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Walking Lanzarote - The Island of Eternal Spring

Spain, Canary Islands
12 reviews
Available Departures: Jan, Mar, Sep, Oct

8 days from

US$1,615

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
LEISURELY LEISURELY

A complete traverse across island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands on this lovely walking holiday.

Trip Code: LWW
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Walking Lanzarote - The Island of Eternal Spring

Highlights
  • Experience the contrasting scenery of Lanzarote along the GR131 footpath
  • Hike over the island's highest point and explore the breath-taking Famara cliffs
  • Discover the charming Isla of La Graciosa and pretty ancient capital of Teguise
  • Enjoy beautiful landscapes and wonderful flora 
  • Easily combined with Hidden Trails of Fuerteventura for a two week walking holiday

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 15
  • 6 days walking and sightseeing,
  • Join In Costa Teguise

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 nights Villa with Swimming Pool
Overview

The Island of Eternal Spring, Lanzarote is fondly known for its mild climate, beautiful coast, colourful flora, dramatic landscapes and volcanic beauty. This KE walking holiday is centre-based in the coastal town of Costa Teguise and each day you'll walk sections of the excellent GR 131 long distance footpath that covers all seven of the Canary Islands. Lanzarote was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993 and is home to palm-filled valleys, meandering footpaths and white-washed villages. We'll explore the South-Western coast with its traditional villages and sweeping views across to neighbouring Fuerteventura, before walking through a landscape of volcanic vineyards, tiny hamlets, fragrant orchards and lava fields. We'll enjoy views of the Timanfaya National Park, home to the Fire Mountains and explore pretty Teguise, the ancient capital and known as La Villa due to its cobbled streets lined with beautiful buildings. A holiday highlight is hiking over the dramatic Famara cliffs and taking a ferry to the charming Isla of Graciosa. 


LOOKING FOR A TWO WEEK CANARY ISLANDS HOLIDAY?

For a complete Canary Islands experience, why not combine our Lanzarote - The Island of Eternal Spring with our one week Hidden Trails of FuerteventuraOur dates work back to back and with frequent ferry crossings between Playa Blanca on Lanzarote and Corralejo on Fuerteventura it really couldn't be simpler!

 

explore international

Explore International. This holiday is part of our Explore International range. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

 

the lanzarote traditional villa Experience

Part of the overall Lanzarote walking holiday experience is the wonderful accommodation. During the week we stay in traditional villas or bungalows complete with shady terraces and pool. Each accommodation has either two or three light and airy bedrooms, bathrooms, a relaxing living room and kitchen facilities. Using this style of accommodation ensures a more spacious style of holiday and if you decide to take a day off walking, you have a lot more than just a hotel room to relax in. Breakfasts are set up self-service style in the morning, and having kitchen facilities with a fridge, means a pre-dinner glass of wine or relaxing night cap is kept nicely chilled. The accommodation is located in a quiet area of the town, so each evening we'll sample a wide range of restaurants which are close by before heading back to the calm of our lovely base. The excellent location of Costa Teguise means driving times at the start and end of each day are kept to a minimum, leaving more time for walking.

This lovely holiday is centre-based with easy day walks which follow the GR131 long distance footpath. During the week we cross the complete island on a rich variety of terrain, including footpaths, farm tracks, volcanic scree (lapilli) and ash plus small roads. Minor sections of the trail have stony slopes, but these are mainly when ascending and descending. Each walk is from 3 – 5.30 hours and allows plenty of time for sightseeing and photography along the way. On top of this, every day optional so you choose to walk or have a day off. Adding to the relaxation factor is the accommodation. Whilst there is sufficient walking each day for weekend hikers, this holiday is led at a relaxing pace. Evenings are spent enjoying dinner in the town and of course, sampling local wines. (Depending on the wind conditions the leader may run this holiday from north to south. However this won't take away any of the enjoyment or highlights and the decision will be made once you’ve arrived).

Why KE?

With KE you’ll walk across the complete island of Lanzarote and hike on La Graciosa, the newest Canary Island. As the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island we can’t promise pirate encounters on La Graciosa, but a treasure chest of stunning views, beautiful golden beaches and majestic sweeping dunes are guaranteed.

