Would you like to get to know the most beautiful waterfalls in Gran Canaria? Then this is the right article for you. The waterfalls on Gran Canaria are rather an insider tip, and not so easy to find.
In this article, we’ll tell you about the most beautiful waterfalls on Gran Canaria. Put together your itinerary and enjoy an unforgettable holiday in contact with nature. Pure adrenaline and fun!
The 8 best waterfalls in Gran Canaria
Most of the waterfalls in Gran Canaria can only be seen in the rainiest season, from October to March. In this list you’ll find perfect places for a hike. If you are a nature lover, you can't miss the waterfalls and rivers that form in the canals and ravines of Gran Canaria!
1. El Charco Azul
Charco Azul is one of the most popular natural waterfalls in Gran Canaria. It also has the most water. To see it in its full glory, we recommend you visit between February and March, or when it rains heavily. Charco Azul is located in the municipality of Agaete, near the village of El Risco, in the northwest of the island.
After a 30 to 40-minute hike, you can see the waterfall fall onto the riverbed, although the level and strength varies depending on the rainfall. However, you can always see the river flowing through the place. Nevertheless, we recommend visiting the island's natural waterfalls only in rainy seasons, as they’re more like a stream or completely dried up in dry seasons.
The trail starts for visitors next to Bar Perdomo (or at the bus stop of line 101, between Gáldar and La Aldea de San Nicolas de Tolentino). The car park is free and well signposted.
2. Barranco de los Cernícalos
In the Barranco de los Cernícalos you can discover most of the island's waterfalls. Here you can discover a great variety of native plants and animals on a hike of about 2 hours. The hiking trail itself is easy to moderately difficult, as there are only a few climbs. However, there are some passages that are slippery, where you have to climb a little, or you have to walk in a slightly stooped position.
For the hiking route, you can park at the barbecue and picnic area. Follow the asphalt road for about 5 minutes. From here, a signpost indicates the turn-off. The hiking trail leads along the stream. You’ll reach the first small waterfall after about 20 to 25 minutes. Continue along the stream, and you’ll reach one of the two larger waterfalls after another 20 minutes' walk.
If you now walk back for 5 minutes, you’ll find the possibility to go up on the left. Follow the path up for about 10 minutes, and you’ll reach the second large waterfall, which is even higher than the first. At this point, the hiking route ends, and you have to go back the same way you came.
3. Soria Waterfall
The waterfall "Cascada de Soria" is located between the municipalities of Mogán and San Bartolomé de Tirajana. During the rainy season, Soria is one of the waterfalls on Gran Canaria that contains the most water. During heavy rainfall, the reservoir "La Presa de las Niñas" overflows and a spectacular waterfall forms. The river flows to the Soria reservoir. A great excursion with a dog, for example.
4. Charco de la Paloma
Charco de la Paloma is located in the mountain village of Tejeda. To get to this pond and waterfall, we recommend parking at the La Cesta sculpture or following the gravel road by car to the end, to the right or straight ahead. You’ll reach the waterfall after about 5-10 minutes.
To the right of Charco de la Paloma is a small cave that you can also visit. However, this waterfall dries up more often than Charco Azul. Here, too, a pond forms, and you can walk right up to the waterfall.
5. Barranco de Azuaje
Barranco de Azuaje is located between the municipality of Firgas and Moya. A beautiful watercourse forms between the different waterfalls in the village. We therefore recommend walking through the barranco and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Part of the riverbed of the Azuaje gorge is located in the extension of the Doramas Natural Park. Formerly known as the "Selva Doramas" in honour of the warrior of the indigenous peoples of the Canary Islands, the nature park is now home to one of the last vestiges of the laurel forest of Gran Canaria.
6. Barranco del Negro
This gorge is located in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, near Tunte. You can reach Maspalomas via a hiking trail. Another waterfall forms here during the rainy season. Barranco del Negro is known for its admirable cliffs and rock formations. The gorge is particularly popular with canyoning enthusiasts.
7. Palmitos Park
Palmitos Park is the largest zoo in Gran Canaria and is located in the south of the island, in the Palmitos Gorge. It’s a large botanical garden with exotic plants, a beautiful natural landscape and many attractions. In the Palmitos Park, you can find an impressive three-leveled man-made waterfall, near the stand of the bird of prey show.
8. Parque Doramas
Another artificial waterfall is located in Parque Doramas, in the capital Las Palmas. Parque Doramas is a park and natural oasis with many different types of plants, fountains and statues.
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