Maps & Terrain
Gran Canaria is a volcanic island with high mountains and many deep canyons and ravines, there are many interesting and spectacular rock formations. The terrain you will be walking on is very variable, from grassy meadows in the North to barren scree in the South.
The condition of most of the paths is good, but they are not all well maintained, on rare occasions you will have to clamber over a rock fall, or fight your way through a bush. After heavy rain some paths in exposed areas can become rather unstable. Certain descents can be rather “skiddy” if very dry or very wet. I try to avoid vertiginous sections but do mention any such sections in the text.
During the years we have been hiking in Gran Canaria there have been many improvements, there is a lot more work being done on path maintenance, and the signposts are significantly better. 20 years ago official signposts were non-existent. For example, in Spring 2012, Eileen and I completed a walk on a newly restored camino real, and we were told that we were the first people to walk on this path through the barranco for 70 years.
During the last 3 years the Cabildo has numbered and signposted many footpaths, this path is now a signposted and numbered path the S 82. This guide we believe will be the only guide available with the new updated information. The signposting of paths is still ongoing.
There are no Ordnance Survey type maps of Gran Canaria. The maps I recommend are from Discovery Walking Guides (DWG)
We have been involved with Discovery Walking Guides (DWG) who have produced what we believe is the best map available for hikers in Gran Canaria. The map has a scale of 1 to 50000 and covers the complete island. The 5th edition is now available, and includes many new hiking trails and more information about the newly signposted routes.
It is available in both printed and digital versions and all of my published walking routes are included, as well as much more. You can see full details on the Discovery Walking Guides website.
The printed version of the map is on Polyart material which is Super-Durable and waterproof. The map is double sided and costs £8.99 inc. VAT in the UK and €12.00 in Gran Canaria. The fourth edition of the DWG map of Gran Canaria has an ISBN number of 9781782750512 and is available from Amazon or Stanfords. The printed version is also available in Gran Canaria.
All buyers of the printed Discovery Walking Guides Tour & Trail Maps now qualify for a free Custom Map digital download for their Garmin GPS. Details are in the DWG eNews and users should contact DWG to be added to their eNews posting list.
Where To Buy The Maps
The 5th edition of the Discovery Walking Guides Tour and Trail map of Gran Canaria is now available at many outlets around Gran Canaria. If you are not sure about which will be your closest outlet in Gran Canaria, click on one of the available links below for more location details - or alternatively Contact Me with details of where you will be staying.
The list of map outlets below has been organised in the following geographical set up: South / Central / North / Las Palmas.
There are 2 digital versions, one is for smart phone users, the other can be used with Garmin mapping GPS models. See below for more details.
Smartphone users should download the free Viewranger App from Viewranger.com The App is available in English, Spanish, French and German. To purchase the DWG digital map of Gran Canaria, go to the Viewranger home page, click Shop, then go down the page and click Canaries and Madiera, then click Gran Canaria. The cost is £7.00
The free Open Street Maps and Open Cycle Maps can also be used with the Viewranger App, but of course do not contain the same details of the actual walking routes used in my guides.
For clients with Garmin GPS mapping models, the digital map is available online from Discovery Walking Guides as a free digital download. It can be downloaded onto a mini SD card.
We can highly recommend this map and we believe it is the best map available. A map should be purchased to accompany my guides 'Don't Leave Gran Canaria Without Seeing It' to get the 'big picture', as my maps are only very local to give a rough guide of the route. With this map and my notes, getting lost on a mountain walk really should be a thing of the past.