Gran Canaria - walking a continent in miniature -

Gran Canaria - walking a continent in miniature


Gran Canaria - A superb walking destination


 2018  holiday is priced with out flight - see later details- Flights- We have not included flights in our pricing. However we can arrange flights for you should you wish. Most people do ask us to organise flights. This ensures that you qualify for full ATOL bonding insurance - vital to any UK arranged European walking holiday


Gran Canaria is a beautiful natural environment, nearly half of which is protected, but only by walking can you discover the true delights of the island and its people.

Much of our walking is in the Cumbre, the central mountain range with dramatic landscapes and remote cave villages, as well as in the fertile north, where we venture into deep valleys with lush vegetation. We can discover pine forests, alpine meadows, sub-tropical valleys, mountain peaks and gorges around the Cruz de Tejeda . In spring the flowers are a delight and much of the flora here is only found on the island due to the unique climate.

A superbly located hotel and good food support the walking programme.

Using local guides, supported by our UK tour leader, this walking programme brings you the best of walking in the sunshine of a Gran Canaria spring - a real winter sunshine destination- away for the UK dark and dismal winter - just join us and experience!




Guided walking programme



Gran Canaria 

Gran Canaria is a beautiful natural environment, nearly half of which is protected, but only by walking can you discover the true delights of the islands and its people.

Much of our walking is in the Cumbre, the central mountain range with dramatic landscapes and remote cave villages, as well as in the fertile north, where we venture into deep valleys with lush vegetation. We can discover pine forests, alpine meadows, sub-tropical valleys, mountain peaks and gorges around the Cruz de Tejeda . In spring the flowers are a delight and much of the flora here is only found on the island due to the unique climate

The Walks

Secret Hills Walking arrange five walks with one free day.We take a packed lunch.

Gran Canaria has a dense network of well-marked hiking trails of various levels of difficulty.. The mountains are mostly composed of granite giving rise to some dramatic scenery. Toothy ridges high mountain cliffs deep valleysl..

Grade of Walking – moderate to hard  mostly but with strenuous stretches. Fissural alkali the rock formation,,lots of stony ground, and slippery, when wet.

We start walking at 9.00am and take transport to the start - and from the finish of each walk.

Getting About

Local mini bus transport is organised to get us to walks start and from walks finish

Your Walk Leaders

We use local walking guides to show us the best of walking in this walking paradise - their knowledge of the history, plant life and geology is brilliant. Jill Lawson is your holiday leader. They arrange all aspects of the holiday from arrangements in the UK, to meeting you off your flight and settling you into your hotel. They then manage your walk guiding. Including all transport. We will also advise on where you can enjoy evening entertainment, the best places to change money and the best places to buy those take home presents.

Free Day

Wednesday normally is your free day

Our guided walks will range from between 4 to 6 hours and will be led by Canarian guides and supported by Secret Hills walk leader. Our holiday is aimed at experienced walkers. The walks we offer are on well defined 'mountainous' paths and tracks which take us over volcanic rocks and through pine forests. The walks sometimes consist of sections of short/ steep ascents and descents but on good trails with no exposed sections.

All our walks will reward you with wonderful panoramas out to the coast and on most days you will see Mt.Teide on Teneriffe as it towers through.

We will offer you both circular walks and linear walks to give you the best walking routes

Here are some of the walks we will offer you:

1.This walking route departs from Cruz de Tejeda and goes along the border of Tejeda’s Cauldron. The views over the mountains, valleys and natural monuments of the west side of the Island are impressive during the whole of todays walk If the weather conditions are appropriate you will have wonderful views over mount Teide (Tenerife) and will enjoy the sea of clouds that covers this area from time to time..
Little by little, the Roque Nublo will look smaller and the new protagonist for the route will be Roque Bentaiga and the Acusa valleys.
A brief stop at the Cuevas Caballero, an important settlement for the Canariis (old inhabitants of Gran Canaria), will help you to understand the way this community used to live. At the Cuevas Caballeros you will also be able to see some signs carved by the Canariis on the walls of the caves.
Our walk will pass through  Artenara, the highest Village of Gran Canaria, where you will visit the sanctuary of “Virgen de la Cuevita” (Madonna’s Cave) and then we will continue on good paths and trails to Acusa valley where our transport will be waiting.
2.The Roque Nublo is considered one of the most symbolic places in Gran Canaria.
It is an important geographic point of the Island and a place that you must visit to discover and enjoy its grandiose landscape. This route  becomes one of the most interesting ones when hiking in Gran Canaria.
The Roque Nublo Walking Route runs through some of the most impressive landscapes of the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve. You will enjoy, the whole way, spectacular views over the valleys and mountains of the west & south side of the Island.
This unique scenery that you can see from this route was named “The Petrified Storm” in reference to its violent and spectacular shapes. Miguel de Unamuno, a famous spanish philosopher, wrote: “a tremendous upheaval of the entrails of the earth; it all seems like a petrified storm, but a storm of fire, of lava, rather than of water“.

