The benefit of owning two dogs is that you do go out and discover paths around the island of Lanzarote. We wanted to share some of our walks with you, so that you too can enjoy the landscapes of Lanzarote. I apologise in advance about the lack of information regarding the length of the walk or time expectation on the following walks, we tend to grab a rucksack, the dogs, loads of water and head out for an adventure, one of these days I promise to take the GPS and get a bit more technical!
Please click on the title of each walk for the full post.
Guided Walks in Lanzarote
We joined a small group with Jose from Blackstone Treks & Tours for a guided walk through the National Park of the Volcanoes to discover the beautiful volcanic landscape of Lanzarote.
Our guide for the trek was Carlos who drove us to Yaiza before turning off on a dirt track road with a locked barrier to restrict access to authorised personnel only. We disembarked from the minibus, Carlos pointed out the rules we should adhere to during the walk such as keeping to the marked path, not to leave any rubbish behind etc.
First we were given a quick look at Playa del Paso, a small black beach where nests from Pardelas and Cory’s Shearwaters were evident by the bird poop marking the entrance to holes in the cliff face. Leaving the bus we gathered at the start of the path for our walk, we were given a really good tip by our guide, she told us to walk by digging our heels down first which would help with our balance along the rough lava stones.
This has got to be the most extreme walk that we've done on the island and it was absolutely fantastic but I wouldn't attempt it again until I was sure that some of the landslides had been cleared! Not recommended for those afraid of heights.
This is a beautiful walk along the coast line from the quiet naturist village of Charco del Palo to the popular beach of Arrieta. It’s not a strenuous walk, there aren’t lots of hills to climb but you do need to wear good footwear and keep an eye on the terrain underfoot.
Pick up a copy of the free island map from the harbour information centre when you arrive. The purple area shows the restricted zones, the yellow are the sand tracks suitable for 4x4’s and bikes and the white are footpaths. There is too much to see in one day, even if you are on a bike and take the first and last ferry, the island covers 27km2.
I was surprised at how easy it was to walk from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero at the weekend. Normally I don’t think twice about how to get there as I just drive but for tourists staying in Puerto del Carmen without a hire car I wondered how they would visit the marina. From Puerto del Carmen, they could catch the Arrecife Bus, take the water taxi, arrange a free transfer if booked on the Catlanza or Submarine excursion or they could walk!
This walk links up nicely with a previous one from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero which covered the coast from the old harbour to the marina and the two could easily be connected for a longer trek. Playa Quemada is a small seaside village nestling at the foot of the Monumental Natural Los Ajaches mountains with black beaches.
This walk is a toughie but worth it! When you visit the Mirador del Río at the Northern tip of Lanzarote, there is a stunning view from the Risco down over the Río to the island of La Graciosa. If you look down you will see a beautiful sandy beach called the Playa del Risco and next to it the pink ruins of the Salinas del Risco.
We were invited by David from Activity Adventures to join in with some of his clients on a walk to the water tunnel during the first week of August. In 10 years of living in Lanzarote I haven’t heard anyone mention a water tunnel before? We were intrigued and not knowing quite what to expect we set off to meet David in Famara.
Although not in Lanzarote, there is a day trip from Playa Blanca to walk around the island of Lobos which is also a nature reserve with a special protection for birds. If you’re looking for peace and tranquility and a place that time has forgotten, this is a must do for walkers!
Discover the beautiful water cave hidden on the coastline of Los Cocoteros. We walked down from Guatiza but this can be reached along the coastal paths from Costa Teguise for a longer walk and what’s more you can take a swim in the secret swimming pool when you reach the destination.
There's a lovely circular walk around the area of Papagayo, an area that isn't just beautiful beaches in the South of the island but also a place where you can discover some 15th century history of Lanzarote.
If you’re on the island during the second week of September then you must take part in the Romería de Los Dolores. You can set off from any point on the island as long as you are comfortable walking the distance to Manch Blanca. The tradition is to walk from where you live but as we live in the North we walk from the Monumento Campesino in San Bartolomé and this is a common meeting point. One point, you really should make the effort to wear the traditional costume.
You can’t miss the Monte Corona, its the huge one at the North end of the island of Lanzarote overlooking Órzola, this is where the lava flowed down to the sea to create the tunnel that now forms the attractions of the Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua.
There is a really great walk from Haría up to the forest and picnic area called Bosquecillo, from the centre of the village there are two routes, one is easier underfoot but longer. Start from the Plaza de Constitución, with the ayuntamiento building on your left walk along the road past the library, when you get to the junction at the corner you need to decide which way you prefer.
On an impulse recently I walked back up to Haría from the lovely Arrieta beach, by road its a distance of 7km. I walked from the roundabout with the Manrique wind toy along the (LZ-10) road to Haría before turning off after the long straight – if you prefer you can start this walk from the beach, along a dirt track.
We have walked up to the Presa de Mala (the dam) countless times but not up past or around it before which is what we decided to do one overcast and very windy day in Lanzarote. We had a quick look at Google Earth and could see that the dirt track from the village of Mala went up and past the dam right up to the top road at Los Helechos (Teguise – Haría road) climbing from 47m to 555m!!
Recently we spotted one of the signs in Yé for the Mountain Bike Routes in Lanzarote, the track led off in an area we haven’t previously explored so at the weekend we grabbed the camera and the dog to see where it went.
I jumped at the chance of a last minute lift on Sunday, my family were going to the Teguise Market and I had wanted to start walking the new routes Red de Senderos Turísticos y Recreativos de Lanzarote as all the signposts were now installed. Directing them to drop me on the top of Peñas del Chache as I had seen a couple of signs there close to the Bosquecillo picnic area. I jumped out of the car with my companion Louie (the dog) at the church Ermita de Las Nieves which perches high up on the risco overlooking Famara.
