10 Incredible Places To Go Hiking In Lanzarote

10 Incredible Places To Go Hiking In Lanzarote

Famous for its beaches and the great waves, hiking in Lanzarote is so good that it actually is a fantastic destination even for nature lovers. This is the easternmost of the main Canary Islands, and the third most populated in the archipelago. Arrecife is the capital and the main city.

Read more about the rest of the Canary Islands on my post Which Are The Best Canary Islands?

Lanzarote is known as “the island of eternal spring.” The weather is very mild on the island, as it only gets 16 days of rain in a year (this means that it’s virtually always a good time to go hiking in Lanzarote!). What it does get, however, is wind: this blows regularly in Lanzarote.

Lanzarote is of volcanic origins (like the rest of the Canary Islands), which means the landscape is quite barren. Famara and Montañas del Fuego, two of the highest “mountains” on the island, are separated by El Jable desert separate. The highest peak is Peñas del Chache, which reaches 670 meters.

Most tourists who visit Lanzarote each year go there to enjoy its beautiful beaches. Papagayo, a series of small coves nestled between lava formations, is the most famous one. Diving is another popular activity on the island, as well as surfing, thanks to the excellent waves. Adding to these, there are some beautiful small cities and villages; fantastic locally produced wine; and the fabulous nature. Lanzarote is home to the Timanfaya Natural Park, and there are several volcanoes that call to be hiked.

Between the beaches, the diving and surfing, the villages and the volcanoes, there are many great excursions in Lanzarote. Some hiking trails link the gorgeous beaches to the nice villages (such as the hike from Femés to Papagayo); others like the one of Caldera Blanca go to the craters of volcanoes.

This post strictly focuses on hiking in Lanzarote, mentioning the best trails to enjoy nature and views, and providing a few tips on how to make the most of the island.

Interested in reading about hikes in mainland Spain? Check this post! For hikes in other Canary Islands, read my posts about Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

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There are some surreal sights when hiking in Lanzarote

Ten Beautiful Places To Go Hiking In Lanzarote

Difficult hikes

Camino de los Glacioseros

One of the nicest places to go hiking in Lanzarote is in the area of La Graciosa, on a trail that its inhabitants used to take to walk to Lanzarote and back. It is a 4 km trail one way, and the difficulty depends on whether you walk it downhill or uphill. The first part of the trail, around Yé towards Guinate is along cobbled path, and it zig zags down. The trail then goes along the cliffs of Famara, and the volcanic rocks make it a bit slippery. The views of the coast during the hike are fantastic, and on the trail it is possible to admire several native species of fauna and flora.

Los Ajaches

In the south west of Lanzarote there is Los Ajaches. This is a large volcanic formation in what is thought to be the oldest part of the island. The trail isn’t long (around 6 km) but it is very steep, making it one of the most challenging places to go hiking in Lanzarote. The starting point is in Femés. From there, the trail goes along a pathway, a track, pedestrian ways as well as roads.

The vegetation along the hike is beautiful. Wildlife in this part of the island abounds, with species such as the steppe birds, birds of prey and sea birds that live on the coastal cliffs.

Make sure to take water (and food) with you as there’s none along the way.


One of the nicest excursions in Lanzarote is that of Guatiza. It’s not a hard hike, but the trail is rather long. It is a 27.5 km oval trail that goes through Tinguanton and Loz Valles. Going towards Haria, the views from the Mirador are breathtaking. Another places that can be visited along the way is the hermitage of Ermita de las Nieves.

Medium difficulty hikes

Femés to Papagayo

One of the nicest hikes in Lanzarote is the one that goes from Fémes to Papagayo. It offers the very best of the island: mountain views; coast views that span to the Altantic and Fuerteventura; and gorgeous beaches at the end. The starting point is in Fémes, a village where only 200 people live and which is a favorite for people who plan to go hiking in Lanzarote.

There is also longer trail that goes through Los Ajaches and that can be walked in around 4 hours.

El Golfo to Charco de los Clicos

This 10.6 km hike that starts in El Golfo, a small fishing village on the west coast of Lanzarote, makes up for one of the top excursions in Lanzarote as it affords incredible views of the volcanic landscape. The trail actually is on the lava flows and it is quite easy to follow – however, it’s to always stay on the track because there are bubbles in the lava.

The trail reaches Charco de los Clicos, a funky looking lagoon where the Rupia-Maritima algae turned the water bright green. It’s an incredible place, as the background is very dark because of the black volcanic sand.

Haria to El Bosquecillo

The area of Haria and El Bosquecillo is one of the nicest to go hiking in Lanzarote. The trail that links the two starts in Haria and is 8 km long. It goes to two beautiful viewpoints –the Mirador Montaña Ganda and El Bosquecillo (which is Lanzarote’s only forest). The view of Famara from the Mirador El Bosquecillo is fantastic.

