Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
Including sections of the GR131 long-distance trail
By Paddy Dillon
This book offers 45 walks on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, including 14 walks on the long-distance GR131 trail, which crosses both islands. Lanzarote has a fascinating volcanic national park; Fuerteventura has famous golden beaches. Both islands are crossed by new trails.
Seasonsboth renowned for being dry and sunny, but with strong winds; often a short wet spell in winter, followed by a rapid greening of the landscape and a wealth of flowers around February/March; summers can be too hot for walking
CentresLanzarote: Arrecife, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca; Fuerteventura: Morro Jable, Costa Calma, Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo
Difficultymany of the routes have been cleared, signposted and waymarked; hill and mountain trails are often fairly easy, but can be steep, stony and rocky in places; coastal walks range from sandy beaches to rugged cliffs of broken lava; always carry water and guard against the sun
Must SeeLanzarote: volcanic national park at Timanfaya; vineyards at La Geria. Fuerteventura: famous beaches; splendid mountain paths, recently cleared, signposted and waymarked. Both: the long-distance GR 131
This guidebook offers 21 walks on Lanzarote, including exploring the volcanic lava flows, two on Isla La Graciosa (off Lanzarote’s northern coast) and 22 on Fuerteventura, including 14 walks on the GR 131 trail, which crosses both islands.
Both popular holiday destinations, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are two remarkably different islands. Lanzarote has a fascinating volcanic national park at Timanfaya, and vineyards fill huge areas of black volcanic ash at La Geria; Fuerteventura is famous for extensive golden beaches, but its splendid mountain paths are less well-known. Both islands are crossed by new waymarked trails.
These traditional routes span a range of arid, agricultural and natural areas, including hill and mountain trails, coastal walks including Fuerteventura’s golden beaches, and some walks visit villages along the way.
- Both islands are linked by frequent half-hour ferries
- Practical information for walkers, including notes on refreshments and transport
- Best for walking from September until April
The Fortunate Isles
When to go
Health and safety
Food and drink
Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
What to take
Waymarking and access
Using this guide
Food and drink
Tourist information offices
Walk 1 Femés and Barranco de la Casita
Walk 2 Femés and Pico de las Flores
Walk 3 Femés to Puerto Calero
Walk 4 Femés to Playa Blanca
Walk 5 Playa Blanca to El Golfo
Walk 6 Yaiza to Tinajo
Walk 7 Mozaga to Uga
Walk 8 Cueva de los Naturalistas
Walk 9 Mancha Blanca and Caldera Blanca
Walk 10 Tinajo, Sóo and Caleta de Famara
Walk 11 Tiagua, Sóo and Caleta de Famara
Walk 12 Teguise to Caleta de Famara
Walk 13 Costa Teguise and Montaña Tinaguache
Walk 14 Teguise to Guatiza
Walk 15 Arrieta to Caleta de Famara
Walk 16 Ye and Salinas del Río
Isla La Graciosa
Walk 17 Caleta del Sebo and Montaña Amarilla
Walk 18 Caleta del Sebo and Montaña Bermeja
GR 131 – Playa Blanca to Órzola
Walk 19 GR 131 – Playa Blanca to Yaiza
Walk 20 GR 131 – Yaiza to Montaña Blanca
Walk 21 GR 131 – Montaña Blanca to Teguise
Walk 22 GR 131 – Teguise to Haría
Walk 23 GR 131 – Haría to Órzola
Walk 24 El Puertito and Las Talahijas
Walk 25 Gran Valle and Cofete
Walk 26 Pico de la Zarza
Walk 27 Costa Calma and Playa de Sotavento
Food and drink
Tourist information offices
Walk 28 Cardón and Montaña de Cardón
Walk 29 Vega de Río Palmas to Ajuy
Walk 30 Tiscamanita and Morro Jorjado
Walk 31 Antigua to Betancuria
Walk 32 Casillas del Ángel, Tefía and Tetir
Walk 33 Tindaya, Vallebrón and La Matilla
Walk 34 Lajares, El Cotillo and Playa de Esquinzo
Walk 35 Lajares and Calderón Hondo
Walk 36 Parque Natural de Corralejo
GR 131 – El Puertito to Isla de Lobos
Walk 37 GR 131 – Punta de Jandía to Morro Jable
Walk 38 GR 131 – Morro Jable to Barranco de Pecenescal
Walk 39 GR 131 – Barranco de Pecenescal to La Pared
Walk 40 GR 131 – La Pared to Pájara
Walk 41 GR 131 – Pájara to Betancuria
Walk 42 GR 131 – Betancuria to Tefía
Walk 43 GR 131 – Tefía to La Oliva
Walk 44 GR 131 – La Oliva to Corralejo
Walk 45 GR 131 – Isla de Lobos
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Topographical glossary
Appendix C Useful contacts
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Walk 7, 8, 20 & 21 - The small bar at Montaña Blanca is usually closed, but occasionally opens for special occasions.
