As the title of this post reveals, today I am going to talk about a National Park in Gran Canaria, called Tamadaba. I went there with my friend, when she visited in December. It is located on the north-west side of the island, and the distance from Agaete isn't that far in kilometers, but it took us a lot longer to get there than anticipated, due to one million curves and narrow roads. We were several times considering to just turn around and go back to Las Palmas as the time passed and we started getting worried about not making it there, and back before it got dark, but it felt like such a waste to have come that far and not get to the final destination that we kept on driving.
And we were so glad we did! The landscape we got to see was breathtaking. On the way up, we drove through green lush valleys, waterfalls and great views over the island. And then we got to the pine forest of Tamadaba, , and we were both in awe. It was so beautiful, and so unexpected for what we thought to find in Gran Canaria. We were the only ones up there, and the silence and beauty of the forest was simply magical.
Up at the top, there is a camp site of sorts. There are (very simple) toilet facilities (toilet/sink) and nothing else. You can put your tent wherever you please. It's free, but you need to ask permission first from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. When we were there, there were no one at all. Imagine having this place all to yourself!
Up where you can camp, the views aren't bad either.
|That's Agaete, the white town you see down there.|
If you want to camp up here, you need to get a permission. It's free, but you need a little paper fastened to your tent. It's not hard to get the permission, you just need to fill in a form (that can be found here, in English) Choose Llanos de la Mimbre - Tamadaba. Further instructions can be found at the same website.
And then, just a little map to show where on the island this is!