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Roque Faneque Viewpoint Hike, Tamadaba Natural Park, Gran Canaria

Roque Faneque is a panoramic cliff in Tamada Natural Park, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve, in Gran Canaria. A quick and easy out-and-back hike descends from Casa Forestal de Tamadaba to the Roque Faneque viewpoint in 1 hour.

This is a fantastic excursion for hikers wanting to sample the beauty of the Tamadaba pine forest and those seeking a bird’s-eye view of the rugged west coast of Gran Canaria and the Atlantic Ocean.

On clear days, views extend to Puerto de las Nieves, Agaete, and Gáldar. The trail is signed and sporadically waymarked.


How to Get to Roque Faneque in Gran Canaria

Roque Faneque Hike, Tamadaba, Gran Canaria

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Roque Faneque Hiking Map


Where to Start the Roque Faneque Hike


Casa Forestal de Tamadaba

Roque Faneque Trail Signs, Gran Canaria

Casa Forestal is a forest house in Tamadaba Natural Park, located along the GC-216. 

This destination is only accessible by car. 

On the GC-216, you’ll first pass the Mirador del Sargento viewpoint (the starting point of the Alta Vista hike). 

About 2.8 km later, the GC-216 becomes a one-way road. Continue right. Ignore the turn-off to the Llanos de la Mimbre camping area and the Área Recreativa Tamadaba (picnic area). Soon you’ll see two yellow buildings along the road. Park here. 

The best place to base yourself for this hike is Tejeda, or Agaete. Artenara is the closest town, but Tejeda is a far better base. 

  • Artenara to Casa Forestal | 10 minutes, 11.4 km, Google Maps
  • Tejeda to Casa Forestal | 34 minutes, 18.8 km, Google Maps
  • Agaete to Casa Forestal | 1:11 hrs, 41 km, Google Maps

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Roque Faneque Trail Description


Casa Foresta – Lomo del Zapatero – Lomo Faneque (40 minutes)

Lomo del Zapatero, Tamadaba Natural Park, Gran Canaria

The first visible trail signs are located along the road, just past the buildings. Follow SL-3 to Faneque, signed 2.5 km. 

Follow the paved GC-216 road for about 100 meters, until the hiking trail dips down on the right side. There are more signs here. 

The soft and level forest path runs parallel to the road. After 4 minutes, you’ll arrive at the Lomo del Zapatero signed trail junction (1256 m). 

Continue in the direction of Faneque, now signed 2 km. 

Roque Faneque Trail Marker, Gran Canaria

Keep your eyes out for a trail marker: short wooden pole with a yellow stripe.

Before reaching the Cueva de Zapatero cave, the trail makes a sharp right. It’s easy to miss this right-turn, because the wide path continues straight to the cave. 

Amidst beautiful Canary Island pine trees, the trail descends. 

Tamadaba Pine Forest, Gran Canaria

Another trail sign indicates the direction to Faneque. On clear days, you’ll begin to see the west coast and the port of Agaete, Puerto de las Nieves. 

The path descends to Lomo Faneque (967 m). Continue right in the direction of Morro de las Lechugas, 0.4 km. 


Lomo Faneque to Roque Faneque Viewpoint (15 minutes)

Roque Faneque Views, Gran Ganaria

After bearing right in the direction of Morro de las Lechugas, the trail splits. Stay on the right lower track.

Now level, the path continues below the spine of Roque Faneque to a few viewpoints. 

The final viewpoint is marked with a white obelisk-shaped trail marker.

Roque Faneque Viewpoint, Tamadaba, Gran Canaria

Roque Faneque to Casa Forestal de Tamadaba (45 min – 1 hour)

Roque Faneque, Gran Canaria West Coast

From the viewpoint, you can take the same track back to the Lomo Faneque trail junction. Or, you can follow the higher path that leads along the spine of the mountain.

Drop down to the Lomo Faneque intersection, and then ascend to Casa Forestal along the same trail.


Where to Stay


Cruz de Tejeda 

Cruz de Tejeda (1514 m) is a small hamlet situated on the crossroads of GC-150 and GC-15, high above the town center of Tejeda. Cruz de Tejeda serves as a viewpoint, pit stop, and trailhead.

Multiple hiking trails start here, including the Cuevas del Caballero Caves hike, Cruz de Tejeda to La Culata Circuit, and the Cruz de Tejeda to Tejeda trail. With its advantageous location and close proximity to other trailheads (Degollada de Becerra, Llano de la Pez, Degollada de la Goleta, and even Cruz Grande), Cruz de Tejeda is an ideal base for hiking. Nearby hikes: Pico de las Nieves (peak), Ventana del Nublo (natural arch), and Roque Nublo (volcanic rock).

Luxury | Parador de Cruz de Tejeda is an iconic mountainside hotel overlooking the Tejeda basin. Stay here for the sweeping views of the Tejeda basin and the comfortable rooms with balconies. The cherry on top is the on-site spa and the infinity pool spilling out towards the caldera. If you stay here, make a reservation for the spa in advance. 


Tejeda 

Situated on the eastern edge of the caldera de Tejeda (volcanic crater of Tejeda), the white-washed town of Tejeda (1050 m) is arguably the most beautiful town on the island. The town center is home to a famous bakery, Dulcería Nublo, an artisan gelateria, Heladería LaLexe, the upscale canary restaurant and brewery Texeda, as well as a number of other eateries. 

Best Choice – Midrange | The modern and stylish apartments of Calma Suites Tejeda are outfitted with fully equipped kitchens and parquet floors. There’s free on-site parking. 

Midrange | Hotel Rural Fonda De La Tea is a welcoming bed and breakfast in the town center of Tejeda. Guests love the mountain views, the friendly service, overall cleanliness, and the private terrace. 

Budget-Midrange | Vivienda Vacacional La Portada is a top-rated, spotless apartment in the heart of Tejeda with a well-equipped kitchen and terrace facing Roque Nublo and Roque Bentayga. 

Look for accommodation in Tejeda.


Gran Canaria Hiking & Travel Essentials


Car Rental

The most efficient way to travel between hiking destinations in Gran Canaria is with your own car.  To access the best hiking areas on the island, follow this 7-Day Gran Canaria Road Trip.

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