Driving route from Santa Brígida to Nublo Rock

Driving route from Santa Brígida to Nublo Rock

If you dock in Puerto de La Luz, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of Gran Canaria (located at the north-eastern tip of the island), a good way to get to know the island is to take a taxi or hired car and visit two of the most attractive spots on the island, the destination for the most popular excursions, such as the town of Santa Brígida and Nublo Rock, a symbol of the entire island of Gran Canaria and one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Canary Islands.

 

From Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Santa Brígida

Departing from Puerto de La Luz in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of Gran Canaria, it is a 26-minute drive to the village of Santa Brígida. Its church, from 1525, its House of Wine and its extensive Aborigine legacy, in caves such as Los Canarios or Los Frailes, or the archaeological site of El Tejar are added attractions. The Natural Monument of Bandama is a volcanic crater with a depth of 216 metres and a diameter of around one thousand metres.

 

From Santa Brígida to Nublo Rock

8 kilometres from the centre of Santa Brígida, along the main road that crosses Gran Canaria inland, we find La Vega de San Mateo, with a very popular farmers' market and a church from the beginning of the 19th century. Heading towards Tejeda, we come across the Cruz de Tejeda Parador Hotel. Nublo Rock is also located in Tejeda and is an enormous volcanic rock considered one of the largest natural crags in the world.

Of special significance for the islanders, Nublo Rock is 80 metres high and rises to a height of 1,813 metres above sea level. An old place of worship for the Aborigines, the entire environment was declared a protected natural area in 1987 and a nature reserve 7 years later. Its enormous presence is only surpassed in height by the peak of Las Nieves, at 1,949 metres – the highest point of Gran Canaria.

Visitors can climb to the foot of the rock itself (the walk takes about 40 minutes to get there and about the same to get back to the point where you leave your car), which forms part of the nature reserve of the same name, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which is home to many other natural and cultural treasures. It is the largest nature area on the island of Gran Canaria. A large, 26,000-hectare piece of land that stretches from the cool Canarian pine forests of the peaks to the virgin beaches on the western coast of the island.