Day 2 to 7
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 - 13.3k / 8.3 miles 170m asc, 440m desc / Grade 6 - 17k / 11.8 miles 470m asc, 740m desc
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. 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 - 8k / 5 miles 2.45 hrs 120m asc / Grade 6 - 12k / 7.5 miles 3.5 hrs 180m asc
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.
- Maguez Circular - Grade 4 - 14k / 9 miles 400m asc/desc 4 hrs / Grade 6 - 16k / 10 miles 500m asc/desc 4.5 hrs
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. 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 - 14k / 9 miles 250asc/450 desc 4 hrs / Grade 6 - 18k / 11miles 520 asc, 800 desc 6.5 hrs
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.
- Haria to Teguise - Grade 4 - 14k / 9 miles 400m asc/1220 ft, 4 hrs / Grade 6 - 16k / 10miles, 550m/1750ft asc 4.5 hrs
Day 9 to 14
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.
During our time on Tenerife we will enjoy four days of walking. There are lots of walks available to your leader and the walks below will give you a flavour of what to expect.
- Pedro Alvarez to Punta Hildalgo starting at this rural village the initial ascent has spectacular views over the local area and towards the west coast. We continue uphill through the laurel forest of Anaga before the path eases for a while. This gives you the opportunity to admire the amazing flora and fauna. The path changes as we head downhill, twisting and turning before the forest opens, revealing the full beauty of the barrancos before you. This area was formed millions of years ago and hasn’t changed much. You can soak in the vista during your picnic lunch before a challenging descent takes us down to the coast.
9.5Km 400m ascent, 900m descent
- Afur Circuit From the tiny hamlet of Afur an undulating path takes us through small parcels of farmland, crossing then following a stream with picturesque waterfalls to a beach with dramatic cliffs. Climbing eastwards, we continue along a coastal path with breath-taking views. We pass through a cluster of buildings at Auchones, famous for its wine before an optional drink and a rest in Taganana. A challenging climb takes us up to La Cumbrecilla and a gentle descent to our waiting bus.
14km; 850m ascent/descent 6 hours. Not recommended for vertigo sufferers.
- Las Canteras to Bajamar Starting on the outskirts of La Laguna we head uphill out of the town, leaving the hustle and bustle for the peace and quiet of Anaga. We stop at the Mirador de Zapata where on a clear day you can see Mount Teide and Gran Canaria, as well as La Laguna and the local area. Our walk crosses towards the west coast and we descend into a beautiful valley which takes us to Bajamar, our destination.
16km, 500m ascent, 1050m descent. Not recommended for vertigo sufferers.