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Lanzarote & La Graciosa

A land forged from fire

To enable you to explore the western, southern and northern parts of the island, we provide route notes for a wide variety of generally easy, but nevertheless very rewarding, walks, the first two of which lead direct from your base (the others can be accessed with your hire car).

• YAIZA TO FEMÉS: 8km, 3.5hrs; longer option 13.5km, 5.5hrs

From your base, you follow a scenic, centuries-old route along the mountain ridge to the laid-back village of Femés. From here, you can take a taxi back (pay locally) or return through the valley.

• FEMÉS CIRCUIT: 10km, 3.5hrs

This second option explores the ridges and valleys south of Femés and gives you the feeling of walking on the wild side without really being very far from the village, yet offering great views on all sides.

• FEMÉS TO THE SEA: 7km, 2hrs; longer option 11km, 3.5hrs

Easy trails meander through an arid valley grazed by goats to the sea, where you ascend to the coastal path. If you are feeling energetic, you can continue all the way to the stylish resort of Puerto Calero. Return by taxi (pay locally).

• THE BEACHES OF PAPAGAYO: 10km, 3hrs; longer option 12km, 4hrs

For classic coastal scenery of golden sand, explore the beaches of Papagayo, enjoying excellent views to the island of Fuerteventura as you walk.


Starting from the village of Haría, whose villagers used to plant a Canary palm to celebrate births (hence the valley’s name), you wind through terraced farmland to the cliffs of the Famara Massif for spectacular views along the western coast. From here, an easy track returns to Haría.


An ancient path descends sheer cliffs to reach the remote sands and abandoned salt pans of Playa del Risco, from where you can contemplate the breathtaking views of the Graciosa archipelago, before making the 400-metre ascent back to your car.


This walk takes advantage of the only public right of way through the Timanfaya National Park, passing beneath two volcanoes and crossing the park’s huge lava fields, where lichens cover the ground. You reach a beach of black volcanic sand, where you pick up a path which you can follow as far as you wish along the rugged, virtually deserted coastline, enjoying the sound of the crashing waves. (See more on Timanfaya below.)

• NORTH OF EL GOLFO: 3km, 1hrs

For a shorter walk along the coastal fringes of the national park, follow an easy cinder track along the coast, crossing lava fields to Playa del Paso, from where you retrace your steps back to your car.


This walk leads through the extraordinary black ash fields and wine-growing area of La Geria, as well as around the rim of an ancient volcano. From the top of Tinasoria, there are inspirational views over the vineyards towards the ‘Fire Mountains’ in the Timanfaya National Park, and in spring the slopes of the caldera are covered in flowers.


Starting from a pretty hermitage, you head through farmland and into the Volcanoes Natural Park, crossing a large lava plain covered in lichen and surrounded by a circle of multi-hued volcanoes. You then rise through vineyards onto the panoramic slopes of Tisalaya.


This is more of an experience than a walk, an opportunity to enter the heart of a volcanic crater through an extraordinary gash in its side – it is also worth going a little bit further round for views over the remarkable volcanic desert.


For a change from walking, you could visit Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua, which together comprise some six kilometres of lava tunnels. Other options are to explore Teguise, one of the oldest settlements on the island and still an important market town (Sunday is market day), or to call in at one of the La Geria wineries for a tasting and a guided tour explaining the rather unusual system of viticulture (we provide details in our documentation).


Don't miss the chance to explore the remarkable Timanfaya National Park. The entrance fee includes a spectacular bus tour (10km/6 miles; 40 mins) along the Ruta de los Volcanes which passes through the heart of this surprisingly colourful landscape: enjoy awe-inspiring views over volcanic cones, look down into craters and lava tubes, see dunes of picón or lapilli, even drive through the steep walls of a collapsed tube. Once back at the Visitor Centre, don't miss the chance to dine at the remarkable restaurant El Diablo (‘the Devil’) which cooks the most traditional dishes of Lanzarote over an open fire – that 'open fire' being an active volcano, the intense heat emanating from deep beneath the earth’s crust within the Timanfaya National Park. This is barbecuing on an epic scale!

The park authorities also offer short guided walks with an English-speaking park ranger, who will take you into the Park’s restricted zone and interpret the lava formations for you. However, numbers are strictly limited to protect the delicate ecosystem, and demand often outstrips the places available. If you wish to try and book a place, you will need to do so approximately two months in advance at

La Graciosa

We also provide notes for two walks on La Graciosa, the largest island in the volcanic archipelago which lies off Lanzarote’s northernmost tip. The 30-minute boat ride is a pleasure in itself, with beautiful views, and, as you alight, you feel as though you are stepping back to a simpler time – there are no asphalted roads and the only vehicles are the island’s jeep taxis, which you can hire, and cycles to rent (pay locally).


From the harbour, you cross the island, encountering little but the occasional goatherd and stands of euphorbia and other succulent plants. Your target is the pristine white-sand beach of Playa la Concha, backed by the reddened slopes of Montaña Bermeja.


This easy walk hugs the coastline westwards from the harbour to reach the secluded cove of Playa Cocina, surrounded by sculpted, golden cliffs which glow in the late afternoon light.

The ferry: boats leave from Orloza on north-east tip of the island every hour or two (approx €20pp – pay locally), from 8am to the last boat back at 17.30 (exact times are published at the ticket office on the quay). If you make an early start, you can breakfast in one of the bars along the main street at Orloza, but don't miss the boat – the ferry usually gives a warning hoot before leaving! Once on Graciosa, there are a couple of places to eat overlooking the harbour: we recommend the simple Cafetería-Mesón de la Tierra.

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