The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
Many say that Lanzarote is the most fascinating of the Canary Islands, and with winter temperatures which rarely fall below 20C, it makes the perfect winter walking destination.
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 12760
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.
Why not extend you stay in the Canaries by combining your holiday on Lanzarote with another island. Take a look at our Canary Islands Page to view all our possible island combinations!
Discover a volcanic wonderland with a difference on an island of natural richness and wildlife found nowhere else in the world. Lanzarote’s striking volcanic cones and beautiful sandy beaches are well known but those in search of the pleasures that walking can bring are also well catered for on this most northerly of the Canary Islands. There are palm groves, vineyards, white-washed villages, and mountain vistas. The whole island is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve with over 40% of the island protected for its natural richness. There are plants endemic to the island, volcanic tubes, salt marshes and wild beaches.
From Haria the Valley of a Thousand Palms, follow old trading paths to Tequise, the ancient capital of Lanzarote, one of the best on the island with views over La Graciosa and the other tiny islands off the north coast. View ancient lava fields surrounded by towering volcanic cones in the Timanfaya National Park and make your way through verdant palm groves and vineyards taking in the fresh mountain air along the way.
We stay in the island’s capital, Arrecife, a good base from which to explore the rest of the island. With a wild coastline, deserted sandy beaches and welcoming rural villages, you’ll always find a place to relax and take in the views at the end of a walk and with temperatures that rarely fall below 20°C, what could be more perfect?
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Once we land into Lanzarote Airport we then transfer by road to Arrecife and our hotel.
Transfer Time = 15m
During our time on Lanzarote we will be spending our time exploring the island through a variety of walks. There will also be a free day. Some highlight walks that we aim to complete are as follows:
Uga to Puerto del Carmen (Grade 4)
A good starter linear walk to stretch your legs on good tracks/paths, which takes in the grape pits of the La Geria district and continues through flatter residential land to the barranco of Quiquere, down to the coast and along the sea path to reach the resort of Puerto Del Carmen and refreshments.
Uga to Puerto del Carmen (Grade 6)
Both groups start out from the village of Uga but the Grade 6 walk involves two additional hills to climb which afford magnificent views.
Timanfaya & El Golfo (Grade 4)
Both groups start with a joint visit to the Timanfaya Visitor Centre which we believe is an essential excursion to get an understanding of the volcanic formation of the island. The visit is then followed by two circular coastal walks on lava paths, including a beach stop, a visit to the Green Lagoon and on the return journey a photo stop opportunity at the sea caves of Los Hervideros.
Timanfaya & El Golfo (Grade 6)
Our Grade 6 takes in a slightly higher and longer route.
Maguez Circular (Grade 4)
A circular walk starting from Community Centre at the whitewashed village of Maguez . The two groups walk largely independently for most of the day. The lower grade walk is less demanding in terms of distance and ascent but both groups are rewarded with magnificent views of the North of Lanzarote and the Island of Graciosa. These are both lovely walks with amazing views which many clients enjoy as a real highlight of the week.
Maguez Circular (Grade 6)
The 6 grade route visits along the side of a volcano and then passes through the picturesque village of Ye before continuing on high cliff paths with spectacular views of the nearby island of La Graciosca and returning to Maguez. These are both lovely walks with amazing views which many clients enjoy as a real highlight of the week.
Femes to Puerto Calero (Grade 4)
A linear walk starting in the high mountains of the south which are usually visible from Arrecife, this area offers two fine rough ridge walks of varying difficulty, then a quiet and tranquil valley, where rare birds have been seen, followed by a secluded lava beach which is an ideal location for a swim. Then it follows the coast path north with fine views. The path snakes through to the unspoiled resort of Playa Quemada where a few nice bars/restaurants are available. From there it continues on the coast path to Puerto Calero where it is possible to spend some time after the walk.
Femes to Puerto Calero (Grade 6)
Our Grade 6 walk is a longer and higher variation if the Grade 4 route.