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Itinerary

The holiday starts at the group accommodation in Costa Teguise. Our wonderful accommodation is in a quiet residential area of town. With a communal pool and relaxed surroundings, this is the perfect place to unwind.

Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to swim, relax on the terrace, stroll along the beach or visit one of the many cafes. Costa Teguise is easy to navigate with a traffic free promenade, tree-lined avenues, beaches and a refreshing breeze, which makes it a pleasant place to wander in the evenings.

Once everyone has arrived, we'll stroll into town with our Tour Leader to enjoy a welcome meal at one of the many restaurants.

Accommodation

Villa with Swimming Pool

Meals

D

Today begins with a short transfer (30 mins) to Orozola, a relaxed fishing settlement famed for its laid-back feel, to pick up the GR131. The footpath is undulating with no steep ascents or descents and easy underfoot. We skirt the hamlet of Ye and the base of Monte Corona on a trail of gravel and "lapilli" (small lava stones). The footpath is dotted with spurge and the quirky "vinagreras rumex lunaria." Part of the diet for goats and chickens, this acidic plant is now fondly known as the vinegar tree.

We then head towards one of the highest volcanoes on the island, La Corona (609m). After its final eruption almost 4000 years ago, Corona's lava covered a large area of the northeast of the island. We then follow a quiet country road, passing the cultivated fields of Guinate village, where potatoes, corn, peas and figs grow. Finally, we reach Haria and after a brief refreshment stop we transfer (15 mins) to one of Cesar Manrique's architectural masterpieces, Jameos del Agua. Described by the Hollywood movie star Rita Heyworth as "the Eighth Wonder of the World"

Manrique created a concert auditorium in a 6km long lava tube, running under the Atlantic, which that was formed 4000 years ago when Montana La Corona erupted. Jameos del Agua is a great place to see how Manrique perfectly fused nature and architecture. The centrepiece is a natural lake, which is home to a species of blind crab known as 'Jameitos', which have become the symbol of Jameos del Agua. We end with a short transfer (15 mins) back to our accommodation.

Accommodation

Villa with Swimming Pool

Meals

B L

Ascent

490 M

Descent

150 M

Time

3 hrs walking

Distance

11 KM

This morning we transfer (20 mins) back to Haria, known as "The Valley of a Thousand Palms.". This pretty oasis town has a long tradition of planting a palm tree each time a child is born. The local gardens are full of fruit trees and vegetables, whilst the streets are awash with poinsettia and bougainvillea. The main square, Plaza y Castillo, is shaded with eucalyptus trees and the cemetery is the final resting place of artist Cesar Manrique.

We join the GR131 again, though today we will divert form the trail briefly so we can walk along the spectacular Famaras Cliffs. Towering over 400m high, these amazing cliffs offer panoramic views across to Isla Graciosa, Isla de Montana Clara. Along our way, we should be able to see Canarian Lavender, purple bell flowers and endemic daisies. We will also visit Las Penas del Chache (670m), the highest point on the island. Weather and wind permitting, we will stay on these remote and wild coastal paths to enjoy the views over to the East and West coasts, plus the northern point of the Canary Islands - the uninhabited Alegranza Islands. Located just off the African Coast, the Alegranza Nature Park is a geological treasure with an incredible natural breeding programme for loggerhead sea turtles, ospreys, Egyptian vulture, peregrine falcon and the extremely rare Eastern Canary gecko.
We depart the cliffs on a clay path that takes us down to Teguise, the ancient capital. The town is named after a 14th Century chieftain's daughter who was married to Maciot, a nephew of the French explorer Jean de Bethancourt. In 1402 Bethancourt conquered the Islands, earning himself the title "King of the Canary Islands.". After a brief stop in Teguise, we will pay a visit to the Jardin de Cactus designed by Cesar Manrique, a celebration of the world's spiniest plants. Situated in an old quarry, the terraced garden resembles a beautiful amphitheatre. We then transfer (20mins) back to Costa Teguise.

