Based in Spain since 2006

Camino of Gran Canary Island Tour

Spain's Canary Islands are famous for their beaches, palm trees, and volcanoes, but perhaps lesser known, is the officially recognized Camino de Santiago! On this new Fresco Tours adventure, we lace up our boots and leaving the southern sand dunes, we head north through stunning volcanic landscapes, pine forests and small oases as we cross the island of Gran Canary following our good friends, the yellow arrow and Fresco Tours!

Experience and Expertise

Your two bilingual guides that accompany the tour are either Spanish or live in Spain year round. This is our home and we love to share it with you!

Fabulous Food

All your meals (B,L,D) are included, so you only need to worry about enjoying the trail! Weather permitting, our gourmet picnics showcase the freshest of local flavors.

Unique Accommodations

4 star hotels throughout the tour, featuring the Parador of Tejeda.

Semi-Independent Tour

You choose! Walk alone with the assurance that we’ll take care of you or enjoy the company of others and your knowledgeable guides.

Van Supported

No need to carry a heavy pack – let us do the lifting while you do the walking.

Expect to have a wonderful time!

We’ve designed each trip to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Canary Islands landscape, while giving you a true sense of the soul and magic of these exciting people and their culture. We love to share this magnificent region and want you to feel a part of it – for us it is more than just a trip, it is our home.

Support All Along The Way

Although this is the most physically challenging of all the Fresco Tours hikes, please keep in mind that routine checkpoints and shorter walking options will be available each day. Additionally, as we will be staying at the same hotel 2 nights in a row on 3 different occasions, there will be opportunities to have a day off from the boots and enjoy the pool of the hotel!

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The dunes at Maspalomas.

Day 1

Maspalomas

Accommodations: Maspalomas (D)

Meeting time: 3:30pm

Walking: 4 km / 2 mi

In the afternoon we meet at the seaside town of Maspalomas, where your guide takes you through all your materials for your island adventure. Afterward, we stroll down to the lighthouse that keeps the ships away while we build up an appetite for our welcome dinner. Our Camino begins from Maspalomas, where we turn our backs to the sea and slowly make our way north into the gorge of Barranco de Fataga.
The Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria.

Day 2

Arteara to Maspalomas

Accommodations: Maspalomas (B, L, D)

Walking: 17 km / 11 mi

After a delicious buffet breakfast, we hit the trail and work our way through the valley. The landscape changes dramatically from palm groves and volcanic slopes dotted with pine trees to dunes. We begin our day in Arteara, home to the largest aboriginal cemetery of the Canary Islands with hundreds of monuments to the original inhabitants. After lunch we head back to Maspalomas to relax and enjoy some quiet time by the pool or perhaps an afternoon stroll along the beach!
The village of Tunte on the Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria.

Day 3

Arteara to Tunte

Accommodations: Parador Cruz de Tejeda (B, L, D)

Walking: 10 km / 6 mi

After packing up, we shuttle back to Arteara and continue to climb northward along the same trail used for hundreds of years to move around the island. As we make our way through the gorge, we come upon the charming village of Fataga, with its whitewashed houses and narrow streets. We continue to work our way up and after tucking into a signature Fresco Tours gourmet picnic lunch, we come to the town of Tunte and the Church of San Bartolomé where we find the 15th century statute of Saint James brought by those faithful Galician sailors centuries ago!
Views of the Roque Nublo from the Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria.

Day 4

Tunte to Cruz de Tejeda

Accommodations: Parador Cruz de Tejeda (B, L, D)

Walking: 15 km / 9 mi

Today, we leave Tunte and follow the trail up into the heart of the island. Although this stage is challenging, the spectacular views are worth every step of the climb. One of today’s highlights is Roque Nublo, a towering rock formation and the island’s central landmark. After a picnic lunch, we continue to Cruz de Tejeda and back to our hotel.

Day 5

Rest Day or Optional Hike

Accommodations: Parador Cruz de Tejeda (B, L, D)

Walking: 7 km / 4 mi

Today we are going to take it easy... or not! It's our Rest or Play Day, and you choose!
The Galdar pine forest.

