GC-210

GC-210, a Fast&Furious road in Canary Islands

Located on the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain, the GC-210 road is a steep and hair-raising journey. It’s said to be the loneliest road on the island. It has been featured in Fast & Furious 6 and was the location of several scenes in the movie. Difficult to ride because it’s narrow, winding and steep.

The road is 34.4 km long. This road has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. It’s asphalted and links La Aldea de San Nicolás de Tolentino and El Rincón going through Artenara, which at an altitude of 1.270m (4,167ft) is the highest village of the island and also one of the oldest. It’s a very small and scenic road. The drive offers great views and a little adventure.

This difficult but beautiful road is very narrow and without any traffic. Imagine dropping a long piece of wet spaghetti on the floor. The pattern it makes looks something like what the road looks. It's the kind of the road that fries brake pads and makes grown men cry. It was featured in Fast & Furious 6 and was the location of several scenes in the movie. No cellphone connection most of the time.

This lunatic road climbs up to 2 reservoir dams: Presa Caidero de la Niña and Presa del Parralillo. Snaking through the rocky landscape of the island, this stretch of tarmac is also steep. The average gradient is 4% but there are sections up to 9%. The road includes 32 hairpin turns.
Avalanches and landslides can occur anytime. There is little room for error on this road. It's normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers. Very slippery when wet. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable rains and winds and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
Road suggested by: Marco Esteban Perez

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.