ROUTE 2:

From Las Coloradas
to Mogan Lighthouse

Turismo Gran Canaria

Day 1: From Las Coloradas to Pico de Las Nieves

Las Coloradas

We started our second big hike at Las Coloradas. The sea was wild and spectacular to pass by. The first beach we saw was El Confital.

El Confital

El Confital is Las Palmas’ most pristine, natural beach. It used to have hundreds of illegal houses but they have been removed, and the beach and surroundings left to return to nature. Confital is mostly rocky, with a few patches of golden sand. It is nudist from the end of the wooden boardwalk.

El Confital is also home to one of the best tube waves in Europe but doesn’t jump in without some experience as the wave breaks shallow over a lava reef and the locals don’t like grommets getting in their ways.

Las Canteras

Soon we found our way into the popular Gran Canarian beach of Las Canteras and of course, we stopped for a refreshing jump into the water.

Las Canteras is a long strip of sand that stretches for miles along the bay, a place of special charm.

Locals keep saying Las Canteras is one of the nation’s best urban beaches. And they have every reason to believe it. This is a beach blessed with fine weather practically all year round. A getaway within the capital city, a place where the hands of time seem to have stopped. A type of beach-style Central Park, where sports can be played any day of the week. Don’t forget your swimming clothes and your surfboard!

Furthermore, the island is a large marine life reserve. Its sea bed is home to a thousand fish species. On dry land, it shelters tourists, fishermen, and surfers. And it has a peculiar feature, which locals know as “La Barra”, a long rock formation spreading not far from the sand. A singular strip of volcanic rock that protects a large chunk of the beach from the tides, and which turns our bay into the best place on this side of the globe to swim and practically “walk on the water” on days of low tide.

When a stroll is your undisputed choice, we recommend the long walk along the sand, past coffee shops, and ice-cream parlors. The first things you will come across are the Puntilla sidewalk cafés and the fresh-fish restaurants. At the other end of the beach is the surfing environment around the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, with yet more sidewalk cafés and bars by the sea.

But we must warn you: if you intend to stay for several days, on Wednesday forget about finding the beach you saw on Monday, it just cannot be done.Las Canteras is known by all as the Changing Beach. It will never be the place you saw on previous days. This is one of its special traits: it’s always the same place but appears different all the time.

Vegueta and Guiniguada ravine

After a bit of hiking on flat terrain, we wandered at a slower pace in Vegueta to admire the history of this place.

Vegueta, Where Las Palmas was born

Towards the south of Gran Canaria’s capital city, Vegueta was the original settlement that gave birth to Las Palmas at the end of the 15th Century. Its streets and squares contain historical buildings such as the Casa de Colon mansion, Santa Ana cathedral, the Museo Canario museum, Gabinete Literario club, town hall and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno gallery. The area around the market, built in 1856, is full of shops and over the road is the Triana shopping district

A historic old town full of culture and pretty corners

Alongside the Guiniguada Barranco and opposite the Perez Galdós theatre, named after a famous Vegueta resident, you find an old town full of cobbled streets, pretty corners, and a wide range of architectural styles ranging from late Gothic to renaissance. After a walk, there are plenty of outdoor terraces to enjoy a break and absorb the atmosphere of its historical surroundings.

As we left Vegueta, the civilized parts were getting smaller and we got closer and closer to nature. 

Barranco Guiniguada

Guiniguada is the name of a natural ravine located on the northeast slope of Gran Canaria.

It is born in the center of the island at about 1850 meters and develops towards the Las Palmas. In its route of only 22 kilometers, it meets (in descending order) the municipalities of Vega de San Mateo, Santa Brigida, and Las Palmas in which it forms various valleys where crops and small hamlets abound.

The Guiniguada basin is home to a population of around 380,000 people, 1 representing approximately 50% of the island’s total population.

Jardín Canario – Botanical Garden

As we got close to Tafira we had a splendid taste of nature in a stunning botanical garden. We saw a wide variety of beautiful plants in the peaceful place.

Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo is the full name of the botanical garden on Gran Canaria. “Jardín Botánico Canario” means “Botanical Garden of the Canaries”, while the additional words “Viera y Clavijo” honor the pioneering Spanish cleric and scholar José Viera y Clavijo (1731–1813), who attempted to found a botanical garden in the Canary Islands in the late eighteenth century.

