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 - THE definitive Guide for hikers and explorers by Rambling Roger, resident in Gran Canaria, Spain - join us for mountain & hill walking in the Canaries -

The ultimate Guide for hiking, exploring, and mountain walking whilst visiting the Canary Island
 of Gran Canaria, Spain

Gran Canaria is a paradise for hill walking in the Canaries, with inhabited cave villages, lake side walks, spectacular mountain scenery and wonderful flora & fauna especially in the Spring.  There is a great deal to explore and discover in the central mountains.  There are a great variety of hikes on outstanding trails, for all abilities of walker, many of these are off-the-beaten-track and the climate is excellent for trekking.

 - Palm tree on Fataga barranco trail, San Bartolome de Tirajana, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain -  - Hiking in La Culata, independent self-guided walking group descending from Caldera Marteles, Canaries, Spain -   - Roque Nublo, through rock window, famous landmark of Gran Canaria, Spain -  - Endemic Canarian Bell Flower, on a mountain trail, seen while hill walking in the Canaries -  - Mountain near Mogan, off-the-beaten-track and ridge walking via the Caminos Reales trekking routes, walking holiday in Spain -  

  Don’t leave Gran Canaria without seeing it

THE definitive Guide for hikers and explorers by Rambling Roger, resident in Gran Canaria, Spain    


 - Roger & Eileen, mountain walking in Gran Canaria, Canaries, Spain -

"Rambling Roger's your man.  In these days of instant gratification, it is rare to find anyone so devoted to a task, which for him has been a true labour of love.  He is Gran Canaria's Wainwright and deserves similar recognition"
Roger Vokes


 - Palm tree, at Fataga barranco, seen on walking holiday in Gran Canaria, Canaries, Spain -
The 'Don’t leave Gran Canaria without seeing it' Guide is regularly updated and we will be delighted to receive your feedback, comments etc!



 - Walking down to Lugarejos, Gran Canaria, Spain -

"The Earth is ours, but only in Trust.  Let us tread lightly as we enjoy its beauty and keep it safe for those who follow in our footsteps"



New app!

Our new iPhone app for hikers is now available to download. 

There is one free walk that can be downloaded from the  iTunes App Store or click this  link to see full details of the app.

This free walk includes full turn by turn directions, photographs, GPX tracks etc.

There are also 20 other great walks, that can be purchased via the app, covering most of Gran Canaria.

 - Rambling Roger walking app download -



Welcome to my website...

... which is designed to encourage healthy active people to walk and explore the magnificent mountains of Gran Canaria, Spain.  My name is Roger, known as 'Rambling Roger'.  My wife Eileen and I have lived on Gran Canaria for over 15 years, and we have discovered many varied hikes for all abilities of walkers on this island.

We believe we have written the best English language guide book for walkers in Gran Canaria, but would be happy to offer advice to anyone considering a hiking holiday on our beautiful island, whether it be just for themselves or a walking club etc.  We can also recommend English speaking walking guides for you if required.

Nouveau ! 
 - French website -   Les deux Volumes de "Ne quittez pas la Grande Canarie sans l'avoir vue..." sont maintenant disponibles également en français.

'Don’t leave Gran Canaria without seeing it'

I have now completed 2 guide books for walking and investigating the wonderful interior of Gran Canaria, one called Volume 1 'The Shorter Options' Guide, this guide is intended more for the casual hiker ( who wants a half day walk ) and visitors who want to discover the real heart of Gran Canaria.  Volume 2 'The Longer Options' Guide is for the serious hiker who wants a full day trek.

Volume 1 'The Shorter Options' Guide has 20 circular and 15 routes from A to B with the local bus times included, there are also over 30 there-and-back walks, all of these walks are designed to be half day hikes. 
This Guide also includes lots of information of what to see and do in the many rural villages and towns, with suggestions of where to enjoy local specialities.
   - Volume 1 'The Shorter Options' Guide -      - Volume 2 'The Longer Options' Guide -

Volume 2 'The Longer Options' Guide has 20 circular and 5 routes from A to B with local bus times included, these walks are full day walks and are designed for the serious hiker.  All walks have full GPS information.

I am are aware that there are already some hiking books in English about walking and trekking on Gran Canaria, but none written by a local resident with years of experience of the hiking routes on this island.  

