Gran Canaria Walking Festival

19 / OCT / ROUTE 1

THE CAVES OF OUR ANCESTORS

THURSDAY

19 OCTOBER

THE CAVES OF OUR ANCESTORS

We invite you to explore a beautiful route that takes you from Artenara to the welcoming María Luisa rural guest house near Montañón Negro. Get ready to see spectacular landscapes, discover natural wonders and immerse yourself in the rich history of Gran Canaria.

Today, you will walk 7.7 km amid impressive places of great archaeological interest. Starting at Artenara, where you will visit and see some of its attractions, such as Artevirgo and the Virgin of La Cuevita. You will also pass Los Candiles cave. Continuing your route, you will discover the historic Caballero caves and enjoy panoramic views of Risco de Las Piedras and Los Moriscos. Then, the imposing Montañón Negro offers you a natural viewpoint where you can appreciate the geological formations. Before reaching your relaxing destination at María Luisa rural guesthouse, you will pass Retamilla mountain. The route offers you an unforgettable experience in a fascinating natural environment, where you can enjoy the culture, history and beauty of the region. Allow yourself to be captivated by the magic of the ancestors of the people of Gran Canaria on this incredible journey!

TECHNICAL DATA


PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY

Medium

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY:

Medium-Low

TRAIL TYPE:

One Way

DISTANCE:

7,7 km

DURATION:

5:00 Hours

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION GAIN:

654 metres

CUMULATIVE ELEVATION LOSS:

413 metres

Track

Google Maps

ELEVATION PROFILE


17  %
tramo urbano - urban section - STADTGEBIET
10  %
pista forestal - forest track -FORSTWEGE
73  %
sendero - path - WANDERWEGE
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

After visiting the charming village of Artenara, there is a steady climb of 500 metres along a path that winds along the northern flank of Caldera de Tejeda. Because of short, exposed section, this route is not advisable suffering from vertigo.

When you reach the highest point of the route (1,726 metres), you head north. This is where the third section of the route begins, all downhill, as you descend 310 metres.

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

Cruz de Acusa - Artenara - La Cuevita - El Toril - Montaña de Artenara - Cueva Caballero - Risco de Las Piedras - Los Moriscos - Montañón Negro - Montaña Retamilla - María Luisa rural guest house
Artenara
This is the least populated municipality on Gran Canaria, with the highest historic centre, located at the top of the island. It is known for its fantastic views all the way to the sea and its traditional cave houses. It offers a fascinating look at the rural life and customs of the Canary Islands.
Our Lady of La Cuevita
This is a charming little chapel carved into the rock at Artenara, which is a place of pilgrimage and of special cultural and religious importance in the region.
Los Candiles cave
This cave is an example of the area’s natural rock formations. Los Candiles cave is known for the carvings on the rocks, decorating its interior with pubic symbols representing female energy.
Caballeros cave
Once home to native Canary Islanders, this cave is a historic wonder that offers a glimpse into life in pre-Hispanic times. Its cave paintings are incomparable evidence of the ancient civilisations that use to inhabit the area.
Montañón Negro
This extinct volcano is a geological treasure. Its black lava crater, which contrasts with the surrounding green, makes it a photogenic site. The climb up Montañón Negro also offers a spectacular panoramic view of the north of Gran Canaria.
PICK-UP

TIME

MEETING POINT

7:30

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

7:00

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

Arrival

TIME

MEETING POINT

18:00

Alfredo Kraus Auditorium- Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

18:30

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

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