Walking on Lanzarote

Lanzarote is not really associated with walking holidays. Hikers will rather choose La Palma, Gran Canaria and to a lesser extent Tenerife and La Gomera. On these islands you will find an abundance of hiking trails.

Back in 2010, the time of our first visit, Lanzarote did not have much to offer for hikers. There were no real hiking trails. We also did not find any 'GR' paths. If César Manrique made his island accessible to tourists, he certainly wasn't a walking fanatic. When we were back a few years later, we began to see signage all over the island, but still information was hard to find on the internet.

A few years ago, 2 GR paths have been announced.

GR131 and GR135

Perhaps the lack of promotion for the hiking trails has to do with the severe erosion, which is visible in many places clearly visible. It seems as if the landscape is not really formed yet. You see numerous landslides on the flanks of the hills. Unpaved roads sometimes have deep trenches, formed by the not so abundant rainwater and on the paths along the steep cliffs, the heaps of gravel and rocks show that there is still a lot of debris coming down the hills. We can therefor imagine that the government, for safety reasons, would rather not encourage walking too much in order to avoid negative publicity through accidents.

But do not let this discourage you. You will find enough places on Lanzarote where you can make beautiful walks. Along the coast, through the lava fields, over the beaches, ... The setting is often unique. You walk in a volcanic landscape that is only 200 years old in some places. Compared to the 4 billion years that our earth already revolves around the sun, a small leap. On the website, we cover the walks we made during our 7-day stay. The views are beautiful in many places, including spectacular views on the coastline and the sea. The volcanoes provide a distinct color splendor with shades of red, black and brown contrasting with the white houses.

Termesana El_Golfo

Puerto Calero Papagayo

Biking on Lanzarote

If Lanzarote is less known as a walking island, it is a paradise for cyclists and certainly triathletes. The course is hilly and goes up to a height of about 600 meters. The wind makes it even more difficult, so a good condition is essential to start. Some hotels rent racing bikes. If you are interested, it is best to inform yourself in advance at the hotel.

Our bike-climbing-tip

For those who like to go uphill, we recommend the road from Arrieta to Haria, via Tabayesco along the Baranco de Taforiz. It is a quiet road that gradually goes upwards. Admittedly, I did not drive him up myself, but it did 'tickle' when a few cyclists passed us.