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.



both 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


Lanzarote: Arrecife, Costa Teguise, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca; Fuerteventura: Morro Jable, Costa Calma, Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo


many 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 See

Must See

Lanzarote: 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
17 Nov 2014
11 Jan 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    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
  • Contents

    National Parks
    The Fortunate Isles
    Getting there
    When to go
    Health and safety
    Food and drink
    Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
    What to take
    Waymarking and access
    Using this guide
    North Lanzarote
    Getting there
    Getting around
    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
    North Fuerteventura
    Getting there
    Getting around
    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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    April 2018

    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.

    May 2015

    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.

    March 2015

    Walk 10

    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."

    January 2015

    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.

  • Reviews

    April 2015

    "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

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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