Hiking to Roque Nublo: how to get there and what to see

Roque Nublo is one of the ideal trails for lovers of the Mountain. If you are one of the people who want to start hiking in Gran Canaria, this is one of the places that you should not miss when you come to this island.

How to get to Roque Nublo?

Although you can visit the Roque Nublo both for the tomorrow as for the In the afternoon, perhaps it is best to do it in the afternoon, since there are usually fewer tourists and you can also enjoy a wonderful sunset at the top of the mountain and contemplate the beautiful colors that usually form at these times of the day.

It should be noted that the Roque Nublo Natural Monument is one of the most emblematic icons of Gran Canaria and has served as inspiration to promote this island internationally.

This monument is located in the Municipality of Tejeda, exactly within the Parque Rural del Nublo. To get there, the easiest route is to start from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and head towards Santa Brígida, continuing through the Vega de San Mateo to Tejeda.

It is a short route of approximately 43 kilometers one way and another 43 kilometers back by vehicle, which can be done in about 90 minutes, to which we must add the stops to eat, take pictures or simply enjoy the place.

When taking this tour, tourists can make a stop at Cruz de Tejeda, where they will have the opportunity to buy cheeses, honey and typical foods of this municipality, as well as souvenirs and souvenirs.

Then you can make another stop at the Degollada de Becerra Viewpoint, famous for its spectacular views. In this place you can see the Roque Nublo, the Roque del Fraile, the Roque Bentayga, the town of Tejeda and the Caldera de Tejeda. In addition, days with visibility it is possible to see the silhouette of the Teide volcano.

Parking near the viewpoint de la Degollada is the starting point where the path to Roque Nublo begins, which can be considered the most popular and comfortable one.

What to see in the Roque Nublo?

In this wonderful place you will have the opportunity to make one of the best excursions in Gran Canaria. Along the way you will enjoy a spectacular Canarian pine forest. These trees are distinguished from other varieties of pine because despite the fact that they burn with considerable ease, they have the peculiarity that they are able to sprout quickly after a fire.

The best thing about planning an adventure of this kind is that you can visit Roque Nublo with children, because the journey is quite easy for the little ones to get around.

On the other hand, you can also observe different kinds of animal species such as mullets, lizards and salamanders and some birds such as the great spotted woodpecker, the Gran Canaria blue finch, crows, mosquito nets, wild canaries or raptors such as the owl boy, the owl, the buzzard, the kestrel, the hawk, among others.

But this is only the beginning of a great adventure, since if you decide to go hiking in the Roque Nublo, you will be able to enjoy the following natural spaces:

El planón del Nublo

It is a kind of plain with a low slope and a rectangular tendency where there are two rocks at its ends: to the left the small Roque de la Rana and to the right the Roque Nublo. Due to their shape, position and geographical location, they can be viewed from different points of the island.

Pico de las Nieves

It is the highest peak on the island of Gran Canaria, at 1949 meters, and from the top you will be able to see different protected areas such as the “Protected Landscape of the Cumbres,” El Nublo Rural Park “and the” Riscos de Tirajana Natural Monument”.

Views of the Caldera de Tejeda and Roque Bentayga

The journey to Roque Nublo is one of the best activities and excursions you can do in Gran Canaria. Here you can also see spectacular views of the Caldera de Tejeda, which is a territory of volcanic origin.

This boiler is formed through steep ravines from which two imposing basalt rock cliffs rise: the Roque Nublo and the Roque Bentayga, in the latter Evidence of ancient Canarian aboriginal settlements has been found in the Cuevas del Rey and Roque Camello.


Named one of the most beautiful towns in Spain in 2017, the town of Tejeda is located around 15 kilometers from Roque Nueblo. This picturesque town of white houses, which offers spectacular views of the natural environment that surrounds it, is usually the last stop on excursions to Roque Nublo.

In addition, here you will find souvenir shops and a wide range of bars and restaurants to delight you with the local gastronomy. We especially recommend that you try the exquisite desserts and almond sweets that are made in this place.

Recommendations for visiting the Roque Nublo

It is always important to take into account some tips and suggestions before doing this type of hiking. So, if you want to hike to Roque Nublo, don’t forget the following precautions:

  • Wear sports or mountain boots, since at some points the path is usually steep.
  • Bring enough water to hydrate during the tour.
  • Wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Bring a coat, as the temperature can vary greatly throughout the day, especially in winter.
  • Try to arrive before 11:00 on weekends and holidays in order to get parking and visit the Roque Nublo Natural Monument.

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