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Camino Canario: Do you know the Camino de Santiago in Gran Canaria?

The Camino Canario has a history that goes back to the 16th century and is made up of three spectacular options.

What is the Camino Canario?

The Camino de Santiago is made up of a good variety of routes, which are divided into main and secondary ones. But we also find routes that manage to connect points that, for many, might seem impossible to do. One of these possibilities is found in the Canary Islands Way, a route that allows us to do the Camino de Santiago from Gran Canaria.

In order to get to know the stage in depth, we will first define a little of its history. The existence of this route, according to popular tradition, dates back to the 16th century, when some Galician sailors, grateful for having been saved from a storm, made a promise in their prayers to Santiago. As they contemplated the covers of Tirajana and ascended with the image of the saint, they did not hesitate to promise to build a chapel for the veneration.

From this moment on and even today, it has become one of the points that celebrate the Jacobean Year. In fact, it was in 1992 when John Paul II granted it perpetuity, being able to celebrate and win at this point the Jubilee in the Jacobean Holy Years.

Why choose the Camino Canario to do the Camino de Santiago?

As it is one of the points that has similar privileges to those presented in Santiago de Compostela, it is a really interesting point for the pilgrims. In fact, all those who want to do the Canary Islands Way can accredit their pilgrimage, having to get the credential of the island, which can be obtained at the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago de las Palmas.

This is where we set off for one of the most interesting and important points when preparing our Camino Canario. This is because we have not only one route, but three different options that will lead us to have to stamp the credential at different points depending on the route chosen.

Routes of the Camino Canario (Camino de Santiago)

The Camino Canario is made up of three interesting options, despite the fact that there are two sections of the route that have suffered from fires in recent years. However, there is nothing to stop the routes from being filled with astonishing beauty. Of course, what we must bear in mind is that the official Jacobean route covers a large part of the island from south to north, starting in Tunte and ending in Gáldar.

The next option is a little more extensive than the previous one and is due to the fact that, traditionally, pilgrims choose to start a little further from Tunte, exactly in the Dunes of Maspalomas, thus giving rise to a route that is usually done in 3 or 4 days approximately. In this way we find ourselves with a route that has an approximate extension of 70 kilometers and that will take us from the dunes of Maspalomas to Gáldar.

Finally, the most outstanding option for the most intrepid pilgrims is presented. The reason for this? While there are pilgrims who do not just leave their steps in Santiago de Compostela, but guide them to Fisterra, in Gran Canaria you can do something similar. This route is presented under the name of "Costa a Costa" and is that all those pilgrims who arrive and visit the Church of Gáldar, can continue their journey to El Agujero, a descent of approximately 2 kilometers that will guide us to the nearest and best known beach of the place.

  • Route 1: Tunte - Gáldar (40 km)
  • Route 2: Dunes of Maspalomas - Gáldar (70 km)
  • Route 3: Dunes of Maspalomas - El Agujero (72 km)
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