The Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria is like the Eye of Sauron. It watches everything from atop the island. You can even feel like it’s ‘talking’ to its big brother, the Teide on the neighbouring island of Tenerife. As if they were Olympian Gods above the clouds. But first, hit the play button to get the true spirit of this article:
Tamarán, as the ancient aboriginals of Gran Canaria called the island, has the One Rock:
One rock to rule them all,
one rock to find them,
one rock to bring them all,
and in the darkness bind them.
In fact, the Roque Nublo is one of the most interesting attractions in Gran Canaria, not only for its beauty, but also for the many things that can be done near it. Are you a hiking lover? Do you prefer cycling? Do you fancy some climbing? Here you can do almost anything...
Where is the Roque Nublo located?
The Roque Nublo is situated right in the municipality of Tejeda, officially considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. In other words, The Shire. Its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere can be breathed all over the town of this ‘miniature continent’.
With an elevation of 1,813 metres above sea level, the Roque Nublo is located in the Nublo Rural Park, the largest natural area in Gran Canaria recognised by the UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The park shelters a rich biodiversity full of unique Canary Islands plants.
How to get to the Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria on foot?
Of course, it’s possible to make different routes on foot to reach the Roque Nublo and its small brother the Roque de la Rana, but the easiest one will take you about 30 minutes hiking through a 1.5 kilometres.
As you can see, getting to the Roque Nublo on foot isn’t complicated at all. On the contrary, it’s very easy. Don’t forget to bring your camera to you can take some pictures and appreciate all the beauty of the surroundings of this monumental lava plug.
There is a harder trekking alternative for those experienced people. This route starts from the main road, from where you walk 1.5 kilometres to the proximity of the natural monument and its brother, Roque de la Rana.
Before getting there, you go past another natural monument, the Roque del Fraile. This 5-kilometre route offers great views of the dams of Las Niñas, Chira and Soria and the towns of Artenara and Acusa.
In addition, the views from Caldera de Tejeda, Llanos de la Pez and Pozo de las Nieves are well worth the effort the route entails. This circular route will take you around 2 hours and a half. Think of it as if you were following the Frodo and Sam’s journey to Mordor.
Getting to the Roque Nublo by car
If you prefer going to the Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria by car, there are also many routes that start in different parts of the island. Like The Fellowship of the Ring that arrived to their destination through diverse ways.
Route to the Roque Nublo from the south of the island (36 km)
Starting in Maspalomas in southern Gran Canaria, you must follow the GC-60 road to Fataga passing through the little village of Arteara. Then you have to get further up to Tunte and finally the Roque Nublo. The trip duration is approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Route to the Roque Nublo from the north of the island (40 km)
Starting in the capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, you must follow the GC-3 and GC-4 highways and the GC-15 road to Santa Brígida. Then you have to get further up to San Mateo and ultimately to the Roque Nublo. The trip duration is around 1 hour.
Getting to the Roque Nublo by bus
Ok, we don’t have the Great Eagles that Gandalf used to save the hobbits, but we have different bus lines from the bus company Global that will take you to the Roque Nublo every day of the year from almost everywhere in Gran Canaria.
Bus line to the Roque Nublo from the south of the island
The route is the same as if you were getting to the Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria by car from southern part of the island. You just have to take the bus line 18 that starts at the Maspalomas Lighthouse and ends in Tejeda.
Bus line to the Roque Nublo from the north of the island
The route is the same as if you were getting to the Roque Nublo by car from southern Gran Canaria. Take the bus line 303 at the San Telmo Bus Station from Las Palmas to San Mateo.
Then transfer to the bus line 305 from San Mateo to Tejeda.
3 best villas near the Roque Nublo
There’s no better way to enjoy the largest natural area in Gran Canaria, that shelters a range of natural treasures and the main symbol of the island, than staying at one of the most amazing rural accommodations thanks to Villa Gran Canaria. Come and feel like the Council of Elrond in the peaceful Rivendel.
1. La Iglesia Rural Apartment
A cozy, but luxury, rural apartment located in the old part of the municipality of San Mateo. It’s an accommodation up to 4 people with plenty of features and just a few minutes away on foot from the famous local agricultural market and 30 minutes away from the Roque Nublo.
2. Las Orquídeas Rural House
Also located in San Mateo, this 2-bedroom luxury rural house up to 8 people with lots of features like air conditioning and even a barbeque if you prefer a good grilled steak. Don’t miss the tasty Canarian gastronomy in the many restaurants and bars of its surroundings.
3. Finca Solís Country House
This 2-bedroom beautiful luxury rural house situated on the outskirts of San Mateo is perfect for a retreat due to the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere breathed in the area. There’s no better idea than enjoying a glass of wine in the middle of nature.
Bottom line, the Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria is an attraction you shouldn’t miss if you’re on the island. Don’t leave this Middle-earth lookalike without visiting one of the most stunning wonders in Gran Canaria.