The guidebook describes 45 day walks across eight areas of Gran Canaria, including Las Palmas in the north to Playa del Ingles in the south. Also included is a five-day coast-to-coast route on the GR131, an island-hopping long-distance trail stretching across all seven of the Canary Islands. There are walks suitable for those of all abilities, ranging in landscape from coastal clifftops to the dramatic volcanic mountains inland. Walks venture through villages and towns, and up to the summits of the highest peaks on Gran Canaria. Each walk gives information on access (predominantly using the island's good bus services), details of places offering food and drink, and notes on the interesting features passed along the way. The book also provides lots of background information on geology, wildlife, plants and flowers as well as practical information on accommodation, currency and language.
Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 50 books to his name. He has walked extensively around all the Canary Islands, covering day as well as long-distance walks. Paddy has led guided walking holidays and has also walked in Nepal, Tibet and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
Map key Overview map Location of walks Introduction Location Geology Wildlife National parks The Fortunate Isles Getting there When to go Accommodation Health and safety Food and drink Language Money Communications Walking on Gran Canaria Introduction Getting there Getting around What to take Waymarking and access Maps Food and drink Tourist information offices Emergencies Using this guide Santa Brigida and San Mateo Walk 1 Las Palmas to Santa Brigida Walk 2 Las Meleguinas to Las Lagunetas Walk 3 Las Lagunetas and Cruz de Tejeda Walk 4 Santa Brigida to Teror Walk 5 San Mateo to Teror Walk 6 Pico de Bandama and Caldera de Bandama Valleseco and Teror Walk 7 Cruz de Tejeda to Teror Walk 8 Cruz de Tejeda to Valleseco Walk 9 Cruz de La Laguna and Valsendero Walk 10 Cruz de La Laguna and Las Madres Artenara and Tamadaba Walk 11 Moriscos to Santa Maria de Guia Walk 12 Artenara to Tamadaba Walk 13 San Pedro and Tamadaba Walk 14 Artenara and Vega de Acusa La Aldea Walk 15 Pista de Tirma Walk 16 Altavista to La Aldea Walk 17 La Aldea to El Risco Walk 18 Albercon, Guigui and Tasartico Walk 19 Montana del Viso and La Aldea Mogan and Las Presas Walk 20 El Aserrador and El Carrizal Walk 21 El Aserrador and El Juncal Walk 22 Presa de las Ninas and Morillo de San Juan Walk 23 Cruz de San Antonio to Las Casillas Walk 24 Camino de las Presas Tejeda and La Culata Walk 25 Tejeda and Cruz de Tejeda Walk 26 Tejeda and La Culata Walk 27 Degollada Becerra and La Culata Walk 28 Roque Nublo from La Goleta Walk 29 Cruz Grande to Ayacata Walk 30 Llanos de Garanon and Pico de las Nieves San Bartolome Walk 31 Santa Lucia and Pico de las Nieves Walk 32 San Bartolome and Cruz Grande Walk 33 Arteara to Ayagaures Walk 34 Dunas de Maspalomas Valsequillo Walk 35 Siete Fuentes to San Mateo Walk 36 San Mateo to Valsequillo Walk 37 Valsequillo to Santa Brigida Walk 38 El Rincon and Cuevas Blancas Walk 39 Tenteniguada and Caldera de los Marteles Walk 40 Caldera de los Marteles to Valsequillo GR 131 - Puerto de las Nieves to Maspalomas Walk 41 GR 131 - Puerto de las Nieves to Tamadaba Walk 42 GR 131 - Tamadaba to Cruz de Tejeda Walk 43 GR 131 - Cruz de Tejeda to San Bartolome Walk 44 GR 131 - San Bartolome to Ayagaures Walk 45 GR 131 - Ayagaures to Faro de Maspalomas Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Topographical glossary Appendix C Useful contacts