Walking in Lanzarote, Land of Volcanoes
Read Mark Bibby Jackson’s adventures walking in Lanzarote, from Orzola in the north to Papagayo in the south, climbing several volcanoes along the way. The idea of walking the length,…
Situated at one of the furthest parts of Europe, only 100 kilometres from the Moroccan coast are the Spanish Canary Islands. The warm winters act like a magnet to sun seekers, especially those from Northern Europe. With varied, beautiful scenery, great beaches and buzzing towns, visitors are spoilt for choice. Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria offer diverse holiday experiences.
If you want a quiet relaxing ambience and stunning scenery, Fuerteventura could be the place for you. Corralejo Beach is almost 10 kilometres long, surrounded by sand dunes and close to a nature reserve, it is the perfect place to idle away the hours with a good book or take a hike along the beach to stimulate your appetite for dinner at one of the tapas or seafood restaurants.
A perfect way to explore these islands is by sailing perhaps by yacht or catamaran, even a dinghy. Holidays are organised in flotillas or shared sail boats. Excursions sail around Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Gomera and Gran Canaria.
La Gomera is a volcanic, mountainous island with it highest peak reaching 1,467 metres. In the upper slopes there are laurel rain forests which have 50 inches of rainfall annually. This is the home of the Garujonay National Park where walkers can try various routes, some for the inexperienced or less energetic, others more challenging. Stunning views abound. The park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.