Playa Quemada to Puerto del Carmen

Playa Quemada is the starting point of yet another beautiful hike in Lanzarote. The walk is fairly easy (though it is a 12 km walk there and back), on a trail that follows the cliffs. The trail goes through Puerto Calero, a lovely marina from where there are water taxis to Puerto del Carmen – especially great if you need a break from walking!

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Incredible nature when hiking in Lanzarote

Easy hikes

Caldera Blanca

Caldera Blanca is one of the highest peaks on the island and it is one of the nicest places to go hiking in Lanzarote. The hike goes through a large volcanic area. The walk is on a lava surface which was formed through the 1730 and 1736 eruptions. The overall hike takes 4 hours. The starting point is the church of Our Lady of Sorrows, the saint patron of Lanzarote.

The trail follows a marked pathways, a track and even a tarred road in points. It is an easy walk, suitable for families with children. However, it’s not a very popular trail. There are incredible views of the Montañas del Fuego.

There is no shade or water throughout the hike, so make sure to carry enough water and to wear sunblock!

Cueva de los Verdes

Another lovely area to go hiking in Lanzarote is that of Cueva de los Verdes, near Haria. The trail is really easy, perfect for families with children. It’s a 2 km trail part of of a 6 km volcanic gallery. The name of the cave takes from its former owners, the Verdes. The cave was formed by an eruption from the nearby Monte Corona, which took place between 3000 and 5000 years ago.

There are guided tours of the cave every day between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

La Graciosa

Caleta de Sebo, capital of La Graciosa, can be reached by ferry from Orzola, located in the north of Lanzarote. Once there, there are several gorgeous tropical beaches and walks (as well as people who offer 4X4 rides). It’s one of the nicest excursions in Lanzarote. Mske sure not to miss Playa de las Conchas, the most beautiful beach.

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When hiking in Lanzarote you may come across a gorgeous beach like Papagayo

The Best Time To Go Hiking In Lanzarote 

Thanks to the spring-like weather and the lack of rain any time of the year is good to go hiking in Lanzarote. One thing to keep in mind, however, is the lack of shade on most of the trails: make sure to wear a hat, apply sunblock and carry and drink plenty of water.

The Unmissable Places To Visit In Lanzarote

Among the nicest places to visit in Lanzarote there is Arrecife, the capital of the island since 1852. It’s name is due to the reef (arrecife, in Spanish) that surrounds its most famous urban beach. It’s a small city, with a nice promenade and a beautiful beach (even though the buildings behind it are not nearly as beautiful); some nice shops; several unpretentious bars and restaurants.

In Arrecife, the Castillo de San José, is a must see. This is a fortress built in the 1770s under orders of Carlos III to protect Arrecife from pirates. The construction of the castle was also meant to create more work opportunities. The views from the Castle are beautiful. The castle was completely restored in the 1970s and currently hosts a great exhibitions of pieces of Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró.

Another interesting place to visit is the César Manrique Foundation, which opened to visitors after Manrique’s death in 1992. What makes the place worth visiting is the fact that it’s been built on a lava flow and it follows the shape of the volcanic rock. Inside, there is an art gallery with works by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

One of the prettiest places to visit in Lanzarote is Teguise, which used to be the capital of the island until 1852. At the moment, it is one of the main tourist and cultural centers of Lanzarote. The city is located right in the center of the island, 10 km from the coast and at 200 meters above sea level. It has a number of good museums, a nice flea market every Sunday morning, and the historic center has a fantastic medieval look – it’s been declared an Architectural Historic Site.

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One of the perks of hiking in Lanzarote is enjoying a fantastic sunset

Where To Stay In Lanzarote

Lanzarote is one of the most famous tourist destination in Spain, though not nearly as developed as the rest of the big Canary Islands. However, it’s been recently upgrading its appeal so there are more accommodation options.

Here is where to stay in Lanzarote:  

There’s only one official camping sites in Lanzarote, in Papagayo Beach, which is fairly well equipped. It’s open from June to September.

How To Get To Lanzarote 

The only airport in Lanzarote is in Arrecife, at about 5 km southwest of the city. There are regular and budget flights to several destinations in Spain and Europe.

Other useful information

More information about hiking in Lanzarote can be found on Happy Hiker, who also has his own book that can be found on Amazon and where he offers more detailed description of the trails. And this is a map of the trails in Lanzarote.

Guided hikes are offered by Adrenaline Hunter and H.F. Holidays.

For more hikes in the Canary Islands, read my posts on the best hikes in Tenerife and the best hikes in Gran Canaria. Also check my post on why I do not recommend hiking alone

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10 Great Hikes In Tenerife

10 Great Hikes In Tenerife

There are many incredible hikes in Tenerife, that it would be a real pity to miss out on them while on the island. Tenerife is the biggest and most populated of the Canary Islands. It’s capital is Santa Cruz the Tenerife, though San Cristobal de la Laguna, where the University of La Laguna was founded in 1792 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is probably the most popular city to visit.

