Member Exclusive Gran Canaria Walking Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4

Our Members’ only Break is an ideal way to enjoy Gran Canaria’s world-class walking at a great price. Explore varied scenery and enjoy the ‘eternal spring’ weather as we uncover the island’s beautiful central mountains and rugged coastline. Our base in Agaete is away from the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts and offers great access to trails in the north, tucked away villages as well as the dramatic landscapes of Tejeda and the eye-catching rock formation of Roque Nublo. Walks along balcony paths provide sweeping views across the island.

Holiday Highlights

  • Wonderful walking climate – an ideal winter escape
  • Superb walking through world-class scenery and stunning rock formations
  • Visit Europe’s only coffee plantation at San Pedro
  • Relax at our comfortable seafront hotel in Agaete and explore this traditional Canarian town

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' en-suite accommodation.
  • Half board – 7 buffet breakfasts and 7 evening meals

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Hotel Cordial Roca Negra. Unpack and settle in.

Enjoy the viewpoints over the Canarian pines and Calderas at Moriscos and Pinos de Galdar before continuing to El Saucillo.

Option 1 - Pinos de Galdar to El Saucillo

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

Total descent: 2,800 feet (850m)

In summary: We begin at the viewpoint of Pinos de Galdar looking over its recent Caldera, before descending through pine forest to open countryside with fine views of the north of the island. There is a small bar on the way, and we finish in the sleepy village of El Saucillo.

Highlight: The extensive views of Pinos de Galdar.

Option 2 - Moriscos to El Saucillo

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (200m)

Total descent: 3,500 feet (1,100m)

In summary: This option starts higher and takes in the summit of Moriscos and views over the Caldera de Tejeda before descending through the pine forest to Pinos de Galdar, and on to Saucillo.

Highlight: Reach the summit of Moriscos.

Visit province of La Aldea to the west of Gran Canaria. See the views from Degollada de Tasarte and Climb Montaña del Viso, or traverse the valley below.

Option 1 - Tasarte to La Aldea on the S-73 path

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In summary: This walk starts at the little town of Tasarte and rises to the Degollaga before following a well used path to the town of La Aldea.

Highlight: Beautiful views on this walk.

Option 2 - Mount Viso and La Aldea

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

Total descent: 3,300 feet (1,000m)

In summary: Starting from the Degollada we traverse a spectacular balcony paths above the valley before rising to the ridge and along to the summit of Mt. Viso. There are spectacular views over the coast and to Tenerife. We descend down the end of the ridge to a viewpoint above La Aldea and through farmland to the town.

Highlight: Reach the summit of Mt. Viso.

These walks start in the upper area of the Agaete Valley on the edge of the Tamadaba National Park and take in an area of interesting ancient cave dwellings.

Option 1 - Lugarejos Circuit

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

Total descent: 1,450 feet (450m)

In summary: Our circular walk today follows the edge of the Tamadaba National Park and takes in two reservoirs as well as an area of interesting traditional cave dwellings.

Highlight: Visiting the Coffee Plantation at San Pedro

Option 2 - The Lugarejos Circuit, El Hornillo & San Pedro

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (400m)

Total descent: 3,400 feet (1,050m)

In summary: This circular walk on the edge of the Tamadaba National Park takes in two reservoirs and an area of interesting traditional cave dwellings. We will then visit an excellent refuge, followed by a steep descent into the Agaete valley with excellent views.

Highlight: Impressive views of the Agaete valley

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day might include:

Santa Cruz: Take a ferry to Santa Cruz, the port city which is the capital of neighbouring Tenerife. Wander the old town and visit the Palmetum – a large botanical garden containing one of the biggest collections of palm trees in the world. Santa Cruz also has a large waterpark with many different saltwater pools plus a lively bazaar and food market – the Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa. You could also visit the Museum of Nature and Man which contains the cannon which shot off the arm of Admiral Nelson! From Santa Cruz you could also take a tram to La Laguna, a colonial town which is considered to be the cultural capital of Tenerife. Its historic centre is UNESCO listed.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Take the bus to Gran Canaria’s capital – Las Palmas. This port city is known for its duty-free shopping, its UNESCO listed old quarter and its large, sandy beaches. Wander its side streets to pull up a chair in a café for tapas and drinks. In February the annual carnival takes place with flamboyantly dressed performers, music and dancing.

