This is a moderate half-day hike, with a very manageable overall ascent of 345 metres. Taking in the lovely village of Las Vegas (with many old buildings), rural terraces, ravines (barrancos) and pine forest, you are guaranteed a variety of walking environments.
Duration: 3.5 hours
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Transport/Parking: No Titsa service. We suggest parking down Calle Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza, past the two Casa Rurals.
Length: 6.730 km / 4.21 mi
Height Gain: 345 meter
Height Loss: 345 meter
Max Height: 794 meter
Min Height: 606 meter
Surface: Rough. There is a 1 km section on a narrow tarred access road.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to vigorous uphill hiking and rough surfaces.
Dog Friendly: Yes.
Refreshments: Highly recommended – the charming and friendly Las Tasquita de Las Vegas.
The area around the picture-postcard hamlet of Las Vegas, near Granadilla, is wonderful for walking – amongst rural terraces, open pine forest and rugged barrancos. There are great views down to the coast and up to the high hills. There are a number of options to take different routes, and variations on routes. This walk initially heads west, following the old Camino Real de Granadilla (a very old “Royal Road”) before heading inland up a narrow tarred access road to ascend the geographical feature called Lomo Grande ( a “lomo” is a raised area of land between two ravines). The walk then crosses the Barranco de Geñiga de Las Vegas before continuing uphill into pine forest and crossing the Barranco Risco del Muerto (loosely translated – “The Crag of Death” – don’t worry, the crag is much further up the barranco!), before returning downhill through the pines to Las Vegas. Overall, the area is well served with walks signposts and information boards. Needless to say, the views are tremendous at every turn on the track. The charming and friendly ambience of the “La Tasquita de Las Vegas” makes it the perfect place to rest up with a cool beer and, perhaps, a tapas, afterwards!