To read more about the Canary Islands, check my post Which Are The Best Canary Islands?

There are many reasons why Tenerife is one Spain’s most visited islands. Blessed with a beautiful climate, it is a paradise for surfers, who find persistently good waves. The island is packed beautiful beaches such as La Caleta, real hidden gem thanks to the quiet environment and gorgeous setting (and where there is a fantastic fish restaurant!); or Playa del Bolullo, boasting dark volcanic sand and surrounded by high cliffs. Although remote, there is an easy trail that makes going one of the nicest excursions in Tenerife

Tenerife also has some lovely villages. And last but definitely not least, the hikes in Tenerife are among some of the best in Spain, thanks to Mount Teide (the highest volcano in Europe) and Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other than volcano hikes, there also are some nature hikes and coastal trails.

Fore more incredible hikes in mainland Spain, check my post Where To Find The Most Amazing Hikes In Spain.”

This post highlights 10 fantastic hikes in Tenerife, and includes some tips on other places to visit, where to stay on the island, and other useful information.

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What are some of the nicest hikes in Tenerife?

10 Incredible Hikes In Tenerife 

The most difficult hikes in Tenerife 


The hike to Guajara, Tenerife’s 4th highest peak which is located on the south eastern edge of Las Cañadas ridge, in Las Cañadas National Park, isn’t long. It’s just about 9 km. The ascent isn’t much, really. But the altitude makes it challenging and altitude sickness may cause problems. What makes this one of the top hikes in Tenerife is the incredible view. On a clear day, it’s possible to see Las Cañadas, Mount Teide and the south coast of Tenerife.

The best time of the year to attempt this hike are May and June, when there’s beautiful flowers on the way; or September and October.

Make sure you are prepared for sudden weather changes, and keep in mind that the temperature on the summit may be 20 degrees colder than on the south coast. Dress appropriately and carry an extra layer.

Once at the summit you will find a small abandoned stone shelter which is a good place to keep out of the wind and have lunch. The descent follows the same path, or alternatively there is an old goat-herder trail following a ravine on the west side, which however is very hard to follow. You will get why I say that it’s one of the most difficult hikes in Tenerife!

Medium difficulty hikes in Tenerife

Los Crisitanos to Las Galletas

One of the nicest hikes in Tenerife is the 14 km coastal walk from Los Crisitanos to Las Galletas, right at the doorsteps of the biggest tourist resorts on the island. It goes through some beautiful nature reserves and offers incredible views of the south coast. The trail starts in Casa Carolina, an old villa on the sea front; it goes past the beach and towards Montaña Guaza – a protected natural area. There is a trail on the right which is less known and goes towards the cliffs.

Once there, the trail goes around the plateau through a rocky landscape surrounded by cactus. It eventually goes down through a steep slope towards Palm Mar, through the nature reserve of Malpais de la Rasca, where there’s the beautiful lighthouse. From there, the trail goes all the way to Las Galletas, a lovely fishing port, crossing some banana plantations and abandoned fields. It’s one of the nicest excursions in Tenerife.

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When hiking in Tenerife, Teide is a must!

The easiest hikes in Tenerife

Las Montañas Negras

las Montañas Negras are located in the north-west of Tenerife and owe their name to the color of the volcanic ash that formed them. They include Volcan de Carachico, whose 1706 eruption caused the destruction of the port of Garachico.

One of the nicest hikes in Tenerife is the one that starts in San Jose de los Llanos, just north of Santiago del Teide, and following a circular route goes to Montaña Bilma, then turns east to get to a forestry track that runs along Canal Vergara. On this part of the hike, the view spans so see the lava flaws of the 1909 eruption of Chinyero (the most recent eruption in Tenerife). On clear days, it’s possible to see all the way to the valley around Santiago del Teide, Mount Teide and Pico Viejo.

The last part of the trail is downhill, going to San Jose de Los Llanos.

The overall hike is 14 km but the ascent of just 200 meters makes it one of the nicest, easiest hikes in Tenerife.

Montaña Blanca

Immediately east of Mount Teide there is Montaña Blanca, the third highest peak on the island. The hike there is one of the easiest yet most rewarding hikes of Tenerife among those in Teide National Park. It is a dirt track that for around 7 km zig zaps up the back of the mountain, going by the Huevos de Teide (giant boulders that were ejected during volcanic eruptions). Along the way it is also possible to see the lava flows on the side of Mount Teide.

Roque del Conde

Roque del Conde is one of the most famous landmarks of southern Tenerife. This mountain that looks over the resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. It’s possible to walk there (it takes around 3 hours) and from the peak there are gorgeous, 360 degree views of the south of Tenerife. This makes it one of the nicest excursions in Tenerife.

