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Lanzarote & La Graciosa

A land forged from fire
 

Explore two islands on this self-guided, single-centre walking holiday, with car hire included. Enjoy a choice of walks through volcanic landscapes and along the coast, where the only sound is the waves, before returning to your hotel for wonderful hospitality and great cuisine.

Lanzarote & La Graciosa. 7 nights
Lanzarote & La Graciosa. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Lanzarote

It is the colour of Lanzarote that lingers in the memory long after other images have faded. Forged from volcanic fire and warmed by an African wind, the stark landscape has a fragile beauty, its reddened shales fading into yellow, while delicate pale green lichens coat the volcanic slopes and pristine white-shell beaches fringe the Atlantic shore. Redolent of North Africa but shaped by a Spanish culture, this island – eulogised by its most famous son, the artist and architect César Manrique – is where small white villages dot the landscape, verdant vineyards emerge from the blackened earth and silent valleys stream towards the sea.
Based in Yaiza, well away from the tourist enclaves of the south-east, you can take your pick of a wide selection of gentle or moderate walks all over the island. Some ascend the slopes of volcanoes, while others cross lava fields or explore the island's unusual vineyards. There are ridge walks and descents through deserted valleys that end at delightful seafront restaurants, as well as coastal walks (both on Lanzarote and neighbouring La Graciosa – the eighth Canary Island) on which the only sound is that of the waves pounding the black volcanic rocks.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There's no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
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  • An introduction
    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, two of which lead direct from your base (the others can be accessed with your hire car).
     
    El Golfo
  • Choice of routes: 3km to 12km

    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.

    The Timanfaya coast: 8km, 3hrs
    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 the section on Timanfaya for more information.)

    North of El Golfo: 3km, 1hr
    For a short 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.

    Circuit of Montaña Tinasoria: 10km, 3.5hrs
    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.

    Mancha Blanca circuit: 11km, 4hrs
    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.

    Monte Cuervo circuit: 4km, 2hrs
    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.
    Vineyard on the circular route around Montaña Tinasoria
  • Choice of routes: 6.5km to 13.5km

    Yaiza to Femés: 8km, 3.5hrs if return by taxi; 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 to the sea: 7km, 2hrs; longer option 11km, 3.5hrs
    After a steep descent, quiet trails meander through an arid valley grazed by goats to the sea, where you ascend to the coastal path, which leads to Playa Quemada. If you are feeling energetic, you can continue all the way to the stylish resort of Puerto Calero. Return by taxi in both cases (pay locally).

    Valley of a Thousand Palms: 6.5km, 2.5hrs
    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.
    The route from Femés to Playa Quemada
  • Choice of routes: 9km or 10km

    Femés circuit: 10km, 3.5hrs
    This 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. There are great views on all sides.

    The dramatic cliffs of El Risco: 9km, 3.5hrs
    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.
  • Lava tunnels, historic towns & César Manrique
    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). You can also go in search Lanzarote’s most famous son – the artist, sculptor, architect and activist César Manrique, whose many sculptures are dotted around the island, and who was instrumental in protecting it from the worst excesses of tourism. His house and former workshop make for interesting visits, in order to learn more about the man and his beloved island landscapes. He memorably claimed: “Lanzarote is like an unframed, unmounted work of art, and I hung it and held it up for all to see.”
  • Visiting the National Park
    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, and even drive through the steep walls of a collapsed tube. Once back at the Visitor Centre, you might like to dine at the remarkable El Diablo ('the Devil'), a restaurant where traditional dishes of Lanzarote are cooked over an open fire - that 'open fire' being the intense heat emanating from an active volcano. 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 www.reservasparquesnacionales.es.
  • Choice of routes: 8km or 12km
    We also provide route notes for two easy walks on the eighth Canary Island, La Graciosa, which lies off Lanzarote's northernmost tip. The 30-minute boat ride (departures every hour or two; pay locally) is a pleasure in itself, with beautiful views. 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 bicycles and the island's jeep taxis (pay locally for hire in both cases).

    La Graciosa's heartland: 12km, 3hrs
    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.

    Along La Graciosa's coast: 8km, 2hrs
    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.
 

Accommodation

We have found a wonderful hotel on the edge of the Timanfaya National Park. Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer the Casona de Yaiza's nearby sister hotel, Casa de Hilario. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September - 10 May 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 September - 24 October £670 £55
    25 - 31 October £715 £130
    1 - 24 November £775 £185
    25 - 30 November £715 £130
    1 - 16 December £635 £50
    17 - 22 December £775 £185
    23 - 31 December # £840 £360
    1 - 5 January £730 £190
    6 - 25 January £635 £50
    26 - 31 January £698 £120
    1 February - 26 March £790 £190
    27 - 31 March £698 £120
    1 - 28 April £640 £50
    29 April - 3 May £515 £115
    3rd & 4th person discount -£75
    Single traveller supplement £75

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    # Festive gala dinners: add £35pp if staying 24 Dec; add £95pp if staying 31 Dec - Celebratory dinner included

    Price includes: 7 days' category C car hire (eg Opel Corsa or similar with manual transmission)

    Driving time to/from the airport: Lanzarote 0h40

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Casona de Yaiza
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £22
    Junior suite: 01 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 £18
    Junior suite: 01 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £22
    Junior suite: 23 Dec - 05 Jan 2020 £18
    Junior suite: 06 Jan - 31 Jan 2020 £22
    Junior suite: 01 Feb - 31 Mar 2020 £18
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 10 May 2020 £22
    Suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £22
    Suite: 01 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 £18
    Suite: 01 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £22
    Suite: 23 Dec - 05 Jan 2020 £18
    Suite: 06 Jan - 31 Jan 2020 £22
    Suite: 01 Feb - 31 Mar 2020 £18
    Suite: 01 Apr - 10 May 2020 £22
    Terrace or balcony: 01 Sep - 30 Apr 2020 £6
    Terrace or balcony: 01 May - 10 May 2020 £18

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Casona de Yaiza (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £70 £76
    01 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 £85 £107
    01 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £70 £76
    23 Dec - 05 Jan 2020 # £98 £148
    06 Jan - 31 Jan 2020 £70 £76
    01 Feb - 31 Mar 2020 £85 £107
    01 Apr - 30 Apr 2020 £70 £76
    01 May - 10 May 2020 £55 £70
    # Festive gala dinners: add £35pp if staying 24 Dec; add £95pp if staying 31 Dec - Celebratory dinner included
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Arrecife (Lanzarote)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Arrecife (Lanzarote) Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Birmingham - Arrecife (Lanzarote) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook 
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    Bournemouth - Arrecife (Lanzarote) Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Bristol - Arrecife (Lanzarote) easyJet,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Cardiff - Arrecife (Lanzarote) Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Arrecife (Lanzarote) TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Arrecife (Lanzarote) Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Edinburgh - Arrecife (Lanzarote) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Exeter - Arrecife (Lanzarote) TUI 
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    Glasgow - Arrecife (Lanzarote) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Arrecife (Lanzarote) Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Arrecife (Lanzarote) jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Liverpool - Arrecife (Lanzarote) easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Arrecife (Lanzarote) British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Luton - Arrecife (Lanzarote) easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    London Southend - Arrecife (Lanzarote) easyJet 
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    Stansted - Arrecife (Lanzarote) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Arrecife (Lanzarote) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Arrecife (Lanzarote) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook 
    Outward route Airline
    Newquay - Arrecife (Lanzarote) Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 7 days' category C car hire
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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