Hiking to Roque Nublo

The starting point for this short hike is the col known as Degollada de la Goleta (1,578 metres). To get here, one must have a vehicle: two kilometres before reaching the town of Ayacata (coming from the north), look out for a place where the road drops sharply away, with the Nublo in plain view on the right. Park the car and climb westwards along the clearly signposted, central path.

This makes a beeline for the massy base of the spike, which can be spotted in the distance. Something like fifty minutes will bring one out at the base of the Nublo without any difficulty. From this point, the boulder soars another fifty metres – negotiable only by rock climbing- to attain its full height of 1,830 metres. The views of the Tejeda caldera are excellent.

Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria

Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria

A longer variant, for those who do not have a car at their disposal, is to start from La Culata de Tejeda, at a height of 1,225 metres (bus no. 29 from the Las Palmas Bus & Coach Station), and thence ascend the bed of the ravine to the Degollada de la Goleta by a well-marked path. This stretch adds an extra fifty minutes each way.

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