The Clouded Rock
The Roque Nublo natural monument is the emblem of Gran Canaria and one of the islands most recognised and awe-inspiring attractions. In ancient times the monolith was used by the natives as a place of worship. Today, it is still worshipped to an extent but mainly only by tourists wishing to get close to or photograph this most striking of natural features.
The monolith is located within the Parque Rural del Nublo, at the very centre of the island, in the municipality of Tejeda. At 80 metres tall and sitting at the top of a 1,813m tall mountain, Roque Nublo can be seen from almost anywhere along the western side of Gran Canaria. The rock is the remainder of the funnel of the main volcano on the island and is one of only a few natural rock features that have withstood the test of time; Roque Bentayga and Roque Palmes, most notably, have also survived whereas everything else has been washed down by erosion or, as is the case with the Caldera de Tejeda, collapsed over time.
Roque Nublo can be accessed very easily by way of a short hike of around 30 minutes beginning at a nearby, custom built car-park. The views of the surrounding landscape in this area are spectacular, but they are even better once you reach the summit and walk out onto the tableau del Nublo. From this location, visitors are treated to incredible views over the far-reaching pine forests, the nearby Pico de las Nieves which is the highest peak on the island, and on a clear day, the volcanic mountain on Teide on the neighbouring island of Tenerife. There are many different treks and tours on and around Roque Nublo, ranging from the short 30 minute direct hike to an all-day 6-8 hour tour, making this area very popular with hikers. The surrounding mountains, and the monolith itself, also attract a great number of climbers; on any given day, it's not uncommon to see one or two climbers scaling the sheer side of this magnificent natural monument.