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

Opinions

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
  • 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 (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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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
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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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • La Palma - German Text
  • This Rother Walking Guide to La Palma (ALL TEXT IS IN GERMAN), presents the hiker with 64 varied and entertaining tour suggestions incorporating every region on the island - the guide includes 112 colour photos and colour hiking maps at 1:50.000 or 1:100,000 scale, and an overview map for general planning at 1:250,000. From physically demanding... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lanzarote Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map
  • ”Lanzarote Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map 4th edition covers this big island at a scale of 1:40,000 resulting in the most detailed and toughest map of Lanzarote that you can buy. New for the 4th edition of Lanzarote`s favourite map are; Arrecife Circunvalacion (bypass) now upgraded to motorway status with elevated roundabout junctions, GR131... Read more
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
2016
  • La Gomera and Southern Tenerife: Car Tours and Walks
  • This guide – two books in one – is the ideal countryside companion for those staying either on La Gomera or in the south of Tenerife — or those enjoying a two-centre holiday.For La Gomera the book describes 2 car tours (with accompanying touring map), 50+ long and short walks (each with 1:50,000 topo map) and 18 picnic suggestions. For Tenerife... Read more
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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United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fuerteventura Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map
  • For the best adventures, use the best map. Fuerteventura is a large, 1,660 square kilometres, island. At 65k scale Fuerteventura Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is a large 960mm by 620mm, double sided map sheet, which folds down to its 220mm by 120mm pocket size. A specialist concertina map fold means this map is easy to unfold for use and then... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Tenerife 2017
  • Outdoorkarte Spanien, 1:60 000 Wandern Rad Free Map on Smartphone included Kümmerly und Frey Karten. 1. Auflage, Laufzeit bis 2018. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart La Palma | Alpina
  • Uitstekende wandelkaart van La Palma: de meest gedetailleerde die er beschikbaar is. Om die details mogelijk te maken, bestaat deze dan ook uit 2 verschillende kaarten, een noordelijk deel en een zuideljk deel. Op de kaart staat alle noodzakelijke wandelinformatie goed ingetekend, met onder andere hoogtelijnen, wandelpaden, schuilhutten,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
  • Teneriffa Wanderfuhrer 2014
  • Goede handzame wandelgids met duidelijke kaarten en informatieve tekst. watervast papier. Das vorliegende Buch beschreibt 50 Touren, die sich über die ganze Inselfläche verteilen, jedoch in den Hauptwandergebieten konzentriert sind. Die Touren sind zwischen 7 und 17 Kilometer lang und beinhalten, abgesehen von zwei reinen Abstiegswanderungen,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Hikeline Tenerife - Teneriffa Wanderfuhrer | Esterbauer
  • Goede handzame wandelgids met duidelijke kaarten en informatieve tekst. watervast papier. Das vorliegende Buch beschreibt 50 Touren, die sich über die ganze Inselfläche verteilen, jedoch in den Hauptwandergebieten konzentriert sind. Die Touren sind zwischen 7 und 17 Kilometer lang und beinhalten, abgesehen von zwei reinen Abstiegswanderungen,... 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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United Kingdom
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fuerteventura Super-Durable Map
  • Fuerteventura at 1:100,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS compatible map from Discovery Walking Guides, with vivid presentation of the island’s topography, large street plans of its most visited resorts, plus timetables for local bus services. Current edition of this title was published in spring 2015.Topography is presented by... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago del Teide CNIG Topo 1091-3
  • 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
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • La Palma F&B Pocket Map
  • La Palma at 1:75,000 in a series of handy holiday pocket maps from Freytag & Berndt. The map is laminated, so waterproof and tear-resistant, and highlights the publishers’ recommendations of five best choices in five categories: adventure, culture, food, nature and sights, all listed on the reverse with a brief note. On one side is a road map... Read more
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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gran Canaria
  • Gran Canaria, Las Palmas and the island’s main resorts on a clear and informative, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Berndtson, with both the road map and the street plans indexed and highlighting the island’s 15 top rated sites and other places of interest, as well as providing general tourist information. On one side a map at 1:100,000... 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Guia de Isora CNIG Topo 1096-1/2
  • 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
  • El Cotillo 25K Fuerteventura CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1086-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
  • Soo 25K Lanzarote CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1080-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
  • El Pueblo 25K La Palma CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1085-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
  • Vallehermoso 25K La Gomera CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1095-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 Tarajal 25K Spain CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1100-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
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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
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
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Walking in Tenerife Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Explore the contrasts of Tenerife on this wonderful self guided walking holiday. Tenerife, the largest, most varied and popular of the Canary Islands and is a perfect year-round walking destination. Walk through moonscapes of intense volcanic colour, lush forests filled with exotic vegetation and dramatic coastal landscapes. Woods of aromatic... Read more
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
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Spanje - La Gomera
  • Dankzij het bergachtige karakter en de talrijke paden is Gomera bij uitstek geschikt voor een korte wandelvakantie. De diepe kloven van het karakteristieke barranco-landschap, imposante basaltpieken en nevelwouden van boomheide en laurier. Wandel hoog over steile kliffen naar stille kiezelstrandjes. Beklim de hoogste top voor een magnifiek... Read more
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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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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 Galdar opeens kleur in het landschap. Aan het einde van de snelweg wacht een waar wonder: het... Read more
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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
Snp Wandelreizen
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 - Tenerife
  • Bijzondere gezinsvakantie vanuit twee sfeervolle accommodaties, ééntje in het hoogstgelegen dorp van het eiland; de andere in een sfeevol kustplaatsje in het Noorden. Op de Canarische eilanden is het altijd zomer, dus altijd buiten wat te doen. We hebben diverse spannende en ontspannende activiteiten gepland; een spectaculaire kloof, een... Read more
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