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Walking The Gran Isla LOC

Visiting: Spain
Trip Duration 8 Days

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Walking The Gran IslaScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 37 reviews
(8 out of 10)


Excellent and helpful leader made this holiday so enjoyable. Changing the days for the walks to suit the weather worked very well. Of course the real highlight was the weather - excellent throughout - and that is beyond Explore control I think...
Confirmed traveller: 11 February 2017
Published on: 12 February 2017
(8 out of 10)


A walking holiday for those with 'reasonable' fitness and agility - the paths are dry but are rough and some have lose stone. Perhaps walking sticks would be advisable for some. The groups will invariably have a mixed ability and therefore will 'stretch out' into smaller groups, particularly on the longer walks. This is not really a problem as the tour allows everyone to walk at a pace they are comfortable with and the tour leader monitors the slower walkers.
The accommodation was reasonable in both locations. If based in the additional accommodation - approx 50m from the Hotel Rural Casa de los Camellos. The rooms overlooking the street can be cold and noisy - there appears to be a music club opposite, which does close approx 12pm. An electric fire is provided in the room, which was used - our tour was in January/ February. Blankets were provided at the Hotel los Cascajos in La Aldea. The breakfast buffet was better in Aguimes and the hotel is in a 'artists' enclave close to a nice public square. Finding restaurants/ cafe's for an evening meal was difficult in both bases as there are few located near the hotels and most restaurants open at 8pm - a location map of recommended restaurants would be helpful. The group meals were disappointing and poor value, except for the final meal in the 'caves'. Most restaurants could not accommodate our group size -16 and those that could, offered a set menu. Lunchtime rolls are provided, but be prepared as there is no option to vary on a daily basis. The best walks were in the center highlands, and there stunning vistas through the twisting mountain roads. Be warned of public bus drivers who drive down these roads at what seems to be a crazy speed - you may feel queasy!
The lowlands are not so picturesque, dominated by plants that can survive the dry, stony ground. Our 'rest' day was a little disappointing - the local main beach is stony and not really suited to swimming. There is a possibility at a nearby black sand beach, in a sheltered cove - perhaps during warmer months. Other possibilities were not possible due to local road closures.
I would recommend this walking holiday, if you are looking for something that is not to strenuous. The islanders and Explore/ hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The days are usually warm and sunny - so hats and sun cream (didn't see any mosquitoes) - perhaps a thermal or light fleece in the evening.
Confirmed traveller: 04 February 2017
Published on: 15 February 2017
(8 out of 10)


Spectacular scenery, some very steep uphill climbs. Take walking poles. Beautiful wild flowers and warm sunshine. Bus journeys on very winding steep hairpin roads may not suit people who get motion sickness.
Confirmed traveller: 04 February 2017
Published on: 10 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


I thought the trip overall was excellent. I have a knee injury ---post surgery. I personally would of liked the option only on about 2 of the days, to walk/ hike a half day then get a bus back resting my knee. I felt this option was not available. Probably a little selfish of me but I wished my partner and brother to carry on with the walk just an escape if possible for me. Especially at the end of the week----i found my knee extremely sore.
Confirmed traveller: 04 February 2017
Published on: 08 February 2017
(10 out of 10)


This is an excellent trip staying at nice, clean local hotels. Bert the leader was excellent with just the right touch, excellent local knowledge and always available to deal with any issues.
Confirmed traveller: 21 January 2017
Published on: 27 January 2017
(8 out of 10)


Ditchling, East Sussex
The Leader's optional rest day walk was stunning - both the "balcony & the coloured rocks - well done Bert. The walks were for the most part varied and interesting. The only exception being the second part of the final walk which was somewhat dull - a detour into the upper reaches of the Guayadeque Ravine would have added some much needed interest and avoiding a feeling of anticlimax. Low cloud forced a change on day 6 but the Leader's alternative descent to Tunte was splendid. All in all a very enjoyable & interesting week with an enthusiastic & knowledgeable guide. The St Sebastian fiesta begining on the last night (& shown live on Canaria TV) was icing on the cake
Confirmed traveller: 21 January 2017
Published on: 27 January 2017
(10 out of 10)

A Darling

A lovely island, fantastic walking with amazing scenery.
Confirmed traveller: 10 December 2016
Published on: 15 January 2017
(10 out of 10)


This tour was my first Explore holiday, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The walks were well organised and Bert, the tour leader, was knowledgable about the history of the island and region. The tour was professionally led to a high standard, for me a highlight was the plan b walk on the third walking day; a plan b because the public bus broke down and the leader needed to make an alternative plan fast.
Confirmed traveller: 10 December 2016
Published on: 14 December 2016
(9 out of 10)


Outstanding tour leader, excellent group and good weather. Gran Canaria people are so friendly and its great not to stay in tourist villages. Aguimes is delightful and the hotel full of old world charm. La Aldea is fine but not as charming as Aquimes neither is the hotel but its still good.
Only one minor problem there was no one to meet me on arrival until about 15 minutes later, this was not a real issue but as the flight was delayed I was a little concerned.
Confirmed traveller: 10 December 2016
Published on: 13 December 2016
(10 out of 10)


Washington Crossing
A great hiking vacation!! There were beautiful mountain views around every turn, and the meander thru an occasional village added to the ambience . The hiking was up and down, and occasionally tricky; but our guide, Bert, safely lead us thru any rough spots. Bert knew the area so well that when the public bus broke down on our way to one trailhead, he jumped off the bus and lead us to another fine trail. The two hotels had character, each in their own way: both clean and with friendly staffs. Bert planned a group dinner each night at different restaurants, all with Canarian specialties. With perfect weather, a congenial group, and an excellent guide, this was a memorable trip.
Confirmed traveller: 10 December 2016
Published on: 12 December 2016