Accommodation

Villa with Swimming Pool

Meals

B L

Ascent

360 M

Descent

380 M

Time

4 hrs walking

Distance

13 KM

This morning starts with a brief transfer (20 minutes) to the village of Teguise, where we rejoin the GR131. Today, we'll be walking from the region known as the central desert of Lanzarote to an area known for its wine production. Leaving the village of Teguise, we pass by a cemetery and walk a gentle trail through sandy fields. The trail snakes on through lava fields and cultivated areas. We are likely to see melons, watermelons, corn, and sweet potatoes, and we'll pass small local farms along the trail. We will arrive in the village of San Bartolome (260m), a pretty town with some interesting architecture, including the grand Casa Mayor Guerra, the former home of the military Governor of Lanzarote. The next part of our walk sees us leaving the village on a paved footpath. We continue the trail, which is gentle underfoot, through a landscape of rich volcanic ash that is home to a number of rare ground-nesting birds. If we're lucky, we'll spot a number of species, including partridges and possibly the elegant Houbaras bustard. These unusual birds are found along the North African rim all the way from Egypt to Mauritania, and a small population can be found on the Canary Islands, including Lanzarote. Our walk ends in Montana Blanca. We drive (20 minutes) to visit the Cesar Manrique Foundation, one of the most fascinating houses on the island, built over five volcanic bubbles! Finally, we'll transfer (15 minutes) back to our accommodation.

Accommodation

Villa with Swimming Pool

Meals

B L

Ascent

300 M

Descent

260 M

Time

4 - 5 hours walking

Distance

15 KM

We transfer back to Montana Blanca (30 mins) and join the GR 131 once more. From Montana Blanca follow a wide trail, which skirts the peak of the same name, until we reach the village of La Asomada at the base of Guardilama Volcano (603m). We have the option to ascend this peak, also known as Montana de Guardilama. The trail to the top rises steeply on a small path of scree, but is not technically difficult. The reward is to stand on "Best Panorama Peak of Lanzarote!" From the summit the view extends to the north-west "Fire Mountains" - the Montanas del Fuego, the Los Ajaches Range in the South and the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. As we descend back to the trail we'll pass the "GR131 50km" marker, which offers a great photo opportunity with the mountain behind.
From here, the path to Uga will leads us across the central volcanic crest of the island. The path is mainly "lapilli" and interesting to walk on as it covers a lava stream lying below and we'll see the famous Lanzarote "vineyards" where thousands of pits have been dug into the ash and are flanked by dry stone walls that shelter grape vines. Farmers in this region have taken advantage of the soft ash and volcanic cinder which has an amazing ability to hold moisture. The area is dotted with figs, almonds and vines, so the whole landscape resembles a checkerboard! This beautiful path brings us to Uga where today's walk ends. We transfer back (40 mins) to tour accommodation. Time allowing we may have time to stop at a wine cellar to taste some wines (optional).

Accommodation

Villa with Swimming Pool

Meals

B L

Ascent

480 M

Descent

390 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs walking

Distance

18 KM

This morning we return to Uga from where we follow a gentle path to the neighbouring village of Yaiza. Described as "short of a miracle" in the village should be under layers of lava after the volcanic eruptions of 1730. However, as lava flowed towards the town, it split into two streams, leaving Yaiza and its pretty church unscathed! The town has twice won "prettiest village in Spain" with it's whitewashed buildings.

From Yaiza we follow the trail to Las Brenas. We then follow a soft dirt track, which leads to the base of the Montana de la Cinta (441m). Today we are walking through one of the oldest areas of the island, the region of the Los Ajache Mountains. Created during the first volcanic eruptions, 15 million years ago, this mountain range dominates the south of the island.
Leaving Las Brenas, we follow the GR to reach Playa Blanca in the south of the island. The path is level and easy underfoot as we head through the centre of a lava field known as the Rubicon Desert Plain to the end of the GR on the shores of the sea. Playa Blanca, originally a fishing village, has a bustling marina and is overlooked by the dramatic dormant volcano of Montana Roja "The Red Mountain.

On our way back to Costa Teguise we'll visit El Golfo "the Green Lagoon" where trapped sea water has formed a striking green lake.

Accommodation

Villa with Swimming Pool

Meals

B L

Ascent

300 M

Descent

120 M

Time

4 - 5 hr walking

Distance

15 KM

After a short transfer Orzola, we take a ferry (35mins) across the strait of El Rio to the charming little port and fishing village of Caleta del Sebo. With a population of only 700, Isla Graciosa is a compact 8km long and 4km wide. Today is a day for wandering rather than following exact footpaths as we explore beaches and dunes.

