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Discover the unique landscape of Lanzarote, and enjoy some winter sun, based on the island's east coast. Lanzarote offers some spectacularly scenic walking along rugged coastlines and beaches, through white-washed villages and lunar landscapes with dramatic volcanic scenery.
Explore Tour Leader
7 nights comfortable hotel
Leisurely and Moderate
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Our trip starts in Costa Teguise, a coastal resort town on the east of the island.
For those arriving on time our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 7pm for the welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner afterwards. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive in Costa Teguise at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at Arrecife Airport (ACE) which is around 15 minutes' drive from our hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.
If your flight arrives earlier in the day, there is a good selection of cafes and restaurants to choose from or you may wish to relax on one of the town's beaches. Our hotel is situated in a quite location on the edge of Costa Teguise town. Restaurants, cafes and Bastian beach are a short walk away. its location makes for a great base from which to strike out and explore the whole of Lanzarote.
Santa Rosa Apartments are modern and spacious; you'll be staying in one-bedroom en-suite apartments, in whitewashed low storey villas. Set within the gardens is a large outdoor pool, bar and sun terrace, a welcome sight after a day of walking!
Club Santa Rosa Apartments (or similar)
Today we explore the south of the island, driving 30 minutes to Femes, a small village at the base of the southern mountains. Our walk takes us on a well-marked trail through the lunar, remote landscape of the Ajaches hills. Lanzarote is an island of volcanic origin with a long history of eruptions, the most significant being the Timanfaya eruptions throughout the 1730's and in 1824, which shaped the landscape we walk through. Arriving at the coast, we follow the coastal path to reach Playa Quemada. This small seaside village maintains its charm with secluded beaches, idyllic coves and a handful of restaurants offering freshly caught seafood.
Today's moderate 10 kilometre/6.2 mile walk is expected to take approximately 4 hours with a total ascent of 350m/1148ft and descent of 650m/2132ft.
Our walk today begins from Maguez village close to the north west coast. We follow the path along the top of the cliffs of Famara, first to the Montaña del Gayo with spectacular views across the Atlantic and surrounding cliffs and finally reach the Mirador del Rio. Mirador del Rio is a 475m/1558ft high viewpoint located at the edge of the Famara cliffs, built into the larva rock. The building, designed by local artist Cesar Manrique, wonderfully blends into the landscape, the floor to ceiling glass windows and outdoor walkway enhance the panoramic views overlooking the Rio strait, between Lanzarote and the island of La Graciosa. In the afternoon we drive back to Costa Teguise .
Today's leisurely 14 kilometre/8.7 mile walk is expected to take approximately 5 hours with a total ascent of 550m/1804ft and descent of 350m/1148ft.
Today we drive to the centre of the island and walk through the volcanic scenery of Timanfaya - the most dramatic lunar landscape of black lava dotted with craters. Our walk starts close to Mancha Blanca village; we follow wide and narrow dirt paths surrounded by volcanic lava varying in both size and shape. At the end of the walk we drive to La Geria. La Geria is famed for its unique vineyards; the local farmers have devised an ingenious way to cultivate wine in this harsh environment, creating funnel shaped pits protected with low dry stone walls in which to grow Malvasia grapes. There are Bodegas (wineries) dotted along the road selling the honey coloured sweet wine, we will visit one.
Today's leisurely 10 kilometre/6.2 mile walk is expected to take approximately 4.5 hours with a total ascent and descent of 300m/984ft.
Today has been left free to relax or explore the region more. It is possible to take day trip to La Graciosa - this small arid island has a population of less than 700, with unpaved sand roads, isolated beaches, a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and a slow pace of life that makes you feel like you're stepping into a different country. On the island there is an enjoyable walk that takes you to Playa De las Conchas, and shorter or longer walk options can be discussed with your tour leader. The ferry to La Graciosa leaves from Orzola which is a 35 minute taxi ride from Costa Teguise .
Another option today is to visit Jameos de Agua, designed by Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote's most influential architect. The venue has been built in the volcanic cave system formed by the eruptions of the Corona volcano; it features a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. This could be combined with a visit to La Graciosa as it is located on the way or it is a 25 minute taxi ride from Costa Teguise . On the way back to our hotel there is the possibility to stop at Jardi\\'acn de Cactus. This garden was also designed by César Manrique - built into an old quarry it showcases a collection of over, 1,000 cactus varieties.
Today's optional moderate 17 kilometre/10.6 mile walk is expected to take approximately 6 hours with a total ascent and descent of 150m/492ft.