We fancied a walk through La Geria, the wine region of Lanzarote and decided to try the new path PR-LZ-06 that runs from Mozaga to Yaiza. We estimated that the total route was around 24km so decided to split it in half starting from Uga and finishing in Masdache, we actually finished 3km short of our destination in Conil.
I’ve been itching to walk up this path again as I can see all the wild flowers are blooming when I drive over the top from Haria to Teguise or vice versa. We set out from the village towards the sports stadium, to find this road, find the Ayuntamiento building, on the right by the library is a route map for walks, turn left along this street. The road leads up to the school and football stadium, on the way you pass the house where César Manrique retired to.
This can be a walk or a drive depending how energetic you are feeling! Either way its a beautiful route and definitely one to be explored in the spring as the hills come alive with blue and yellow flowers not to mention the stunning panoramic views.
We decided to try the geocache of Barranco Tenegüime, the suggestion was to park your car up near the windmill farm overlooking Los Valles and walk down the barranco, we decided to park in Guatiza and walk up.
Montaña Colorada is the bright red mountain that you can see from the LZ-30 road which passes through La Geria. To access the parking area, turn onto the LZ-56 towards Tinguaton and the Timanfaya National Park, look for the dirt track turn off on your right as you approach the base of the corona.
There are two known Litófonos in Lanzarote, this one is called the Litófono de la Peña de Luis Cabrera and found in Guatiza, the other is in Soo. A Litófono is a special rock formation that was used by the Guanches to produce sounds of different tones. The Litófono de la Peña de Luis Cabrera is situated in between the villages of Guatiza and Teseguite. This particular Litófono has three groups of rocks which would allow one person to beat 18 different sounds from the same location.
The Montaña Corona stands proud at the back of the Costa Teguise resort, there is a footpath which circles the base but for the more adventurous I’d definitely recommend the climb to the top. I started my walk from Calle Atalaya which circles up and behind the Biatriz Costa & Spa Hotel. On the brow of the hill I took the wide dirt track leading off from the road on my right. After a short climb the track narrowed and I reached a cross roads, I could clearly see a path heading right around the base of the corona and looking up I could see 2 other walkers on the ridge of this route, alternatively there was a steep path zig zagging straight up…..
The vibrant red mountain of Montaña Roja, often pronounced montana Roger instead of montanya roha as it sounds in Spanish has been linked to mysterious UFO sightings in the past. This volcano is situated in the far South of Lanzarote, whilst in the resort of Playa Blanca yesterday I had an impulse for a walk. You can pick up the path by looking for the cellphone mast, someone has thoughfully painted the word volcano onto a few large black volcanic pebbles pointing the way as it’s not obvious.
On a clear day there’s a fantastic view from the road leading from Costa Teguise towards Tahíche, you can normally see the beaches along the coast of Fuerteventura. This is a 3km circular walk including a climb of 170m.
Built Up Area Walks
There’s been a lot of media regarding the changes on the front in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote. This resort has a 6km stretch of promenade that runs from the end of the runway at Matagorda to the main beach Playa Grande. For the main part, the traffic now runs in one direction with a cycle lane from the main beach towards Matagorda and the pavement has been widened. I took the opportunity to walk the length of “The Strip” recently with my camera and hope you enjoy the photos!
El Charco de San Ginés really is a lovely spot in Arrecife! El Charco translates to ‘the puddle’ and is situated on the front in Arrecife, between Calle Real and Puerto Naos. There is a car park on open ground to the side of El Charco with a children’s playground, the very popular restaurant Casa Ginory marks the entrance and no matter the time of day there are always people enjoying fresh fish platters or bocadillos de pescado or calamares here.
I’m ashamed to say that in the ten years of living in Lanzarote I hadn’t yet walked the paseo marítimo (promendade) along the front at Playa Blanca, the opportunity arose recently on a beautiful winter’s day in January. We decided to park our car at the El Faro end of Playa Blanca and start from the lighthouse around the bay to Papagayo – well, that was the plan and we had our beach kit with us to relax at the end.
I found myself with an hour to spare in Costa Teguiseand intrigued by the series of little sign posts that had appeared I set off exploring where these paths went. I started from the outdoor exercise machines situated on the promenade just along from Playa Bastian and found they incorporated two children’s play areas and the skateboard park along the route.
A map is now available showing three routes around the resort of Costa Teguise, green 4.6 km, blue 6.5 km and red 10 km. The green path is the easiest and central to the resort, the blue path takes in more of the South side and the red more of the North side.
I like to walk in Lanzarote and wanted to cover the section of promenade from Arrecife though Playa Honda to the airport runway where the path connects in Matagorda to a previous walk along the strip in Puerto del Carmen. Instead of walking this time I decided to take my bike and cycle the route parking at the Parque Temático on the sea front by the Cabildo in Arrecife.
The Cabildo de Lanzarote have released details of 10 walks around the island where they are going to create signposted footpaths. The new routes “Red de Senderos Turísticos y Recreativos de Lanzarote” will total a distance of 147 km and are spread out around Lanzarote. The budget of €80,000 Euros has already been raised and the work should be finished during the month of September 2010.
The Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino have launched a new website Red de Parques Nacionales, where you can book two free guided walks online through the Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote. There is a tough coastal 9km walk and an easy 3km volcano walk.
We’ll add more to this list as we publish them, let us know in comments which ones you enjoyed and if you have any walks you’d recommend.
The 160 page paperback book follows the authors (Ros & David Brawn) walks around all types of landscapes in Lanzarote from along the coast, to exploring volcanoes and hidden rural paths. Each route has a walk summary and rating, fully detailed description, frequent timings so you can check your progress, compass directions, and gps waypoints for all country routes.