A few areas are lava but mainly we'll be enjoying walking on sandy trails. Often called the Eighth Canary Island, Isla Graciosa has been described as the original Treasure Island! Legend has it that in the 18th Century ships bound for the West Indies would pass through the El Rio Straits and one particular vessel, whilst been chased by pirates, managed to reach land and bury the ships treasure before the crew were captured.

Apparently a cabin boy escaped and made his way to Lanzarote before boarding a ship back to England. Whilst laying on his deathbed, he revealed the location of the treasure and the legend of Treasure Island was born. It's easy to see how the island could be a base for pirate legends as we traverse dunes, beaches and lava fields through a beautiful landscape of volcanic and coastal vegetation. In the afternoon we'll take the ferry back to the mainland before transferring to Costa Teguise. After freshening up, we'll head out to a local restaurant for our final dinner on Lanzarote.

Accommodation

Villa with Swimming Pool

Meals

B L

Time

3 hrs walking

Distance

10 KM

Your holiday ends after breakfast..Taxis to the airport can be arranged through your Tour Leader.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Some meals as described in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for support staff and guide
  • Miscellaneous expenses drinks souvenirs etc


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at the accommodation in Costa Teguise.

Airport transfers are not included. It is straightforward to take a taxi from the airport to the accommodation.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners are included in the holiday price.

Many places on this holiday have drinkable water from the tap to fill your personal water bottles. Please check with the leader at the various locations. Please take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) for days when drinking water out of the tap is not available. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Breakfasts each day will be more of a continental style, consisting of tea and coffee, bread, toast, butter, jam, honey and fruit juice.  Lunches will be picnic style which we’ll carry with us to enjoy during the day, either consisting of sandwiches that we’ll make up in the morning after breakfast or a range of picnic items that we’ll stop and share between us at a suitable point on the trail. During the evening we will eat in one of the many local restaurants walking distance from our accommodation. The evening meal is a social affair on Lanzarote and during the week we’ll sample a range of different restaurants. Some of these will offer a fixed menu of 2 or 3 courses whilst others offer “tapas style” menus. Traditional “tapas” is a great way of sampling different local dishes and as a group we’ll order a selection of items that we’ll share as a group followed by dessert. Lanzarote produces around 2 million litres of wine and the island has an excellent selection of local wines mainly from the area of La Geria. The most popular grape is Malvasia, originally a honey coloured medium to sweet variety which was highly praised by William Shakespeare! Nowadays the grape produces a variety of quality white, red and rose wines from very sweet to very dry – so something for everyone! Worth sampling is the “ron miel” or local honey run served over ice and don’t forget summer Sangria is widely available!

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

On this centre based holiday we will stay in two or three bedroomed bungalows/villa or aparthotel style accommodation, each with it's own private terrace or balcony and access to a wonderful communal pool.

Located in a quiet residential area of Costa Teguise, each property is light and airy with an open plan living room plus a kitchenette. Having a kitchen area means any local drinks or refreshments purchased during your week can be kept chilled to enjoy at leisure on your terrace, perfect for a pre-dinner aperitif or night-cap!

Bedrooms are not en-suite, there are 2 bathrooms in each of the bungalows which means you may need to share.

Every morning breakfast will be laid out self-service style in one of the properties, ensuring a more leisurely start to the day. There are a range of restaurants in Costa Teguise in which to take evening meals.

During the week if you wish to opt out of one of the day walks, you can spend the day relaxing and reading on your terrace whilst enjoying the pool.

Accommodation is twin share. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost.

The group will be led by a professional and qualified tour leader.

We estimate that €200 - €250 should be sufficient to cover all personal expenses, including the 5 evening meals that you will purchase directly (allow €15-€20 per meal), as well as tips for your Tour Leader. If you are intending to buy souvenirs you should budget accordingly. ATMs are available at the airport and in Costa Teguise. 

We ask you to restrict your baggage to one main bag and a day pack of approximately 25-30 litres.  The KE trek bag may not necessarily be the best option for this trip and we recommend a bag with wheels or a rucksack for this holiday.  

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

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Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For the latest details on visiting countries within the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), please check the UK Government website

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

The currency for part or all of this holiday is the Euro.

