If you want to discover new landscapes and be in contact with nature during your vacation days, visiting the Barranco de Azuaje in Gran Canaria is one of the best hiking routes that will make you disconnect and enjoy a unique place.
The Barranco de Azuaje in Gran Canaria offers an ideal trail to spend a day surrounded by a diversity of fauna and native species of the island. It belongs to the extensive Doramas Rural Park, which also includes the well-known slopes of the Tilos de Moya.
At Lopesan Group Blog we have prepared in this article a detailed guide for you to enjoy a tour of the beautiful Barranco de Azuaje.
The Barranco de Azuaje in Gran Canaria is located in the north, between the picturesque municipalities of Firgas and Moya.
Its very particular name comes from the old sugar alderman of the Barranco de Guadalupe, Francisco Azuaje. However, throughout history, El Azuaje de Gran Canaria has received other names.
One of its first names was Barranco de Crespo, a name that is related to its source at the summit of Valleseco, which is located at an altitude of about 1,620 m.
The Barranco de Azuaje has its mouth in the sea, within the coasts of San Andrés. A picturesque fishing village, which due to its waves is ideal for surfers. It is worth seeing!
Nowadays, the Barranco de Azuaje route in Gran Canaria has become one of the most popular trails on the entire island, competing with the emblematic natural monument Roque Nublo.
Tourists and locals have recognized the Azuaje trail as one of the most beautiful, not only in the Canary Islands, but in all of Spain. Would you like to know how to access this spectacular trail?
One of the most direct ways to get there by car is through the GC-350 road in the Firgas-Moya direction. Once on this road, you will have to take a left turn that will take you to the bridge over the Barranco Azuaje.
In case you are thinking of going by bus or guagua (as the inhabitants of the Canary Islands call the bus) to the Barranco de Azuaje in Gran Canaria, the two bus lines that leave you as close to the trail as possible are 117 and 123. You can take these buses from different parts of the island such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Arucas.
If you dare to do this beautiful route through the Barranco de Azuaje in Gran Canaria, you must choose the correct clothing to complete this incredible trail.
For that, we recommend wearing breathable or thermal shirts depending on the season of the year and the temperature, mountain pants, raincoats and, of course, do not forget to wear special trekking shoes to face a path with slippery and uneven sections.
It is also advisable to have prior knowledge about the different access points and specific coordinates of the Barranco de Azuaje route so that you do not have any problems during your adventure.
As the Azuaje route is one of the busiest on the island, we advise you to go early to be able to enjoy this natural environment more calmly. If you go first thing in the day you will be able to observe the natural wealth of this trail without many people around. Getting up early will be worth it!
The route through the Barranco de Azuaje in Gran Canaria has a distance of 8.5 km, which starts and ends in the small town of Firgas. Expert hikers may take approximately 4 hours to complete the route.
In fact, the Azuaje trail is quite slippery, due to the humidity of the place and the bed of the stream that this magical natural environment has. What’s more, certain parts of the route will have to be done on mud, logs and rocks that can be somewhat slippery. Go easy!
If you are not an expert hiker and want to get to know this environment with your family, we advise you to take the easiest way through the Azuaje Spa, where you have parking for your vehicle.
The volcanic origin so characteristic of the Canary Islands greatly favored the appearance of different spectacular natural environments such as the Azuaje Spa that, until the end of the 19th Century attracted many tourists and locals, since it is said that its waters could have healing properties for kidney problems.
The overexploitation and contamination of the Azuaje Spa led to its definitive closure in 1938, but it continues to serve as a reference point to start the simplest route of the Azuaje Ravine.
Just 1 km from the Balneario de Azuaje there is a picnic area, where you can sit and rest for a while and recharge while enjoying the beautiful and natural landscape.
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