Walks 33 & 43 - Casa Alta, at the top end of Tindaya, contains archaeological information, but rather worryingly also promotes an 'artistic' scheme that would involve quarrying huge cubic holes into the sacred mountain of Montaña Tindaya. Access to the mountain might be affected.
Walks 38 & 39 - A new road is being constructed parallel to the existing main road at the Barranco de Pecenescal. It is not known for certain if pull-in spaces for buses will be incorporated. The Chiringuito Bar has been replaced by a surf school and refreshments are no longer available.
Walks 39 & 40 - There is a fine hotel at La Pared, and they operate a shuttle bus to and from Costa Calma.
Walk 45 - There is a new visitor centre on the island, at El Puertito.
Changes to the GR 131
When the guidebook was being researched, only the middle part of the GR 131 was signposted and waymarked. Now, the whole of the route has been waymarked to a high standard, and according to recent visitor Oliver Taylor, there are some differences between the route as it now stands, and the route described in the book.
Walk 19 - Follow the road from Playa Blanca, and a signpost now indicates where to turn left. The route is now very well marked, and no longer 'vague' as described in the book. On reaching Yaiza, the route goes down the flight of stone steps mentioned in the book, then enters the village by road. However, the route described in the book is more scenic and involves less road-walking.
Walk 21 - The final approach to Teguise has been taken off-road. After the instruction - 'Pass a mast and reach a road junction' - continue as follows: 'Walk straight ahead along a tarmac road, but turn left as signposted. Follow a path across Jable del Vuelta Ajai, which twists and turns, reaching a house. Follow its access track to another road. Don't touch the road, but fork right and follow a wide, walled lane up towards Teguise, passing farm buildings. Reach a road and turn left uphill, but before reaching the main road mentioned in the book, turn right along a short, narrow, overgrown, walled path. Turn right along another lane and follow it to another road. Turn left to continue into Teguise.'
Walk 22 - The book describes a route passing west of Peñas del Chache, which is highly recommended and very scenic. However, the 'official' course of the GR 131 passes east of the summit, following a minor road and tracks. In very poor weather, with no hope of views, it may be best to follow the road.
Walk 23 - After the 'short stretch of stone-paved track' mentioned in the book, markers indicate that the GR 131 turns right up to a road. However, the 'official' mapboard at the end of the route in Orzola indicates that the route actually follows the dry riverbed already described in the book, avoiding the road entirely.
Owing to a production error, the introduction to Walk 10 - the first route in the North Lanzarote section - was left out of the printed guidebook. (The ePub, Kindle file and route for sale online on this website are correct.) The introduction should read: "This route crosses El Jable to the village of Soo and then heads straight for the coast at Caleta de Famar, starting out on a dirt track with long views out to the islands and finishing down sandy, scrubby slopes to the sea."
Walks 24, 25 & 37 - Transport
The book currently says that a 4WD taxi has to be hired from Morro Jable, as normal taxis won't travel along the dirt road to the starting points of these walks. There is now a new 4WD bus service running from Morro Jable to Playa de Cofete and Faro de Jandía, departing Morro Jable at 1000 and 1400, returning from Faro de Jandía at 1200 and 1600, and departing Playa de Cofete at 1245 and 1645. Bear in mind that there are only 21 seats available on this bus, and it is likely to be a popular service.
"For those after good walking areas and wanting to escape the winter blues at gome, the Canaries are perfect... The walks are varied, covering all the landscapes found on these islands, coastal walks, mountain and hill walks, an exploration of Lanzarote's Volcanic National Park, treks to ancient island villages and strolls along Fuerteventura's golden beaches... The book is well illustrated with photographs, and each walk has an accompanying map (1:50k scale)".
Alan Castle, Strider
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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