Lanzarote is a great place for hiking and you can’t beat a walk along the beautiful Lanzarote coastline.
Some fantastic recommended routes would be as follows:
Puerto del Carmen – Puerto Calero- Playa Quemada.
You could start this walk in either Puerto del Carmen and stop off half way for some refreshment in Puerto Calero before finishing in Playa Quemada for lunch in only of the great fish restaurant at the seashore.
Set off from the village of Famara and head towards the stunning cliffs. You will pass a small white house which is the last occupied building and if you go far enough you will reach the “Casa del Agua” (the house of water) Enjoy the fantastic views!
For those of you who like a bit of plane spotting, you cannot beat the lovely coastal walk from Puerto del Carmen through to Playa Honda. In the middle you will pass the airport and you get really close to the planes landing and taking off. Playa Honda also has some great beachside restaurants for some lunch in the sun.
Charco del Palo to Arrieta
A beautiful coastal walk from the naturist village of Charco del Palo in the North of the island through to the village of Arrieta. It’s a flat walk but wear sensible shoes as the path isn’t paved. Look out for a small pebbled beach about half way there!
Flintston’s Bike Hire is located in Matagorda in Puerto del Carmen. It was established in 2006 and is a family run business offering a wide range of bikes for hire. They also can offer organised cycling routes, Routes on Segway and also electric E scooters.
Their goal is to offer an unforgettable experience to everyone and take pride in the quality of their products and at the same time support a friendly environment.
All accessories are included (such as helmets, repair kits, pumps and locks) and they also offer an SOS contact number from Monday to Saturday from 9am -18.00.
Don’t worry if you are staying in another area of the island because they also offer a pick up taxi service.
You can contact them on the following email Flistonbike@yahoo.it or tel number (0034) 928 512 046 / 928 077 408
It looks very inviting but do you think you have the stamina to reach the beautiful beaches at the base of the Mirador del Rio. There are steps that lead you down the 600m drop to the base of the mountain. The deserted beaches and aqua blue waters make it look very worth while. This route used to be a regular causeway for the wives of fishermen who used to take this route to trade fish from the island of Graciosa many,many years ago
Lanzarote tourist centres closed the year of 2018 with a record of 29.6 million euros generated by 3 million visitors. This is an improvement of 9.7% over the previous year 2017. A spokesman for Lanzarote Council said “These figures are, in short, the result of putting the effort, responsibility and professionalism of all workers at the service of an entity that is the heritage and pride of all Lanzarote. Without them, it would be impossible to achieve the objectives set”
The Caldera Blanca is one of the highest peaks created in the volcanic eruptions in 1736 and located in the centre of Lanzarote around the region of Timanfaya National Park. Its a popular walk for hiking with a route starting from the church of Dolores and lasting 10 kilometres along a combination of pathways which are suitable for anyone to use crossing the volcanic lava fields with spectacular views of the crater. Its another way to explore this volcanic region for which Lanzarote is well known for and take advantage of seeing a volcano up close.
Scarcely mentioned in any of the tourist information the village of La Degollada is a small hamlet situated close to the well known village of Yaiza. Its a beautiful viewpoint overlooking a valley and the Timanfaya National Park. The earliest mention of the settlement was recorded in 1772 by a military engineer Jose Ruiz Cermeno where it was said to have 86 inhabitants.
If your at a loose end during your stay and are looking for something to do that is not going to cost a lot, why not take a bus into the capital Arrecife and jump on the hop on and off train that circuits the city. For just 4€ you can take a look at the points of interest. There are 2 lines to choose from
The Red Line starts from Charco San Ginés stopping at Calle Real, El Almacen, Playa El Reducto, Intercambiador Guaguas / Cabildo, Arrecife Gran Hotel, Real Club Nautico, Castillo de San Gabriel (History Museum), Marina Lanzarote and finishing at the Castillo de San José (International Museum of Contemporary Art).
The Blue Line Starts from Charco San Ginés stopping at the Castillo de San José (International Museum of Contemporary Art), Estacion de Guaguas, Teatro Insular, Intercambiador Guaguas, Arrecife Gran Hotel, Real Club Nautico, Castillo de San Gabriel (History Museum), finishing at Marina Lanzarote.
Situated on an incline in San Bartolome is one of the most important houses in Lanzarote which dates back to the 18th century. It was originaly owned by an influential militar but today stands as a museum portraying the history of San Bartolome.
With a budget of almost 50,000 euros, San Bartolomé is making improvements to this historical landmark concentrating on the exterior and it is planned to create a sports ring, in the space where palm trees were planted, which have now mostly dried up.
The project signed by Daniel González, to be executed throughout 2019, includes three new recreational areas, as well as the planting of trees to offer shade and shelter from the wind.
Nativity Scenes are a very popular Spanish tradition that date way back to 1223.
In Spanish it is called a “Belen” which actually means Bethlehem in Spanish.
They will consist of life like little models of Bethlehem, the scene of birth of Jesus and other typical stories from the bible such as the Three Kings being guided by a star and the Angel visiting the Shepherds.
If you are on holiday in Lanzarote you will find one is most of the islands villages but they can vary considerably in size and details. One of the best “Belens” on the island is in the village of Yaiza. If you do get to see one, don’t forget to look out for little man with his trousers down who is often hidden. This is another funny tradition and is always present in a Spanish Nativity Scene.
Its difficult not to see the influence Cesar Manrique has left on the island of Lanzarote. Most people that visit Lanzarote will hear or see his name whilst travelling around if they are sightseeing. If you are particularly interested in architecture, art or the developement of Lanzarote then following this artist will give you agreat insight and will answer many questions. One way of getting the information is through a guided tour that will take you to some of the important structures and view sights such as the Monument of El Camesino, Valley of the thousand palms, Mirador del Rio, Green Caves and Jameos del Agua, Jardine de Cactus and the Cesar Manrique Foundation one of his homes. This interesting and informative tour can be booked by clicking here