Five geological formations not to be missed
Andén Verde sea cliff
At the northernmost point of the municipality, this impressive cliff rises up, the result of the gigantic gravitational landslide that led to Arco del Andén Verde, the arc-shaped chunk sliced out of the northwest of the island. Undoubtedly, any one of its peaks and gorges will be one of the most impressive views on the Canary Islands.
A precipice that swoops down to the Atlantic and that allows us to contemplate the birth of the island in its profile. Long beautiful dykes cross it in many directions, showing scenes which will be unforgettable for any geologist, and an unusual variety of minerals is offered to the eye.
And the narrow terraces making it up are also special; of diverse materials and colours, they chart the different moments of eruption of that first episode, fundamental to the geological history of the island.
The Cueva Nueva Tiles
On the eroded slopes of the Tirma-Azaenegue massif, specifically in Cueva Nueva, Los Hoyetes and El Sabinal, striking “tiles” appear that indicate the edges of the legendary caldera that originated after the collapse of the Tejeda Volcano. The intense colours of these materials are due to hydro-magmatic reactions that altered them as they rose towards the surface.
These colourful layers, especially striking at the head of the Barranco de Veneguera (Mogán), are one of the most popular images of Gran Canaria. And with good reason, since representations as significant as the ones from this part of the island are not at all common.
At the western end of the Inagua massif, after millions of years of wearing down, and as if it were a staircase, the huge accumulation of lava overflow that the original Tejeda Volcano spat out appears naked before our eyes, offering a picture that is hard to forget. These terraces constitute some of the most beautiful natural scenery of the Canaries.
Travelling through them can be one of the most beautiful experiences because, in addition to their own spectacular nature, these terraces offer an unforgettable panoramic view of the Guguy Massif and the Rampas del Suroeste (Ramps of the Southwest.)
The Guguy Massif
Abrupt, untamed and wild. This set of mountains, ravines and beaches constitutes a unique natural space where geology stands out above all else. An extensive mixture of rock formations allows you to fully enjoy a show that only the volcanic activity of this oceanic island has been able to create.
Higuera Prieta Ravine
Crossing the Los Molinos divide, and opening onto the Tasarte Ravine, Higuera Prieta is a beautiful canyon that we owe to the infinite patience of water. An overwhelming landscape that allows us to contemplate the scars that time and erosion have left on the oldest part of the island.
The indomitable strength of the island volcanic activity can be appreciated in its impressive crags. And the course it follows, capricious and boxed-in, turns this ravine into an impregnable refuge for life. An example of this, a recently discovered colony of Bulwer’s petrels.