This is an easy walking holiday with limited ascents and descents.  However the more prepared you are for a walking holiday, the more enjoyable you will find the experience.  Regular walking is the best preparation whilst jogging, cycling or swimming are good for your fitness too.  

The islands of the Canaries are a year-round holiday destination with what is often described as eternal spring conditions with temperatures ranging between 16 in the winter to 25 in the summer.  Lanzarote has its own micro-climate with the north being slightly windier and cloudier whilst the south is drier and warmer with approximately 2,500 hours of annual sunshine.  Central Lanzarote has a moderate and stable climate.   Due to its proximity to Africa, Lanzarote is one of the sunniest places on the planet.  Due to the sunny climate the island is home to over 600 plant species including scrub, lichens, lavender, bougainvilleas, geraniums, hibiscuses and many species of cacti.  

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

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It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

 

You must bring the following items:

 

  • Hiking boots (these should be sturdy with a good tread on the sole and with ankle support)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (long sleeved and short sleeved)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight thermal gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack c. 30 - 35 litres
  • Headtorch
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Shorts
  • Camera and batteries
  • Penknife (for picnic lunches)

 

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 from 12 reviews

A wonderful week away from the gloom of the UK walking in the Canary Islands. ★★★★★

I have not travelled with KE before and went because of an invitation to join a friend. So I was unsure what to expect - but I was not disappointed. I like small group travel that is a little off the beaten track - and that is exactly what I got! I have never been to the Canary Islands before and was very pleasantly surprised by the barren beauty and culture of Lanzarote. The accomodation was very pleasant (if a little cold in the mornings and evenings) with basic but perfectly acceptable make-i t yourself continental style breakfast. Beautifully prepared and presented picnic lunches were supplied by our wonderful guide, Eric, whom I cannot fault. We trekked from north to south along the GR route and met virtually no-one else, stopping off in isolated spots or sleepy little whitewashed villages. After walking we would stop off at some form of museum or 'garden', giving a great mix of outdoors trekking and cultural enlightenment! Visiting the museum/house of Cesar Manrique was one of the many highlights, as was the extraordinary Jameous del Agua. Dinner involved a 10-15 minute walk into town, where 3 course meals had been prepared for us at a number of restaurants, giving us a chance to experience local cuisine. What made the trip was the attention to detail, enthusiam and knowledge of our guide, Erik, who, though French, came to Lanzarote many years ago, fell in love with it and never left. Having had this experience of a KE holiday, I shall definitely travel with them again.
By Sarah Cheltenham | 31 March 2022

Lanzarote - an unexpected treat! ★★★★★

I was after a March walking trip in Europe with decent weather, great scenery and a bit of culture, so my options initially looked somewhat limited. This trip ticked every box. The walk actually runs north to south on the GR131 (not as described in the trip notes) and only deviates off this route to visit the spectacular Famara cliffs, which is one of the highlights of the walk. My other favourite walking day was through the vineyards with an ascent of the Guardilama Volcano with its fantastic 3 60° panorama. The trip finishes with a visit to the Isla Graciosa which has beautiful beaches for swimming and also more extinct volcanoes if you still fancy stretching your legs. Minibus transfers each day were short as the relatively small resort town of Costa Teguise is conveniently situated. I really enjoyed the end of the afternoon cultural stops. I had little idea of the work of the artist Cesar Manrique – you will know all about him after this trip! Even if you aren’t into art or architecture you will be wowed by his quirky buildings constructed in volcanic bubbles and lava tubes; with their 1970’s vibe you feel you are on the set of a Roger Moore Bond film! Erik, our guide was fantastic and a pleasure to travel with. He produces amazing picnic lunches with many homemade treats – his gazpacho and tortilla were notable culinary highlights. The accommodation was excellent. Our ‘bungalow’ had two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a kitchen and comfortable sitting room. The self-catering breakfasts worked well with eggs, jam, butter and bread always available. There is a pool but it is somewhat bracing on this March departure! The weather was sunny and warm during the day, with a mostly gentle breeze - ideal walking weather. The temperature does drop at night so bring some warmer clothes for the 10 minute walk into the centre of Costa Teguise were a dinner reservation was made for the group each evening at a different local restaurant. This was my first trip to the Canary Islands and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this turned out to be an excellent trip. I’m now keen to explore more of these unexpectedly interesting islands!
By Jonathan Nottingham | 29 March 2022

