Islas Canarias

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Islas Canarias

Located off the coast of Northwest Africa in the Atlantic, the volcanic Canary Islands are in fact a Spanish archipelago consisting of seven islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma, Lanzarote, El Hierro, La Gomera) and the Chinijo Archipelago of which only the island of La Graciosa is inhabited. Each of these exotic islands has its own distinctive character.

The large island of Tenerife offers breathtaking hiking, for instance up the Teide (3718 m). But there are many other trails, both marked and unmarked. Try the much greener island of La Gomera, famous among hikers, or the spectacular trails around the Caldera de Taburiente on the larger island of La Palma. These three islands, including El Hierro and Fuerteventura, have the best developed trail system, including multi-day GR’s, circular trails and smaller local routes. They are usually marked, and indicated on maps or in guides. Nevertheless you can easily get lost, in mist for example.

The trail system on the other islands - Gran Canaria, Lanzarote - is lagging behind, but also these islands offer some great hiking across stunning volcanic terrain.

The Canary Islands can be visited all year round. To avoid the heat, travel between November and May. These months bring more rain, but still in modest quantities. Your boots should give your ankles support. The islands get crowded in tourist season with beach lovers.

Here's a list of islands, in order of size:

  • Tenerife, 2.034 km2: superb walking in the immense caldera, highest volcano: El Teide, excellent trail network
  • Fuerteventura, 1.660 km2: exotic and arid island, great trail (GR131), unique nature, great in winter
  • Gran Canaria, 1.560 km2: day hikes into the rugged mountain interior
  • Lanzarote, 846 km2: day hikes in the interior
  • La Palma, 708 km2: excellent hiking, coastal GR and one crossing the impressive crater in the center of the island, laurel forests in the north, excellent trail network
  • La Gomera, 370 km2: world famous lush laurel forests in the moist centre, popular with hikers, excellent trail network
  • El Hierro, 268 km2: dramatic eroded coastline, good hike over central ridge
  • La Graciosa, 29 km2: feel alone on a small ocean island, linger over lava fields and climb pumice cones

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Rate 7.5 | 2 votes | No 9. in Spain
  • Leonardo José Raimundo February 2018
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Eu gosto do idioma das Ilhas Canárias, mas quero saber como é Canárias em vepso.
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Trails in this region

