of nature if you just get out of the coast. There are hundreds of different paths. Some are marked, but it does take a bit of work to find your way around. I recommend having a good map to help you with the orienteering. Discovery Walking Maps has made a map of Gran Canaria. You can buy it from Amazon or it is also available on the island.
Guided hiking trips
If you get lost easily or don’t want to but your energy in finding the best routes, there are also guided hiking tours available. We will be running a trip for our Finnish group in November 2016. But if you go there by yourself, you can book a tour from Walk in Gran Canaria. They offer daily tours or also packages with accomodation etc. Have a look at their webpage about everything they offer.
There are a lot of places to start your hiking trips and for me the easiest way was to rent a car. The rental cars are fairly cheap. My Fiat Panda was about 20 € per day. The roads are generally in good condition and the traffic wasn’t bad. Some of the mountain roads are very narrow and have a lot of turns. So even if the drive isn’t long in kilometres, it does take a lot of time.
Having a rental car means, that you need to do circular routes or walk the same route back to the starting place. This of course limits your options a bit, but if you are fit and have time it doesn’t really matter.
Where to go
It is hard to choose just a few hikes to recommend. I won’t go into detail about the routes, but here are a few places I liked a lot!
Pico de las Nieves, the highest place on the island. A great place to start a hike. I hiked from here to Roque Nublo and back. Also the place to take sunset pictures, as you can see from this picture and my previous post.
Cruz de Tejeda. Lots of nice hiking routes starting here.
Firgas. A lot of good hikes in this area also. I did Azuaje-hike, but you can find 6 different route suggestions at the local tourist office.
Caldera de Bandama. You can walk on the ridge around the Caldera or you can walk the trail down to the base of the Caldera. I recommend doing both! This area is also famous for the local wine, so maybe you should take the tour with Walking Gran Canaria, which includes the wine tasting. This way you don’t need to drive back to the hotel.
The Guigui beach. You can read all about this in my previous post.
I am very much looking forward my next visit to Gran Canaria, so I can see more of the beautiful island.
I had a great week in Gran Canaria just before Christmas. I was planning hiking routes for our new hiking program there. So a lot of walking, but I also had some time to take some shots. It would have been great to be out on the mountains every evening to take photos, but driving back to the hotel in the dark was very unpleasent. The roads are narrow and there are hundreds of turns.
One evening I drove to Pico de las Nieves after my day of hiking. It is the highest place in Gran Canaria. And a great place for sunset photos.
Here is another shot from the same evening. You can see the top of Teide, the highest mountain in Tenerife, in the background.
It wasn’t easy to take the shots, because this dog was in the way all the time! 🙂 It was pretty friendly, but got a bit frustrated because I didn’t want to play as I was trying to take photos.
My hotel was at Maspalomas in the south. I have heard of the Maspalomas dunes and thought it would be a good place to take some pictures in the evening. It was just getting dark as I got there. There were a lot of sketchy looking guys walking around the area, so I didn’t feel I wanted to stay too long. I just quickly took this shot and then walked back to the main street.
One evening I was driving back to Maspalomas a bit later after my hike. I stopped at a lookout spot on the road coming down from Fataga. It is alway nice to watch the sun going in to the sea.
So even if you don’t enjoy hiking, Gran Canaria is a great place take pictures. Just rent a car and drive around in the mountains. There were a lot of other places for sunset photos, but I just didn’t have enough time to go to all of them!