Walking in Lanzarote

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Landscapes of LANZAROTE: walks and car tours

by Noel Rochford

What’s great about this book is that it gives loads of detailed and useful information [about] places off the beaten track that I’d never thought of visiting. (ML, Amazon)

I can’t imagine going to Lanzarote without this book. (NN, Amazon)

I thought I’d let you know just how valuable your book was on our recent trip to Lanzarote. Whilst other holidaymakers were going on the usual excursions, we went off the beaten track — following your picnic suggestions. I found your book very informative on all aspects and the maps were useful and accurate.(D&ET, West Hagley)

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Description

LanzaroteFascinating Lanzarote is truly extraordinary. Its fate was decided some two and one-half centuries ago, when the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history took place, leaving a strange and alluring countryside in its wake — a landscape littered with volcanoes and dark streams of jagged lava. This is the backdrop to nearly every scene on the island, and intriguing sights abound — none more so than the ‘Fire Mountains’. As for walking in Lanzarote, there is no better place in the Canaries for just strolling; ramblers will be in their element here. Each of the walks in this book takes you to a different corner of the island and shows you a scenically different outlook. But if walking is not your favourite pastime, then do explore Lanzarote by car.

Area covered: The guide covers the whole of Lanzarote and includes a day-trip to explore Fuerteventura by car. There is also a walk on the island of Lobos — off the coast of Fuerteventura, but also accessible by boat from Playa Blanca on Lanzarote.

The best time for walking in Lanzarote is from October to June.

To browse through an interesting selection of photographs and walking notes, visit foxys-travel-guides.co.uk

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Where to stay

Walkers relying on public transport should stay in Arrecife (the capital), with buses to all areas. Otherwise, at least five walks will be accessibe from each of the four major resorts: Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca and Puerto Calero.

Edition/contents etc

3 car tours, 50 long and short walks, 16 picnic suggestions
Includes a day trip to neighbouring Fuerteventura
136 pages + 2 touring maps (Lanzarote and northern Fuerteventura); plans of Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Corralejo (Fuerteventura); large-scale (1:50,000) topo maps
6th ed, March 2016; ISBN 978-1-85691-460-4; UK retail price £12.99 / USA retail price $18.00

Table of contents:

Preface 5
Acknowledgements 6
Useful books 6
Getting about 7
Plan of Puerto del Carmen 6-7
Plans of Arrecife, Playa Blanca 8-9
Picnic suggestions 11

TOURING
TOUR 1: THE SIGHTS OF THE NORTH 19
Puerto del Carmen · Tahiche · Arrieta · Jameos del Agua · Cueva de los Verdes · Orzola · Mirador del Río · Haría · Teguise · La Caleta de Famara · Mozaga · Puerto del Carmen

TOUR 2: TIMANFAYA AND THE SOUTHERN BEACHES 28
Puerto del Carmen · San Bartolomé · Tinajo · La Santa · Montañas del Fuego · Yaiza · El Golfo · Playa Blanca · Papagayo · Femés · La Geria Valley · San Bartolomé · Puerto del Carmen

TOUR 3: A DAY OUT ON FUERTEVENTURA 37
Playa Blanca · Corralejo · Dunes Natural Park · (Puerto del Rosario) · Caleta de Fuste · Antigua · Tuineje · Pájara · Puerto de la Peña · Betancuria · La Oliva · (El Cotillo) · Lajares · Corralejo · Playa Blanca

WALKING
Guides, waymarking, maps 45
Where to stay 45
What to take 46
Weather 46
Nuisances 47
Spanish for walkers and motorists 48
Organisation of the walks 49
The Walks
1 Around La Graciosa 50
2 Risco de Famara 54
3 From Máguez to Ye 59
4 Máguez · Guinate · Máguez 62
5 Around Haría 66
6 Mala · Ermita de las Nieves · Teguise 70
7 Mancha Blanca · Playa de la Madera · Tinajo 76
8 Uga · Montaña de Guardilama · Mácher · Puerto del Carmen 80
9 Yaiza · Atalaya de Femés · Yaiza 85
10 Three barrancos: a circuit from Femés 89
11 Playa Blanca · Playa de Papagayo · Barranco Parrado · Femés 96
12 Montaña Roja 100
13 La Hoya · El Convento · La Hoya 102
14 Montaña Corona (Costa Teguise) 108
15 Timanfaya – the Termesana route 110
16 Coastal walks 116
17 Around Lobos 119

Bus timetables 122
Ferry timetables 126
Index 127
Fold-out maps (with plan of Corralejo) inside back cover

Guidebook index

Arrecife
town plan 8-9
Arrieta 19, 20, 21, 56-7, 72-3, 123
Atalaya de Femés 14, 35, 85, 88, 90-1, 93

Barranco see also Valle
de Chafariz 21, 24
de la Casita 90-1, 93
de la Higuera 89, 90-1, 92, 94, 95
de los Dises 14, 90-1, 92, 99
del Cuchillo 56-7, 67
del Quiquere 82-3, 84, 118
Parrado 90-1, 96, 99
Tenesía 56-7, 72-3

