(99) Granadilla-Ermita Santa Ursula Circular (Granadilla)

Route Summary
A relatively short walk, at just under 5 km, with a moderately strenuous overall ascent of 224 m, that combines interesting historical aspects of the town of Granadilla with the immediately adjoining countryside and pleasant suburbs. Great views in all directions along the way.

Duration: 2 hours

 

Route Overview
Duration: 2 hours.
Transport/Parking: Titsa 416 from Los Cristianos. Parking just beyond church at side of main road.
Length: 4.500 km / 2.81 mi
Height Gain: 224 meter
Height Loss: 224 meter
Max Height: 853 meter
Min Height: 644 meter
Surface: Rough. Some of the route is on paved surfaces.
Child Friendly: Yes, but only if children are used to hikes of this distance and overall ascent on rough paths.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Dog Friendly: Yes. On lead in built-up areas.
Refreshments: There is a selection of cafes, restaurants and bars in Granadilla.

Description
We devised this walk on an impromptu basis after abandoning plans for a much higher walk that would have been in cloud. Uncertain as to how attractive or, indeed, feasible, the route was, we were very happy with the end result. It’s a walk that combines the history and culture of the town of Granadilla and immediate surrounding area with rural charm, and fine scenery. In late Spring, wild flowers, especially yellow poppies, bedeck the route. From the iconic church, Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua, the route takes in the main town square, the Plaza de Gonzalez Mena, before climbing steeply out of the town to join a very old stony camino. As you then gradually ascend, great views open up down to the coast at the new Port of Granadilla, and Montaña Roja at El Médano. A change in direction brings a great sweeping open view towards the San Miguel area, and up towards the pine-forested Montaña Colorada. Gardens and terraced plots are then the main feature as you descend back to the centre of Granadilla, enjoying, along the way, encountering the little plaza of Ermita de Santa Ursula, and the Granadilla Gofio Mill in the charming little triangular plaza of St Peter.

Links:
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Download Route Guide  (PDF with illustrated Waypoints)
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