Enjoyable hike down the GR131 with a fun bunch of people! ★★★★★

This trip did what it said on the tin and we hiked the entire GR131 from the north of the island to the south. Highlights were the walks along the Famara Cliffs on day 2, and day 4 with the ascent of Mt Guardilama, the second highest peak, followed by walking through Lanzarote's strange looking vineyards and a wine tasting at a bodega afterwards. The accommodation was comfortable, tour leader Erik had loads of character, enthusiasm and an infectious sense of humour, and he was ably assisted by c o-driver Laetitia on logistics. Some gourmet picnics were produced in some very picturesque spots! Very enjoyable week, despite lots of sirocco dust causing a haze on several days. The trip dovetails well with KE's Fuerteventura walking week but be careful to coordinate the (not inconsiderable) taxi transfer costs with other traveller doing the combination.
By Jeremy London | 11 February 2022

Well organised traverse of Lanzarote on the GR131 ★★★★★

Firstly, this trip dovetails superbly with KE’s Fuerteventura holiday - combining it is a simple matter of using the cheap inter-island ferry which takes about 30 mins. The agency that KE uses on both islands is very well run, with outstanding guides, exceptional accommodation and superb food. TheLanzarote trip follows the GR across the island, deviating only to cross the cliffs and to climb a volcano, giving terrific views. This trip also includes afternoon cultural visits, optional wine tast ing, and a relaxing visit to Graciosa. Unusually all meals are included - these were of a high standard. Our leader, Erik was brilliant, ably assisted by Lettie. This is a strongly recommended trip, all the more so over the English winter when it can be hard to find suitable walking trips that don’t involve long haul flights or third world countries.
By Andrew Ambleside | 31 January 2022

Sunshine in February ★★★★★

We wanted a week of sun with some walking in February and Lanzarote turned out to be the perfect choice!! Definitely the best way to see the Island - We hardly saw a soul!! Interesting walking with the volcanoes to see. The lava fields were fascinating. It was also very interesting visiting different places each day after the walks. Our guide Andy was very considerate and friendly and had a good local knowledge. We had a great group of travellers with us and feel inspired to walk on the other Ca nary Islands now!!
By Sally Northiam | 08 March 2019

Traveller Reviews
4.9 out of 5 from 12 reviews

A wonderful week away from the gloom of the UK walking in the Canary Islands.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have not travelled with KE before and went because of an invitation to join a friend. So I was unsure what to expect - but I was not disappointed. I like small group travel that is a little off the beaten track - and that is exactly what I got! I have never been to the Canary Islands before and was very pleasantly surprised by the barren beauty and culture of Lanzarote. The accomodation was very pleasant (if a little cold in the mornings and evenings) with basic but perfectly acceptable make-i t yourself continental style breakfast. Beautifully prepared and presented picnic lunches were supplied by our wonderful guide, Eric, whom I cannot fault. We trekked from north to south along the GR route and met virtually no-one else, stopping off in isolated spots or sleepy little whitewashed villages. After walking we would stop off at some form of museum or 'garden', giving a great mix of outdoors trekking and cultural enlightenment! Visiting the museum/house of Cesar Manrique was one of the many highlights, as was the extraordinary Jameous del Agua. Dinner involved a 10-15 minute walk into town, where 3 course meals had been prepared for us at a number of restaurants, giving us a chance to experience local cuisine. What made the trip was the attention to detail, enthusiam and knowledge of our guide, Erik, who, though French, came to Lanzarote many years ago, fell in love with it and never left. Having had this experience of a KE holiday, I shall definitely travel with them again.
By Sarah Cheltenham | 31 March 2022