3. A splendid circular walk which takes us to and from our hotel. Morro de la Cruz Grande is a rugged, forested mountain lying west of San Bartolome with good tracks and paths that encircle it. Todays walk is very scenic, despite the forest and takes us into remote areas. Old mule paths are used at the start and finish, with gentle forest tracks in the middle.

We begin by ascending a stone paved path which zigzags and climbs on a rocky, pine forested slope which brings us to a rock cutting at Cruz Grande with spectatular views out to the Coast, and above to the crater rim.

We then traverse and undulate round the flanks of Morro de la Cruz Grande through pine forests then descend on a good, stony path direct to the hotel with wonderful views out to the coast.

4.A linear walk taking you right through the heart of Gran Canaria.

 We begin by taking our transport to the start of our walk at Cruz de Tejeda. We then follow the main GR131 trail from Cruz de Tejeda back to our hotel at San Bartolome. The walk stays high on a mountain crest good trail with the most  magnificent views around the Island. You will have the opportunity today to ascend a good trail to one of the best viewpoints we have found on the Island where we will have lunch before rejoining the trail and descending to Cruz de Grande and then winding down to our hotel. Todays walk is on good high level paths with occasional tracks and roads and on forested slopes.



This holiday is priced with out flight

Getting there

We have not included flights in our pricing. However we can arrange flights for you should you wish. Most people do ask us to organise flights. This ensures that you qualify for full ATOL bonding insurance - vital to any UK arranged European walking holiday

Once you land in Gran Canaria, we will transfer you to the hotel.

We believe that you should have the choice of UK airports to fly from – the nearest and most convenient to you is likely also to be the most cost effective.We can advise you prior to your booking flights

Flights are available from most UK airports.

Transfers to hotel from airport

 We will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. We will accumulate everyone on the trip together – so you may a have a short wait for all planes to arrive before our transfer can begin.Transfer from the airport to the hotel is 45 mins in a luxury mini bus or taxi.

If you have arranged a flight that does not coincide with the main arrival times, then an additional transfer cost will apply. We will inform you of that cost when you reserve a place.


As part of our system, we will need to send you an official quote when you enquire and indicate your full interest.




Where we stay – Our Prime Location & 4* Hotel 

 Sheltered by rich mountain ranges and winding green valleys, the Hotel Rural Paradise Las Tirajanas nestles in the quiet heart of this captivating island in the village of San Bartoleme

Offering a unique holiday setting, encircled by nature at its purest, this 4-star hotel and its secluded aura will convey the picturesque spirit of San Bartolomé de Tirajana to all. Wonderfully set far from the teeming beachside resorts of Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés, the Hotel Rural Paradise Las Tirajanas invites you to experience a taste of the rich countryside and sublime walking in a colonial style hotel. 

Please do visit the Hotel website to see its splendour and all the extras it offers you during your stay.

Impressive services and facilities such as extremely comfortable accommodation, a diverse cuisine, a complete spa venue, numerous leisure facilities as well as a refreshing concept in décor and location are distinguishing features that emphasise the essence of this 4-star hotel. 

 Accomodation features

Live the ultimate countryside holiday in one of the island’s most precious locations and take full advantage of the cosy rooms and suites this 4-star hotel boasts. All bedrooms are mountain facing with balconies or terraces.

The hotel is wonderfully laid out with plenty places to sit and relax whether inside or outside. The Hotel has a swimming pool and sun terrace as well as a sauna and spa and gym that you can use at any time. Massages and Spa treatments are not included in your holiday package but can be booked and paid for direct at the hotel.


Presenting guests with a delicious display of suggestions, the restaurant and bars at the Hotel Rural Paradise Las Tirajanas anticipate the arrival of guests who appreciate quality dining, with a scoop of breathtaking scenery “on the side”. 

From international buffets, to vegetarian meals, traditional Canary recipes and desserts that will make you beg for more, the 4-star restaurant ‘Santiago el Grande’ will surpass your expectations. Believing that a healthy diet leads to a better lifestyle, the hotel’s chef will be proud to consider the most demanding of requests in order for you to feel your very best. 

Typical dishes like ‘ropa vieja’ (a variety of meat), ‘carajacas’ (Iberian meat with potatoes and noodles), or unique flavours like fried cheese with tomato jam, will certainly please your palate. 

Packed lunches

Will consist of baguette and fruit. You may wish to bring your favourite cereal bars if you like a morning snack. On your day off you will have to purchase your own lunch at the hotel or in the local village

Single Supplement for sole occupancy

For sole occupancy of a twin room there is a single supplement of £21 per night.


Whats included

What you get on your Secret Hills Gran Canaria Holiday:


Individual quotation from airport of your choice.

Transfers to hotel from airport/and return

Half-board en suite accommodation, including buffet breakfast

Three course dinner

Packed lunch

 Five guided walking days

Transport to walks start and finish

Friendly, knowledgable walking guides- from the area

 UK tour leader

ATOL bonding

Our administration services.

