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Explore Gran Canaria (Self-Guided)

Explore the lush north and arid south of one of Spain's Canary Islands on a self guided adventure

  • Gran Canaria

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast and 1 Dinner
  • Coast & Islands


  • September - December


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Walking grade

Grade 5

Trips comprise of day walks with plenty of ups and downs, some steep and rough ground will be encountered at times and walks averaging 7 miles with 650m of ascent / descent. Some holidays will cover longer distances on easier paths, others will be shorter walks but have more demanding ascents and terrain.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 7 miles; Ascent/Descent 650m; Terrain: generally decent paths and tracks with some steeper sections; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".


Self-Guided Collection

Expertly planned, flexible walking itineraries, led by you, with accommodation, route plans, and luggage transfers all taken care of by us.


Holiday Highlights

  • Oases of bananas, orange and avocado plantations
  • Dramatic contrast between the north and south
  • Tiny white villages and colourful bougainvillea
  • Camino Reales, an extensive network of paths

As you venture north on Gran Canaria, the terrain opens up and true marvels appear, the Agaete Valley, an oasis of tropical plantations, tiny white villages, exotic palms and colourful bougainvillea. Your journey begins here among bananas, oranges and avocados, a fitting introduction before the next extraordinary revelation: the island’s surprisingly mountainous terrain. Extreme vertical slopes plunge down into the Atlantic, deeply carved ravines criss-cross the island and high plateaus are home to pastureland, laurel and pine woods, terraced farmland, almond orchards and prickly pear cacti.

As one might imagine, Gran Canaria’s arid southern sector sits in contrast to its lush north side while two towering peaks emerge from the island’s centre: Roque Nublo and Bentayga. In the pre-Spanish era, these summits were named by the Guanches, Berber people who settled these islands. In more recent times, an extensive network of paths and classic routes come together on the Caminos Reales, a demanding trek designed to make the most of the island's dramatic geography.

  • 7 nights accommodation on BB basis
  • 1 dinner
  • Transfer from airport to first accommodation
  • Transfer from last accommodation to airport
  • Luggage transfers on Days 3 and 6
  • Transfers on Days 3,5 and 6 according to the walking programme
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to route information on an app.
  • 24 hour telephone assistance in English
  • Flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Any transport not mentioned
  • Personal expenses such as tips, phone calls, drinks
  • Compulsory extra dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
  • Hotel tax where applicable, paid locally
  • Travel insurance
  • Printed detailed route information (available at an additional charge of £30, and is available at your first hotel)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes


Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1



On arrival into Gran Canaria, the transfer to your first accommodation in Agüimes  (included in the cost of the holiday) takes approximately 1 hour. 

Day 2

Guayadeque Gorge




Transfer Agüimes-Montaña las Tierras & Ermita de Guayadeque-Agüimes at 9.30hrs included.

  • Time

    4.5-5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After breakfast, you start your first day with a taxi transfer from the hotel to Guayadeque Gorge, the largest in the Canary Islands. Poppies, palms, pines, agaves, cacti, Canary almonds and other native species can be found on Guayadeque’s steep slopes, some of the greenest and most beautiful on the island. This Natural Monument contains remains of caves once inhabited by the first people who settled in the Canary Islands. Today’s route is a pleasant walk, not too demanding, which takes you through a veritable hikers’ paradise. You will be met at the d of the walk and transferred back to your hotel.

Day 3

Pico de las Nieves


Breakfast and Dinner


Luggage transferred today

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today's walk is La Caldera de los Marteles. The first 7km, along the crater’s edge, offers impressive views of the Agaete Valley.  Approaching this peak on foot is well worth your while and, in the end, you’ll see why!   This evening, you can admire the sunset from your hotel’s (rooftop) terrace with the stunning silhouette of Bentayga Peak in the foreground.

There are 3 options for where you start the walk today.  You will be transferred by a taxi transfer to the start of the walk. Option A is noted above.

Option B: 10 miles, 6 hours, A250m/D900m

Option C: 8 miles, 4 hours, A50m/D900m

Day 4





Transfer at 9.30am Tejeda-Degollada del Sargento. Afternoon tranfer- Artenara-Tejeda included.

  • Time

    4.5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today you do an easier yet equally beautiful walk along Altavista Ridge at the edge of Tamadaba Nature Park, situated on the extinct crater (caldera). Even if the Cumbre is hidden in cloud, chances are that you’ll be in the full sun enjoying views all the way to Tenerife. You will be transferred by taxi to the start of the walk today and back to the hotel at the end. You can shorten the walk to 5.5 miles, 3 hours, A/D 300 with a different collection point at the end of the walk.

After the walk, you will have time to visit the Spice Centre (Centro de Interpretación de Plantas Medicinales) for an insight into the traditional use of medicinal plants on the island. They have a botanical garden and laboratory and you will have the option of sampling different spices. Tejeda also has a small museum and cultural centre with ongoing exhibits. This evening, you can enjoy the sunset from your hotel’s roof-top terrace, with the silhouette of Bentayga Peak in the background.

Day 5

Roque Nublo




  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Stunning landscapes on considerably steep terrain around Roque Nublo, a spectacular rocky outcropping perched at the edge of a plateau. Though this is not the highest peak on Gran Canaria, it is certainly the most famous, as it can be seen from almost anywhere on the island. The walking route for today starts directly from your hotel. After 1km, the tarmac gives way to a steep path which zigzags up to the foot of Roque Nublo. This incredible volcanic formation, actually a petrified chimney, just teeters on the edge surrounded by space where the terrain has succumbed to erosion. 

