Lanzarote's most famous hiking trails
Do you feel like escaping the noise of traffic and the stress of everyday life? Are you willing to just wear some hiking boots if I promise you, you will not break a sweat? Lanzarote is the way to go!. In this blog post, I will guide you through Lanzarote's most famous routes that will allow you to get to know some of the most spectacular corners of the island.
Hat? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Ice-cold water? Hell yeah! Fruit, a sandwich? Sure, why not?. Have you charged your Cell phone? It's at One hundred percent. Okay, let's do this!
Check the weather report (weather information and a lot more are available on the Lanzarote App, www.lanzaroteapp.es), pack light and bright clothes, and a bag for trash in your backpack. Before you start, please keep the following in mind:
- You are going to move through the beautiful and fragile territory. You will not take stones, fossils, or souvenir flowers.
- You will respect nature: you will not leave garbage or footprints. You will follow the path. The rest of the species will thank you!
- You will walk accompanied. If you go on your own, you will share our location with someone.
The North: cliffs, fountains, and wild beaches
Back on the LZ-201, you head towards Guinate and park our car at the first detour before reaching the town. The path runs between cultivation terraces and offers unique views of the Chinijo Archipelago. Of Gayo, made with volcanic stone, is one of the few sources of natural water on the island. They are all in this massif of Famara. This was one of the places where the Mahos, the first settlers of the island, settled.
The heart of the Los Volcanes Natural Park
It all started here. Before being called Volcán del Cuervo this was the Lapa Mountain and it was the first to explode in 1730. A circular path allows us to contemplate different types of lava, ash seas, and the interior of the volcanic cone. Volcanism should be awarded the Pritzker Prize for this show. You will find a parking lot on the LZ-56 where the trail begins.
You continue to discover the Natural Park of Los Volcanes to look at the crater with the largest diameter on the island: Caldera Blanca. Nobody remains impassive. You are in one of the most spectacular and best-preserved hydromagmatic buildings in the world. In 2016 the astronaut Pedro Duque, today Minister of Science, traveled through this place to learn to identify fluids in volcanic rocks. You will also need to do it on Mars.
The South: Papagayo and the Timanfaya coast
The bathing area in this paradise (best beach in Spain 2019, according to Condé Nast Traveler) knows infinitely better when you are walking down the backbone of the south of the island: the mountains Ajaches eroded. You will leave from the viewpoint of the town of Femés and you will go through open paths for grazing goats. You will see a unique view of the Isla de Lobos and Fuerteventura and you will cross a rock that bears the name of the dises, concavities in the bed of a ravine that captured runoff water. The population covered them with dry branches and flat stones to prevent evaporation.
The Timanfaya littoral route begins at the end of the town of El Golfo. You see the traces of the magma colliding with the fresh waters of the Atlantic and some of the wildest beaches on the island (La Madera, El Paso, Las Malvas), always wrapped in foam, broken waves, and basalts. The entire route is fourteen demanding kilometers over irregular lava areas. Special mention to the Tremesana route that requires reservation through the Network of National Parks of Spain: three gentle kilometers of volcanic structures with a guide in Spanish through the bowels of Timanfaya.
La Geria: lava and mountains
You can meet others in the town of La Asomada to ascend to Montaña Gaida, along with one of its sandy slopes, with a steep slope. Before you will see the huge alcogida that was built on the Tegoyo hill to collect rainwater. The panoramic view from the top of Gaida is spectacular: the agricultural ecosystem of La Geria, with the vines sheltered by socos, the Natural Park of the Volcanoes, and Timanfaya. The more than 600 m high of Guardilama also makes it an exceptional viewpoint.
Not in the mood for a wine at this point? Oh yeah. And you will understand its mineral flavor by walking through the Juan Bello mountain, one of the epicenters of traditional viticulture on the island, where a variety of grape called Diego reigns, acidic, delicious, the last to be harvested. You will leave the town of La Florida and the path will take us to the Cueva de Los Naturalistas, in Masdache, a place of geological interest with the best-preserved staphyllites in the entire Canary Islands (clusters of stone formed by the dripping of lava). You finish the day eating goat cheese and tasting the wines of these exceptional lands in one of the wineries of the Denomination of Origin of Lanzarote.
The bay of Arrecife and the eastern ravines
It was a port before a city and that truth exudes on all four sides. The capital of the island is a necklace of shoals, points, and reefs. You will start the road at Punta del Camello, next to the Theme Park and the bay will show us the way. If you take a bath in the Playa del Reducto you will see the cushioned lava that the Maneje volcano left here, you will pass through the Fermina Islet, the Fish Market Pier, the old Commercial Pier, the Bridge of the Balls (1772), the Puente Nuevo (1920), the Charco de San Ginés, the Islote del Francés, Puerto Naos, the Naos salt flats, the Castillo de San José and Puerto de los Mármoles, a port route.
In the other capital that the island has had, in the Villa de Teguise (Historic-Artistic Complex), the last route begins. You will leave from the castle of Guanapay, you will descend through the ravines of Tejida and El Hurón to end in a geometric landscape shaped by human activities: the roferas of Tinamala and Guatiza, from where red songs were extracted and that today are a sought-after location to record. video clips and movies.