In this post we are going to talk about the Caldera de Bandama and the trail that borders it. We recommend that you do not miss the following lines where we tell you all about the route and where to eat in the area.
The Caldera of Bandama
La Caldera is located in the municipality of Santa Brígida, in the interior of Gran Canaria. It is a volcanic depression of 200 meters deep and 1000 meters in diameter. As we said, there is a path that borders it 360º which is what we did and we detail you below in the full track. You can also go down to the deepest part of La Caldera. If you have time and you have plenty of strength, we recommend it. Bandama is thought to be the area of Gran Canaria where there was more recent volcanic activity.
A few steps from the beginning of the trail is the Peak of Bandama. This mountain is 569 meters above sea level. At the Pico or Peak we have a spectacular viewpoint with a perfect panoramic view of La Caldera. In addition, from here we can also see the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and several villages of Santa Brígida and Telde.
You should know that there are hardly any parking spaces in the area, you have some places before the trail begins and a few others past this one. Above, almost reaching the Pico de Bandama, there is a curve where you can also leave your car safely and then go down a few meters on foot to the trail entrance.
Track of Caldera de Bandama trail
You should know that the road that borders La Caldera is approximately 3 kilometers away. Therefore, at a good pace you can do it perfectly in less than an hour. It took us a little longer since we made several stops for the photos and video shots. You can download the track of the route below, although the path has no loss.
The route can be said to be of medium low difficulty. However, given its volcanic origin, part of the path is of picón (it is what we call the gravel volcanic stone in the Canary Islands), which can be slippery. Therefore, even if the route is short, we recommend good shoes and, in the winter months, a good coat.
Where to eat in Santa Brígida
In the surroundings of Bandama, there are several vineyards. And why do we mention them? Because they are characterized by growing wine on volcanic terrain. In the area you have several wineries where you can taste these characteristic wines of Gran Canaria. We recommend you try the Listán Negro grape variety. It is not so well known and almost exclusive of the Canary Islands.
In any case, this day we stopped to eat at the Casa Miranda Grill Restaurant where they have this variety of wine, as well as good food and service. They specialize in grilled meats, although their desserts are amazing. You can’t leave here without trying a good steak and a kind of French toast.
Well, if you’re a vegetarian, we also tried a delicious salad that they had out of the menu. Super recommended. The restaurant is less than 10 minutes drive from La Caldera and has its own parking. If your intention is to go on the weekend, try to book or arrive before 1:30 p.m. You will tell us how it is!
Video of the route: Caldera de Bandama
Then we leave you with a video of the route so you have a clearer idea of what you are going to find on this path, as well as the restaurant that we propose. Remember that you can activate the English subtitles and enjoy it!
If you want to know more places like this, don’t miss our Gran Canaria guides with plans to do around the island and places to eat. They are the places we visit and where we are going to eat with our friends and family. Thanks for your support!