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Trekking through the Canary Islands
November 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Canary Islands are known for their brash and busy holiday resorts, but are less well-known for their amazing range of landscapes. The 350-mile GR131 trail crosses all seven of the Canary Islands, seeking to climb high and stay high, linking rural and mountain settlements by way of old mule tracks and paths, including many that have been restored, signposted and waymarked. Each island is different. Lanzarote features arid, rounded hills and sandy plains, along with exceptionally rugged lava flows. Fuerteventura is more desert-like, with some striking mountain landscapes. Gran Canaria features the first of several extensive pine forests, and the mountains are higher, with deep, canyon-like ‘barrancos’ slicing through them. On Tenerife, extensive laurisilva ‘cloud forest’ and pine forests contrast with awesome volcanic landscapes at a higher level, with Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, towering above a remarkable national park. The little island of La Gomera displays one of the world’s best preserved ‘cloud forest’ landscapes, protected as a national park. The island of La Palma is reputed to be one of the steepest islands on the planet and the trail passes along a high mountain crest, passing above a remarkably rugged national park. The last and smallest island is El Hierro, where the trail follows a centuries-old pilgrim trail, extending to a point once reckoned to the the edge of the world, before the Americas were discovered. In short, the GR131 is an island-hopping trail running to the edge of the world!