Gran Canaria Walking Festival

21 / OCT / ROUTE 3

DISCOVERING THE DORAMAS FOREST ROUTE

SATURDAY

21 OCTOBER

DISCOVERING THE DORAMAS FOREST ROUTE

Discover the green heart of Gran Canaria with a walking route through the Doramas Rural Park! This amazing route will take you through picturesque mountainous landscapes on an impressive journey of discovery and history from the streets of historic Firgas, town of water, to the wonderful Valleseco Lagoon.

You will begin the day in charming Firgas, known for its close relationship with water, which cascades along its old royal street. The town square is the perfect starting point.

From there, you will head towards Firgas mountain, which offers us a beautiful panoramic view, before descending into the depths of Guadalupe ravine, on an exciting journey through the area’s rugged geography.

A steep climb will take you to the fascinating Doramas caves, a hidden treasure high in the mountains. From there, you will turn off towards Lomo la Data, where you are greeted by a grove of eucalyptus trees and an incomparable view of the surrounding valleys.

TECHNICAL DATA


PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Medium-High

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY:

Medium

TRAIL TYPE:

One Way

DISTANCE:

10.3 km

DURATION:

6:30 hours

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION GAIN:

955 metres

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION LOSS:

-575 metres

Track

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ELEVATION PROFILE


37  %
tramo urbano - urban section - STADTGEBIET
6  %
pista forestal - forest track -FORSTWEGE
57  %
sendero - path - WANDERWEGE

You will continue walking along the old Camino del Acero, a historic route leading to La Virgen ravine. Here, you will delve into the history of water and the conflicts over this precious resource as you ascend the tributary along the Rapador ravine.

The end of your route will be La Laguna de Valleseco Recreational Area. This leafy setting offers you a peaceful, welcoming location to end our day of hiking in a natural lagoon.

THIS ROUTE INCLUDES:
  • Civil liability insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Picnic
  • Guided route and interpreter of the natural, ethnographic and cultural values of the island
  • Transport to and from the start and end points of the route (from Las Palmas G.C or Playa del Inglés)
  • Specialised guided tours in several languages
  • Snack-type lunch

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The route through the Doramas Rural Park is a medium-high difficulty challenge with a great deal of climbs and descents. The difficulty involved in this is mitigated by the structure of the route, which intersperses two uphill sections with two downhill sections. This design helps to regulate the physical tension accumulated during the day.

The technical difficulty of the route can be considered medium. There is a single particularly difficult section lasting no more than 10 metres, where hikers must proceed with caution and which can cause a feeling of vertigo in some walkers. This is a very short section in relation to the total route, so it should not be a major problem for most participants.

The route has a provisioning point 6 km from Firgas, just before starting the Camino del Acero that leads to La Virgen ravine. This pause allows hikers to recharge their batteries, hydrate and prepare for the next leg of the route.

It is important to note that despite its medium-high physical difficulty rating, the route offers a great reward in terms of natural beauty. It is also an ideal route for those interested in the history, geography and flora of Gran Canaria.

Finally, as on all routes, you must carry at least 2 litres of water, sun protection and a hat, as well as being alert to the forecast weather conditions so you can have waterproof clothing available if necessary.

Children aged 16 and above can follow the route, accompanied by an adult. The time needed for each walk should be taken into account.

You are also reminded of your commitment to follow the indications and recommendations of guides at all times.

INTERESTING SPOTS

Firgas – Barranco Guadalupe – Camino de Acero – Barranco de La Virgen – Las Madres – Barranco del Rapador – El Sobradillo – Laguna de Valleseco
Doramas Rural Park
A natural park on Gran Canaria known for its impressively lush biodiversity. Its landscape is characterised by dense laurel forests and different areas of great geological interest.
Firgas
The picturesque “town of water” lies in the middle of the north of the island. Its beautiful square and the artificial waterfall in its old royal street offer a visual and auditory tribute to water, an essential element of this town.
Azuaje Ravine
This is one of the few places in the Canary Islands that still has laurel vegetation, which means it has great ecological value. The path through this ravine offers an unforgettable hiking experience.
Doramas Cave
With its spectacular views over the valley, this cave is known to be the refuge of the well-known native Canary Island warrior Doramas. The cave represents a significant part of the history and culture of Gran Canaria.
La Virgen ravine
A ravine of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity which includes several endemic species. The path through the ravine is one of the lushest on the island.
Valleseco Lagoon
A quiet, beautiful reservoir in a small volcanic crater, surrounded by abundant vegetation, it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature in peace after a long walk. This true oasis rounds off the route perfectly.
PICK-UP

TIME

MEETING POINT

07:30 h

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

06:45 h

Tourist information Office, next to the CC Yumbo Centrum- Playa del Inglés

Arrival

TIME

MEETING POINT

17:15 h

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

17:55 h

Tourist information Office, next to the CC Yumbo Centrum- Playa del Inglés

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