Canary Islands, Spain

Gran Canaria: Isleta Peninsula and Las Palmas

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On the northern side of Gran Canaria, there are numerous opportunities for scenic running, including trails on the Isleta Peninsula, and then beaches & seafront promenade around the town of Las Palmas and down the east coast.

Las Palmas Area. Some wonderful running on the northern part of Gran Canaria in Las Palmas. Around Playa de Las Canteras, famous for its surfing & snorkeling, a scenic waterfront promenade runs for 5 km from Puntilla Beach, then along Playa de Las Canteras to Plaza de la Música. Great water views and lots of people. ROUTE MAP

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Isleta Peninsula/Nature Preserve. Scenic and slightly more rugged running on the Isleta peninsula. From Puntilla Beach, there’s a nice waterfront promenade for ~2 km, then at Mirador (viewpoint) Confital, the promenade becomes more of a car-free dirt path/road, with cliffs on the right, water to the left, and views of the capital city Palma. The path passes several viewpoints (mirador) for another ~ 3 km. Very scenic and a decent surface.  There are some additional paths in the Isleta Nature Preserve. Up to 5 km one-way, 94m gain (one-way). ROUTE MAP

Playa de Las Alcaravaneras. On the eastern side of Las Palmas, one can put together a nice ~6.5 km out and back run  along the promenade along Playa de Las Alcaravaneras, then out to the Marina, and then a little jaunt inland to the Monumento Atis Tirma (large fountain with bronze sculptures), the Jardines del Hotel Santa Catalina, and Parque Doramas. The 1.5 km beach is also rubbable. 6.5 km out and back. ROUTE MAP

East Side of Gran Canaria Bike Path. There is paved bike path that goes south along the east coast of Gran Canaria quite seamlessly for ~12 km between Playa de Las Alcaravaneras and Playa de la Laja. The path is well separated from the main road. There are fantastic water views, although you will be along a busy road in parts. There are even separate bike/pedestrian paths in some sections.