Monday, 3 May 2021

Best Canary Islands Running Routes

8 Island Discovery Runs

If you're heading to the Canary Islands, then you'll want to strap on your running shoes and discover the nearby towns, beaches and national parks. Here are eight great running routes on four of the most interesting Canary Islands: La Palma, Tenerifa, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

Cumbrecita
Cumbrecita trail on La Palma

La Palma is my favorite Canary Island: no big hotels, lots of green hillsides, and a variety of scenery on one compact island. So I wrote up three routes to discover its amazing natural sites.

The Best Canary Runs

Barranco de las Angustias, La Palma: a route up into La Palma's huge volcanic caldera, following a river valley along rugged trails. Watch your step!
La Cumbrecita, La Palma: This scenic route follows a fairly flat trail along the side of the caldera, with gorgeous views at every turn.
Ruta de los Volcanes, La Palma: A run along a few of the newer volcanic cones along the south side of the island. A fascinating moonscape!
Agua Liques Trail, Fuerteventura: This flat, deserty trail crosses the sands of Jandia from Costa Calma to Playa del Agua Liques and the amazing cliffs along the west coast.
El Teide National Park, Tenerifa: This short but very scenic trail explores some of the impressive rock formations below El Teide Peak. Don't miss it!
Playa de las Americas, Tenerifa: Most folks stay in the sunny, beachy area of Playa de las Americas to the Costa Adeje. This waterside run lets you explore the area from its best side.
San Augustin, Gran Canaria: This beach run takes you north from the main tourist town of Playa del Ingles to nearby San Augustin, with its amazing cliffs.
Maspalomas, Gran Canaria: Maspalomas has its wide sand dunes and its lighthouse, and a nice stretch of beach. Explore it with this great route.

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