History

Establishing this botanical garden was the life work of the Swedish-Spanish botanist Erik Ragnar Svensson (1910–1973), who devoted many years to searching for the optimal site, one that could successfully accommodate as many as possible of the highly diverse plant species of the Canary Islands. He finally settled on a steep slope of the Barranco de Guiniguada in the vicinity of Tafira Alta, featuring a waterfall and shallow caves in the cliff face. Work on laying out the garden began in 1952, and the Jardín Botánico Canario Viera y Clavijo was officially opened in 1959. Svensson served as its first director. Following his death in a traffic accident in 1973, David Bramwell was appointed his successor in 1974.

Description

The garden comprises approximately 27 acres (10 hectares), on which approximately 500 plant species endemic to the Canary Islands are cultivated. Important divisions are the “Garden of the Islands” (Jardín de las Islas), the “Garden of Cacti and Succulents” (Jardín de Cactus y Suculentas), where approximately 10,000 cultivars of succulents are on display, the “Macaronesian Ornamental Garden” (Jardín Macaronésico Ornamental), and the “Hidden Garden” (El Jardín Escondido) with greenhouse. Also worthy of mention are the pinetum (El Pínar) and the “Laurel-leaved Forests” (Bosque de Laurísílva), featuring trees that once covered most of Macaronesia before Spanish settlement. At the “Fountain of the Wisemen” (La Fuente de Los Sabios), botanists who discovered and described the flora of the Canary Islands are honored.

In 1983, the garden established a seed bank for the roughly 400 tree species endemic to the Canaries and other Micronesian Islands. A germplasm bank was subsequently established as well. A great number of species have been identified and described by botanists associated with the garden over the past several years, and the garden contributes to species preservation programs through its research work. Its facilities include a library, a herbarium, and laboratories, and it publishes the journal Botánica Macaronésica.

The garden is open to visitors year-round.

Santa Brigida and San Mateo

Further into the hike, we passed the villages Santa Brigida and San Mateo.

Santa Brigida

The municipality of Santa Brígida is located 14 kilometres from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The village of Santa Brígida is situated in a gully surrounded by beautiful palm tree areas. The people of this locality are known as Satauteños (the origin of which lies in the pre-Hispanic name: Sataute).

At present Santa Brígida is a mixture of its agricultural past and its residential present since here it is possible to appreciate the spectacular villas and houses that contain elements of traditional architecture.

If you decide to walk around the village, you can visit the Parish Church of Santa Brígida, a temple of neo-gothic characteristics in its external structure and situated where the first hermitage once stood, in the year 1522. Moreover, if you also visit the village during the weekend, you cannot miss going to the village market in the village center, where the local people and visitors arrive to buy products from the locality: varieties of cheese, country bread, jams, and marmalades, naturally produced honey and a variety of confectionery. Public opening hours: Saturdays from 08:00 to 20:00 hours and Sundays from 08:00 to 14:00 hours.

Santa Brígida is also known for its rich landscapes. A few kilometers from the municipal town is the natural monument of Bandama, an extinguished volcanic crater with a depth of 200 meters and one kilometer in diameter, which offers magnificent views of the central and eastern parts of the island.

Situated in the proximity of Bandama is found the Atalaya de Santa Brígida, a settlement of cave houses that dates back to pre-hispanic times and where nowadays the crockery, which can be found in a greater part of the island homes, is produced using ancient techniques. Here the potters are known as “loceros” or “loceras” and pottery is known as “loza”. In the Atalaya of Santa Brígida is the Casa Panchito Ecomuseum, with its important collection of handcrafted pottery.

The visitor cannot leave or finish the trip without a visit to the Casa del Vino (the Wine House), located in the middle of the historic village center of Santa Brígida. Here one has the possibility of tasting the wines with the Gran Canaria guarantee of origin and quality. Public opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 hrs.

San Mateo

Any walk through the historic quarter of San Mateo must include a visit to the Parish Church of La Vega de San Mateo, located in Calle Principal (Main Street), where we find a two-nave building (the one on the left dates from 1800 and the one on the right from 1895). The upper middle part is crowned by a bell tower designed by Jose Lujan Perez. The church bell, added four years after it was made, was sent from Cuba by Canary Island emigrants from the area. This church shows a predominantly eclectic style with Neo-Classical influences.