Day 6

Cruz de Tejeda to Alto de Pavón

Accommodations: Gáldar (B, L, D)

Walking: 14 km / 9 mi

Starting from the stone cross, or cruceiro, in the front of the Parador, we get the blood moving with a short but steep climb out of town, where we have an impressive view of the volcanic crater below. We then start to work our way down through coarse volcanic gravel paths and shady pine forests. After lunch, we continue with views of the blue sea below! After dinner, we head to bed early to be ready to finish our Camino de Santiago.
Views of Galdar on the Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria.

Day 7

Alto de Pavón to Gáldar

Accommodations: Gáldar (B, L, D)

Walking: 9 km / 6 mi

Returning to the Alto de Pavón, we still have a descent into the green valley where we can spot small cave houses. Passing through Hoya de Pineda, you may even see some pottery ovens where the locals would make bowls and jugs. The last portion into Gáldar follows the walls of the ravine and the open vertical chasm. We head straight to the Church of Santiago de los Caballeros for our last stamp in our Pilgrim’s Passport and admire Saint James literally standing on a wave of the Canary Islands - Congratulations pilgrim!
The Church of Santiago in Galdar.

Day 8

Gáldar to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Accommodations: Itinerary ends (B)

After breakfast, we make our last cultural excursion to visit the Cenobio de Valerón. This fascinating archaeological site has nothing to do with a Monastery (Cenobio) as the name suggests. So, what were these impressive honeycomb-like cavities carved into the stone some 800 years ago used for? We’ll show you before transferring you to the capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The Gran Canaria Coast

Day 9

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Tour end

Accommodations: B

After breakfast, we say hasta pronto until our next Fresco Tours adventure!

 

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals, and other occurences.

2 Guides

Our greatest resource! We know Spain, because it is our home. Both of your guides are experienced professionals that are either Spanish or live in Spain year round – no hired out summer help! When specified, local art historians will join us to provide further insights of the specific monument / museum that we visit.

* Groups of 3 – 6 pax are accompanied by only 1 guide.

Limited Group Sizes

Fresco Tours are in small groups to ensure that you receive the individual attention that you deserve. In order to treat each of our clients with a personal touch, we limit our group size to a maximum of 16 participants.

Local Guided Visits

We will be joined by local art historians, who will bring the monuments and areas to life! A minimum of 5 people is necessary for this service to be provided.

Accommodations

Fresco Tours has selected for this tour a combination of 4 star hotels that offer the best in hospitality, comfort and location. All rooms have their own bathrooms. Tour prices are based on double occupancy.

All Meals

Food speaks volumes about a culture and we love to eat! During our walk days, when possible, we prepare gourmet picnics, using the freshest of local ingredients and selecting the tastiest recipes of the region. Dinners are celebrated in restaurants chosen not only for their menu, but also their atmosphere and service. All breakfast, lunches and dinners are included. We are proud to cater to vegetarians and those with food allergies as well.

Support Vehicle

Your walks will be accompanied by a support vehicle that will be there to provide you assistance when the route permits. The possibility of shorter routes and pick-up options will be explained on a daily basis.

Luggage Transfer

Your luggage will be transported between hotels. You do the walking, we’ll do the lifting!

Special Event Tickets

Wine tastings, garden tours, concerts, etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

Additional Assistance

We are here to help! Need assistance with hotels prior to or after your trip? Train or bus tickets to and from our tour? Questions about what to wear? Based in Spain, we are here to make sure that your trip runs smooth as can be – we are available!

Ground Transportation

All ground transportation between the designated starting and finishing point of your Fresco Tour is provided. We will help facilitate information for your travel arrangements prior to and after the tour start and finish.

Not Included

Airfare to and from the Canary Islands (Spain), airport taxes / departure fees, visas, gratuities or tips, items of personal nature – laundry, phone, luggage surplus charges, medical expenses, bar, etc.

Prior to / After your Fresco Tour: Should your vacation to Spain be for more than a few days prior to or after your Fresco Tour, perhaps you would be interested in a Spain-taineous Custom Tour and personalized private itinerary. Let us know and we’ll create an itinerary especially in tune with your needs and desires.

Table of Contents

Getting There & Back 

How do I get to the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour starting point? 

Maspalomas on the southern coast of Gran Canaria is the official starting point of the Camino de Canarias Tour and can be reached via bus or taxi from the International Airport of Gran Canaria or the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 

How do I get to Gran Canary? 