Playa de La Aldea: Take the bus to this resort on the western side of the island with its long stretch of pebble beach served by bars and restaurants.

Agaete: Explore the town and visit Tamadaba Natural Park which is home to a range of exotic plant species and the largest area of pine trees on the island and then head for the port of Las Nieves with its many restaurants and beach. The nearby Maipes Archaeological Park is worth a visit; it is a cemetery housing around 700 tombs topped with rocks of volcanic origin.

Hotel: Relax at the hotel and take advantage of its outdoor swimming pool, wellness centre and roof terrace.

Starting high in the mountains, we descend into the hidden Barranco Laurel, and explore its two small towns.

Option 1 - Fontanales, Los Tilos and Moya

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (200m)

Total descent: 3,200 feet (980m)

In summary: We start by walking through farmland to the cheese making town of Fontanales before descending into the Barranco Laurel and emerging at the pretty circular walk at Los Tilos. This walk then takes us into the town of Moya with fine views to the sea.

Highlight: Walk through rugged terrain with views of dramatic barrancos.

Option 2 - The Camino Aqua de Fontanales and Barranco Laurel to Moya

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (250m)

Total descent: 4,050 feet (1,220m)

In summary: This walk starts at a higher level and travels through a valley teeming with sheep before taking the Camino Aqua to Fontanales. We then travel through valleys on narrow paths and roads to Los Tilos and Moya.

Highlight: Enjoy this high level walk through Gran Canaria's picturesque landscape.

Walk on the rim of Caldera de Tejeda to the village of Croz de Tejeda. Take in the impressive volcanic scenery and discover the striking rocky outcrop of Roque Nublo.

Option 1 - Roque Nublo and the Balcony Path to Cruz de Tejeda

Distance: 6 miles (9½km) 

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

Total descent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: We start by ascending to the stunning feature of Roque Nublo at 5,800 feet in the centre of the island. Our coach then takes us to start walking on a spectacular balcony paths round the rim of the Caldera de Tejeda, before arriving at the welcome cafes in Cruz de Tejeda.

Highlight: Visit the Roque Nublo.

Option 2 - Roque Nublo from the west, Presa de los Hornos and Cruz de Tejeda

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (700m)

Total descent: 1,850 feet (560m)

In summary: We approach Roque Nublo from an interesting direction and ascend to the rock plateau to admire the views. We then walk past the reservoir of Presa los Hornos before ascending to enjoy the balcony path to Cruz de Tejeda.

Highlight: Spectacular views from Roque Nublo.

We hope to see you again soon.

Gran Canaria Itinerary Map

Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra, Gran Canaria

Enjoying a seafront location in a quiet residential part of Agaete, the recently renovated Cordial Roca Negra offers 140 large and bright en-suite rooms, a large freeform swimming pool and a wellness centre. This hotel combines a wonderful location from which to access Gran Canaria’s superb walking as well as a comfortable stay, including a contemporary restaurant and outdoor seating which enjoy sea views.


The Roca Negra was completely renovated in 2019 and features 140 spacious and contemporary rooms.  All rooms feature:

  • Flat screen television
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Room safe
  • Hairdryer


Whilst staying at the hotel guests can enjoy:

  • Large outdoor swimming pool with sea views
  • Extensive wellness centre
  • Rooftop terrace with panoramic views and comfy seating
  • Two bars serving a selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks
  • Gym
  • Free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Our holidays in Gran Canaria are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.


Breakfast is served in Restaurante El Juncal and there is an extensive selection of hot and cold options from a self-select buffet.

Lunch (payable locally)

Ingredients for packed lunches can be purchased in nearby Agaete and stored in the fridge in your room. On some days it may be possible to eat out at local cafes; your leaders will advise you of the best options.


Dinner is also served in Restaurante El Juncal.  A large and impressive buffet with a huge range of appetizers, at least 4 options of main course and a mouth-watering dessert section including a range of cheeses. 

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our guided walking holidays continues into the evening.  Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer whilst hearing about the next day's walking options. You may wish to take a stroll to Agaete, passing the natural salt water swimming pools in the rocks and meandering down to the harbour. Your leaders will advise you of any local entertainment on offer. 


Getting to Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra, Gran Canaria

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 3 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

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7 nights
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