La Alameda de Santa Ana (Santa Ana Esplanade), next to the church, was built in 1943. To do this, the Council bought plots in the area that had been occupied by a bakery. The oven was situated where the Music Kiosk now stands. Along with the Town Hall and the Church, it now forms a fine example of Neo-Canary architecture.

The countryside around La Vega de San Mateo is worth a trip too. Visitors can go to Roque Bicacaral, in La Bodeguilla, a natural lookout, halfway to Santa Brigida, which offers magnificent views over the whole area.

You can also take the route along La Mina Ravine, running along Las Lagunetas and La Yedra. There is permanent water in the ravine, which conserves the vestiges of laurel forest and the old water mills here.

The “Montaña Cabrera” Lookout, situated on the mountain of the same name, is a wonderful observatory overlooking the basin of the Guiniguada Ravine, the municipality, and the Foothills of Gran Canaria, and even the city of Las Palmas. The “La Cruz Natural” Lookout and “El Montañon”, also offer excellent views of the municipality.

Hoya del Gamonal, Roque, and Cruz del Saucillo; form part of Las Cumbres Protected Natural Area, a place of extraordinary beauty with an intrinsic wealth of endemic species.

Finally, there are several recreational areas where you can enjoy a day in the open air: The La Lechucilla Recreational Zone, just a few kilometers from the center of the municipality and set in an area of chestnut trees, has an area for barbecues and the Llanos de Ana Lopez Recreational Zone, situated at the top of Cueva Grande in a pine forest and surrounded by the typical alpine vegetation of the Gran Canaria mountain tops. The Farmers’ Market is a weekly tradition in La Vega de San Mateo, every weekend. This shows just how important farming is in this area. Locals and visitors walk around the market in search of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, etc.

Camino de siete fuentes

We left San Mateo following part of Camino de Siete Fuentes to reach our end goal for this day which was the highest peak of the island.

This trail starts within the perimeter of the Protected Landscape of Las Cumbres (High Mountain Region), an area of particular floral wealth, with very peculiar endemisms.

Stage 1: Degollada de La Capellanía – Camaretas Hostel

The trail starts at Degollada de La Capellanía, with a clearing to be found to the left of road GC-130, which connects Los Pechos and Telde. 600 meters away from the crossroads, just off a road known as “de Los Marteles”, on the left-hand side of the road in the direction of Telde, there is a flat stretch where we’ll find the beginning of a dirt track. We follow this track which, amidst pine trees, leads us away from the road and into the pine forest.

After walking through a clearing we come across a beautiful chestnut tree, and two minutes later we’ll find a cobbled path to our right. If it has been raining we should be careful not to slip on it we should be careful to Hoya del Gamonal, for the whole of this stretch can be very slippery. The path widens and ends with the ruins of an old house. We walk past it and to the left we’ll find another path that twists and turns downhill amidst pine trees, chestnut and apple trees, and brooms. If we look up at this point we’ll see Cruz del Saucillo, and to the NE there is a splendid panoramic view of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. If we listen carefully, we’ll be able to hear the murmur of water flowing down the small gully to our left, along a streambed that has been taken over by brooms and ferns. Some old stone walls remind us of the fact that this used to be a farming area.

As we get to the first few houses of the hamlet of Lomito Blanco, the ground changes color and we join a dirt track. A few meters on, by a curve to the right, the track goes down towards the left, first amidst pine trees, then amidst false brooms, and later on amidst eucalyptus trees. We leave one of the headwaters of Barranco de La Higuerilla to our left and we take a forest track in a NE direction that will take us to Las Casillas. In geological terms, the material that characterizes this stretch is Roque Nublo’s volcanic breccia.

We carry on past a fenced water deposit and arrive at Degollada de La Bilandra, a natural scenic viewpoint from which we can see the village of San Mateo, Montaña Cabreja, and the lava gravel quarry of Montaña de Troya. Only a few minutes past this spot we`ll come to the hostel at Camaretas.

Stage 2: Camaretas Hostel – San Mateo

Once we get to the hostel at Camaretas we carry on along the dirt track. We turn right in an E-SE direction and about 50 meters further down we turn left towards the north, which will open up a wonderful view of the whole of Vega de San Mateo. The path is well signposted. We leave the ravine of Camaretas to our left, and when we get to a farm enclosed by a fence we ignore the turning to the right and walk on along a flat stretch of trail. The path narrows as it starts to descend. Although it becomes less defined from this point on, it is not difficult to follow it. At this stage of the trail, we have the gully of La Higuera on the right and the gully of Camaretas on the left.