Lanzarote - an unexpected treat!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was after a March walking trip in Europe with decent weather, great scenery and a bit of culture, so my options initially looked somewhat limited. This trip ticked every box. The walk actually runs north to south on the GR131 (not as described in the trip notes) and only deviates off this route to visit the spectacular Famara cliffs, which is one of the highlights of the walk. My other favourite walking day was through the vineyards with an ascent of the Guardilama Volcano with its fantastic 3 60° panorama. The trip finishes with a visit to the Isla Graciosa which has beautiful beaches for swimming and also more extinct volcanoes if you still fancy stretching your legs. Minibus transfers each day were short as the relatively small resort town of Costa Teguise is conveniently situated. I really enjoyed the end of the afternoon cultural stops. I had little idea of the work of the artist Cesar Manrique – you will know all about him after this trip! Even if you aren’t into art or architecture you will be wowed by his quirky buildings constructed in volcanic bubbles and lava tubes; with their 1970’s vibe you feel you are on the set of a Roger Moore Bond film! Erik, our guide was fantastic and a pleasure to travel with. He produces amazing picnic lunches with many homemade treats – his gazpacho and tortilla were notable culinary highlights. The accommodation was excellent. Our ‘bungalow’ had two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a kitchen and comfortable sitting room. The self-catering breakfasts worked well with eggs, jam, butter and bread always available. There is a pool but it is somewhat bracing on this March departure! The weather was sunny and warm during the day, with a mostly gentle breeze - ideal walking weather. The temperature does drop at night so bring some warmer clothes for the 10 minute walk into the centre of Costa Teguise were a dinner reservation was made for the group each evening at a different local restaurant. This was my first trip to the Canary Islands and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this turned out to be an excellent trip. I’m now keen to explore more of these unexpectedly interesting islands!
By Jonathan Nottingham | 29 March 2022

Enjoyable hike down the GR131 with a fun bunch of people!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This trip did what it said on the tin and we hiked the entire GR131 from the north of the island to the south. Highlights were the walks along the Famara Cliffs on day 2, and day 4 with the ascent of Mt Guardilama, the second highest peak, followed by walking through Lanzarote's strange looking vineyards and a wine tasting at a bodega afterwards. The accommodation was comfortable, tour leader Erik had loads of character, enthusiasm and an infectious sense of humour, and he was ably assisted by c o-driver Laetitia on logistics. Some gourmet picnics were produced in some very picturesque spots! Very enjoyable week, despite lots of sirocco dust causing a haze on several days. The trip dovetails well with KE's Fuerteventura walking week but be careful to coordinate the (not inconsiderable) taxi transfer costs with other traveller doing the combination.
By Jeremy London | 11 February 2022

Well organised traverse of Lanzarote on the GR131
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Firstly, this trip dovetails superbly with KE’s Fuerteventura holiday - combining it is a simple matter of using the cheap inter-island ferry which takes about 30 mins. The agency that KE uses on both islands is very well run, with outstanding guides, exceptional accommodation and superb food. TheLanzarote trip follows the GR across the island, deviating only to cross the cliffs and to climb a volcano, giving terrific views. This trip also includes afternoon cultural visits, optional wine tast ing, and a relaxing visit to Graciosa. Unusually all meals are included - these were of a high standard. Our leader, Erik was brilliant, ably assisted by Lettie. This is a strongly recommended trip, all the more so over the English winter when it can be hard to find suitable walking trips that don’t involve long haul flights or third world countries.
By Andrew Ambleside | 31 January 2022

Sunshine in February
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We wanted a week of sun with some walking in February and Lanzarote turned out to be the perfect choice!! Definitely the best way to see the Island - We hardly saw a soul!! Interesting walking with the volcanoes to see. The lava fields were fascinating. It was also very interesting visiting different places each day after the walks. Our guide Andy was very considerate and friendly and had a good local knowledge. We had a great group of travellers with us and feel inspired to walk on the other Ca nary Islands now!!
By Sally Northiam | 08 March 2019

Good Winter Walking Destination
★ ★ ★ ★
Did the Lanzarote walk in December so great to get away from a chilly UK winter!. Due to the windy weather we did the trek from north to south which is probably the most likely way. The weather was pretty good for the week (typical 20C) but we did have 3 very windy days so I would recommend some headgear to protect the ears!. The landscape to be honest is a bit on the barren side and the more interesting parts are in the north of the island. The highlight for me was the coastal and volcano walk on the Graciosa Island - great views. The walking is pretty easy going and the communal lunches were very good with some good coffee stops. The evening meals were excellent and a different local restaurant was used each day. The breakfasts were very limited (bread and jam) so expect to top up locally. The villas were very good and relaxing. After each days walking a visit to one of the local "sights" was an option. Personally after a days walking I could have missed this part or I would recommend extending your trip to include these visits later. Another observation from the walk is that the trek does not go through the Timanfaya National Park (as walking is not permitted) so you do see the big volcanoes from a distance. Overall a good winter walking destination, good weather and not too far away....
By Ian BRISTOL | 11 January 2018

