Camping for free in the Canary Islands

Map of the state campgrounds:

 

When we travel, we are always trying to to camp somewhere, either in the backcountry or in private campings. The reasons are various  — it can really interconnect you more with nature and with the environment, it is cheaper than hotels, the sense of adventure…

On the island of Gran Canaria, private camping leaves much to be desired. Although they are still cheap (at least some of them), they are unsatisfying and unexciting. Luckily for everyone, the Cabildos (Spanish system of government administration only used in Canary Island) created 8 state campground in Gran Canaria where everyone can camp free of charge. The locations of the campgrounds are unbeatable. They are all situated in protected natural spaces where pine forests and steep mountains prevail in the landscape.

Campground Areas:

  • Morro de Santiago (San Bartolomé de Tirajana)
  • Altos del Pozo (Vega de San Mateo)
  • Bailico (Tejeda)
  • Corral de los Juncos (Tejeda)
  • Presa de las Niñas (Tejeda)
  • Llanos del Salado (Vega de San Mateo)
  • Llanos de la Mimbre (Agaete)
  • Llanos de la Pez (Tejeda)

Reservations:

  • Phone: +34 928350286
  • Timetable:
    • Monday to Wednesday from 8.30h to 13h
    • Thursday from 8.30h to 16h
    • Saturday from 9h to 12h
  • Online: http://cabildo.grancanaria.com
  • Office: Calle Bravo Murillo, 23, 35003 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas

In order to camp in those campgrounds, you will need a permit. It might seem to be complicated to get it if you are trying to apply online from another country, so I strongly suggest you to call directly to the Cabildo. They normally don’t speak good English (worth to try), but if you speak Spanish you can ask for a reservation directly to the administrator. They will take your name among other details and they will ask you to go in person to the administration office to get the papers.

On the website, they recommend you to call with 3 days prior to your stay, but they normally have availability all year long even if you call one day before. The service in general is quite good and I got a satisfactory overall experience dealing with them.

We strongly recommend calling and speaking with a representative to avoid any confusion.

 


 

Hiking Tips:

All campgrounds are specifically situated in locations where you can start many hiking routes. Some of the most popular are the ones that go through vertiginous paths, like Risco Faneque, the highest cliff in Europe with 1027m of vertical walls. But there are many other routes that start right from the campgrounds. A good site to check those paths is Wikiloc.

Example Route:

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We made a small video that illustrates the landscape of this area

Photos Nearby Campgrounds:

 

 

 

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