When we come to a fork we take the turning to the right, it is a more comfortable shortcut that runs under the shade of pine trees. We carry on walking downhill along Lomo de Los Ingleses until we get to the tarmacked road that leads to La Lechuza. We walk along this road for a further 600 meters, walking past a house with a hip roof and a perimeter wall covered in volcanic rock. After another 80 meters, we come to a signposted path that runs along the northern edge of Montaña de Troya. Human intervention shapes the landscape we are looking at now: dwelling houses alternate with farming fields where fruit, potatoes, corn, and some vegetables are grown. When we get to a tarmacked road we should turn right, towards the NE-E. The road is signposted and it will lead us amidst old farms, water deposits, and dwelling houses to the main road that runs between San Mateo and Valsequillo. Once there we’ll carry on walking downhill for a further 150 meters in an eastern direction as far as a shortcut that we will find opposite the Cuatro Caminos water distribution basin. The shortcut will take us to the road again, we’ll walk across it and carry on a downhill in an N-NE direction. Finally, we once again come to the road, cross it yet again, and walk along a tarmacked road that will bring us to the village of San Mateo.

Pico de Las Nieves

As we arrived at the viewing point of the peak we climbed our way with a guide to the actual peak where the clouds opened up for us. Roque Nublo became visible with the most beautiful sunset in the background.  

Pico de las Nieves is for many known as the highest peak on the island. Its height is 1,949 meters (6,394 ft) above sea level. It is of volcanic origin. On its slopes, Canary islands pine was reintroduced in the 1950s.

Traditionally, Pico de las Nieves has been considered the highest peak on the island of Gran Canaria; however, this is not true since Morro de la Agujereada stands at 1,956 meters (6,417 ft), which would make it higher than Pico de las Nieves. The two mountains stand next to each other.

Gran Canaria has the highest elevation in the province of Las Palmas and the third highest in the Canary Islands. Of the other Canary Islands, only Tenerife and La Palma have higher peaks.

We had the opportunity to ascend to the highest peak on the island, the 🔝”Morro de La Agujereada”, led by the High Mountain Guide, 🧗‍♀️ Javier Cruz.

From Climbo, we want to show our gratitude🙏🏼 to the ☀️Gran Canaria Tourist Board (@visitgrancanaria), the 🏘️ Gran Canaria Natural & Active Association (@gcnaturalandactive), Javier Cruz (@javi.cruz_), and Robin Beernaert (@robin_beernaert), for making this dream come true.🌈🔝😍👏🏼🥳

⚠️ *IMPORTANT*: This activity has been carried out for promotional purposes and its practice without the assistance of an expert guide is not recommended.

🧗‍♀️ If you are interested in ascending this peak or another, please get in touch with professionals in mountain sports.

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Day 2: From Pico de Las Nieves to Mogán Lighthouse

Roque Nublo

After a well-deserved rest, we started our hike where we ended, at Pico de Las Nieves and we hiked our way to Roque Nublo. 

The geographical landmark of Roque Nublo is the stand-out symbol of these lands. It is a near-ninety-meter-high monolith and is a proud memento from a dim and distant past. It has inspired painters, writers, and composers, and has appeared in a multitude of works. Many images spring to mind, such as Néstor Álamo’s “Lyrical lunar stone” or “Altar of my mystic land”.

The Canarian historian from the late 19th century, D. Agustín Millares, refers to its formation as: “hysterical land movements, horrendous detonations in the air, thick clouds of burning sand that darkened the atmosphere, liquid streams of molten lava crisscrossing in all directions, titanic wrenching of the earth…”

Modern geologists have identified it as a special type of volcanic rock and have christened it the ‘Roque Nublo gash’. This gash is the result of the hardening off of burning clouds following its formation and later cooling off. Its uniqueness has led to the second great volcanic cycle in Gran Canaria being named after it, the Roque Nublo cycle, covering a period of nearly two million years (from 5.3 to 3.4 million years to the present day).

The Roque Nublo has always been a focal point for Canarian pilgrims and is a profound sentimental manifestation of those who belong to this island’s deep-rooted culture. The Roque Nublo also represents a goal for numerous mountaineers since a German team climbed its summit for the first time back in 1932.

