Gran Canaria’s Minister for Tourism, Inés Jimenez, joined the final day of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival on Sunday, marking the end of the fourth event of its kind which promotes Natural and Active tourism as a clear alternative to the usual sun and beach package tour offering here on the island.
An eclectic and international group of more than 50 hikers ended the last days walk at the blissful secluded woodland campground of El Garañón. This was the last of the five guided routes traversing some of the most extraordinary places on the island, allowing participants to discover for themselves some of the more remote and little visited areas of natural beauty that Gran Canaria has to offer in abundance.
Several hundred walkers from at least ten different countries participated over the 4 day even, including President of the Gran Canaria Tourist Board, Inés Jimenez, who took part on several of the walks reaffirming her commitment, and that of the island government, to promoting rural, Natural and Active tourism through unique festival events like this that promote and celebrate the native beauty of the island and its gastronomy.
This fourth edition represents, in the words of Veronica Alemán Diaz, manager of Gran Canaria Natural and Active, the culmination of much hard work from many individuals and companies who have supported the development of the event. The work of Gran Canaria Natural and Active, and key collaborators like Sergio Hernández, technical director of outdoor activities specialists Vivac Aventura, have helped to consolidate an event which has more than doubled its capacity over previous years and continues to grow.
It was clear to see that all of the participants, were energised and grateful both for the beauty of the natural landscapes through which they traveled and of course the outstanding sunny weather. Many international English speakers joined native Canarians and various other nationalities, including a contingent of Nordics from the Arguineguín Norwegian Club, to participate in what has now become a world class event, taking visitors through some of the most outstandingly beautiful and unspoiled mountain countryside anywhere in the world.