Lanzarote hiking trails: 2023 Best 10 Trails and Hikes in Lanzarote
▷ Hiking Trails to do with children in Lanzarote
Lakes of lava, volcanoes, virgin beaches… You will find all the best places in this list of Hiking Trails to do with children in Lanzarote. Are you ready to go hiking in Lanzarote?
Lanzarote is known for its wonderful beaches, but it is also a great destination for nature lovers, as you can go hiking there. Lanzarote is part of the Canary Islands. It is the easternmost island and has the third largest population. The capital, Arrecife, is in the east of the island.
The climate is very mild, with only 16 days of rain per year, which is why it is called the “Island of Eternal Spring” (meaning that it is almost always a good time for hiking). You can read this article which, together with enjoylanzarote.com, will tell you more about the natural and scenic hiking trails in Lanzarote.
10 Hiking Trails to do with children in Lanzarote
Lanzarote has an annual average temperature of between 18°C and 24°C, making it an ideal destination for families at any time of the year.
Lanzarote offers a wide range of activities and trips for adults and children and these are not limited to the beaches and hotel pools. Below are the hiking trails to do with children in Lanzarote most visited by families.
1. Los Gracioseros trail
This is 4 kilometres one way, with different difficulty levels depending on whether you are going up or down. It has a zigzag paved path downhill in the area around Yé that takes two hours.
2. Los Ajaches trail
It is not very long, around 6 km, but it is one of the most difficult hiking trails in Lanzarote due to its steep slopes.
The starting point is Femes. From there, the route runs along paths, tracks, trails and roads. It takes 2 hours 30 minutes if you go with children.
3. Guatiza trail
One of the most beautiful trails in Lanzarote is the Guatiza trail. It’s not a hard hike, but it is quite long. It is a 27.5 km oval that runs through Barranco de Tenegüime and Los Valles and takes around 6 hours.
4. Femés to Papagayo
It is 3 hours away, starting from Femés, a town of only 200 inhabitants, popular with those planning to go hiking on Lanzarote. Straight route of 4 km, taking 2 hours each way, and of medium difficulty.
5. El Golfo trail
Starting from El Golfo, a small fishing town on the west coast of Lanzarote, this 10.6 km hike is one of the best on the island, with spectacular views of the volcanic area. It finishes in El Charco de los Clicos or Charco Verde, after an easy 6 km hike and 3.5 hours with easy to moderate tracks.
6. Haría to El Bosquecillo trail
The trail that connects these places begins in Haría and is 8 km long. It leads to two beautiful viewpoints: the Mirador Rincón de Haría and the Bosquecillo. The straight route is 7 km long, has a duration of 3 hours each way and is of low difficulty with easy trails.
7. Playa Quemada trail
The starting point of this trail is Playa Quemada. It is approximately 11 km there and back, but it is an easy trail to hike. It is 7 km in a straight line, takes 3 hours and is of medium to low difficulty.
8. Caldera Blanca trail
This trail takes approximately 3 hours. The starting point is the church called Nuestra Señora de los Dolores. The trail follows a marked route, tracks and a paved road. It is an easy walk and suitable for families with children. However, it is not a very popular trail.
9. Cueva de los Verdes trail
The Cueva de los Verdes (Los Verdes Cave), close to Haría, is an ideal spot for hiking. The trails are easy and ideal for families with children. The trail is 2 km long, starts in the 5 km volcanic corridor and runs in a straight line, taking one hour and thirty minutes.
10. Tremesana from Yaiza trail
This is a less difficult straight route, 4 km long, and taking 3 hours, which can only be accessed with an authorized guide when there are children involved.
When is the best time to go hiking in Lanzarote?
Thanks to the spring-like weather and lack of rain throughout the year, hiking is possible at any time of the year. However, there is very little shade on most of the trails, so make sure that you wear a hat, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
Easy family hiking trails in Lanzarote
Things to do in Lanzarote
These routes go across volcanic landscapes, beaches and charming small towns, they are perfect to go with children and elder people
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Volcán del Cuervo. Foto: José Luis Carrasco
Lanzarote is a perfect island to get to know through its routes and trails, that cross volcanic landscapes, beaches and charming towns, scattered throughout the island’s geography.
Besides, it is not necessary to be an expert hiker or to be in a particularly good physical condition to do several of them, since there are very easy routes that you can do as a family, even with the little ones.
1. Volcán del Cuervo
If you are looking for a relaxed route, that you can do as a family or with older people, volcano El Cuervo, located in the municipality of Tinajo, is the best option. It is a circular hiking route, without elevation of the terrain, that surrounds this peculiar dark-colored volcano that is more than 380 meters high.
