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that was the last redoubt of
the pre-Hispanic Canarios. In
1480, with the island almost
entirely in Spanish hands, the
Canarios retreated here only to
be defeated four years later, on
April 29, 1484; they leapt to
their deaths from the fortress
rather than be captured. From
the rough parking space at the
fortress a path leads along the
steep and crumbling – but safe
– eastern fl ank of the hill, at the
far end of which a cave burrows
clear through the mountain.
It may look interesting but
with the interior littered with
ominously fresh-looking rock
falls, it’s best viewed from
outside. To appreciate the
remarkably fort-like qualities of
the hill, retrace your steps to the
GC-65 main road and continue
in the direction of Vecindario.
Stopping on this narrow and
busy road is not always easy but
the views are worth it if you
can.

Temisas
Temisas, a wonderfully unspoiled
village on the GC-550, sits
in a wild and mountainous
landscape, backed by cliff-like
slopes and with the distinctive
Roque Aguayro closing off
the view to the sea. The hills
above Temisas are full of pre-
Hispanic caves and the village
is the centre of the island’s olive
production, but there’s very little
to do here, other than enjoy the
serenity. Still, if you want to see
a Canarian village untouched by
mass tourism, this is it.

Cruz Grande and the Embalse
de Chira
At Cruz Grande, high above
San Bartolomé de Tirajana,
several well-marked and well-
made paths fan out to explore
the forested landscape: north

along an old camino real to the
forests and picnic sites of Llanos
del Garañon; south beyond San
Bartolomé de Tirajana to the
Degollada de la Manzanilla;
and west along a ridge to the
Embalse de Chira. This reservoir
can also be reached by car by
heading a little north of Cruz
Grande to where a side road
winds the 8km down to the
lake, descending through sparse
pine forest and through the
scattered settlement of Cercados
de Araña before reaching the
lake and, fi nally, the dam. The
reservoir is big and offers the
unusual opportunity to see
Roque Nublo and Pozo de las
Nieves across a wide expanse
of green water – walk part
way across the dam for the
best views – plus places to
picnic at the reservoir’s edge.
From the side of the main road
in Cercados de Araña a path
continues to the larger reservoir
of Soria.

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Ayacata and Roque Nublo
The village of Ayacata clings
to a rock wall, watched over
by ominous massifs. It’s a
surprisingly sheltered spot given
the drama of its setting, and
after the hard driving, cycling
or walking involved in getting
here, it’s a great place to break
for lunch, though such is the
popularity of the restaurants
you may have trouble parking.
West of the village, a minor
road descends to the reservoir
of Cueva de las Niñas, with
a lovely setting amid the pine
forests of Pajonales, but the
main reason for stopping at
Ayacata is to make the ascent to
Roque Nublo. This 64-metre,
basalt monolith is visible from
many points across the island’s
interior – its tip is 1813m above
sea level – and can even be seen
from as far away as the dunes
of Maspalomas. The path up
to the rock is, like many in the
mountains, based on a restored
camino real – one of the ancient
mountain highways of the island
– and is relatively easy, starting
from La Goleta car park at La
Goleta, just above Ayacata. The
route follows a ridge at fi rst
before a short but steep section
brings you up onto a wide,

stoney tableland. Roque Nublo
is at the far end of this plateau.
All around are stunning views of
the island’s interior: to the north
keep an eye out in particular
for clouds – formed by the
trade winds hitting the island’s
uplands – streaming down over
the side of the Caldera de Tejeda
like a snowy tablecloth. The
rock itself was formed during
the most recent major period
of volcanic activity in this part
of the island over three million
years ago, and however slender
it may seem from afar, it’s pretty
impressive up close. To descend,
you have to retrace your steps
towards La Goleta. If you
want to explore this beautiful
landscape at more length, a
level path encircles the rock and
another descends through cool
pine forest to the village of La
Culata. It’s about a 35-minute
walk up to Roque Nublo; the
walk down rather less.

Roque Bentayga
From the Ayacata-Tejeda road
a tortuous but fabulously
scenic route with little in the
way of crash barriers spirals up
to Roque Bentayga, another
imposing volcanic rock soaring
to 1412m above sea level in

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