The abundant vegetation, cool and humid climate, and the green and leafy landscapes that we will find in northern and central Gran Canaria look very different from the arid and dry, almost desert-like areas typical of the southern area of the island.
The first stop on your tour is Barranco de Guayadeque, one of the local´s’ favourite natural areas for the beauty, size and vegetation it has.
In this grand valley, we will visit one of the many cave houses that are still inhabited today, a small cave hermitage and a cave pub where you will be able to eat breakfast if needed.
Next stop will be at an aloe vera farm, which grows the Aloe Barbadensis Miller type. There we will get to know the medicinal properties of the plant and learn why Gran Canaria is an ideal place for its cultivation.
Will continue the tour toward Firgas, to the north of the island, in order to explore its main street, El Paseo de Gran Canaria, one of the most beautiful and charming streets on the island. Located there are its waterfall fountain, ceramic benches whose mosaics represent the 21 municipalities on the island, and a representation in relief of each of the 7 islands that form the Canary Archipelago.
In Firgas we will also have free time in order to see its lovely town hall and cosy church.
On the road to Cruz de Tejeda, we will pass spectacular ravines, such as Barranco de la Mina or Barranco de la Virgen, which are impressive due to their beauty and depth.
From Cruz de Tejeda, which is the highest point of our excursion at 1450 metres above sea level, and from the Tejeda Lookout, we will enjoy some magnificent views of the Town of Tejeda, considered one of the most beautiful in Spain, and of two most important natural symbols of Gran Canaria: Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga.
Your route continues toward Barranco de Fataga, where the beautiful “valley of a thousand palms”. And it’s precisely in the heart of this valley of a thousand palms where you will have your final stop in order to discover the town of Fataga. Walk through the peaceful streets and observe the traditional Canarian architecture in the facades of its houses.
As you approach the area of Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas from Fataga, we will see that the green and fertile landscapes become arid and desert-like. You will notice, once again, the contrasts of the island that make Gran Canaria known as the Miniature Continent.