Cruz De Tejeda Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View ...ideal for those who enjoy walking and hiking with many scenic trails...

Located in the centre of Gran Canaria, Cruz de Tejeda is a small village which gets its name from a cross carved to mark the centre of the island.

This small village offers a tranquil setting for those seeking a relaxing holiday amidst stunning scenery. The area is ideal for those who enjoy walking and hiking with many scenic trails and paths.

Within the area there are many points of interest, museums and of course one of Gran Canaria best known landmarks, Roque Nublo which is a 80m tall rock formed from a volcanic eruption. The area has some lovely restaurants offering delicious local specialities.

Cruz de Tejeda is situated approx 35 km from the airport.

Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider isn't a place I'd recommend to stay if you have children, unless it's a group of adventure scouts...

Years ago, I came here on a winter's day for a drive out with the kids. It wasn't long before the winding curves of the road had lulled them to sleep in the back of the car. We'd left brilliant sunshine behind, but arrived in Cruz de Tejeda to freezing cold and damp from the low lying clouds dripping in waterfalls from the pine trees. The market stall holders were doing such a brisk business in thick, knitted pullovers that they put the hawkers in the Kasbahs of Morrocco to shame.

In all honesty it isn't a place I'd recommend to stay if you have children, unless it's a group of adventure scouts and you want to take them on daily nature walks in the forests. Higher up in the mountains than San Bartolomé, Cruz de Tejeda is in the same direction and then some.

Try and make sure you get a day flight which lands well before nightfall. The two hour drive from the airport is tricky until you get accustomed to the route and meeting a local coming in the opposite direction head-on is bad enough in daylight never mind in the dark.

Take everything you think you might need with you. No, it's not the ends of the earth, but it's an awful long drive to the nearest decent supermarket. On the plus side, it can work out quite economic as there's not a lot around to spend your money on.

Cruz de Tejeda is a perfect base for hikers because you won't have that long drive to make before you can start your walk. There are some unbelievable trails through the peaks which you can get to quickly from here. One of the easiest to follow is the Camino de Santiago (didn't he get everywhere?) which slopes gently down and through as far as Fataga. For getting back up? Try thumbing it! I'm far to lazy to even attempt it. A ride on Dora the donkey up and down the main street is more than enough for me.

If hiking, or senderismo as its called in Spanish, is what you plan on doing then come prepared with proper walking boots. The terrain is rough and covered with a lot of loose stones where an ankle could be easily turned. Bring a lightweight rain mac as well and try to get hold of a decent map or guide before you set out.

The Refugio could be home from home if I went up there more often. I love the style of the dining area and the cosy bedrooms. The staff and owner are beyond friendly, which is good because there's not a lot of anyone else around. Yes, it has it's own pool, though using it in the winter would be similar to a dip in a Finnish ice bath.

Being in Cruz de Tejeda makes you feel on top of the world. It's as if the rest of civilisation doesn't exist, it does, it's just somewhere else.
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