For a long time we wanted to share here how to get to the Nublo Window known as La Gañifa. It is a tourist attraction started by the locals, but now many Gran Canaria visitors want to discover it.
The trail to the Ventana del Nublo is very short and is done in less than 15 minutes on foot from the Viewpoint Pico de Las Nieves, but it is not that easy. In the next lines we will give you all the tips for your visit: where to park, track of the route on foot, etc. Keep reading so you don’t miss it!
How to get to El Nublo Window or La Gañifa
The first thing you have to do is take your car to go to the Viewpoint – Mirador del Pico de Los Pozos de Las Nieves. You can park right there. Once at the viewpoint, follow the path in the direction of the road, looking towards the Roque Nublo (not the staircase that ascends). In short, it is as if you had to skirt the Viewpoint and then descend a few meters.
Then look for the most marked path, since it is not signposted and follow it until you reach the ice cream-shaped rock that we show you below. Be careful, the way is not easy!
After this great rock which the locals name “Mr. Mushroom”, continue descending until you reach the Window (it is the rock that we see to the right of the ice cream). It is unmistakable, since it has two small lateral holes and a central one (the Window). The view from here to Tunte town and Roque Nublo are awesome.
Anyway, the perfect photo of Roque Nublo in the window is done from the other side. Right where is the circular hole of the mountain that we show you below. Don’t worry, it’s not a great hike, just a few steps away you have your Instagram photo.
Track of the route and the perfect Instagram picture
You can make the perfect photo of the Roque Nublo inside the “Window” a few meters under the hole in the rocks that we show below. Next to a pine. Ideally, you should come on a clear day so that you can see well all the views and even Tenerife. There is also a spectacular sunset from here, we will return without a doubt!
Here is the shortest track to reach the Ventana Gañifa on foot from the Viewpoint Pico de Las Nieves. It is only a few metres, less than a kilometre, but there is no path, so you have to walk carefully. In the video at the end you have more details and you can follow the map with the app Guru Maps or with your watch with navigator like Garmin. If you are downloading from an Android device, please follow the guidelines here.
You can combine this trail with the visit to the Roque Nublo rock as both tourist sites are nearby. That is, around 15 minutes drive. Then you have the trail of about 30 minutes in order that you can touch the Roque Nublo with your own hands.
Tips for the hike
Keep in mind that although the trail is short, it is not 100% safe. That is, we do not recommend it if you are insecure or somewhat clumsy. As it is not an official trail, you must be careful and heed the following tips:
- You have to wear proper shoes for trails with gravel
- Wear warm clothes if you are going to see the sunset or during winter months. Sometimes it is even cold during the summer.
- Do not leave anything of value in the car, much less in the sight of others
- Bring a headlamp if you are going to see the sunset for the return, you will need to have your hands free in case you slip
- Come in a clear day, that is, without fog, clouds or haze. Otherwise you will not see Roque Nublo, nor El Teide.
- We do not recommend coming here with children, or people with reduced mobility. It is a plan for adventurers who do not mind stooping to go through certain places.
Video of the route to the Nublo window – Gañifa
Below we leave you with a short video about this magic place. Remember that you can activate the English subtitles! Enjoy and suscribe to our YouTube channel for watching more videos about Gran Canaria.
The real Nublo Window
Please take in mind that the previous window is known as La Gañifa. The Ventana del Nublo is the one that we show you below. You can visit it during the second stage of the Way of St James of Gran Canaria.
Finally, we invite you to have a look at our guides section. Find the one which is more suitable for yo. It is time to discover the real Gran Canaria on your own!
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