Caleta del Congrio 14, 90-1, 98
Castillo
de Santa Bárbara 13, 26, 72-3, 75
de las Coloradas 90-1, 96-7

Costa Teguise 28, 108, 109, 116, 122
Cueva de los Verdes 19, 22

Degollada del Portugués 14, 89, 90-1, 96, 97

El Bosquecillo 19, 26
El Convento 102, 104-5, 107
El Golfo 28, 33, 34, 112-3, 118
Charco de los Clicos 10-11, 33, 34
El Grifo 36
El Jable 30, 74
El Rubicón 34-5, 86-7, 90-1, 99, 104-5
Ermita
de las Nieves 12, 13, 25, 66, 70, 72-3, 74
de San José 13, 26, 72-3, 75

Faro de Pechiguera 101, 104-5, 116, 117
Femés 14, 28, 35, 85, 86-7, 88, 89, 90-1, 93, 95-6, 99, 123
Fuerteventura 37-44
Agua de Bueyes 39
Ajuy 40
Antigua 37-8
Betancuria 37, 41, 42, 43
Castillo de Fuste 37
Corralejo 37-8, 44, 119, town plan on touring map
Dunes Natural Park 37, 38
El Cotillo 37, 43
Lajares 37, 43-4
La Oliva 37, 38, 43
Llanos de la Concepción 42
Pájara 37, 39
Presa de las Peñitas 40
Puerto de la Peña 37, 40
Puerto del Rosario 37-8
Tefía 42
Tindaya 42
Tiscamanita 39, 44
Toto 39
Tuineje 37, 39
Valle de Santa Inés 42
Valles de Ortega 39, 44
Vega de Río de Palmas 41

Guatiza 19, 72-3
Guinate 24, 56-7, 62-3, 65

Hacha Grande 14, 90-1, 92, 96
Haría 1, 12, 15, 18, 19, 24, 25, 54, 56-7, 66-7, 68-9, 72-3, 123

Islote de Hilario 31

Jameos del Agua 19, 21, 22
Janubio see Salinas de Janubio
Jardín de Cactus 20

La Asomada 82-3, 123
La Caleta de Famara 19, 26, 54, 72-3, 124
La Degollada 88
La Geria 14, 16-17, 28-9, 36, 80, 82-3
La Graciosa 11, 15, 22, 50, 51, 53, 63, 126
Caleta del Sebo 50, 53, 126
Montaña Bermeja 53
Pedro Barba 50, 53
Playa de las Conchas 51, 53
Playa del Ambar, 50, 53

La Hoya 34, 102, 104-5, 107, 117
La Quemada (near Máguez) 64
La Quemada (near Orzola) 22, 56-7, 60
La Santa 28, 30, 124
Las Breñas 35, 90-1, 104-5
Lobos 14, 119, 120-1, 121
Los Ajaches 34-5, 90-1
Los Helechos 56-7, 62, 63, 64
Los Hervideros 34, cover
Los Valles 26, 124

Mácher 80, 82-3, 84
Máguez 12, 18, 24, 54, 56-7, 58-9, 62-3, 65, 123
Mala 21, 70, 71, 72-3
Malpais de la Corona 22, 56-7
Mancha Blanca 30, 36, 76-7, 78-9, 110
Masdache 36
Mirador del Río 11, 15, 19, 23, 50, 56-7
Montaña see also Monte, Pico
Bermeja (near El Golfo) 33, 35
Bermeja (near La Santa) 30
Blanca 19, 29, 76-7, 124
Corona 108, 109, 109
de Guanapay 13, 26, 72-3, 75
de Guardilama 13, 80, 82-3, 84
de Tenezar 77, 78-9
Encantada 112-3, 114
Ganada 56-7, 67, 72-3
Mina 19, 29
Roja 14, 100-1, 104-5
Termesana 110-1, 112-3, 114-5

Montañas del Fuego 28-9, 80, 110-1, 112-3, 114-5
Monte Corona 12, 22, 56-7, 59, 60-1
Monumento al Campesino 4, 27, 29
Mozaga 19, 27, 30

Orzola 11, 19, 22, 50, 116-7, 124, 126

Parque Eólico 21, 26, 72-3
Peñas del Chache 25, 66, 72-3
Pico see also Montaña
de la Aceituna 90-1, 92, 94
de las Nieves 12, 13
Redondo 90-1, 92, 99

Playa
de Famara 54, 72-3
de Janubio 103, 104-5, 107
de Papagayo 13, 14, 28, 35, 89, 90-1, 96, 98
del Pozo 90-1, 97
del Risco 54, 56-7
de la Madera 76, 78, 79, 78-9, 118
de las Coloradas 90-1, 97
Mujeres 90-1, 97

Playa Blanca 14, 28, 34, 37, 86-7, 89, 90-1, 96-7, 100, 104-5, 119, 123, 126
town plan 8-9
Playa Honda 123
Playa Quemada 82-3, 89, 90-1, 117
Puerto del Carmen 19, 27-8, 36, 80, 82-3, 84, 89, 117, 118, 122-3, 126
town plan 6-7
Punta
de Mujeres 21
de Papagayo 14, 90-1, 98
de Pechiguera 90-1, 101, 104-5, 116, 117
de Puerto Muelas 35, 90-1
Fariones 16