Both Rambling Roger's Guides are available in Printed or PDF version.

Lake at Lugarejos nr Artenara

 - Lake at Lugarejos nr Artenara, Gran Canaria, Canaries -

  The great attraction of hiking on Gran Canaria is the tremendous variety of walks on such a relatively small island, and it also has the climate to hike most of the year.

There are a great number of footpaths and tracks on the island with spectacular views and very varied scenery, including lakes, forests and occupied troglodyte villages ( see our photo album ).

My advice to all visitors to Gran Canaria and the title of my Guide is:  ‘Don’t leave Gran Canaria without seeing it’.

I have been hiking with Roger for over a year now and enjoyed every single walk.  He knows Gran Canaria really well and goes out of his way to design the most fascinating hikes.  I especially appreciate the variety of his walks in terms of length and degree of difficulty.  He has something to offer for everybody

- Franz Miltenburg, Playa del Inglés


  Rural Gran Canaria is a complete contrast to the major resorts of Puerto Rico, Playa del Ingles and MaspalomasBeaches and night life are left behind for the peace and tranquillity of the mountains.

Each walk includes GPS co-ordinates for all major intersections etc.  A GPS is not essential for any of the walks but in my opinion it is an important navigational aid.


Four lakes from Tauro Mountain

 - Four lakes seen from Tauro Mountain, Canary Island, Spain -



Gran Canaria is one of the 7 main Canary Islands

... and is part of Spain and the E.U. therefore the currency here is the Euro.  Gran Canaria's coastal holiday resorts have been a popular holiday destination for many years, but few British visitors have hiked the interior.  Gran Canaria is just a four hour flight away, in the same time-zone as the UK and hence the ideal destination for a weeks walking holiday - cheap last minute flights to Gran Canaria's airport Las Palmas ( LPA ) are often found via Skyscanner.

There are now several good rural hotels on Gran Canaria, and these are leading to more people wanting to spend their well earned vacations in the unspoilt and rural part of the island rather than on the south coast and the large hotels in Maspalomas and Puerto Rico.

There is also a network of rural houses, and even cave houses, to rent for families who really want to experience the peace and quiet of the Canarian countryside.


Fataga village in the
southern mountains

 - Fataga village in the southern mountains, Canary Island, Canaries -

The highest point of the island Pico de las Nieves is approx 1950 metres ( approx 6,000 feet ) above sea level and you can drive to it in under an hour and a half from leaving the coast.

Gran Canaria really does live up to its nickname of a miniature continent...

The island is very green and agricultural in the north, the centre has forests, lakes and several villages of inhabited cave houses.  The south has some spectacular scenery across uninhabited ravines and canyons, known as Barrancos, and there are several large volcanic craters, known as Calderas.

Many of the footpaths you will be walking on are old donkey tracks, known as Camino Reales, there used to be a large network of tracks connecting all the villages and towns together, often by much shorter and direct routes than the modern roads that have replaced them. 

The beauty of the real Gran Canaria is in the heart of the island and is unimaginable from the motorway that connects the airport to large resorts of hotels and apartments, bars and restaurants etc. in the barren south and east of the island.

  Up the Camino Real

 - Mountain walking group heading up a Camino Real, Gran Canaria, Spain -

We hope you will enjoy reading our webpages and join us for a walk one day!

Best wishes

Eileen & Rambling Roger


Great hikes and much more

 - Click to buy Rambling Roger's hill walking guide -

THE ultimate Guide
for hikers and explorers by
Rambling Roger,
resident in
Gran Canaria, Spain


'Don’t leave Gran Canaria
without seeing it'

I believe that our local knowledge of routes and transport links can make this Guide the most essential item for anyone wishing to hike or explore our magnificent mountains

Don't delay, buy your copy today...


Nouveau !

Les deux Volumes de "Ne quittez pas la Grande Canarie sans l'avoir vue..." sont maintenant disponibles également en français.

Deux ouvrages indispensables pour se promener ou randonner, et explorer Gran Canaria (La Grande Canarie - Espagne).

Avec ses pittoresques villages d’habitations troglodytes, ses espaces naturels d’une époustouflante beauté, sa grande variété de paysages et de climats assurant des changements de décor rapides, ses dénivellations raisonnables, son climat permettant de randonner quasiment toute l’année, la Grande Canarie un paradis pour la randonnée.



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