It is a 6 km hike on a paved path starting in Vento – there’s signs pointing to it from the main road in Arona. Here the altitude is around 600 meters above sea level, while at the peak it is around 1000. The trail goes through the Barranco del Rey, a deep gorge cutting through the southern side of the Tenerife, and then up the plateau.

Masca Barranco

One of the nice things about hiking in Tenerife is that the trails go through villages and beaches. The Masca Barranco hike goes from the picturesque Masca, thought to be Tenerife’s prettiest village, to the beach, through a prehistoric landscape. The walk to the beach takes roughly 3 hours, and once there it is possible to either take the boat to Los Gigantes or to walk all the way back.

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The landscape is gorgeous when hiking in Tenerife

Arona to Ifonche

One of the most popular hikes in Tenerife is the one from Arona to Ifonche. It is a 9 km hike that goes along a well marked trail, and starts 1 km north of Arona, following an old goat herder track all the way to Ifonche. The way back is via Barranco del Rey gorge. It is the first leg of the longer walk to Adeje, Taucho and Vilaflor.

Las Lajas to Ifonche

One of the easiest excursions in Tenerife is the one that starts in Las Lajas, the barbecue area of Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal, at about 10 km from Vilaflor. The first part of the trail is quite easy, on a good dirt track where you will cross paths with many mountain bikers in the winter months. You will be crossing the Pasaije Natural Protegido (Protected Natural Space) of Ifonche, as well go by the resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas.

After walking for about 2 hours, the view is obscured by the Alto de Chimoche, which reaches 1500 meters of elevation.

It takes around 4 hours to walk the roughly 12 km.

Cruz del Carmen to Chinamada

This 9.4 km walk is thought to be one of the top hikes of Tenerife. It goes through ancient forests and steep mountain ravines to then get to a hamlet where the locals still live in cave houses, much like it can be seen during the Tamadaba hike in Gran Canaria.

For more hikes in Gran Canaria, check my post “Hikes in Gran Canaria.”

La Fortaleza

The Fortaleza trail is a nice and easy one – the only thing that may cause a bit of difficulty is the altitude. It’s one of the nicest excursions in Tenerife to explore the north crater wall of Teide and Teide National Park.

When To Go Hiking In Tenerife

The best time to go hiking in Tenerife is towards the end of the spring or the beginning of autumn, when temperatures are milder. Throughout the winter, the temperatures are mild; whereas in the summer it’s really hot and it is not recommended to go hiking.

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There are some lovely cities and villages in Tenerife

The Nicest Cities In Tenerife

Santa Cruz the capital of the island, is a great starting point when hiking in Tenerife. It is a nice place to visit, with a good selection of tourist attractions. The main one is Tenerife Auditorium, designed by famous architect Calatrava. Espacio de las Artes, the art museum, is another must. The city centre is packed with beautiful squares and lovely small streets.

San Cristobal de la Laguna is the second most important city on the island, home of the University of La Laguna, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. It used to be the capital of the Canary Islands. The Old City boasts some beautiful churches (especially the Cathedral) and some nice squares.

Many villages can be seen when hiking in Tenerife. The nicest ones are Masca, which is perched on a rock: it is a series of narrow, cobbled alleys and overflowing gardens; Garachico, which is a tiny port that survived a volcano eruption; Tegueste, which is known for its farmers’ market; and Vilaflor, which is the highest village in Spain and is entirely surrounded by the forest. Last but not least, Granadilla is home to a beautiful baroque church dating back to the 18th century.

The Best Places To Stay In Tenerife

Tenerife is a popular tourist destinations. As such, there is a very good selection of accommodation options, for any kind of traveler and any budget and even for those who go hiking in Tenerife.

Here’s a selection of places to stay in Tenerife:

Wild camping is not allowed in Tenerife. Although there are meant to be a few campsites on the island, at the time of researching for this post it looks like most of them are closed for refurbishment. The online list seems rather outdated.

How To Get To Tenerife

Tenerife has two airports: Tenerife South Airport, and Tenerife North Airport. South Airport is connected to mainland Spain and the rest of Europe through regular and budget flights, though some of them are only seasonal. North Airport is not as well connected.

Other Useful Information

Several sites have information on the hikes in Tenerife, but the information is scattered at best. There is a Walk This Way Tenerife on the best trails of the island that can be bought online on Amazon.

Another site is Tenerife Hiking, but it’s outdated, with the last post being published in 2008.

Several companies offer guided hikes in Tenerife. Among them, there are Tenerife Hiking and Macs Adventures.

For more hikes in the Canary Islands, read my posts on the best hikes in Lanzarote and the best hikes in Gran Canaria. Also check my post on why I do not recommend hiking alone

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