Risco de Famara 11, 23, 26, 54, 55, 56-7, 72-3
Ruta de los Volcanes 31, 112-3

Salinas de Janubio 14, 34, 102, 104-5, 106-7, 118
Salinas de Berrugo 90-1, 104-5
Salinas del Río 55, 56-7, 58
San Bartolomé 27, 28-9, 36, 124
Sóo 26, 124

Tabayesco 21, 72-3
Tahiche 19, 20
Tao 30
Teguise 13, 19, 26, 27, 66, 70, 72-3, 74-5, 124
Tiagua 27, 30, 124
Tías 24
Timanfaya National Park 16-7, 28-9, 30, 31, 32, 80, 110-1, 112-3, 114-5, 118
Tinajo 28, 30, 76, 78-9, 124
Torrecilla de Domingo 22, 56-7, 60

Uga 13, 36, 80-1, 82-3, 88
Urbanización Famara 54, 72-3

Valle see also Barranco
de los Castillejos 12, 56-7, 67
del Palomo 70, 71, 72-3
del Rincón 56-7, 66, 68

Yaiza 28, 32-3, 85, 86-7, 88
Ye 23, 54, 56-7, 59, 61, 123

Current update

Lanzarote, 6th edition (2016); Updated 23/02/2017

Updates for walks and car tours (drives) on Lanzarote given below supplement those provided in the guidebook. It is vital that this Update is read in conjunction with the text of the book, but note that the Update applies only to the edition stated and not to any earlier editions. (If you have an older edition of this book you can “upgrade” to the latest edition at half price.)

Information has been forwarded to us by users of the book, and Sunflower Books offers the data in good faith but cannot be held responsible for any misleading or inaccurate content in the Update. Unless indicated otherwise, what appears here has not been verified by the author or publisher, so please allow due caution when new or amended routes are suggested. Each piece of information is dated; bear in mind that some of the older observations may have since been overtaken by events or further changes. If, during your holiday, you are using the current edition of the guide and are able to provide any additional updating to add to this page, we will be pleased to hear from you. Please send information, preferably by e-mail, to info@sunflowerbooks.co.uk.

Walk 4: There are now a number of information boards in three languages all round the main part of this walk.  Very interesting but means the walk now takes longer as you look at the boards. (User, 2/17)

Walk 7: Variation: Just ENE of Haria, follow a track up to a “hill” and you will come to a charming little plateau, with a donkey, camel and some children, just a few houses. We found this a very special place. From there it is a relatively steep descent (from next to a water reservoir?) down to the Haria-Maguez road, from where you can take an OLD PATH (not shown on your map) down to Arieta. We used this path a lot. (User)

Near Walk 7: Playa Teneza – Playa de la Madera – Playa Teneza. Allow 4h; Access: by private car take the tar sealed road from Tinajo tcwards Playa de la Madera and remain on this road when it turns right just before the rough red track which leads to Playa de la Madera. The road ends shortly at playa Teneza (not named on the touring map). Walk: Playa Teneza is a delightful picnic spot. Start out by following the wide sandy path going west towards Playa de la Madera. Soon the path wends its way through the lava but is well defined, although later, after passing across a wide beach, the path is less clear but is easily followed by keeping fairly close to the coast. Eventually the path joins the track leading frorn Playa de la Madera back to the sealed road to Playa Teneza. This coastal walk is very rewarding for the opportunity to see wonderful lava flows and formations as well as some excellent examples of islotes. (User, 6/00) + This walk was wonderful, but took us 4h30min, not 4h, without stops. Boots (and strong ankles!) are really essential, as you are clambering over uneven lava for a good 2h30min. (User, 12/03) + – Yes, the path is well defined, but after passing across a wide beach, it deteriorates. There are a number of confusing cairns which lead you into the lava plain, and the path is easily lost. If this happens, I suggest you turn back immediately – we didn’t and ended up floundering over lava, which became quite dangerous. No doubt this is a wonderful walk if you manage to stay on the path. I just want to point out that great care is needed. (User, 1/15)

Montaña Blanca near San Bartolomé: On clear days, Montaña Blanca near San Bartolomé offers the best views over the whole island. You can climb it from the Tias/San Bartolomé road, about 3km from Tias – on the left some 100m beyond the pass. Ascent about 1h30min. (User, 4/04)

Alternative circular walk from Teguise. We walked from Teguise up the track to Pico Marmajo. At Pico Marmajo we found a fingerpost pointing down to ‘Moro Alto 1km’.  We started to make our own way down then picked up a clear path which lead down to the ‘large rectangular field’ mentioned in italics at the top of page 70.  We had missed the start at the top.  We could then see a clear track leading uphill opposite so instead of following the track in the valley we followed this other track over the hills until it dropped down and joined a tarred road in Teguise by old lime kilns.  We then walked towards the church eventually coming out on the road by the bridge where we started.  There are public toilets in the square close by and a supermarket just up the road.   This made an enjoyable short day walk, taking us 4 hours, not rushing, enjoying the views and having a picnic. (User, 2/17)