The Gran Canaria International Airport of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the 6th largest airport in Spain and has many frequent flights with mainland Spain (round trip via Madrid can be less than 100€) and the rest of Europe. On the neighboring island of Tenerife, you also have 2 other major hubs, from which United Airlines will be having direct service from Newark for the summer of 2022. To reach Gran Canaria from Tenerife, there are frequent flights (30 min) and ferries (1:30h). For more details on these airports, please see Spain’s AENA website. 

How do I get from Gran Canary Airport to the city center? 

If you arrive at the Gran Canaria International Airport of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria there is a Line 91 bus that will take you to the city center. Additionally, there are many taxis available that will take you to the center of Las Palmas for about €28 euros.

How can I purchase my bus or train tickets beforehand?

We recommend the Omio website for purchasing tickets. Omio is a travel booking platform with more than 1,000 trusted partners across trains, buses and airport transfers. Search, compare and book all in one place so you can focus on the journey.

Keep in mind that train tickets cannot be purchased until 60 days prior to departure. Schedules and availability are subject to change based on train maintenance needs.

On the Road 

What is the weather like on the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

Due to the diverse geographic areas and variety of climates found on Gran Canaria, it is often referred to as a mini continent. As we will be starting at sea level on sandy dunes and working our way up to the top of a volcanic crater, we will see and experience these changes. The temperate climate means that the winters are perfect for hiking – keeping in mind that at the higher elevations it will be much cooler, especially in the evenings and early mornings, which may require a jacket.

Visit these links for a peek at average temps by month in Maspalomas and Gáldar. 

What is a typical day like on the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

After breakfast, we lace up and get the blood going with a walk for a couple of hours, where we will do a check point to make sure that everything is going OK, if you need to change your shoes, some more sunscreen or a ride to the next check point. You then continue along the Camino for another 1-2 hours where you will come across a complete gourmet picnic prepared with the freshest local ingredients. On some days, we’ll continue for an hour more after lunch to burn off dessert. 

In the afternoon, we go to our hotels, where we take a shower, have a siesta or just relax by the pool! We finish our day with a glass of tinto and a scrumptious dinner of the local gastronomy. We then retire for the night and get ready to do it again the next day. On some evenings, we will make cultural visits to take in the local culture. 

Does the group stop for breaks on the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

The scenic trail along the Island of Gran Canaria will offer several resting spots to admire the blue water just off the coast. There will also be checkpoints to fill up our water bottles and get some snacks to fuel us up on our way. 

At some points we will also be able to have a break and enjoy a drink in cafes with our toes literally sunk into the beach sand. 

What is the terrain like on the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

Diverse is the best word to describe it all! Crossing an island formed by volcanos millions of years ago, you will find yourself on sandy patches, volcanic gravel, very rocky sections, fertile soil, forestry trails, and some paved roads, where man has left his mark too. Besides the first and last day, when you will be leaving and entering larger towns, most of the Camino finds you hiking off roads to the top of the crater and then back down. 

What is the change in elevation on the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

We start from sea level and eventually work our way up to 1,700 m (5,600 ft). During the entire walk of 66 km (41 mi), the cumulative elevation gain is a about 2,785 m (9,150 ft) with a cumulative elevation loss of 2,670 m (8,750 ft). For a detailed track of the route, please see the following map of the Camino de Santiago Gran Canaria. 

How many kilometers are walked each day on the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

The number of kilometers scheduled for each day varies from 16 km to 7.8 km. Due to the changes in elevation, all the walks will be accompanied by 2 support vehicles to provide greater assistance and allow options for less (or more!) km’s daily. 

Will I be able to do laundry on the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour?  

Some hotels will have the capability to do laundry on the premises or you can use local laundromats. We also recommend that you bring quick-drying clothes that you can handwash and dry overnight at the hotel if all else fails! 

Before You Go / Preparing 

What type of shoes do I need to walk the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

Footwear is a very personal question – depending on how active you are and how much support you will need. Since we will be walking daily on this Canary Island Camino, we believe that comfort is key – you do not want to get blisters. The trail can be quite rocky at some points, so a full high boot that covers your ankle is probably a good idea. There may be some mud and water along the trail, so keep that in mind too. Most important: Make sure that they are well broken in! 