It is also surrounded by the Nublo rural park and has been singled out as a Natural Monument.

The surrounding vegetation is a recently replanted pine wood that sits alongside brush and scrubland typical of the Gran Canarian peaks, such as scotch broom and sage.

Montaña del Aserrador

Amazed by the views on the hike over Montana Aserrador we arrived at Lomo Del Aserrador which had a natural infinity pool. You’ve guessed it, we jumped in!

The Montaña del Aserrador, which is also called the Montaña del Nublo, is located in the central area of the island in the municipality of Tejeda. It is within the space called the Natural Monument of Roque Nublo and just a few thousand meters away in a straight line from this rock.

According to Humberto Pérez’s , the term Aserrador comes from the fact that the pines were sawn in that area and both the mountain and the crossroads to Tejeda, Ayacata and El Juncal receive that name. The name Montaña del Nublo comes from its proximity to the Roque Nublo and being next to other places with names such as: Embocada del Nublo, Cortijo del Nublo, Barranco del Nublo, Laja del Nublo, Hoyetas del Nublo …

From its summit the panorama is magnificent starting with the Roque Nublo (1803 m), Pico de las Nieves (1950 m), Campanario (1917 m), Morro de la Cruz Grande (1536 m), the Dunes of Maspalomas, Risco de la Yerbilla (1618 m), Risco Laurel (1638 m), Risco Chimirique (1521 m), Inagua (1426 m), La Aldea, El Teide (3715 m), Caldera de Tejeda, Roque Bentayga (1412 m), Altavista (1376 m), Moriscos (1773 m) ….

Camino del Juncal de Tejeda

The refreshing water of the infinity pool at Lomo Del Aserrador energized us and had us amazed at the viewpoint of Cortijo de Pajonales. This is situated in El Juncal. There is also a nice route at Juncal de Tejeda.

The route has been divided into 4 sections, based on references, easily identifiable specific places. The proposed times are always estimates, it must be clear that at least we will need 4-5 hours to complete the tour without haste or stress.

  • SECTION 1: Juncal de Tejeda- Barranquillo del Sao
  • SECTION 2: Barranquillo del Sao- Roque Mulato
  • SECTION 3: Roque Mulato- Taigüy
  • SECTION 4: Taigüy- Juncal de Tejeda

SECTION 1: Juncal de Tejeda- Barranquillo del Sao.

At the Juncal de Tejeda church, we take the road that goes down to the left, which leads us to the track that, passing by the Pajonales forest house, takes us to the Las Chicas or Inagua dam. We continue along the dirt track until we reach the forest house, once at the house about 50 meters away we leave the track on the right bank, we do not see any path, but if a small ravine goes from East to West, we head towards it, and cross it, once we have gone down a little more than half of the slope, we will find a path that is flattening on the same level, avoiding different ravines.

The beginning of the trail is not marked, but it is easily found. We will continue the path until we reach Barranquillo del Sao, to locate it we can use two tricks:

  • Once on the path, go counting the ravines that we cross, on the fifth, we will be in B. del Sao.Once on the path, go counting the ravines that we cross, on the fifth, we will be in B. del Sao.
  • Go looking at the stonewalls (Erosion walls), and when we see a ravine, which goes from West to East, where three stonewalls can be seen with the naked eye, we will be in the aforementioned ravine. There is also an unfinished construction of blocks, which serves as a reference to know that the next ravine we arrive at is that of Sao.

SECTION 2: Barranquillo del Sao- Roque Mulato.

We climbed the northern slope of the ravine, to reach the Llano de Juan Martín; In the same place that we cross there is a path that takes us up to the plain, in any case, our goal is to climb the slope. Once the climb is finished we find a large plain, our direction will be towards the northwest, we must locate a large solitary pine, just before the pine, the greenery and majesty of a small community of Tabaibas will tell us that we are on the right track.

In the pine and after a well-deserved rest to appreciate everything that surrounds us, we will always look for, following the pasture, an elevation in the land, where there are caves for cattle. Arrived at the last cave, always through the pasture, the path that goes down to Roque Mulato by the watershed is evident. However, before reaching the cave we can see milestones that will also guide us down.

In the watershed, there is no loss, with the Roque Mulato watching as we go towards it, the path is evident.