Walking Grades

Great care has been taken selecting our routes to ensure our guests enjoyment and safety.

However, due to the challenging nature of the mountainous terrain there will be some steep climbs and descents so a good level of walking fitness is strongly recommended, this will greatly enhance the enjoyment of this walking holiday (a suggested kit list will be issued)

Overall we rate the walking as moderate with some challenging steep ascents and descents..

Gran Canaria is hilly/ even mountainous but we don’t tend to climb to the very summits – basically they are for rock climbers- our average daily ascent is 350-400 metres, then undulating – maybe a further 200 metres of ascents and descents – before final descent of 350-400 metres. But some quite steep sections, though not prolonged.

On good paths, the ground is hard, dusty and very dry, we stop often – taking on water is obligatory, and not every day will be the same – we may take transport higher up, and walk quite a bit of the walk on a reasonably level terrain, then descend.

What our clients said


Michael Carter - Gran Canaria January 2017

A very good leader, an engaging group, good weather and a rugged landscape made for me, an excellent holiday



Des Newbery - January 2016

I enjoyed the walks which went well with a large group. Just enough walking to burn off the local cakes that Tom bought to go with lunch



Jenny Bryant - January 2016

Wonderful, led by excellent local and Secret Hills leaders. One of the best walking holidays ever.



Patricia Milner January 2016

Very much.I enjoyed the routes, which offered different terrains and different viewpoints.As always the leaders were fun to be with, encouraged us if we flagged, and took care to see that everyone walked within their ability.Guillermo's local knowledge added to the experience. We all appreciated the cake.

Special thanks to Tom for generously giving up some of the day off to do an extra short walk for the two of us who'd been unwell the day before



Lynn Prescott- January 2016

 Brilliantly no complaints it was a great experience, good variation and taken to some fabulous spots for our lunch (which were delicious every day - especially the cake!! Thanks Jill and Tom)

Meto was great too and very knowledgeable of the island history and local areas



Jane Allard January 2016

I really enjoyed that holiday. The most recent one is always the best, although they all have their own USP. The weather was fantastic and I now understand why people go away for winter sun.




Add extra days or nights to your holiday

You can add extra days and nights to your holiday with us. 

There is much to explore in Gran Canaria - so ask us to quote you for the extra nights you need.

Of course you can add extra nights by organising these your self

 To learn about what you can do, see and explore in this beautiful region, look at the following web sites.

Our relationship with New Experience Holidays/ATOL protection

Our Partners in Europe Walking

Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by Paul and Deborah Sawyer. Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, we will forward a New Experience reservation form, and you should pay all deposits and final payments to New Experience Holidays.
Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinerary when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.

ATOL Bonding - New Experience Holidays REGISTRATION

How to book a holiday

Do not book on line at this point. Read on and follow the instructions

In order to conform with ATOL bonding requirements, prior to you reserving a holiday with us, we need to provide you with an official quotation. This will contain all the details and costs of the holiday and your requested choice of flights and airports. You will find a GET QUOTE button at the top of the page, use this and fill in the form in order to start the quotation process. Once you have filled in the Quotation Request form, you will get an email confirmation from us.

We partner with New Experience Holidays who provide the ATOL bonding, so all quotations will be sent by them, and you will reserve and pay for your holiday with them.

The quotation process - ATOL BONDING requirement- the quotation is the first part of the contract between us and you.

The quotation will include

- the basic price of the holiday as advertised

- any flight supplement from the airport of your choice

- single supplement if this applies

- a choice of flights if this is applicable

- any specific requirement such as additional nights/ sea view rooms etc.

- final price and payment information

The Quotation stage - who sends you your quotation

In order to conform  to ATOL bonding protection rules, New Experience Holidays will send you your full quotation normally by email- please ask if you want to receive the quotation by post.

Your contacts at New Experience Holidays are Matthew Newcombe, Anna  Brown and Paul Sawyer.

We need to know your preferred departure airport. We can guide you about the right airport and options - simply read the web pages for the country you are wanting to visit, or email us for flight advice.

The Booking Process

Once you have accepted the quotation, fill in a New Experience booking form (this can be done online) or send in the completed form,  and pay both the deposit – normally £125 - plus any additional flight supplements to New Experience.Holidays  Final payment is also made to New Experience.Holidays.

Once you have booked, you will not be sent a reminder of when to pay the full amount, so please diarise this.

About three weeks prior to departure, New Experience Holidays will send you holiday joining details, including your flight details with instruction to print off your boarding cards.

Once you arrive at your holiday destination

Secret Hills Walking Holidays (Slovenia Walking Holidays) organise all aspects of your holiday– including guiding, transport to walks start and provide you with an experienced tour guide.You make your won arrangements to get to the airport in the UK, we meet you at the airport you are flying to, and help you with your transfer to the appointed hotel.

It is important to read New Experience Holidays' Terms and Conditions - click on the tab on their web site  - before you sign the booking form.

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What Others Said...

Just wanted to say thanks for a great weekend and will look at your other locations to see what else I can do. Kate

Kate Conway