What sort of conditioning do I need to undertake before the Camino de Gran Canaria Tour? 

We encourage you to train and hike up and down hills before to be prepared for your own enjoyment. During your walk, one of the two guides will be on the trail with the group to keep an eye that all is well. Also, we have planned check points along the way with our support van to make sure you have plenty of water, if you need a change of shoes, or just feel like taking a break. In most cases, you will see the van at a minimum every couple of hours. 

Booking a Tour

Thank you for choosing to travel with Fresco Tours! We are very excited for you to join the ranks of our Happy Customers. If at any moment you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you again and we look forward to sharing memories of a lifetime with you.

Reservations and Payments

To join us on a Fresco Tour, please visit our Secure Online Reservation Form or download and print a PDF version of the Reservation Form, one for each participant. To reserve your space on a tour, a 15% deposit per person is required and payment should be made via bank transfer or with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard only).

Confirmation

Once Fresco Tours has received your registration form and tour deposit, we will send you an email with an invoice of payments received and your remaining balance, a copy of our Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver Form and a link to your Guest Questionnaire. These last 2 items must be returned 60 days prior to the start of tour. In addition, we will send you a Confirmation Packet with information regarding suggestions on preparation, a packing and reading list and other tips to get you excited and prepared for your Fresco Tour.

Final Registration

Once we have received final payment, the signed Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver Form and Guest Questionnaire, you will be sent a receipt and final details regarding your tour, including a detailed itinerary and the hotel contact list.

Single Supplement Fee

Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, there are a limited number of single rooms available. Requests for these rooms are based on availability. Please see the tour itinerary for the cost of this fee. In some cases, it may imply a room smaller in size than a standard double room. If you are traveling alone, and would like to share a room, we will do our best to match you with a same-gender roommate.

Cancellation / Refund Policies

All cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be issued due to late arrival, early departure, or any unused portion of a tour. The Assumption of Risk / Liability Waiver form must be signed and received 60 days prior to tour departure or the reservation will also be treated as a cancellation. Cancellation fees are outlined below:

Time Price
Cancellations received 121 or more days prior to trip start
10% of trip price
Cancellations received 120 - 61 days prior to trip start
15% of trip price
Cancellations received 60 - 31 days prior to trip start
50% of trip price
Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to trip start
100% of trip price

Fresco Tours reserves the right to change, modify, or cancel a tour prior to departure for any reason, including lack of participants (tour minimum: 3-6 passengers with 1 guide, 7 passengers or more with 2 guides) or acts of nature and/or circumstances beyond our control. In this case, any payments received will be refunded in full, and this will constitute full settlement. Fresco Tours is not responsible for any additional expenses due to a canceled tour, such as the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets.

Fresco Tours reserves the right to accept, refuse, or decline any tour member’s participation at any time for any reason. In such a case, Fresco Tour’s liability is limited to the actual cost of the unused services.

Changing Tour Dates

If we are notified of a change to your scheduled tour date 6 months prior, you can apply your tour deposit to another departure date without penalty. This change can be up to 1 calendar year in advance and is subject to availability. Otherwise, the above Cancellation Fees will be applied.

As Spain-taneous Private Tours are custom built and created with specific dates in mind, any modifications will incur a 15% surcharge.

Insurance

In accordance with Spanish law and for the duration of your tour with Fresco Tours, you are covered by a basic insurance provided by Intermundial.  We  strongly advice the purchase of a more comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation / interruption. We suggest using TravelInsurance.com, which allows you to compare and assess top insurance provider policies and their different coverage plans.

Traveling Safely and Responsibly

Traveling during these complex times requires a bit more planning and a lot more reassurance. We believe that the Fresco Tours style of travel is particularly well-suited to safe activities: walking in the outdoors, small group sizes, strong reliable relationships with our local partners and, most importantly, we have the local knowledge of our home – the Camino de Santiago and the Spanish culture.

Guided

9 days / 8 nights

61,9 km / 38 mi

Canary Islands

Nov 16 - 24, 2024
Available
Feb 8 - 16, 2025
Available

Price per person

4195 €

4,609.89 $

* USD$ price based on current exchange rate

Single Supplement Fee

595 €

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