We can go down to Taigüi by two paths, which join in the middle of the slope. One of them is just before the curve that leads to the path to get to the foot of the Roque Mulato, the other, which will be the one we will take, is before reaching the Roque. Although we have to go back a bit after reaching the Roque, it is worth it, since this is much more comfortable and less dangerous. Finding it is very easy, before reaching the Roque we see a small esplanade, where the path continues straight towards the R. Mulato, while marked by two milestones, a small path descends to the right. It is the first deviation to the right that exists since we started the downhill path when we left the pasture.

SECTION 3: Roque Mulato- Taigüy.

From the aforementioned deviation, we will begin to go down guided by the milestones, a small Era will serve as a reference to know that we are on the right track. We must leave the Era on its Left side, always following the milestones.

At first, it seems that it is a difficult goal to reach the bottom of the Siberian ravine, the slope is steep, but it goes down without problems. Almost reaching the bottom of the ravine we will take the deviation to the right, for the next turn to the left, where we will already be in the Barranco Siberio. Juncal.

Taigüy

Taguy (Tagüigüi or Los Galgares) constitutes one of the most charming corners of the Caldera de Tejeda, its name is related to the aboriginal term “guy”, used for places surrounded by cliffs such as the Guyguy ravines in La Aldea and El Risco of Agaete. It is a tiny paradise lost under the shadows of the Roque Palmés and the impressive calderas of the El Toscón ravine. It is a humanized landscape of high ethnographic heritage value with its pronounced staggering of terraces, traditional houses, and annexes, in an extraordinary ecological framework.

SECTION 4: Taigüy- Juncal de Tejeda.

When we reach the bottom of the ravine we will have if we take the payment of Tigüi to the left, but we will go to the right to continue along the channel of the ravine upwards, and then on the right side of the ravine to return to our starting point, Juncal de Tejeda.

The path is very visible and comfortable since it is very busy, however, it can only be lost when we go through the bottom of the ravine, we will always find it on our right. The path leads us to a dirt track, which takes us directly to the entrance of the forest house track, in the Juncal de Tejeda itself, we only have to go up the stretch of asphalt road to reach the church.

The grandeur of the walls, as well as the existing erosive activity, will certainly not leave us indifferent.

Inagua, pinzon azul, conservacion
Las presas

Walking through the Inagua nature reserve you have a wide-open view and you can see several big water reservoirs. Hiking here is a delight for the eyes.

Inagua

The Inagua integral nature reserve is a protected area on the island. It is made up of the pine forests of Inagua, Ojeda and Pajonales, located between the municipalities of Mogan, La Aldea de San Nicolas and Tejeda. It is part of the Network of Natural Areas of the Canary Islands.

las Ninas

Traveling explorers may come to Las Niñas Reservoir at any time, to a natural spot on the southern slopes of Gran Canaria. It belongs to the municipality of Tejeda and is located in an area known as Majada Alta. It is part of the network of Biosphere Reserve areas and is probably one of the best locations for bird watching on the island. The most interesting part of it is that Las Niñas Reservoir is a fabulous place, in both senses of the term.

On the one hand, it is a fabulous place for walking around and looking at the pine trees, the fallen rainwater which has now become a still lake. It is also fabulous for listening to all the birds that flutter by. This is more than enough to get a sense of the extraordinary and uncommon nature of this particular corner of the island.

It is also a ‘fable-ous’ site for other reasons. Among these is the so-called Casandra tree, a four-century-old pine tree that takes us back to legend. It is easy to spot, due to its majestic presence and longevity. Although there is no official version, it is generally agreed that it takes its name from a young 15-year-old girl who liked to spend pleasant hours in the company of young Iván. She was the envy of the village and the subject of nasty chit-chat, and having placed the family’s honor in doubt they called her a witch. They then burned her at the same tree where her pure, naive, and natural sentiments were read out like a devil’s curse. However, this is nothing more than legend and an old local tale, which we don’t know if it is real or a purely ingenious fable. But what is strange is that the pine tree has survived several fires and strikes a peculiar figure, making it so easily recognizable in this huge area, near this fine setting blessed with water.