The way down from Roque Nublo follows a different route, traversing a quiet evergreen wood to reach the road, where you catch a bus back to Tejeda. If you miss the bus, or fancy walking a bit further, you can take the historic “camino real” back to the village. This adds an extra 7,25 km, with 75m in ascent and 450m in descent (an additional 2 hrs walking time, with occasional sections on tarmac).

Day 6

Ridge walk to Ragajesto




Tejeda-Puerto de las Nieves luggage transfer and afternoon pick up from Fagajesto included.

  • Time

    6.5-7 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today you leave the village of Tejeda and head to Agaete, but first you will have to do the ascent up to La Cruz de Tejeda. Following the ridge with impressive views to the sea, you will reach an elevation of 1715m near Galdar. Then you begin a long descent along a ridge surrounded by pastures, barns, flocks of sheep and dairies where the local cheese is made. The very last section is on tarmac, but the road is quiet and nearly free of traffic. 

Your walk ends in Fagajesto, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink while you wait for the transfer to your hotel (included). There are several restaurants in the village of Puerto de las Nieves, serving excellent fish and seafood for your dinner choice this evening.

Day 7

Valle de Agaete




Transfer Puerto de las Nieves-San Pedro at 9.00am included.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After  breakfast, you start off with a short transfer from your hotel to the village of San Pedro. From there, you walk up a steep ravine (barranco) through high bamboo-like rice plants following the historic Camino Real up to Montaña Bibique (645m), a rocky spur at the top of a steep slope with breath-taking views of Agaete Valley. Optional ascent to the vista point at Mirador Vuelta de Paloma (850m). Without visiting the view point, the walk reduces to 5 miles, 4 hours, A460m/D740m

Your descent down to Puerto de las Nieves follows a narrow path with sheer drops. NOTE: if you really don’t like heights, you may feel uncomfortable on the last section. Should this happen, just turn around at the Mirador and retrace your steps back to San Pedro, then take a bus or taxi back to Puerto de las Nieves.

Day 8

Final day



After breakfast, a taxi transfer back to the airport is included today

Travel Details

The airport for Gran Canaria is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Airport transfers are included in your holiday arrangements. Please ensure you send us your flight details prior to starting the holiday (8 weeks prior is preferred) so that we may book your transfers.


Accommodation information

Below is an example of the type of accommodation you will be allocated on this holiday. Your final accommodation list will be confirmed on your travel documents, these will usually be with you around two weeks prior to departure.

Hotel Rural Casa de Los Camellos or similar

This hotel is located in a colonial-style building which was once used as a barn and a stable for camels. It is of traditional Canarian architecture with interior courtyards and gardens. All en suite rooms are traditional in style with TV, hairdryer, A/C, and telephone.

Fonda de La Tea or similar

The hotel offers privileged views, quietness and comfort for your trip into the very heart of Gran Canaria. The impressive terrace with views towards Roque Bentayga, the patio and the welcoming living room with chimney, invite you to read, converse or just relax. All rooms are en suite with wifi, hairdryer, TV and mini-bar

Dinner is included for one night in Tejeda and this is usually the first night of your stay there. However, the hotel restaurant is closed two nights a week (usually Sunday and Wednesday). If your stay begins on a night the restaurant is closed, then your included dinner will be booked for the next evening. 

Hotel Puerto de las Nieves or similar

Located in the picturesque town of Agaete, the hotel has a nautical theme and is close to the beach. En suite rooms offer a hairdryer, AC, safe deposit box, and TV.

Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

Trips comprise of day walks with plenty of ups and downs, some steep and rough ground will be encountered at times and walks averaging 7 miles with 650m of ascent / descent. Some holidays will cover longer distances on easier paths, others will be shorter walks but have more demanding ascents and terrain.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 7 miles; Ascent/Descent 650m; Terrain: generally decent paths and tracks with some steeper sections; Walking Time: Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.


Tips are not included in the holiday price. Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  We strongly recommend when receiving good service you make a tip to the local supplier.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

The airport for Gran Canaria is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Airport transfers are included in your holiday arrangements. Please ensure to provide your flight arrival and departure information prior to starting your holiday.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Should you have decided to book any overseas flight arrangements through us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.


After booking your holiday, expect to receive a confirmation and holiday information sheet soon after.

Once you've settled your balance, about 2 weeks before your holiday, you'll get instructions on how to log into your ActiveNav App. Grab your Apple or Android smartphone and head to the app store for a quick download. Once installed, the app grants you access to all route information and provides guidance on how to navigate it.

Around 2 weeks prior to your departure, you'll also get a destination manual & road book. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on your walking route and interesting facts about the areas you'll stay in. Alongside, a trip voucher will confirm all the services booked for you, complete with the names and addresses of your hotels and other service providers. Be prepared to present this voucher as confirmation at your accommodations, and don't forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.


In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.

Footwear & Kit List


Footwear is a walker’s personal choice; however, we suggest lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good, moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support and may be essential for some walks.

Luggage Transfers

On a self guided holiday, the days you walk from one property to another, your main luggage will be transferred for you as part of your holiday arrangements. This leaves you free to just carry what you need for the day. Please refer to your individual itinerary for which days your luggage will be transferred. Before you leave your accommodation in the morning, please speak with your host for where the luggage should be left and by what time. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • Whistle
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Water bottle - at least 2 litre capacity (more may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Mobile
  • Power Bank for charging mobile if needed.
  • Phone charging lead

This list is not exhaustive, and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.


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Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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