800 participants and hikers from 24 countries will participate in the GCWF, to be held from Wednesday 2nd to Sunday, 6th November
The V edition of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival has broken all previous attendance records thanks to nearly 800 registrations from 24 different nationalities of visitor over the total of six hiking routes. The event takes place this week from the 2nd to the 6th of November; and offers a complete program of six routes: the “Centenario Aguas de Teror” route, the “Aborigen” route, the “La Laurisilva” route, “The Astronomical” Route, The Route of Artevigua and “La Cumbre” route.
“We are very pleased with the results of the event, at both national and international levels”, explains Verónica Alemán, manager of Gran Canaria Natural & Active, “We are fully aware of the fact that more than 200 hikers could not be registered in order to ensure that logistics and quality measures, as well as environmental respect, were correctly delivered. It was unfortunately not possible to include them”.
The increased number of enrollees has been surprising as well as their wide range of nationalities. Many hikers coming from 23 countries other than Spain will enjoy the festival, with registered participants from Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Norway, Finland, Poland, Denmark, Slovakia, Switzerland, China, Sweden, the United States, Austria, Canada, Uruguay, Ecuador, Venezuela, Belgium, and Mexico. Based on this information we can confirm that Gran Canaria is an ideal destination for active tourism as 67% of the participants are not residents of the island.
The aim of the Gran Canaria Walking Festival is to show and allow participants to enjoy the surprising nature of the island, which provides unique opportunities to practice this kind of activity all the year round, showcasing some of the most beautiful wilderness in the entire world. “El pico de las Nieves, el barranco de Tirajana, el barranco de Fataga, la laguna de Valleseco o Cruz de Tejeda” are just some of the extraordinary places that the entice hikers to encounter and traverse this beautiful island.
The Gran Canaria Walking Festival is an event promoted by the Gran Canaria Natural & Active association and sponsored by the Gran Canaria Tourism Board, as well as contributors from all over Europe.