Along the way you can enjoy the landscape, made up of an extensive mass of petrified lava and many other volcanoes such as Montaña Colorada. You will also have the opportunity to enter the crater and see the flora that has risen from the ashes, as well as the occasional Lanzarote lizard.
From the car park, it takes just 20 minutes to reach the base of the volcano and, once there, you will have two options. Either you go around it entirely, for that purpose you will have to walk to the left, or you go directly to the crater using the path to the right. In both cases, the round trip from the car park is approximately one hour.
Volcán del Cuervo, in Tinajo
2. Tremesana route in Yaiza
For the intrepid ones who wish to walk among volcanoes and closely observe landscapes taken from planet Mars, the ideal path is the Tremesana route, in the municipality of Yaiza.
It is a longer route, about two kilometers and three hours long, in the Timanfaya National Park, perfect to do with the family, even with the little ones.
The meeting point to start the route is at the Mancha Blanca Visitor Center and along the way you will not only visit places such as Encantada mountain, the Tremesana volcano and various jameos, but you will also learn about how the population of the area managed to adapt to difficult ground conditions. Up to twelve villages came to be buried under the ash and lava following the eruptions.
It is important to mention that it is a free guided route, although you need to book in advance to be able to do it, either online or at the Mancha Blanca Visitor Center. It is recommended to make a reservation in advance, since there are only eight daily places available in Spanish and eight in English.
Please remember that it is totally forbidden to take volcanic stones, since this is a protected area.
Parque Nacional de Timanfaya
3. Montaña Colorada
The Montaña Colorada route can also be considered an educational trail very similar to the one of volcano El Cuervo. You will be able to enjoy its many shades of red along the path.
This three-kilometre circular way, which will also remind you of Mars, begins at the parking lot, just 500 meters from El Cuervo parking lot. The route will take you approximately one hour and it is not demanding at all as there are no changes in the elevation of the terrain.
During the tour, you will go around the crater of the mountain, which is obviously a volcano as well, and you will be able to enjoy the volcanic landscape and learn about it, thanks to its different information panels placed along the way.
In addition, be aware that one of the most popular photo opportunities is in front of “la Bomba”, a large rock formation located in front of the volcano.
4 From Puerto Calero to Playa Quemada
If, on the other hand, you prefer to walk along the coast, enjoying sea views and end up taking a dip in a beach, a very simple route is the one that goes from Puerto Calero to Playa Quemada.
The trail begins on the Puerto Calero avenue and continues along the palm-lined avenue for about three kilometers until you reach the fishing village of Playa Quemada, which you will reach in just one hour. As it does not have any technical difficulty, it can be done with the little ones and the elderly.
And if this route has not been long enough for you, you can always continue the path a little further until you reach the hidden black sand beaches of Playa Quemada, such as La Arena or El Pozo, which are part of the Natural Monument of Los Ajaches.
Lanzarote. Southern part of the island. • DARSIK travel&lifestyle
July 12, 2012
Finally, I was able to sort out the photos and cases accumulated during the vacation, and now I’m ready to show some of the photos from the island of Lanzarote. Today we will talk about the north of the island.
First, a few words about the size of the island and the issues of moving around it. The island is small – 60 km from north to south and 25 from west to east. We were based in the city of Playa Blanca in the very, very south. Since I don’t drive a car, and my husband drives, but doesn’t want to, we went everywhere by taxi. Taxi tours are as common here as in Madeira, but are more expensive. From Playa Blanca, a 4-hour tour in the south of the island costs 104 euros, in the north – 147 euros. Full tour (north and south) for 9hours – 230 euros. The price is approximate, payment is made by the counter. There are cars as well as standard sedans, as well as minivans of larger capacity. As logic tells me, if you go by minivan with a company, then the cost per person will be low.
Another option to see the island without a car is the Lanzarote Vision bus, which works on the principle of hop on hop off. It has 2 routes, north and south, connecting at one point. For 20 euros, which is a ticket, you can see the whole island in a day. nine0003
Of course, there are standard tours on large tourist buses, they cost 20-30 euros per person, they are sold in all tourist places literally on every corner. We do not like such buses, so this option was not even considered.
Well, of course, you can rent a car, as a large number of tourists do. This is the perfect option for freedom of movement. The roads on the island are much less steep than on Madeira, so I found it less difficult to drive here. nine0003
This is how our route looked like. Between points B (Salinas de Janubio) and C (El Golfo) we also stopped at the place Los Hervideros, which for some reason I can’t find on the map. It’s on the road.
