Located in the northwest of Gran Canaria, with an area of almost 8,000 hectares, Tamadaba is one of the richest biological and landscape enclaves of the island. This marvelous natural reserve must be treated with special care. In Tamadaba there are a great number of endemic species of flora and fauna, many of which are exclusive to the island. Many are on the endangered species list, both because they are near extinction and because their habitat is under threat. To preserve this natural area, the Park is under a Use and Management Plan. This plan regulates the activities allowed, and pays special attention to climbing, specifying the obligation of the climber to obtain a permit from the Administration and Management of the Park (now the Cabildo de Gran Canaria). For a correct use of the park, this guide urges you to read the Plan (in the Canary Gouverment
-There are various hiking routes.
-There is running water in fountains and restrooms.
-Camping is allowed with a permit from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria*.
-Trade winds can cause sudden rise of clouds from the sea that can cover the plateau in less than an hour, impeding a proper orientation. Keep an eye on the clouds to the north.
-Unauthorized fire is prohibited.
-Rubbish must be deposited in the waste bins.
-Slippery footing. Appropriate mountain footwear is recommended.
When arriving at the massive colossus of Gran Canaria’s northwest, observe the great rock extension and pine grove that stretches in all directions. The vast grove complicates finding the way to the different climbing sectors.
Vistas:This sector is southwest to the camping area. The access is very easy since it is at the beginning of one of the paths that go towards Lomo Faneque.
Peña del Godo: The “old area” in the south side is bounded by the Peña del Godo Sector. From the camping area, go down to the lower shelf heading southwest, approximately where the fence that borders the camping site ends.
Campamento: Thanks to its quick access this sector is one of the best known in the Old Area. Look for the sharpest vertex formed by the fence and go down through the access that leads to the lower shelf.
Perfumería: Perfumería and Campamento are the two sectors with the closest accesses to the restrooms. Find the sharpest vertex in the fence and descend through the access that goes to the lower shelf.
Desván: This sector has different accesses, but it is easier to get there through the Perfumería Sector. Continue on the same shelf that descends slightly north.
Musical: Difficult access. Look carefully at the diagram and notes. This sector is 50 meters under the first shelf. Access is by a path that goes down the west side and leads to the north face.
El Balcón: Difficult access. Look carefully at the diagram and notes. Start as for Musical, but continue along the same shelf after reaching the end of the sector. Fruto de la Mierda: A rather hidden sector not frequently climbed. To reach it, go to the north side of the Park and pay attention to the reference marks.
Alas en tus Pies: To reach this sector, as with the Gullich Sector, the crucial reference point is a volcanic bomb known as “Burbuja” located where the stream behind the restrooms empties out into the ravine.
Gullich: To reach this sector, just as for the Alas En Tus Pies sector, the crucial reference point is a volcanic bomb known as “Burbuja” found where the stream flows behind the restrooms and drops down.
El Camino: This sector is located near a busy hiking trail, El Camino de la Acequia. Easy access.
To reach Tamadaba, set out towards Artenara. From the southern part of the island, the way to reach Artenara is through Tejeda. From Las Palmas de GC, you can reach Artenara by the (GC-2) after going through Teror and Valleseco. In both cases the distance is about the same (around 50 km), an hour and a half drive. From Artenara, take the GC-210 towards La Aldea, and after 4 km turn off to the right (GC-216) for Tamadaba. The recreation area is 9 km ahead.