It is common to see the Pico Picapinos Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major thanerii) flying around the reservoir and surrounding areas, an island sub-species that are a sign of the good state of conservation of the woodlands. It is a “winged jewel” with which we can also come across in the Canary pine forests at the Inagua, Ojeda, and Pajonales Integral Reserves. It is the most common of the woodpecker family and its song can be translated as a strong, shrill “tweek” sound, which it repeats at irregular intervals. It also emits non-vocal sounds for communication purposes, this being the characteristic drumming noise it generates as it hammers away on tree trunks at great speed with its beak.

A stroll around the reservoir can provide you with the opportunity to see it flying around with its vivid colors, and if you are not lucky enough to spot one, just listen out for the shrill cry of the Pico Picapinos, near to the water provided by the season’s rainfall, under the pines that provide shade for the picnic area.

el Mulato

This viewpoint is situated right at the head of the Barranco de Mogán ravine. The montains that stand out are Tauro, Cruz de Mogán and Pinar de Ojeda. This whole territory forms part of Reserva Natural Integral de Inagua and the Nublo Rural Park, which stretches out from the center of the island down to the sea.

It is a passing point from the south up to the north of the island, which the inhabitants from this region used to take as they made their way to the capital city, in the times before the present-day roads were built.

Mogán used to form part of the municipality of Tejeda until 1815, when it constituted its own town hall. Many of the districts are located along the Barranco de Mogán itself, these being Pie de la Cuesta, La Vistilla, Las Casillas, El Cercado, Los Navarros, La Umbridilla, Lomo Quiebre and Puerto de Mogán.

The valley’s fertile soil and warm climate are ideal for the cultivation of tropical fruits such as citric fruits, papayas, mangos, avocados, etc. Cattle farming is another highly important primary sector in the region. The famous French anthropologist, René Verneau, described the area’s cattle farmers thus: “The Mogán shepherds can be considered the forerunners for Canary farmers… They always carried long poles… with this instrument they jumped from incredibly wide precipices and slid down to the bottom with lightning speed”. As for its traditional architecture, the houses have quite distinct roofs and there are a few old windmills and watermills.

This whole territory forms part of the World Biosphere Reserve of Gran Canaria, declared by UNESCO on 29th June 2005.

salto del perro + soriaWater has been one of the main issues in Gran Canaria, it is a precious good. As a valuable treasure, a way must be found to keep it always available for human use. This has meant that various reservoirs had to be built with artificial or natural channels that bring the water closer to populated centers. One of the dams with the largest capacity is named after a Castilian province where it does not usually rain, Soria. This reservoir, like many others, is connected by various underground pipes or surface channels that make up an authentic network of life for the people of the south of the island. Some of the other dams are Cueva de las Nina, El Mulato, Chira or Salto del Perro

Gran Canaria Long-distance Hiking Trails Mogán

Montaña de Tauro

As we progressed into the route, the legs were getting a little bit tired and we saw a big mountain in front of us. This was Montaña De Tauro and I can tell you, it is a good bite in the legs.

The highest point of the Tauro mountainous massif, witness to the first volcanic episodes that formed the island of Gran Canaria, this mountain adopts a staggered shape due to the remarkable stacking of lava flows that make it up and stands out outstandingly in the landscape of the island southwest, dividing the large hydrographic basins of Arguineguín and Mogán.

Puerto de Mogan

We soon started to see our end, Mogan. You could feel, smell, and see the sea getting closer as we made a solid farewell descend to Mogan.

The Punta del Castillete Lighthouse (Spanish: Faro de Punta del Castillete) is an active lighthouse on the Canary island of Gran Canaria. It is located on cliffs above the resort and fishing harbor of Puerto de Mogán, in the municipality of Mogán. Punta Castillete is on the south-western side of the island facing the Atlantic Ocean and lies between Maspalomas Lighthouse to the south and the lighthouse of Punta Sardina to the north.

History

The lighthouse was constructed between 1985 and 1995 and first entered service in March 1996. The modern design, which has been called “ungainly”, consists of a square base faced with dark volcanic rock, supporting a concrete tower with external stairways leading to a cantilevered gallery. Originally painted a sandy yellow color, it was repainted in blue and white in 2014.

The lighthouse is not connected to the electricity grid but instead is powered by six solar panels charging a set of batteries. The 500 mm lantern is equipped with a 150-watt halogen lamp, producing white light. With a focal height of 114 m above sea level, its light can be seen for 17 nautical miles

In this beautiful Village we ended our second big hike and to be honest, this one tough but worth it.

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