The Hotel El Mondalón is located in the Nature Park Monumento Natural de Bandama, formed by the crater and the peak of Bandama.
The amazing Caldera de Bandama is a volcanic crater with a diameter of 1,000 meters and 200 meters deep. Its name comes from the Dutch merchant Daniel Van Dame who cultivated vineyards in the crater in the seventeenth century.
In 1975, the Cabildo Insular acquired the Bandama crater, which became a Nature Reserve and it was later declared a Natural Monument by the Canarian Government.
You can walk to the bootom of the crater in approximately 30 minutes.
Known as the Canarian crater with the most perfect symmetry, it was formed 5,000 years ago. It was the result of a violent volcanic eruption that first formed a large cone and then collapsed when it had emptied of magma.
Apart from the vegetation (lentiscales and wild olive) and fauna (mostly lizards and
perenquenes, along with a wide range of birds), there is an important archaeological site
within the crater called Cave of the Canaries. It is “formed by a set of interconnected caves and aboriginal rock carvings associated (petroglyphs) of Libyan-Berber origin”.
Route 1: Caldera de Bandama
The Cave of the Canaries is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites of Gran Canaria, formed by a group of caves used for dwellings and barns carved into the rock. To enter it there is only one access, located below a hole through which one climbs into the cave, so it was easily defended by its inhabitants by covering the entrance with a large slab.
The flora of the Caldera de Bandama is adapted to a climate with little rain in winter and long dry seasons in the summer, as well as a strong human pressure which has conditioned its expansion. Among the flora, there are also endemic Canarian species like guaydiles (Convolvulus floridus), orobales (Whitania aristata), tajinastes (Echium callithyrsum) and malvas de risco (Lavatera acerifolia), among others.
At 596 metres altitude, Bandama´s Peak has got amazing views. No other mountain near the coast has a so extended view of the island around 360º. On one of the sides one can see
Bandama´s Crater and a sea of mountains where the green colour highlights. Also the small towns by the sides of the cliffs. On the right you can see Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and as well as you look to the South, you can see the city of Telde and the mountain of Gando.
With a cloudless sky you can even see the island of Fuerteventura. On the South of the peak there is the oldest golf club of Spain, the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, founded by members of the powerful British colony who lived in the island at the end of the XIX century.
Below you can download multiple routes Bandama volcano:
Circular route boiler Bandama
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You can also check the website of Gran Canaria Farms here.