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2019
  • Walking on La Palma
  • Guidebook to 45 walks and scrambles on La Palma in the Canary Islands, ranging from 7 to 31km. Some walks combine to complete the GR130 long-distance trail (8 days) and GR131 trail (3 days). Areas explored include Santa Cruz and Buenavista. Contains a Spanish-English glossary. Read more
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United Kingdom
2019
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Walking on La Palma: Including the GR130 and GR131 long-distance trails
  • Guide to walking on La Palma. In total 45 day walks are described ranging from 7 to 32km in length, and covering a wide variety of terrain. Although La Palma is one of the smaller Canary Islands, there are routes of all types from easy strolls to hands-on scrambling, from simple day walks to long-distance treks on rocky mountain paths,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Walking on La Palma | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to 45 walks and scrambles on La Palma in the Canary Islands, ranging from 7 to 31km. Some walks combine to complete the GR130 long-distance trail (eight days) and GR131 trail (three days). Areas explored include Santa Cruz and Buenavista. Contains a Spanish-English glossary. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • La Palma - Caldera Taburiente map and hiking guide 2018
  • This set of 2 maps covers the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands at 1/25 000 (1cm = 250m) and includes all the hiking trails. Also includes the route of the ten most beautiful walks and 7 marked mountain biking itineraries as well as many points of interest. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart La Palma | Editorial Alpina
  • This set of 2 maps covers the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands at 1/25 000 (1cm = 250m) and includes all the hiking trails. Also includes the route of the ten most beautiful walks and 7 marked mountain biking itineraries as well as many points of interest. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
  • Gran Canaria Wanderfuhrer 2012
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Gran Canaria ist die drittgrößte (1532?km²) und die stärkst besiedelte Insel der Kanaren. Wie die anderen kanarischen Inseln auch, gehört Gran... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Gran Canaria | Esterbauer
  • Handzame gids met een goede beschrijving van een groot aantal dagtochten in dit gebied. De gids is in spiraalbinding en elke pagina is op scheur- en watervast papier gedrukt. Daar is echt over nagedacht! Gran Canaria ist die drittgrößte (1532?km²) und die stärkst besiedelte Insel der Kanaren. Wie die anderen kanarischen Inseln auch, gehört Gran... Read more
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United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • La Palma à pied
  • La Palma in a French language guide with 18 walks from two to over six hours long presented on detailed topographic mapping, plus a 160km tour around the island (GR130) and an 86km route across its mountain (GR131). The guide is published by the FFRP, Fédération Française de la Randonnée Pédestre, publishers of the renowned series of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gomera: Garajonay National Park 25K CNIG Map/Guide (Spanish ed.)
  • La Gomera, including the Garajonay National Park, at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from IGN/CNIG with cartography from their topographic survey of Spain. The map is accompanied by a Spanish language guide with descriptions of walks, contact details for recommended accommodation, etc. The map has contours at 10m intervals... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Garajonay National Park - Gomera ENGLISH
  • La Gomera, including the Garajonay National Park, at 1:25,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from IGN/CNIG with cartography from their topographic survey of Spain. The map is accompanied by a 76-page English language guide with descriptions of walks, contact details for recommended accommodation, etc. The map has contours at 10m... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Taschenbuch Kapverden. Cabo Verde
  • Über das Buch Reif für die Insel? Aber für welche? Jede der Kapverden-Inseln ist ein eigener Kosmos in der Einsamkeit des Atlantiks. Überall gibt es Orte mit marode-kolonialem Charme, aus der Zeit gefallene Dörfer, bunte Märkte und herzliche Einheimische, die nicht nur bei ihrer Ouril-Passion zu Meistern der Muße werden. Jede Insel versprüht... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Ténérife (Teneriffa - französische Ausgabe)
  • Guide Rother TénérifeOn peut qualifier Ténérife de paradis des randonneurs le plus varié des îles Canaries.Sur »l'île des bien heureux« ne s'élève non seulement le Pico del Teide, avec ses 3718 m le sommet le plus élevé de l'archipel des Canaries et de toute... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Ténérife (Teneriffa - französische Ausgabe)
  • Guide Rother TénérifeOn peut qualifier Ténérife de paradis des randonneurs le plus varié des îles Canaries.Sur »l'île des bien heureux« ne s'élève non seulement le Pico del Teide, avec ses 3718 m le sommet le plus élevé de l'archipel des Canaries et de toute... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer La Palma
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO La Palma intensiv vom Eruptionskrater der Caldera bis zum Vulkan Teneguía an der Südspitze der Insel - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort auf La Palma an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben den Meerwasserschwimmbecken von... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valle Gran Rey 25K La Gomera CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1101-I
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Los Cristianos CNIG Topo 1102-1
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santa Brigida CNIG Topographic Map 1104-2
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Isla de Montana Clara 25K Lanzarote CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1079-IV
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santo Domingo 25K La Palma CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1083-I
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Teguise 25K Lanzarote CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1082-II
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Valle de Santa Ines 25K Fuerteventura CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1090-III
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gran Canaria Marco Polo Holiday Map
  • Gran Canaria Holiday Map at 1:100,000 from Marco Polo Travel Publishing, waterproof, tear-resistant and in a handy pocket format, with highlighting for places of interest and scenic routes, street plans of Las Palmas and Maspalomas/Playa del Inglés/San Agustín, a distance table and traffic regulations, etc. Topography is presented by relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ingenio CNIG Topo 1107
