One of the most amazing roads in Spain is in Gran Canaria


J. F. Alonso



easy tourism Gran Canaria, the majority, with good roads, is on the east coast of the island. All you have to do is land and take your rental car to reach the hotels in Maspalomas (at Playa del Inglés), next to the dunes, or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (at Las Canteras urban beach) in half an hour.

However, this island has many other faces, both inland and on the west coast. This end is crossed by GC-200, a wild road that could be part of the shooting of an action movie or -available to everyone- of an exciting day of car, landscapes and towns.

Our little-frequented route can begin, curiously, in Puerto de Mogan, one of the most touristic towns on the island, a little Venice full of Europeans who have fled the cold, markets, restaurants, a festive atmosphere and stalls to enjoy a sweet cane juice.

From there to Agaete we are separated by about 50 kilometers that will require at least an hour and a half by car, not counting the stops.

The GC-200 is a route dotted with curves (hundreds), ups and downs and volcanic landscapes in which for years there have been landslides and the occasional accident. In November, without going any further, the section that connects Agaete with La Aldea was closed due to those rock falls.

Little by little, for years, the machines have been taming this route with tunnels and more accessible sections. This was done, for example, with the recent GC-2 linking Agaete with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, 18,620 meters in which ten tunnels, a cut-and-cover tunnel, three junctions, two intersections, nine viaducts and 47 transversal drainage works were built.

This itinerary still shows, however, the wild west of Gran Canaria almost as it was, with as many stops as we want. Near Mogan are ‘The Houses of Veneguera’, an example of popular rural architecture on the island. And also the beach of the same name. Something further, in Tododomán, we find Cactualdea, a huge cactus park. In the agenda you can add -inwards- the Troglodyte settlement of Acusa Seca, a UNESCO heritage site since 1992, and towards the ocean, the Guayedra ravine.

A geological reference is essential on this route. On the crags of Tile Fountain You can see the colored bands created naturally, with different types of rock, among which the green ones stand out (see the photo above). Here there are some hiking trails, among others a circular, demanding one, about 16 kilometers long that starts from the Inagua Integral Nature Reserve and runs through this area of ​​Los Azulejos.

Natural pools of Agaete
Natural pools of Agaete

However, beyond those pins that we can add to a hypothetical road map, only the road deserves a day, only the car, the asphalt, the curves, a stop at the Mirador del Balcón, to appreciate the wild silhouette of the cliffs, and, at the end, Agaete, with an essential swim in the natural pools, next to the ocean, and a meal overlooking the Roque Partido, or Finger of God, a rock broken by Hurricane Delta in 2005, and the Risco de Faneque, which at 1,027 meters is one of the highest cliffs in the world and the highest in Europe.

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