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

Map

Hiking Trails Map Spain Islas Canarias

Trails in this region

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2020
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United Kingdom
2020
  • Gran Canaria Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • The go-to Gran Canaria travel guide for discovering the best walks and car tours. Strap on your boots and discover Gran Canaria on foot with the Sunflower Gran Canaria travel guide. And on the days when your feet may have had enough, enjoy some spectacular scenery on one of our legendary car tours. The Sunflower Gran Canaria guide is... Read more
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Netherlands
2020
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2019
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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
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Netherlands
2019
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The Book Depository
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2022
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2022
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2022
  • Wandelgids Canary Islands Walks | Sunflower books
  • The go-to travel guide for discovering the best walks on the Canary Islands; Strap on your boots and discover the Canary Islands on foot with the Sunflower Canary Islands Walks travel guide. The Sunflower Canary Islands Walks guide is indispensable for walking and hiking on all 7 Canary Islands - Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote,... Read more
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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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  • Gran Canaria Rother Guide
  • 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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2020
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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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The Book Depository
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2023
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2023
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The Book Depository
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2018
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2018
  • La Gomera & Southern Tenerife Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • This book is for those staying on La Gomera or in the south of Tenerife (within easy reach of the Gomera ferry). Since the two islands are just a 35-minute ferry ride apart, the book covers walks and tours on both. There are car tours (with picnic suggestions) ranging all over both islands, with pull-out touring maps and plans for the larger... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids La Gomera and Southern Tenerife | Sunflower books
  • Wandelgids: vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en kaartmateriaal. Tevens enkele autotochten. Deze gids staat goed bekend! This book is for those staying on La Gomera or in the south of Tenerife (within easy reach of the Gomera ferry). Since the two islands are just a 35-minute... Read more
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2021
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Maps

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  • El Tablero 25K Gran Canaria CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1107-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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • El Castillo 25K Fuerteventura CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1094-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
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  • Puerto de la Cruz CNIG Topo 1092
  • Puerto de la Cruz area of Tenerife, map No. 1092 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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  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife CNIG Topo 1088-4/1089-3
  • 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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  • Playa Blanca CNIG Topo 1084-1/2
  • 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
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  • Buenavista del Norte - Tenerife CNIG Topo 1091-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
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  • Antigua CNIG Topo 1093
  • Antigua area of Fuerteventura, map No. 1093 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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  • Puerto del Rosario CNIG Topo 1090-4
  • 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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  • Los Canarios CNIG Topo 1087
  • Los Canarios area – the southernmost part of La Palma, map No. 1087 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... Read more
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  • Playa del Ingles CNIG Topo 1109
  • Playa del Ingles area of Gran Canaria, map No. 1109 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... Read more
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  • Vecindario 25K Gran Canaria CNIG Topographic Survey Map No. 1107-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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