The pleasure of walking
Walking can be one of the best ways to enjoy Nature. Walking along the paths of the Canary Islands is one of the best ways to enjoy the landscape, which is full of contrasts: luxuriant forests, volcanic plains, steep cliffs or crags, sand dunes and areas like rain forests. Routes that take hikers through a unique environment which changes radically in just a few kilometres and, on occasions, has quite a lot of gradients.
Hiking in the Canary Islands is an experience which takes you far, far away both physically and mentally. Besides, most of the routes offer the guarantee and tranquility of knowing they have been devised by professionals, that they are approved and marked out and that they have the necessary means for hikers of all levels.
These trekking routes are suitable for evrybody who like walking and enjoy the wild nature.
- Closed shoes (even better trekking shoes)
- Additional water
TREKKING ROUTE 1 - CALDERA BLANCA
A breathtaking trekking route on the top on the widest cratere of the island, Caldera Blanca
DURATION: 4H - DISTANCE: CIRCUIT 10KMS - GRADIENT : 303M
Located in the centre of the island of Lanzarote, the Caldera Blanca route crosses ample volcanic badlands on a lava surface which resulted from the eruptions between 1730 and 1736. Its two central elements, Caldereta and Caldera Blanca, originate from two cones which were caused by previous volcanic eruptions. Caldera Blanca is one of the highest peaks in this volcanic range in the centre of the island.
A walk suitable for everybody
The walk along the Caldera Blanca route starts at Our Lady of Sorrows Church (la iglesia de los Dolores), home of the island’s patron saint. It is located on the northern fringe which marks the end of one of Timanfaya’s lava tongues, where a ten kilometre stretch starts, it is quite a flat area which combines pathways, tracks and tarred roads. It is suitable for everybody, remember to wear suitable footwear and clothing and take sun cream and enough liquids for a three hour trek.
TREKKING ROUTE 2 - LOS AJACHES/PAPAGAYO
A long trek over the geological tracks of Lanzarote to papagayo beach.
DURATION: 5H 30 MIN - GRADIENT 450M
Located in the south western region of Lanzarote, Los Ajaches is a big volcanic formation which takes up the southern part of the island with a mountain range in an area of leeward winds and stony windward flat areas. The municipality of Yaiza is home to an important archaeological heritage with caves, etchings and remains of former farming. This area, the oldest on the island, still undergoes major wearing away due to erosion which in the last ten million years has carved out the ravines which go through this natural route in Lanzarote.
Canary Island Spurge and brushwood on an arid trek.
This six kilometre route, with a notable incline which makes the Los Ajaches walk more difficult, starts in the village of Femés and goes along pathways, tracks, pedestrian ways and roads. These natural surrounds give us the chance to see arid bushwood vegetation and also Canary Island Spurge in the more sheltered areas. The animal life includes steppe birds, birds of prey and sea birds on the coastal cliffs. Remember to wear suitable footwear and take food and liquids.
TREKKING ROUTE 3 - CAMINO DE LOS GRACIOCEROS
An ancient route linking La Graciosa with Lanzarote
This trekking route goes along the path that inhabitants of La Graciosa took to go back and forth to Lanzarote. This four kilometre route of average to high difficulty, depending on whether it is uphill or downhill, goes along the cliffs of Famara, in the north, with the island of La Graciosa across the Río. The trek along volcanic rocks is somewhat slippery at times and ends at sea level. As a reward after the hike, a swim in the blue waters of the Río is a must.
A downhill trek among native flora and fauna
To start this trek, it is necessary to take the road towards Mirador del Rio, which is on the outskirts of Yé on the way to Guinate. It is a delightful walk with splendid views of the coastal area of Lanzarote; the first stretch on the outskirts of Yé towards Guinate is along cobbled paths and descends in zigzag. As well as the enjoyable walk, this route lets us contemplate the important fauna and flora of the area which has several protected native species.