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Tunte to Cruz de Tejeda

Arteara to Tunte

Day 4

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

Walking: 15 km / 9 mi

Today, we leave Tunte after breakfast 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.

Views of the Roque Nublo from the Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria.
Views of the Roque Nublo from the Camino de Santiago de Gran Canaria.

After a few kilometers we will reach Roque Nublo, a towering rock formation and the island’s central landmark in the municipality of Tejada. The Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock formation that stands at an impressive height of approximately 80 meters (262 feet) in the rural park named after the formation. The name “Roque Nublo” translates to “Clouded Rock” in English and references the frequent presence of clouds that surround its peak. The rock formation is believed to be the remnants of a volcanic vent that eroded over millions of years, leaving behind a distinctive monolith. Roque Nublo has become an iconic symbol of Gran Canaria and is often featured in photographs and postcards showcasing the island’s natural beauty. 

Roque Nublo holds cultural and spiritual significance to the indigenous inhabitants of Gran Canaria, the Guanches. It was considered a sacred site for the Guanche people, who inhabited the island before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. Even today, the site is occasionally used for cultural and spiritual ceremonies by the local Canarian population. 

Roque Nublo from the Camino
Roque Nublo from the Camino

Although the Roque Nublo is not on the Camino de Santiago, we will be rewarded with views of this impressive site during much of today’s stage. 

Fresco Tours Picnic Lunch
Fresco Tours Picnic Lunch

After a challenging day on the trail, we will enjoy a gourmet picnic and head back to our hotel to relax in the evening.

Cruz de Tejeda
Cruz de Tejeda

After gathering for dinner and our group meeting it’s time for bed after a long day of walking! 

Elevation Profile for the Tunte to Cruz de Tejeda stage on the Camino de Santiago of the Canary Islands
Elevation Profile for the Tunte to Cruz de Tejada stage on the Camino de Santiago of the Canary Islands

Rest Day or Optional Hike