The “Presa de las Niñas” dam is one of the key points of Gran Canaria. First, because it totally breaks with the image you may have preconceived of the island. And, second, because it was declared a Biosphere Reserve and has become an ideal place for ornithology lovers.
To help you get to know all its secrets, we have written this practical guide.
The dam is located in the south of the island and is part of the municipality of Tejeda. You will find it in the area known as Majada Alta, more precisely between the mountains of Pajonales and Ojeda and near the ravine that borders Arguineguín.
Its name comes from one of the more than four centuries old pine trees that you can find in the dam. According to legend, a girl called Casandra, was burned to death at the foot of a tree that now bears her name. The girl was in love with Ivan, a local boy, and Cassandra’s father decided to kill him because he did not agree with the relationship.
The girl decided to make a pact with the devil for revenge, but she was discovered and burned as a witch at the foot of the tree where she met Ivan. It is said that sometimes the screams of the alleged witch can be heard. What nobody can explain is why the tree is apparently almost immune to fire despite having been involved in several forest fires in the last centuries.
Our suggested circular route starts at the dam’s parking lot. Your should choose the path that runs along the right side of the dam until you reach a wall. From there, walk to the left; at the end of the path you will find the overflow of the dam. Right next to it there is a tunnel dug in the dam wall that takes the water to Salto del Perro and to the Soria dam.
Head up a bit looking for a nearby wall that forms an irrigation ditch. Walk along the wall until you reach a small dam in the Majadal. Nearby you will see a cave that is closed, but that lets you see some cave paintings from its entrance. Look for the mountain of Tauro, just in front, walk through the caves of Majadal, walk along the path that leads to Salto del Perro and walk down the ravine of Andrés, full of palm groves, towards the ravine of Soria.
When you cross the palm grove, you will come to a red concrete track that ends at the church of Soria. Return to the asphalt looking for the head of the Soria dam and go up the path. You will find a path that crosses the flow of a dry tributary. You will now have a path in perfect condition that heads towards the “Presa de Las Niñas” dam. Simply look for the Cassandra tree, which is majestic with its green leaves, and cross the reservoir without water ending your journey at the camping area.
If you are looking to spend a day in nature and explore the area around the dam, the recreation area is specially designed for you. It is equipped with braziers and picnic areas that allow you to prepare whatever you want in pleasant company. Of course, you have to go with time, especially on weekends, and reserve your table and brazier as soon as possible.
There is also drinking water, a guarded parking lot and public restrooms. Remember to be extremely careful when lighting and extinguishing the fire. If you have any doubts, the guards will answer your questions at all times. Comply with the established rules and contribute to protect such an interesting natural space.
“Presa de las Niñas” dam in Gran Canaria is one of the most popular natural enclaves for those who want to go camping in this oasis full of vegetation. However, free camping is totally forbidden. Thus, you will have to request the corresponding permit from the Cabildo of Gran Canaria and know the current regulations. Usually you have to make the request and obtain it at least 72 hours before the date of your arrival. These are the characteristics of the site:
As a complement to your stay, we advise you to walk the path that goes from the dam to the port of Mogán. In spring, the landscape is totally green. You will walk through a valley full of palm trees, pines and fruit trees. In fact, you will find several stalls along the road where they sell freshly picked fruit.
If you are traveling by motorcycle, bicycle or car, be extremely careful, because the curves are continuous and the width of the road is not too wide. Moderate your speed and you will have a perfect trip.
Do not hesitate to take your binoculars and camera with you to capture incredible images of one of the most amazing parts of the island.
Hopefully we have given you all the information you need to know to visit “Presa de las Niñas”. Take note of the information above, book your accommodation and mark the date, in which you are going to visit a natural space of great interest, in red on your calendar.