Playa del Paso (El Golfo hiking trail)
Picture yourself escaping to an isolated beach… imagine the sound of the waves crashing… breathing in the fresh ocean air…. the black sand touching your feet…wait what?
A black sand deserted beach where the sea roars with great force. This force brings even more beauty to this stunning place since you can gaze at the foam (created by the waves) melting with the fine black sand of the shore. Without a doubt, an image of utter perfection. Also, if you are lucky enough to do this trail at sunset, you will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets on the island (hands down!).
Playa del Paso beach is reached by a beautiful trail, which happens to be the only one that can be done within the Timanfaya National Park, without the need to be accompanied by an accredited guide.
The trail begins in the town of El Golfo (at the end of the town), there is a parking area where you can park your vehicle and prepare to move on foot along the coast of the National Park. It is an eminently volcanic route. The trail is well-trodden, and the intersections well marked, so you will not get lost easily. The use of good footwear is HIGHLY recommended because most of the trail is loose, uneven, volcanic rock and the terrain is quite wild and abrasive.
What will you see on this unique hiking trail?
The trail starts fully immersed into the volcanic landscape. Along the way, you will be able to observe different types of volcanic lava ending at Playa del Paso.
Bathing on this beach is not very advisable because it is continuously subjected to strong waves and currents, and at times, swarms of jellyfish plague the water. Although it is always nice to get your feet wet and enjoy a walk along the shore!
This path has two variants, the first variant requires taking the path to Playa del Paso and return through the interior (which is about 7.5 km). In this case, instead of going the same way back, what you do is follow the dirt track that starts from the beach and that makes a circular route to end around the entrance to El Golfo. On the other hand, if you want to take a longer route, you can continue along the coast to Playa de la Madera, another beautiful beach in the municipality of Tinajo which will take about 5 hours of touring volcanic rock by the sea (17 km) to complete.
This entire area of the island is a gem for geology and nature lovers, as they can see the lava flows in situ, and the fact that it is a coastal route makes it much more special. You will be greatly thankful for the fresh wind from the north.
My personal recommendation: if you can, hike this trail at sunset!
Please remember to take with you appropriate clothing, comfortable and resistant footwear, sunscreen, food, and drink [etc.].
P.S. There might be a secret cave somewhere along the trail...
Where I may have found this bone...
Have fun and explore!
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