WE HAVE PREPARED SOME QUICK GUIDE FOR YOU IN ORDER TO BE WELL PREPARED FOR THE HIKING TRIPS ON GRAN CANARIA ISLAND (AND NOT ONLY).
RELIEF AND WEATHER
Gran Canaria has an almost circular perimeter with its summit located right at the centre of the island. This results in a tapered relief furrowed by deep ravines in fan-like array and large depressions, the volcano craters. Nonetheless, there are significant differences between the smooth north-eastern relief and the abrupt south-western terrain.
In Gran Canaria you can enjoy of a peaceful weather throughout the year, and depending on its orientation or altitude, gives rise to different microclimates that divide the island into three bio-weather sectors: the Trade Wind Canary Region or Wet Island to the northeast, the Dry Island to the southwest, and the Summits above 1500 metres. Such diversity makes Gran Canaria changing scenery, and gives it the name of Miniature Continent.
Knowing the different peculiarities of Gran Canaria’s relief and microclimates is essential to fix an adequate itinerary and select the right footwear and garments to take along.
An intricate and singular network of footpaths that cover easy forest, royal or horseshoe paths, and trails for expert trekkers furrows the island’s geography.
The size of the island and its rough terrain give place to a myriad of beautiful short and highly uneven itineraries, ranging from “coast to summit” to almost straight (as they border ravines), winding and steep, and all that goes in between.
No technical equipment is required. Mountain shoes – solid, waterproof and with proper ankle hold – are recommended, whereas sneakers may be left for short walks. Except for vegetation-free areas, delicate knitwear and short garments, like tops, shorts, etc., are not a good choice.
Apart from the small but adequate 30-litre rucksack, you should carry telescopic trekking poles to deal with steep slopes in comfort, as well as a mobile phone for safety reasons.
Gran Canaria has an excellent weather throughout the year, but some of the programmed itineraries run along areas where the weather conditions might change from minute to another.
Please make sure you chose the appropriate clothes for the walks.
Bad weather could be one of the reasons to change the walk itinerary or program and also to finish it before programmed.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TREKKERS
Trekking on Gran Canaria is for anybody interested in enjoying nature. It is not restricted to specialists or highly trained sportspeople. Nevertheless, we provide a series of recommendations to make your outing a safe and trouble-free one below.
- Avoid outings of great length or upward gradient during the hottest hours of the day or in adverse weather conditions, and always remember to carry proper equipment.
- Plan your outing in accordance with the physical conditions of the participants and the weather forecast for the day, also considering the length, duration, and difficulty of the trek.
- Let relatives or acquaintances know of your itinerary and estimated time of arrival.
- Carry a mobile phone with you. The emergency number within the Canary Islands is 112, with full 24-hour coverage.
- Do not walk by the right side of the road at night, or with low visibility. Do not walk alone.
- Do not drink water from springs, unless there is a sign indicating that the water there is safe for human consumption.
- Avoid the ingestion of local seeds or fruits, which may be toxic despite their inviting appearance.
- Avoid losing things, accidents, or deteriorating the environment by not taking shortcuts or leaving the trails.
- If you are suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, or if you are sensitive to certain substances, acari, pollen, or other allergens, carry your prescribed medication, as well as a sport licence and medical or accident insurance.
- Help us prevent forest fires. Do not smoke or light fires in woodlands during hot, dry, and windy days. Help us preserve the island’s natural environment.
- Do not throw litter, and this includes organic material.
- Always remain on the marked trail, as this helps preserve the natural surroundings. Do not damage the natural and historical treasure of rural areas.
- Do not disturb the local population or cause any damage to their property.
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