Hike to the impressive Roque Nublo

Standing proud at 80 metres tall, Roque Nublo is an icon of Gran Canaria and actually marks the centre of the island. Looking at photos, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the rock is something that only mountaineers or the most experienced of explorers can visit, but it’s actually easily accessible for all to see.

The name itself translates as ‘Cloud Rock’ for the simple reason that it often disappears into the clouds. But chances are you’ll still get a clear view from the top once you’re up there. You’ll be surprised at just how big the rock is once you’re stood in front of it, but you can’t actually walk around it as it’s perched right on the edge of the mountainside. You’d have to be a pretty daring and experienced climber to give that a go.

If you like the sound of exploring Roque Nublo for yourself, you’re in luck as it’s really easy to get to. If you have a hire car, you can park in the La Goleta car park, which is on the road in between San Bartolome de Tirajana and Tejed. From there you can follow the fairly steep track which takes you to the top in about 15 minutes. Then just take a moment to absorb the stunning panoramic views in front of you.