If you like to walk and discover the best destinations on foot, strap on your boots and don’t miss out on this definitive hiking guide explaining the best excursions you can embark on during your next visit to the enigmatic Canary Island.
Lanzarote, the Island of Colors and Contrasts
Lanzarote is known worldwide for its fabulous beaches, its volcanic landscape, and the amazing climate that it boasts practically all year round. Its peculiar environment forms an internationally recognized ecosystem ideal for relaxing and getting lost in its volcanoes, caves, and virgin beaches. Timanfaya National Park is, literally, another world. It offers one of the most impressive visual spectacles in the Canary Islands.
Lanzarote is perfect for getting lost in it and discovering its infinite possibilities for all lovers of trekking or hiking. Hiking in Lanzorte is a fantastic destination for nature lovers. In addition, the island of Lanzarote is known as “the island of eternal spring”, since its climate is very mild, and it only receives 16 days of rain per year. This means that it is almost always a good time to go hiking.
The 10 hiking trails that you cannot miss
If you want to know about the best trails to enjoy nature and unique views, do not miss this post where, in addition, we will give you some tips so that you get the most out of your trip.
Camino de los Gracioseros
One of the best places to go hiking in Lanzarote is in the La Graciosa area. It is a trail that is only a few kilometers, but the difficulty depends on whether you do it downhill or uphill. The first part of the trail, around Yé towards Guinate, is along a cobbled path and zigzags down. Then the trail goes through Famara’s cliffs, and the volcanic rocks make it a bit slippery. The coastline views during the walk are fantastic, and you can admire several native species of fauna and flora.
Sendero de Guatiza
This is one of the most beautiful trails. It is not a challenging hike, but the path is quite long. A total of 27.5 km that crosses Tinguatón, and it is also part of the Natural Park of the Volcanoes and Los Valles, a place like no other on the island where traditional buildings are still preserved.
De Femés a Papagayo
Another excursion that you cannot miss in Lanzarote is one that goes from Femés to Papagayo. It offers the best of the island: mountain views, views of the coastline that stretch to the Atlantic and Fuerteventura, and, of course, the spectacular beaches. It begins in Fémes, a very small town. They are approximately 4 km long and the hike lasts about 4 hours.
El Golfo a Charco de los Clicos
This 10.6 km hike begins in El Golfo, a small fishing village on the west coast of Lanzarote. El Golfo a Charco de los Clicos is another excursion on the island that is worth exploring, as it offers incredible views of the volcanic landscape. The path reaches the Charco de los Clicos or Charco Verde, a small lagoon formed by filtered seawater that acquires green tones and contrasts with the beach’s black sand. It is a very particular place since the ground is very dark due to the black volcanic sand.
De Haria a El Bosquecillo
The Haria and El Bosquecillo area is one of the best locations for hiking in Lanzarote. This path connects the two areas, beginning in Haria and stretching 8 km long. It consists of two viewpoints: the Montaña Ganda Viewpoint and El Bosquecillo. The view of the idyllic beach of Famara from the Mirador El Bosquecillo is fantastic.
Playa Quemada a Puerto del Carmen
Playa Quemada is the starting point for another hike in Lanzarote. The walk is quite easy, although it is a 12 km round trip, so you will have to go well supplied with water and snacks. The trail passes through Puerto Calero, a charming marina with water taxis to Puerto del Carmen. It is a fantastic experience, especially if you need to stop to rest as this tour is demanding.
It is one of the highest peaks on the island and one of the best places for hiking on Lanzarote’s island. The walk passes through a large volcanic area. The walk is completed on a lava surface formed through the eruptions of 1730 and 1736 and lasts 4 hours. The starting point is the church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. The trail follows marked routes, a track, and even an asphalt road. This is an easy walk, suitable for families with children.
Cueva de los Verdes
Another lovely area for hiking is Cueva de los Verdes, near Haría. The trail is easy and perfect for families with children. It is a 2 km trail and begins in a 6 km volcanic gallery. An eruption formed the cave from nearby Mount Corona, which took place between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago.
Caleta de Sebo, the capital of La Graciosa, can be reached by ferry from Orzola, located in the north of Lanzarote. Once there, there are several tropical beaches and promenades to enjoy.
Our excursion to Los Ajaches
And last but not least, we recommend the excursion we do from Sandos Papagayo, our hotel in Lanzarote. Live the Nature Experience, and experience where you will discover, among other things, a magnificent walk through the Parque Natural de los Ajaches. A unique place you will learn key facts about flora and fauna, the island’s history and other information of interest. The experience also includes a gastronomic workshop to learn how to prepare a typical Canarian dish. You can consult more information about the experience and the excursion when you click here
Some recommendations and curiosities for the hiking routes in Lanzarote
Here are some tips that you should keep in mind when embarking on these walks:
- For the Los Gracioseros excursion, we recommend driving to the vicinity of the Mirador de Yé. This path in itself is simple, but it is quite demanding on a physical level due to the steep slope.
- On this same excursion, you can see La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste, and Alegranza, so it is always recommended to check the weather forecast for clear days.
- On some excursions, you have to take into account the excess of stone, which forces you to be very concentrated on the terrain you are on! So, always wear good footwear.
- Some excursions are not suitable for children, so it is always advisable to make sure that if you are traveling as a family and want to do it together, you take into account the difficulties of each excursion.
- It is very important to wear comfortable and suitable clothing and shoes.
- Being well-provisioned is essential. Always hike with plenty of water, some food that provides energy, a hat, and sunscreen.
When to go hiking in Lanzarote?
Thanks to the spring weather, you can go hiking at any time of the year. However, one thing to keep in mind is the lack of shade on most trails – for this reason, make sure to wear a hat, apply sunscreen, and drink plenty of water.
Is it safe to travel to Lanzarote?
Lanzarote is one of the areas least affected by Covid-19 in the world, and this makes the island one of the safest destinations to visit with the highest safety and hygiene conditions. Hotel establishments are gradually beginning to regain activity, and the main tourist attractions, shops, and restaurants are already operating. Since Sunday June 21st, it has been possible to travel to Lanzarote from any country in the Schengen area without carrying out any quarantine (remember to check your country’s regulations when you return from your vacation before traveling).
At our hotel, Sandos Papagayo,, you will have the possibility to spend a family vacation surrounded by nature and, in addition, discover all the hiking routes that we proposed, including our fabulous excursion to Los Ajaches that is included in the Live the Nature Experience.
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