This morning we begin our discovery of Lanzarote, driving north to Haria, a pretty village of low lying white-washed buildings situated in the fertile Valley of the Thousand Palm Trees. Walking across the surrounding hills we pass cultivated plots of fig trees and grape vines. Reaching the clifftop area of Bosquecillo there are numerous wooden benches where we can take a rest and soak in the views down the cliffs to Famara beach. The Famara Cliffs are an impressive sight, rising to over 500 metres/1640 feet high and stretching along the coast for 15 kilometres/9.30 miles. Continuing, we make our descent down a rocky path to Famara beach to be rewarded with 5 kilometres/3.10 miles of golden sand, backed by the dramatic cliffs and panoramic views across to La Graciosa island. Located between the fishing village of La Caleta de Famara and the base of the impressive cliffs, Famara beach is Lanzarote's surfing hotspot. In the afternoon we transfer back to hotel, stopping en route for a stroll through the lovely centre of Teguise, Lanzarote's old capital.
Today's moderate 12 kilometre/7.4 mile walk is expected to take approximately 4.5 hours with a total ascent of 450m/1476ft and descent of 650m/2132ft.
Today we drive from Costa Teguise to the outskirts of Guatiza where we start walking along trails leading to a quarry serrated into a volcanoe cráter and later down to the coast. We take the coastal path along the rugged coastline, passing some traditional salines that are still operating. This area is shaped by an ancient volcanic eruption in the vicinity, to the village of Arrieta, arriving in the early afternoon. There is time to explore this typical Canarian fishing community, relax on the golden sands of Playa de la Garita or take a swim in the ocean.
Today's moderate 15 kilometre/9.3 mile walk is expected to take approximately 5.5 hours with an ascent of 100m/328ft and and descent of 250m/820ft.
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Costa Teguise .
There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Costa Teguise at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Arrecife Airport (ACE) which is around 15 minutes' drive.
Total distance : 70 kilometres
The Canary Islands enjoy a relatively stable climate making them a good year round destination. The warmer temperatures in the winter months also make the islands a great winter walking holiday choice. The best months for walking are October to April, avoiding the heat of the summer, the evenings can still be chilly and rain is possible in January and February. The Canary Gulf Stream and trade winds provides each island with its own micro-climate, bringing different climatic conditions to each side of the islands.
The Canary Islands are -1hrs from mainland Spain
Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.
2 Pin Round
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque
La Graocias day trip: € 36 per person including return taxis from Costa Teguise and return ferry to the island. Jameos de Agua: entrance fee € 9.50 and a taxi (max 4 people) will cost approximately € 25 for the return journey form Costa Teguise.
Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. It can become cool, especially at night, so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier, a warmer fleece is recommended as a mid layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. -Breathable wind and waterproof jacket (you may also wish to bring waterproof trousers) -T-shirts -Long sleeved tops -Sunhat -Long trousers -Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them) -Swimwear and towel -Midlayer Fleece/pullover -Socks (liner and thicker pair)
A good pair of broken in comfortable walking boots are essential. In addition to walking boots please take comfortable trainershoes or sandals for evenings / relaxing. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
Bring one main piece of luggage and a 20-30 litre day sack is recommended. You will need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, picnic lunch etc. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.
-Sunglasses -Sun cream -Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) -Camera -Walking poles (if you usually use them) -Personal toiletries -Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. -Insect repellent -Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) -Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore -Lunch bag/Tupperware (for packed lunches)
The 3-star Santa Rosa Apartments is located within the popular Costa Teguise town and not far from the beach. The whitewashed buildings give the complex a relaxed, traditional Mediterranean feel and the large outdoor pool (heated in cooler months) is set within sprawling gardens, dotted throughout with palm trees. The apartments are modern and spacious, you'll be staying in one-bedroom apartment which has a twin bedroom with 2 single beds, plus there's a single sofa-bed in the lounge. The fully-equipped kitchenette comes with 2 hobs, a microwave, fridge, toaster, a coffee maker and kettle. The apartment also features a wardrobe, a bathroom with a shower, plus a furnished balcony or terrace. A buffet breakfast will be served every morning at their on-site restaurant. Altough simple as it is usually in Spain, it offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and pastries.
Can you drink the water?
It is generally possible to drink the local tap water, therefore to reduce the need for single-use plastic bottles we recommend you bring a refillable water bottle with you. Your leader will advise you on refill points each day.
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