This post will show you our Gran Canaria mountain tour by car. We took the winding road up from the south and came to the Canarian mountains.
What was it like there? Majestic scenery, pretty villages and green pine forests. And Canarian palms.
Everything was very different from what you see on the tourist coast. Recommend! Rent a car and go and see the Canarian inland. See how locals live and what Canarian nature looks like at higher altitudes.
Gran Canaria mountain tour
The Gran Canaria mountain roads are good but winding. So you need to reserve time for your trip. After you have left Maspalomas the road starts to climb and soon you will see the Maspalomas sand dunes and the Atlantic Ocean from above.
Map of our Gran Canaria Mountain Tour
Our Gran Canaria mountain drive on the map
I marked our Gran Canaria mountain tour on the map. This is a half day trip only, an easy drive.
To drive and see a bit more, you can easily extend this trip to Roque Nublo and Tejeda. But that will mean a lot more mountain driving, and you will absolutely need a whole day for that.
Another suggestion is to take a longer way back, driving through Temisas and Aguimes.
But now the first stop, the guanches:
Gran Canaria mountain tour: Guanche settlement
After you have climbed higher up you will see a little roadside guanche settlement which makes a natural first stop. The former guanche village is a sight at least all families should stop at, a very interesting exhibition for both kids and adults.
The guanches were the people that lived in the Canaries long before the Spanish came the the islands. In those days they led their life in a stone age culture, carving their houses in caves or constructing simple stone houses where to live in.
Second stop: Fataga.
Fataga, Gran Canaria mountain tour
From the guanche village, continue driving north and soon you will come to Fátaga, a small village with a lot of spirit. The village only has a couple of streets but they both look so pretty.
Also you can find some nice cafés in the village. So we sat down and took a cappuccino with cake sitting outdoors. Delicioso!
The next village is San Bartolome de Tirajana.
San Bartolomé de Tirajana
Canarian mountain village San Bartolomé de Tirajana
San Bartolomé de Tirajana lies already higher up in the mountains, almost in the clouds.
In this little village streets are too narrow and too steep! They are all too narrow for any bigger rental cars, and too scary to drive even if you have r a small car. Our photographer was screaming all the time and hardly got any photos to show you of San Bartolomé.
It would have been a better idea to park outside the village and simply stroll around. But we had to think about the weather. Even at daytime it is very chilly at these heights and the clouds are hanging right where you are. As we didi’t bring any warm clothes, it was too cold to walk outside.
Clouds hanging on the Gran Canarian mountains
The next village has a nice name and a nice statue.
Santa Lucía de Tirajana
Gran Canaria mountain tour: Santa Lucía de Tirajana
Santa Lucía de Tirajana is a village that delights Scandinavians like us – they have a statue of Santa Lucia, far away in the Canarian mountains!
Otherwise there was not much to see in this little village. So we continued driving on and stopped to have a look at the big Canarian pines on the roadside.
Church of Santa Lucia, Gran Canaria
Back to the Coast
After Santa Lucia we turned east and finally reached the coast again. That was at Vecindario.
There we just took the main coastal road back to where we came from.
Rugged Gran Canaria mountains
The rugged mountain scenery in this part of Gran Canaria sometimes looks very dramatic, at least it does it in evening light.
So this was our small Gran Canaria mountain tour by car. Maybe you are planning your trip to Gran Canaria? In that case remember to check out our other Gran Canaria posts.
Dramatic sunset scenery on the Gran Canarian mountains
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