Gran Canaria is full of nature. Incredible places where you can marvel at its beauty and have a great time either alone or accompanied. From Entrées we want to help you not to miss any of these places, that’s why we bring you a list of natural monuments in Gran Canaria that you have to visit, here we go!
The first on the list is none other than Roque Nublo. Located in the municipality of Tejeda, it is an emblem of Gran Canaria and undoubtedly one of the most important sites on the island.
This 1,800 metre high stone monolith was declared a Protected Natural Area in 1987 and a Rural Park seven years later. In order to reach it, we have to walk a route of approximately one and a half hours with 200 metres of unevenness, being La Goleta our starting point.
Obviously, Roque Nublo is a place we have to go to if we want to visit the natural monuments in Gran Canaria.
Between the municipalities of Ingenio and Agüimes, we find this 15 km long natural monument. This place is characterised by cave houses where we can eat and even stay. Part of the collections of the Canarian Museum of Archaeology come from sites in this ravine.
Here we can find more than 90 autochthonous and exotic species. In addition, experts say that the caves found in the Guayadeque ravine were places of survival for the aborigines.
This is one of the last active volcanoes in Gran Canaria, located between 4 municipalities; Gáldar, Moya, Santa María de Guía and Valleseco. It is located within the protected landscape of Las Cumbres, and is a point of geological interest where we can see up to 44 species of flowers and different specimens of wildlife, such as the Gran Canaria lizard or the striped mullet. There are also birds such as the sparrowhawk, the kestrel, the Canarian crow and the light-rimmed bat, among others.
This Roque is made up of formations of notorious singularity, rarity or beauty, which are the object of special protection. It is therefore another of Gran Canaria’s essential natural monuments.
It is also special because of the presence of aboriginal petroglyphs on the Lomo de los Letreros. It is located in the municipalities of Santa Lucía and Agüimes.
This natural monument can be found in several municipalities, such as San Mateo, Tejeda, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Santa Lucía de Tirajana and Valsequillo.
It is made up of several endemisms with endangered and protected species with specific regulations. These cliffs are the result of the walls of an enormous erosive basin, originating at the head of the Tirajana ravine.
Mogán is a mountainous structure located on the summits of a larger massif. On both sides of this massif are the ravines of Arguineguín and Mogán.
In ancient times, the massif was the site of aboriginal ceremonies. A highlight is the Tauro mountain, which is 1,226 metres high.
The Caldera de Bandama is one of the most impressive natural monuments on Gran Canaria. It originated 5 billion years ago next to the Pico de Bandama volcano and is 216 metres deep, 574 metres high and 1000 metres in diameter.
It can be found between the municipalities of Santa Brígida, Telde and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, extending through the ravines of Las Goteras and Guiniguada.
And finally, we have the Roque Bentayga inside the volcanic caldera of Tejeda, which was used as a fortress by the ancient aborigines.
This monument is of great importance, as when we reach it we can find an almogarén, which is a sacred territory, a place of worship for the ancient Canary Islanders. We can go on excursions to this site and enjoy the graffiti, the caves and even go climbing on the unprotected side.
But if there is one place that cannot be missed, it is the Tejeda basket. We will be able to see the Roque through this basket to take one of the best photos of the island.