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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • Tenerife 2018
  • Outdoorkarte Spanien, 1:60 000 Wandern Rad Free Map on Smartphone included Kümmerly und Frey Karten. 1. Auflage, Laufzeit bis 2018. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2011
  • La Palma Wanderfuhrer 2011
  • Goede handzame wandelgids met duidelijke kaarten en informatieve tekst. watervast papier. La Palma ist die naturbelassenste Insel der Kanaren und eine der steilsten Inseln der Erde. Der regenreiche und immergrüne Norden ermöglicht Touren durch dschungelartige Wälder und verschlafene Bergdörfer. Neben den jahrtausendalten Drachenbäumen und dem... Read more
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Netherlands
2011
  • Wandelgids Hikeline La Palma | Esterbauer
  • Goede handzame wandelgids met duidelijke kaarten en informatieve tekst. watervast papier. La Palma ist die naturbelassenste Insel der Kanaren und eine der steilsten Inseln der Erde. Der regenreiche und immergrüne Norden ermöglicht Touren durch dschungelartige Wälder und verschlafene Bergdörfer. Neben den jahrtausendalten Drachenbäumen und dem... 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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2019
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • Trekking in the Canary Islands: The GR131 island-hopping route
  • This guidebook provides a comprehensive and detailed description of the GR131, an island-hopping trail across the seven Canary Islands. The 560km (348 mile) route begins on Lanzarote and finishes on El Hierro and is presented in 32 daily stages. The route is well waymarked but some navigational skills are required, and the remote and occasional... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gran Canaria
  • Gran Canaria not only enjoys a fabulous reputation as a paradise of sunshine and beaches; it can also be described as one of the most versatile hiking islands of the Canary Archipelago. Connoisseurs praise it as a miniature continent because of its diversity of landscapes: shimmering dunes in contrast with luscious subtropical valleys, deep... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2020
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2020
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
  • Wandelgids Walking on Gran Canaria | Cicerone
  • Guidebook describing 45 day walks on Gran Canaria, generally averaging 10 to 12km each. A long-distance coast-to-coast route on the GR131 is included, and shorter walks can be linked to form longer itineraries. One of the larger Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is a popular destination but offers many peaceful, rural areas perfect for walking. Read more
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United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2019
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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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2020
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2020
  • Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro: 45 day walks and treks for all abilities
  • Walking guide to the islands of La Gomera and El Hierro. The 45 waymarked routes in this guidebook include easy strolls and hands-on scrambles, day walks and long-distance routes including the GR132 and parts of the GR131, which runs the whole length of the Canary Islands. Walks are spread in the guide roughly clockwise and where walks are... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Garajonay National Park - Gomera CNIG Map-Guide 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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Arrecife CNIG Topo 1082
  • Arrecife area of Lanzarote, map No. 1082 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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United Kingdom
  • Morro Jable 25K Fuerteventura CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1099-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
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  • Santa Cruz de la Palma CNIG Topo 1085
  • Santa Cruz de la Palma area – the central part of La Palma, map No. 1085 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Guia de Isora CNIG Topo 1096
  • Guia de Isora area of Tenerife, map No. 1096 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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United Kingdom
  • Los Llanos de Aridane 25K La Palma CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1085-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
  • Punta de Jandia 25K Fuerteventura CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1099-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
  • Teror 25K Gran Canaria CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1104-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
  • Las Nieves CNIG Topographic Map 1096-2/1097-1
  • 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
  • Los Canarios 25K La Palma CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1087-I/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
  • El Cotillo CNIG Topo 1086-3
  • 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
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United Kingdom
  • La Montañeta CNIG Topo 1091-4
  • 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
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United Kingdom
  • Frontera 25K Hierro CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1105-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
  • Gran Tarajal CNIG Topo 1100
  • Gran Tarajal area of Fuerteventura, map No. 1100 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... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Playa Blanca CNIG Topo 1084
  • Playa Blanca area of Lanzarote, map No. 1084 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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United Kingdom
  • Caleta del Sebo 25K Lanzarote CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1080-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
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Walking holidays

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
Snp Wandelreizen
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 hèt mooiste... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Spanje - La Palma
  • La Palma is het mooiste van de 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, twee kilometer diepe krater van de wereldberoemde Caldera de Taburiente. De wandelvakantie eindigt met een laatste blik op de rusteloze aarde en de eindeloze... 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 Masca-kloof of klimmen over de vulkaanhellingen van de imposante Pico del Teide (3718 meter). Af te wisselen met ontspannen rondtoeren met een huurauto en zwemmen in zee. Je... Read more
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 is groots, met diepe kloven, imposante basaltpieken en steile kliffen. Je maakt over La Gomera een... Read more
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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Snp Wandelreizen
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 Gáldar opeens kleur in het landschap. Aan het einde van de snelweg wacht een waar wonder: het... Read more
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