Haria to Teguise (Grade 4)
Two linear walks with varying distance and ascent which basically follow old trading paths from Haria, the Valley of a Thousand Palm Trees to the ancient capital of Teguise. Both walks are on ancient and rough tracks, ascending to a high plateau and the church of Ermita de las Nieves. This walk affords both groups spectacular views inland and to the coast. There is also time for a look around tranquil Teguise. The ascent at grade 4 is all at the beginning of the walk and up to the first break, after which it is easy walking.
Haria to Teguise (Grade 6)
Our Grade 6 walk is a longer higher variation of our Grade 4 route.
There will also be a free day generally on day five your leaders will let you know about options available to you on Wednesday evening. Note: This free day is the best opportunity for shopping as majority of shops are closed Saturday evening and Sunday.
Travel by road to Lanzarote Airport for the return flights to London Gatwick or Manchester.
Departure dates for your selected tour
10th Apr 2021 - 17th Apr 2021 (7 Nights)
6th Nov 2021 - 13th Nov 2021 (7 Nights)
21st Dec 2021 - 28th Dec 2021 (7 Nights)
29th Jan 2022 - 5th Feb 2022 (7 Nights)
19th Feb 2022 - 26th Feb 2022 (7 Nights)
26th Feb 2022 - 5th Mar 2022 (7 Nights)
19th Mar 2022 - 26th Mar 2022 (7 Nights)
9th Apr 2022 - 16th Apr 2022 (7 Nights)
5th Nov 2022 - 12th Nov 2022 (7 Nights)
20th Dec 2022 - 27th Dec 2022 (7 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The Hotel Lancelot our home on Lanzarote is a 3 star beach front hotel just a pleasant 10 minute walk from Arrecife town centre the capital of Lanzarote itself with all its local amenities.
Hotel facilities include restaurant, cafe, piano bar, terrace, laundry service, solarium and gym.
Room facilities include en suite, TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone, air conditioning, minibar, safe (charge applies locally) and hairdryer.
The popular and somewhat more barren island compared to its brothers and sisters in the Canaries offers a wide variety of walking which is perfect for our 2 Grade, 2 Leaders, 2 Walks option at a grade 4 and 6.
Each day we will walk between 4 and 6 hours with cumulative daily ascents and descents in the range of 300m to 800m depending on the grade of walk you choose to do. The paths we take are rough and steep at times, but will be taken at a pace appropriate to the grade of the walk. The higher the grade walking programmes the higher ascents and duration will be. It is important to note that some walks maybe difficult for those affected by vertigo. The maximum altitude reached on either grade is 650m.
Please ensure you read the Proposed Itinerary carefully to best gauge the walking technicalities.
Each day we will walk between 4 and 6 hours with cumulative daily ascents and descents in the range of 300m to 800m depending on the grade of walk you choose to do. The paths we take are rough and steep at times but will be taken at a pace appropriate to the grade of the holiday. The higher-grade walking programme will involve higher ascents and maybe longer in duration.
It is important to note that some walks may be difficult for those affected by vertigo.
Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks
On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.
On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).
For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Spain
The currency in Spain is the euro.
ATMs can be found locally in Arrecife town centre or along the promenade as you walk into town. There are several banks in Arrecife as well should you need them.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Flights are from Gatwick and Manchester to Arrecife and return by British Airways or charter service.
Travel on Lanzarote will be by road via a mixture of public transport and hired transport services.
Transfer time from airport to hotel is approximately 15 minutes by road. Should you be making your own flight arrangements to Arrecife and are unable to meet our group transfers you will find plenty of taxis outside of the Airport Terminal that are nice and cheap to the hotel, around €15 each way.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
Breakfasts and dinners are included with dinners being taken in the hotel for the first three nights and in local restaurants for the remainder of the week.
Lunches are not included but there are a wide range of supermarkets and bakery's in the nearby town centre to buy lunch provisions. Sometimes a walk will have a nice cafe on route to use for a bite to eat, your leader will tell you more at the evening briefings if this is an option.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Spain
Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Useful websites such as:
Some books and maps you might find useful are:
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Spain
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
From January 1st, 2021 UK travellers can continue to use their European Heath Insurance Card (EHIC) – which can last up to five years, until its expiry date, to gain access to medical assistance during your holiday. However, you will no longer be covered in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Travellers without a valid EHIC can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replaces the EHIC once it has been phased out. Please note however that the EHIC/GHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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