Lanzarote – the island of volcanoes, declared as Biosphere Reserve, which means has a strong historic link between man and nature. Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands with a very unique landscape and topography. The island is mostly covered by volcano cones which spread between black lava fields and small mountains with stunning surfer beaches.
There were two main reasons I was heading Lanzarote island – adventurous volcano hiking and joining one of the local school for a short Spanish language course. I choose a small, cosy town Tinaho as my base, located in middle-west of the island. Finally it turned out there’s lots more things I was about to get inspired by. A day before my flight I received a text message saying my Spanish lessons have been cancelled as the tutor has to fly to the mainland because of funeral. When flying over the island it turned out the weather conditions are so bad that all Canary’s airports have been closed.. which means the plain flu to Marakesh… Luckily the next day in the afternoon the plane took a chance to land in Lanzarote and after the most rough landing I have evenr experienced in my life we we touched the red ground. Shortly after our landing this extremely windy island closed the airport again and didn not accept any airplanes over the next two days. These are the best 10 things to see in Lanzarote. I have hiked all the trails listed below and can tell you each crater is unique and the landscapes will blow you away.
1. Fire Mountains (Montañas del Fuego) – Timanfaya National Park.
Timanfaya National Park one of the most spectacular part of the island where some of the volcanoes are still active. Try to show up there whether on the morning or late afternoon. During the season the traffic jam to enter the park is terrible. Check the hours as they change in regards to the season. There is 10 Euro entrance per person. After driving yourself you reach a huge parking, where you are been taken by coach on this stage to explore the park area. Take some snacks and water with you, as the things are quite expensive in park’s restaurant.
It’s possible to explore some of the park for free. I advise you to drive through it just after the sunset, as the grey and brown volcanoes and black background gives you a feeling being on a completely another planet. I have never experienced anything like that in different parts of the world. I was traveling on beginning of March, so additionally there were almost no tourists. The scenery was a host for few movies because of it’s otherworldly atmosphere!
2. Volcano hiking in Lanzarote.
I was staying in Tinajo, which was my starting point for few volcano hiking routs. This land is a paradise for adventurous hiking. The impressive red coastal volcano was one of my targets. Located a little south from La Santa, a small touristic town. The volcano is much more fascinating from the south side. Also possible to climb but be careful as it’s quite steep at the end while your feet are sinking in lava gravel. The surrounding view of the black lava rocky coastal is stunning.
3. Volcan El Cuervo – Lunar landscape!
Hiking Volcan EL Cuervo is very easy. There’s a small parking along the road, where you can leave your car and start walking toward El Cuervo Volcano through lunar fields. Green-graphite landscape with Fire Mountains on the background makes incredible scenery. It takes about 30 minutes to get near the volcano. There’s a path so you can walk inside the crater and then around it.
4. Caldera Blanca.
Easily accessible from a small town Mancha Blanca, located near Tinajo. There are many signs on the road so you shouldn’t have problem with finding a parking place, a starting point. It takes about 50 minutes to get to the top pf the caldera from the parking place. Unless you want to climb the highest rim of the caldera, which might be even another 30 min. The rout takes you through dramatic lava fields, it gets a little steep at the bottom of the volcano but there was lots of people hiking with kids, so I would say it’s really accessible for everyone. The caldera is maybe not the highest but definitely the widest in Lanzarote. The small Montana Caldera is in the front of Caldera Blanca. Reaching the highest rim might be a little challenging. Even in March I had to carry with me a bottle of water so I assume the summer months must be very hot. It was also very windy at the time.
5. La Corona Volcano.
Located in the north of the island next to Famara Mountains. I had no idea where to start hiking La Corona. When I was driving around the volcano there were no people. Finally I decided to stop and just try climbing the crater, although there was lots of cactuses and vegetations. My feet kept sinking in lava gravel and sometimes the volcano was really steep. Getting closer to the crater I noticed two people hiking volcano from the other side. It was obvious there’s a better path taking you up to the top, you just need to search for it. Anyway I always enjoy different trails and it wasn’t that hard at the end to hike through the unknown 🙂 The crater is stunning, scary and windy. The flanks look like they were covered by grey ash.
6. Aloe plantations.
There are many aloe plantations in the island. You can buy really good 99% aloe vera cosmetics in few local shops. A small aloe museum is worth visiting, where you can hear a little bit about aloe history and it’s positive effect on human body. There are 300 types of aloe but only about 10 of them are extremely beneficial for human health.
7. Coastline on the way to Harvideros.
8. Harvideros Lava Tubes.
Lava tubes – the longest lava tube in the world is in Lanzarote, the Tunel de La Atlantida stretches for over 7km and encompases La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Aqua. Easily accessible lava tubes meeting the sea are in amazing Los Hervideros near EL Golfo.
9. Famara Cliffs.
There’s a small coastal road along Famara cliffs, which gives an amazing view over nearby islands. Playa de Famara is one of the place when you can surf or enjoy the ocean laguna.
10. Arrecife – the capital of Lanzarote.