Gran Canaria Canyon: Barranco de las Vacas Ravine

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Yes, there’s a canyon in Gran Canaria! It isn’t something exclusive of the United States… That’s one of the reasons this island is also called the ‘miniature continent’. Indeed, its diversity of landscapes allows the visitor to enjoy a complete vacation with many of different things to do.

But today we’re going to talk about one of the most unknown canyons on the island – Las Vacas Ravine. This wonder of nature is located right in the southeastern municipality of Agüimes and is, undoubtedly, a true jewel for all hiking lovers that enjoy Gran Canaria to the fullest.

One of the most spectacular spots of this scenic limestone canyon are the famous ‘Tobas de Colores’. This amazing place attracts many people that come here to enjoy a beautiful hiking day. So, don’t forget to bring your camera and your hiking outfit to enjoy a spectacular hiking day!

How to get to the Barranco de las Vacas ravine?

There are two main alternatives in order to get to the Barranco de las Vacas ravine (literally, Cow’s ravine):

  • If you come from the northern part of the island, you just have to drive through the GC-1 highway and take the exit to Cruce de Arinaga. From there just follow the GC-100 road to Agüimes, and finally the GC-550 to Temisas/Santa Lucía. It’ll take you approximately 38 minutes.

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  • If your point of origin is the south of the island, you’ll have to drive through the GC-1 highway and take the exit to Cruce de Arinaga. From there just follow the GC-100 road to Agüimes, and then the GC-550 to Temisas/Santa Lucía. It’ll take you approximately 32 minutes.

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‘Tobas de Colores’ in the a stunning canyon in Gran Canaria

The famous ‘Tobas de Colores’ (Spanish for ‘Coloured Limestones’) of this amazing limestone canyon is, without any doubt, the main reason why lots of visitors come here. This canyon was formed thousands of years ago thanks to the water that once run through the rocks.

However, some experts argue that this area of the canyon isn’t a geological part of it, but that the canyon itself starts further down the ravine, just in the Barranco de Baranfonso ravine. For this, you must take into account this little factor, as Google Maps considers that the Barranco de las Vacas ravine doesn’t start here.

What are the ‘Tobas de Colores’?

The ‘Tobas de Colores’, also known locally as ‘toscas’, are a kind of volcanic rock typically of the Canary Islands. The Canarian archipelago was formed millions of years ago by submarine volcanic eruptions, so it’s no surprise that this area is one of the most iconic spots of the region.

The ancient aboriginal people of Gran Canaria once used the ‘Tobas de Colores’ for stonework, being very useful for building their houses along the Barranco de Guayadeque ravine. As you can see in the pictures, their colours vary from white, yellow, reddish or orange, among others.

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Best villas to enjoy the Gran Canaria canyon

Below we show you the top 3 villas to enjoy an amazing getaway or holiday near the Barranco de las Vacas ravine. As they are totally private, you’ll enjoy a quiet, calm and relaxing time in them. Let’s discover them!

Luxury Par 4 Villa 8 at Salobre Golf Resort

Par 4 Villa 18 is a magnificent 3 roomed villa with a large private pool, a beautiful gardened area and a built in BBQ where to enjoy outdoors meals with views over the golf course. Located in the private area of Salobre Golf Resort, you’ll enjoy a great time in this accommodation up to 6 people.

Los Lagos 10 Luxury Villa at Salobre Golf Resort

This amazing deluxe villa is situated within the exclusive Salobre Golf Resort in southern Gran Canaria. This double bedroom villa has beautiful panoramic views of the golf course and comfortable equipment like a heatable private swimming pool. An amazing accommodation for the most demanding clients!

Deluxe Par 4 Villa 8 at Salobre Golf Resort

If you’re looking for a luxury villa in southern Gran Canaria with the best value for money ratio, this luxury villa is definitely for you! Located in the exclusive area of Salobre Golf Resort, this 2 bedroomed villa is ideal to enjoy relax in its pure form. In the garden area you can find a heatable swimming pool with saline treatment.

In short, if you want to discover a hidden spot in this spectacular island, getting to the most stunning canyon in Gran Canaria is a must. Come and enjoy a different vacation in one of the top tourist destinations in the world with Villa Gran Canaria!