Last active over 2,000 years ago the Caldera de Bandama is an excellent example of the Volcanic history of Gran Canaria.
The crater is over 200 meters deep and more than 3km wide at the top. The Caldera is a must see if you are visiting the northern part of the island.
Where is the Caldera de Bandama Gran Canaria
Bandama is 16km from Las Palmas the Capital of Gran Canaria in the north of the island.
If you are going by car Bandama is well signposted, and there is a large sign where you will need to stop.
By bus, it takes 20/25 minutes from San Telmo bus station in Las Palmas. Currently, the 311 bus serves Bandama, but it is always advisable to check before you go as bus timetables are subject to change.
For Gran Canaria bus routes and times click here
A walk down Bandama Crater
A walk down to the bottom of the Crater is well worth the time. Before you begin the trail, there is a great viewing area to take in the beauty of the Caldera.
The walk to the bottom takes less than an hour at a leisurely pace. As the earth here is volcanic ash, it is advisable to wear good walking shoes. This area is more prone to damp conditions than most places in Gran Canaria.
As you make your way down, you will realise what a great example of a formerly active volcano Bandama is.
You might even get to see this spooky guy in a cave on the way down.
There are many great places to stop and take in the outstanding views before you reach the end.
Once you get to the bottom of the crater, the terrain is easily walkable, and you can circle the caldera.
The bottom of the Caldera is also a favourite place for people to picnic.
Also at ground level, there are some abandoned buildings where people lived and studied the Caldera.
Walking back up takes a bit more time but the day I was there this guy was in front of me. He was a local man in his senior years. I am sure he has been doing this walk for many years.
It is also possible to do a circular walk around the edge of the Caldera Bandama. The trail is approximately 4km long and can be steep in places.
Eat and drink in Bandama Gran Canaria
If you fancy some refreshments at the end of your walk, there are two popular bar restaurants right next to the Caldera Bandama.
This area also produces wine. You can buy and try local Gran Canarian wine here.
Also nearby is the Bandama Golf hotel.
Canary Islands volcanic history
The seven main Canary Islands are all volcanic Islands. The islands were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of year ago.
Mount Teide on Tenerife is the largest mountain in Spain.
The Canary Island of La Palma had the last major eruption in 1971. Earthquakes preceded the eruption. One local fisherman died when he got close to the lava.
If you are in the area you might want to visit the charming market town of Santa Brigida. Click here for more information.
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