A varied and interesting week's walking.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A very enjoyable week's walking and visiting museums etc--and thanks to Andy for his excellent guidance, explanations of birds and plants, and the dramatic geological history and recent artistic heritage of Lanzarote. The food on the trip was a particular feature, with delicious and copious lunchtime picnics and a varied choice of local fish and tapas restaurants in the evening. Food provided for breakfast was basic continental (bread, jam, honey, juice, tea/coffee) and most chose to supplement that to their own tastes from the nearby supermarket.
By Stephen Beaworthy | 21 December 2017

..a memorable winter walk on beds of volcanic lava
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
‘….underground, overground wandering free….’ The six day traverse of this truly volcanic isle was magical. The GR 131 and our experienced guide ‘Andy' led us across the vast lava fields towards, around, in and over many of the 300 dormant volcanoes. To vertiginous cliffs bearing carpets of wild flowers and prickly pear plantations (hosting Cochineal insects) and the beautiful arid Isla of Graciosa....... The journey was a delight and although centre-based brought diversity and culture each day.
By Ruth Church Stretton | 20 March 2017

Fantastic walking holiday on Lanzarote
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was my first ever walking holiday and it certainly won't be my last. This was an extremely well organised and enjoyable walk across the island - around 50 miles in 5 days - with a bonus day visiting a small island at the end. The scenery was generally breathtaking and there were visits at the end of each day to local attractions. Our guide Andy was superb, incredibly knowledgeable and patient. The accommodation was very comfortable, and food generally excellent - including a variety of lunc h picnics daily, as well as a different restaurant visit nightly. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone who likes walking in a warm climate.
By Stuart Rochester | 06 March 2017

Delightful 81km hike over 5 days through spectacular volcanic scenery
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The GR131 on Lanzarote from Playa Blanca to Orzola is a delightful 81km hike through spectacular volcanic scenery with moderate climbing and descending (1,700 m up and down over 5 days). Local guide Andreas added to the overall enjoyment sharing his local knowledge on the history, flora and fauna of Lanzarote. The daily routine was to stop half way for an excellent picnic lunch carried by the members of the group, and to stop at a bar or cafe at the end for refreshment. Side trips to local attra ctions such as Cesar Manrique's house in the lava fields, Los Cuervos volcano, the Jardin de Cactus and the Jameos de Aqua volcanic cavern were added on different days to complete the day. A trip by ferry to Isla Graciosa and the climb of the yellow volcano Montana Amarilla completed the touristic overview of Lanzarote. Dinners were taken in restaurants in and around Costa Tequise, the base for the holiday, which offered a variety of local cuisine, including the tasty but unusual "Black Squid Ink Paella". The daily temperature was pleasant and enabled us to walk in shorts and T-shirts, although it was a bit windy on the higher and exposed elevations making a light wind-proof jacket well worth taking. We had a little rain on one of the days, but this is unusual for Lanzarote which has low annual rainfall. Overall a brilliant 6-days of walking and sightseeing.
By Michael Chelmsford | 03 December 2016

Great medium level walk with a knowledgeable leader over a fascinating island
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great, scenic walk across the length of the island of Lanzarote on and off the GR131, was divided into well managed sections. We had one location for accommodation which was a large comfortable apartment. This enabled those who perhaps wished to miss the odd day to do so and join the group towards the end of the days walk and enjoy the excellent meals in authentic restaurants in the evening. The walk was led by a very able and knowledgeable leader in Andreas, whose whole attitude enabled the t rip to be a complete success
By Joan Banchory | 28 November 2016

A 5 star holiday all round: a great break and I really didn't want to come home
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We walked the island from south to north and had a day on the island of La Graciosa. Each day's walk was very satisfying - I'd expected easier walking such as on the Gozo holiday but these walks took up the day and were at a good pace. The guide Andreas was excellent - very organised, very good company and knowledgeable about the island - geology and biology. The food was great - the picnic every day varied and balanced and the restaurants he'd chosen for evenings were of high quality. He, the g roup I was with and the island made this a very enjoyable holiday.
By Gwen Machynlleth | 16 November 2016

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