Walking on Lanzarote

The Canary Islands are not really associated with walking. Real hikers however don't go to Lanzarote but rather opt for La Palma, Gran Canaria and to a lesser extent for Tenerife and La Gomera. On these islands you will find an abundance of hiking trails.

Lanzarote has at first sight not so much to offer to hikers. Real paths you won't find there. We didn't find 'GR' paths neither. You usually walk on unpaved roads, which are also used by country cars. If Cesar Manrique has made his island accessible to tourists, a hiking enthusiast he will certainly not have been.

The lack of promotion for hiking has perhaps to do with the severe erosion, which in most places is clearly visible. It seems as if the landscape has not yet really been formed. You will observe numerous landslides on the flanks of the hills. The unpaved roads are often deep gullies, formed by rainwater and on the paths along the steep rock-faces heaps of stone-dust show that pieces of stone still come down. We can therefore imagine that the government, for security reasons, prefers not to encourage walking. A matter of avoiding negative publicity caused by accidents.

But let this not discourage you. There are plenty of places on Lanzarote where nevertheless you can make nice walks. Along the coast, through the lava fields, on beaches, ... The surroundings are often unique. You walk into a volcanic landscape, in some places only 200 years old. A pea-pod, compared to the 4 billion years that Earth revolves around the sun. We already let you enjoy the most beautiful walks made during our seven-day stay. The views are stunning in many places. There is always a bit of coastal waters and see. The volcanoes provide an orgy of colours tinged with red, black and brown which nicely contrasts with the white houses in the villages.

Termesana El_Golfo

Puerto Calero Papagayo

Cycling

If Lanzarote is less known as a walking island, for cyclists and triathletes it is pre-eminent. The course is hilly and goes to a height of 600 meters. The wind makes it even harder, so you need a good condition to get started (and especially to end). Some hotels do rent bikes. If you are interested, the best thing is to inform you well in advance at the hotel.

For those who like cycling uphill, we recommend the route from Arrieta to Haria, via Tabayesco and along Baranco the Taforiz. It is a quiet road, which gradually goes up. I have to admit that I didn't climb it myself, but it "tickled" when some cyclists passed us.