Lanzarote is an increasingly popular destination among tourists who enjoy active holidays, sports and outdoor activities.
This is partly due to the undeniable charm of its unique landscape. During your holiday in the Canaries, experience the special feeling of exploring a lunar terrain, along the paths they shape these seven wonderful excursions!
A small collection of itineraries on foot, to discover the fascinating island of Lanzarote, between a primordial nature, stretches of black stone, the red earth and the blue sea.
All the paths you will find listed here are also suitable for those who are not expert hikers and they allow you to discover some of the natural wonders of the island that should not be missed during your stay.
What do you need?
– Hiking boots or good hiking shoes, preferably with protected ankles because you will often walk among lava rocks, which are quite sharp. It is impossible to make excursions with sandals, open shoes, flip-flops or other shoes that are not suitable for walking;
– Hat and sunscreen to protect you from the sun;
– A small backpack with the necessary and water to drink: you will not find anything along the routes.
Trekking can be done at any time of the year: just remember to take a look at the weather forecast, avoiding to do excursions during the Calima period.
The trekking around the “White Crater” is a fantastic excursion lasting three or four hours. While exploring the Caldera Blanca, your only companions could be grazing goats; indeed, you will find yourself on an isolated crater with a diameter of 1.15 km belonging to one of the volcanoes of the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya.
Located in the north-west part of Lanzarote, the starting point of the excursion can be reached along a pleasant road that starts from the capital Arrecife and crosses San Bartolomé and the Monumento del Campesino; then continue towards Masdache and Mancha Blanca. The journey takes about half an hour; when you begin the path of trekking, the show continues with the view of Las Montañas del Fuego.
Cueva de los Verdes
Another unmissable activity in Lanzarote is a visit to a very special cave, characterized by an almost magical atmosphere: Cueva de los Verdes. This excursion can also be done by children and it is a nice walk that can be done in any weather condition, as it takes place underground.
The route is about 2 km long and it unrolls along part of the total 6 km of the volcanic tunnel, which is one of the longest in the world, formed following an eruption of the nearby Monte Corona, which took place between 3000 and 5000 years ago.
The cave takes its name from the Verdes family (“Verdi”) owners for a long time of the land where there is an access to the gallery. Located in the Haria area, the cave is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
The guided tour costs € 9 for adults and € 4.5 for children.
From Femés to Papagayo
Along the road that leads from the village of Femés to Papagayo, you can admire a very varied landscape, in which the sea and the mountains intertwine. The beaches of Lanzarote and its wild coast offer beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby Fuerteventura.
Femés is one of the main bases for hikers who spend their holidays in Lanzarote. About 200 people live in this village, where strict laws in force prevent the construction of new buildings.
The village is located in the province of Yaiza, between Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen, two of the most important touristic resorts on the island. Once in Famés, take the long road through Los Ajaches and finally indulge in a well-deserved dip in the turquoise waters of the beautiful Papagayo beach, after a walk of about four hours.
The agricultural region of Guatiza is the departure and arrival point of a 27.4 km long oval ring. Along this route, you will pass through Tinguaton and Los Valles. Enjoy the view from the Mirador as you head towards Haria.
Along the way, you will also encounter picturesque hermitages such as the Ermita de las Nieves, located in the north-eastern part of the island. Guatiza belongs to the municipal territory of the ancient capital, Teguise. Tahiche is 10 km further south.
Several ferries leave regularly from Orzola, on the north coast of Lanzarote, to reach Caleta de Sebo, the capital of the island of La Graciosa. The crossing is just two miles across the Rio Strait. La Graciosa offers tropical beaches, which have nothing to envy from the beaches of the Caribbean tourist brochures.
Do not succumb to the temptation of the owners of 4×4 vehicles who will propose a motorized route to discover the island, as this is a place to explore on foot. La Graciosa offers splendid landscapes and interesting visits, which are worth discovering calmly. Just a little advice: don’t miss its most beautiful beach, Playa de las Conchas.
El Cuervo, the legendary volcano
This simple path, accessible to everyone, which lasts about an hour, will lead you into the crater of one of the most beautiful volcanoes on the island, originated from the eruption of 1730.
Leave the car in the parking lot in front of al Cuervo, along the LZ56 and take the well-marked path. Once you’ve explored the interior, you can continue along the ring that goes around it, enjoying the view of the Timanfaya park.
La Montaña Colorada
Not far from El Cuervo, along the LZ56 you will see a volcano with incredible colors: the Caldera Colorada. You can leave your car in the parking lot nearby and get into this wonderful volcanic scenery.
The trail is circular, easy to walk and lasts about an hour. All you have to do is choose your next destination for trekking in Lanzarote, which will allow you to enjoy amazing nature, breathtaking landscapes and a land of many resources.