1. This is Salinas de Janubio, a saline where sea salt has been produced since the end of the 19th century by the evaporation of sea water. The multi-colored sectors in the photo are water in different stages.
2. This is a working production, where you can come for a tour. We did not go down, limiting ourselves to a few shots from above. nine0003
3. Saltworks is located on the ocean, in a place where, no matter which way you look, you will see water. It immediately feels like you are on an island.
4. This is just Los Hervideros, in translation – boiling pots. The ocean here is really so stormy and beats against the rocks with such force that the water seems to boil.
8. The next stop is El Golfo. We managed to hang on the tail of a large tourist bus all the way, so there were a lot of people at every stop. But in general it’s deserted. nine0003
9. El Golfo is a bay. On the one hand there is like this:
10. Or like this:
11. On the other hand, like this:
13. All of this is from lava. On Lanzarote in the 18th century there was a strong volcanic eruption that lasted 6 years, so 3/4 of the island is covered with lava. In total, there are 300 volcanoes on the island!
15. There is almost no vegetation on the island, only occasionally there are patches of greenery. nine0003
16. And of course everything is done for tourists – fences, paths, signs. At each stop there is where to buy water or ice cream, souvenirs are sold, although it would be better to sell warm clothes. If you are planning to go on a tour of the island, dress warmly!
17. The roads on the island look something like this photo. They are literally cut into the lava fields.
nine0002 20. Drive to Timanfaya National Park. The landscape acquires finally Martian features. It is said that episodes of Star Wars were filmed in Lanzarote.
22. The ocean is visible in the distance.
24. Where the national park is now arranged, there was an epicenter of volcanic eruptions. Entrance to the park is paid (8 euros), at the entrance there is a queue. However, taxis do not stand in line. You can move around the park only on a special bus (it is free, it leaves every 40 minutes, there is a queue), from which you can’t even get out. You can drive your own car only to one of the observation decks. It’s cold upstairs, dress warmly! nine0003
25. In the park, tourists are shown that there is activity underground, despite the fact that the volcanoes seem to have not erupted for a long time. The caretaker pours a bucket of water into a special hole in the ground . ..
26. … and literally in a couple of seconds a column of steam and water escapes from there! In the background is a restaurant where food is cooked using heat coming from underground.
27. Dried grass is involved in another trick. It is laid in a hole and after a few seconds the grass starts to burn! nine0003
29. If you touch the lava stones under your feet, it turns out that they are hot!
30. We return to Playa Blanca.
31. The last photo was taken in Playa Blanca a few days later, when the island was hit by calima, a relative of the African sirocco wind. Calima covered the sky with a yellow dusty fog, overcame the eternal Canary wind, closed the horizon. The locals said that this happens only a couple of times a year. I think we are lucky! nine0003
UPD: thanks to the attentive reader on ru_travel – I initially managed to confuse south with north, although actually I have a map on my table;) so this is a story about the SOUTH.
Lanzarote – a fantastic island with lunar landscapes
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The island is part of the Canarian archipelago, half of its territory is covered with basalt and volcanic ash.
At 845.94 km 2 Lanzarote is home to three hundred volcanoes. In 1730, the last recorded eruption occurred – then 30 volcanoes immediately threw out lava for 6 years. About 50% of the island’s territory is completely covered with basalt and ash, and the bizarre landscape is very similar to the moon. No wonder several fantastic films were shot on the unearthly multi-colored lava glades.
Now this area belongs to the Timanfaya National Park. It got its name in honor of the active volcano that bears the same name. Traveling through the park can be done on foot along special paths, on a camel or by car. The walk will allow you to enjoy the volcanic craters, the Hanubio salt mines, the grandeur of the black desert with numerous inclusions of hardened lava slabs. nine0003
The next no less attractive object is the six-kilometer volcanic cave Cueva de los Verdes, located on the north side of Lanzarote. There are winding corridors and spacious halls, one of which has a concert hall that can accommodate more than 500 people. Natural acoustics make it possible to arrange high-class concerts there.
Here is Jameos del Agua. In this unique complex of volcanic caves, natural beauty is closely intertwined with artificially created. The famous architect and artist Cesar Manrique decorated the complex with a snow-white lagoon with palm trees, which looks amazing against the background of the cave twilight. The main miracle of Jameos del Agua is called a salt lake, which was formed from sea water that seeped into the cave. It is inhabited by tiny blind albino crabs. And this is an amazing fact, because they are found only in the ocean at a depth of several thousand meters. How they got here is unknown.