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Hiking in Lanzarote: Our Top Routes

March 15, 2019

Springtime in Lanzarote is arguably the perfect time to lace up your hiking boots and get out amongst the unique landscape of the island. Walking in Lanzarote means taking in some unbelievable sights, from the volcanic sands to the heights of the mountains and the sleepy villages in between.

In today’s post, we’re running through some of our favourite walking routes – from novice wanderings to more strenuous Lanzarote day trips, we’ll cover something for everyone.

An easy stroll – Playa Blanca to the beaches

The base resort for many of our villas and apartments, Playa Blanca has a wealth of sumptuous sand all within easy strolling distance. Our ideal itinerary? A stroll towards the quieter stretches of beach such as Playa Mujeres, on the route towards the isolated Costa del Papagayo might be exactly what you’re after.

This is an ideal shorter route if you’re in flip flops and want to relax on the sands for several hours afterwards – serious hikers need not apply. Just don’t be alarmed if you see a bit too much flesh on this particular route, as the beaches on this quieter end of town are frequented by nudists…

Conquer the crater – Caldera Blanca

Boasting an enviable combination of amazing views and a super-easy gradient, the hike through the lava fields to Caldera Blanca can be done in a morning. During this walk, take note that the ground under your feet was only formed in the 18th century after a major eruption.

The Caldera Blanca is the result of this titanic force being unleashed on what was then a much smaller island. Luckily, it’s now dormant, so there’s no danger of this easy walk being interrupted by a pyroclastic flow.

Once you reach the top, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the crater and the sea beyond – it may not be the highest volcano on the island, but it’s certainly a unique Lanzarote day trip that people of all abilities can enjoy.

Hit the heights – Peñas del Chache

671 metres above the pretty town of Famara in the north-west of the island, the Peñas del Chache dominate the local landscape. While it isn’t a particularly easy hike, the walk up to the top of this cliff formation – the highest point in Lanzarote – is an ideal way to spend a spring day.

You’ll take in some greenery if you’re hiking in the spring months too, as the soil on the side of this cliff formation is rich in volcanic nutrients – meaning you’ll feel a long way from the arid heights of Timanfaya or Caldera Blanca. The steady climb takes a few hours, but once you reach the top and see the view it’ll all be worth it.

On the way back down, make sure you take in the small forest in the valley, as well as the gorgeous Valley of a Thousand Palms. We’d recommend bringing your camera for this hike, as the photography opportunities are endless.

Man paragliding

So, what are you waiting for? Whether it’s a Lanzarote volcano tour or simply a walk to a secluded beach, there’s plenty of Lanzarote hiking opportunities to take advantage of. Have a browse of our range of villas today to make sure you have the perfect place to relax after a long walk. Whatever hiking adventures you decide to get up to on holiday, be sure to buy valid travel insurance so you’re covered for every eventuality and can simply relax and enjoy your time away.

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