  • Ingenio area of Gran Canaria, map No. 1107 in the topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Centro Nacional de Información Geograficá, Spain’s civilian survey organization. Maps in the MTN50 (Mapa Topográfico Nacional) series begun in late 1990s have contours at 20m intervals enhanced by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Haria CNIG Topo 1080
  • Haria area of Lanzarote, map No. 1080 in the topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Centro Nacional de Información Geograficá, Spain’s civilian survey organization. Maps in the MTN50 (Mapa Topográfico Nacional) series begun in late 1990s have contours at 20m intervals enhanced by relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Puerto Rico CNIG Topo 1106
  • Puerto Rico area of Gran Canaria, map No. 1106 in the topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Centro Nacional de Información Geograficá, Spain’s civilian survey organization. Maps in the MTN50 (Mapa Topográfico Nacional) series begun in late 1990s have contours at 20m intervals enhanced by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tacoronte 25K Tenerife CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1088-III/IV
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Yaiza 25K Lanzarote CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1081-IV
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Arico 25K Tenerife CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1097-III/IV
  • Topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:25,000 published by the Instituto Geográfico Nacional – Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 10m intervals and colouring and/or graphics to show different types of vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Corralejo CNIG Topo 1086
  • Corralejo area of Fuerteventura, map No. 1086 in the topographic coverage of the Canary Islands at 1:50,000 from the Instituto Geográfico Nacional - Centro Nacional de Información Geograficá, Spain’s civilian survey organization. Maps in the MTN50 (Mapa Topográfico Nacional) series begun in late 1990s have contours at 20m intervals enhanced by... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • El Hierro: Edge of Europe
  • A self-guided walking tour exploring the pathways of the tiny but beautiful island of El Hierro, Canary Islands. The remarkable island outpost of El Hierro is perched on the westernmost outreaches of Europe; a true Atlantic gem with a rare sleepy charm and fantastic walking trails. Until Columbus set sail, El Hierro was seen as the ‘Ends of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Trails of La Palma: La Isla Bonita
  • A self-guided walking tour exploring the wild north and volcanic central belt of La Palma, Canary Islands. La Palma is known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ for good reason; this beautiful isle is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, filled with deep gorges, laurel forests, dramatic cliffs and coastline. You can easily explore all of this thanks to La Palma’s... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in La Gomera Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Discover the botanical paradise of La Gomera on foot. Discover the botanical paradise of La Gomera on foot. La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands, lies just 30 kilometres off the coast of Tenerife, but is a world away in terms of atmosphere and landscape. Steep cliffs along the rocky coastline give way to volcanic peaks inland and deep... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Gran Canaria: Island of Contrasts
  • Explore the contrasts of Gran Canaria on this wonderful self guided walking holiday. Often referred to as a continent in miniature, the Canary Island of Gran Canaria offers a unique walking experience, from the rugged coastline broken up with sandy beaches and whitewashed villages, to lush forests, tropical plantations and arid volcanic... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Spanje - La Palma
  • La Palma, het mooiste der Canarische Eilanden, ook wel La Isla Bonita genoemd, met unieke nevelwouden in het noorden. Maar ook het maanlandschap van de Cumbre Vieja en de immense, 2 km diepe, krater van de wereldberoemde Caldera de Taburiente. De wandelvakantie eindigt met een laatste blik op de rusteloze aarde en de eindeloze blauwe oceaan. Read more
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Netherlands
  • Spanje - La Palma
  • La Palma, een piepklein eilandje dat bijna loodrecht uit de zee oprijst. Hier geen overvolle stranden zoals op Tenerife of Gran Canaria, maar een uitgebreid en goed onderhouden wandelpadennet en een weelderige, erg verscheiden natuur. Niet zonder reden draagt La Palma de bijnaam 'la Isla Bonita'. Ervaren wandelaars noemen het zelfs hét mooiste... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Spanje - Tenerife
  • Een prachtige, zelf in te vullen wandelvakantie op Tenerife, het grootste van de Canarische eilanden. Lekker wandelen over fraaie kustpaden, afdalen in de de diepe Mascakloof of klimmen over de vulkaanhellingen van de imposante Pico del Teide (3718m). Af te wisselen met ontspannen rondtoeren met een huurauto en zwemmen in zee. Je verblijft in... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Spanje - Tenerife
  • Een zonovergoten vakantieweek, ook in de wintermaanden! Dat kan op de Canarische eilanden. Tenerife is het eiland van de reusachtige vulkaan de Teide. Wandel hoog boven de passaatwolken in de halfwoestijn van las Cañadas, de vulkaankrater van de Teide. Of langs de drakenbloedbomen van het Anaga schiereiland, of hoog boven de blauwe oceaan, op... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Spanje - La Gomera
  • La Gomera is van de Canarische Eilanden het ruige en nog weinig bezochte wandeleiland. De vegetatie is afwisselend en fascinerend, met vochtige nevelwouden aan de noordkant en een woestijnachtige vegetatie aan de droge zuidkant. Het landschap groots, met diepe kloven, imposante basaltpieken en steile kliffen. U maakt over La Gomera een... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Spanje - La Gomera
  • Wie van kort maar krachtig wandelen houdt, zit met deze reis helemaal goed. Gomera is ruig, vol diepe ravijnen - door de Spanjaarden barrancos genoemd - in een bergachtig vulkanisch landschap. Dit is de ideale plek voor bergwandelaars. Geniet van de uitzichten vanaf steile kliffen en zoek de stilte op van verlaten kiezelstrandjes, met een... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Spanje - Gran Canaria
  • Hoge pieken vangen vochtige bewolking van de oceaan en maken hiermee de noordkant van Gran Canaria tot een groene oase. Het vulkanisme heeft op dit eiland een landschap gecreëerd dat vanuit de bergtoppen in het centrum uitwaaiert naar zee en steeds weer opnieuw verrast door zijn verticaliteit en contrasten. Gran Canaria herbergt een zeer grote... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Spanje - Gran Canaria
  • Voor wie La Gomera of La Palma kent, is landen op Gran Canaria even schrikken. Het landschap is dor, de bebouwing is rommelig en de akkers staan vol kasachtige constructies. Na het doorkruisen van de stuitend lelijke noordkust, komt er ter hoogte van Galdar opeens kleur in het landschap. Aan het einde van de snelweg wacht een waar wonder: het... Read more
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