Road GC-200, an exhilarating drive with stunning coastal views

GC-200 is said to be the most dangerous road in Spain. It’s an exhilarating drive with stunning coastal and mountain scenery located in Gran Canaria. It's also one of Europe's top drives with cliff edge moments. The road has it all from hairpin bends to sheer cliff-edge drops. It's one of the best coastal drives in the world.

The asphalted road lies within the Parque Natural de Tamadaba o Pinar de Tamadaba Natural Park and clings to the cliffs for 25kms or more at a height of about 200 to 900 meters and there is just enough room for 2 vehicles to pass (trucks blow their horns going round corners and there has to be some juggling over passing). The GC-200 has it all from hairpin bends to sheer cliff-edge drops. The GC-200 opens up Gran Canaria’s wildest stretch of coast. The mountains reach down to the sea and plummet abruptly into the depths. You have a wonderful view across the water to Tenerife from the Mirador de Balcón.

The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The views are incredibly spectacular but the road is not for nervous drivers. It's Gran Canaria's most spectacular road and takes you right through the Biosphere Reserve along its most remote coast. The most challenging part of the road links Agaete and La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino towns. Sometimes, it's the journey that makes a trip special. Whilst there are interesting places to stop off on the road, merely driving along this serpentine road is something special. Only experienced drivers should attempt this drive, though. On this route are prohibited on bicycles.
It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. The first protections were built in the 1970’s, but before more than 40 people died. But the tiny brick wall at the edge of the road is not going to stop your vehicle from going over. The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet). Expect a one-hour drive, three-hundred-something curves and spectacular panoramic views.

The road is said to have 365 turns. It’s 35km long and can be closed anytime because the wind or the rain. It t ests the skill, and courage, of any driver. It’s definitely not for anyone suffering from vertigo or a fear of landslides. Avalanches and landslides can occur anytime (more than 150 every year), especially during rainy seasons, forcing the authorities to close the road several times every year. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before travelling to this area. Local government is suggesting to close the road due its dangerousity.

August 2020 Update: The road is "temporary" closed between kms 20-22 due to big rocks on the road and bigger ones still waiting to fall.


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