The Canarian Government announced plans on the 16th June to renovate long distance walking paths on the island of Lanzarote.
The announcement was made through the Dirección General de Desarrollo Sostenible del Medio Rural (Director General for Sustainable Development of Rural Areas) and the Cabildo of Lanzarote. The footpaths mentioned are the GR 131 & GR 135 which are the central and perimeter paths in Lanzarote, plans include to add shelters and viewpoints along the routes. The objective is to open up these routes highlighting Lanzarote’s landscape and heritage which has a benefit for not just for enjoying sports such as walking and running but also cultural, educational, historical and tourist development.
The GR 131 runs from the North to the South of the Lanzarote through the centre of the island, this 69 km route maybe joined to the European Path E-9 which runs from St Petersburg to St Vincent in Portugal. The GR 135 is 176 km long, this is a path around the perimeter of Lanzarote passing along the coastline through the different municipalities up to the edge of the Timanfaya National Park.
The agreement meets the criteria of the Red Canaria de Senderos and Programa de Caminos Naturales developed by the Ministry of Natural Environment and Rural Marine Affairs (MARM).