Walking in Lanzarote: Timanfaya National Park Walks

The best way to discover a new place is to just walk and interact with its people, its culture and its nature and that's exactly what you should do if you want to get to know more about the island of Lanzarote.

Due to the good weather all year round, walking in Lanzarote can be a fun activity for the entire family and a good option if you want to take a break from spending all your time at the beach. So, if you've already discovered all the best beaches in Lanzarote, why not explore more around its volcanoes?

Timanfaya National Park Guided Walks

If you're looking for an active holiday, where you want to explore and discover your surroundings, you can participate in one of the guided walks inside Timanfaya National Park, the best way to discover the volcanic nature of Lanzarote.

Trekking in Lanzarote is a popular activity and it's a great way to see another side of this beautiful island, one that not many tourists get to see.

What you need to know in regards to trekking in Lanzarote's National Park - Timanfaya

  • You need appropriate shoes for extended walks - trekking shoes would be best, or at least closed sports shoes
  • Always bring a wind & rain jacket, a sun hat, sun cream and water
  • The visits are guided - some in English and some in Spanish
  • You need to make an online reservation for the route you choose on the Reservas Parques Nacionales website
  • The online reservations are open 2 months prior to the tours
  • The guided walking tours in Lanzarote Timanfaya National Park are free

Ruta Termesana

This route is open only for guided walks. Book online on the Reservas Parques Nacionales website (link above).

Minimum age to participate in the Termesana Route: 16 years

Length: 4 km in total (both ways)

Difficulty: low

Language: Spanish and English

Meeting point: Centro de Visitantes e Interpretación de Mancha Blanca - 15 minutes prior of the starting time

Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Duration: ~ 3 h

This is a guided walk of minimum difficulty, that takes about 3 hours and starts from the Centro de Visitantes de Mancha Blanca. From there you will be transported by car to the starting point of the walk.

The guide will inform you along the way in regards to the different geomorphological structures, the volcanic activity in Lanzarote and the colonization of different flora species. The landscape is dominated by volcanoes and traditional agriculture.

By walking on Ruta de Termesana you will get to know more about the eruption between 1730 -1736 and how this has impacted the people living in Lanzarote. Everyone, from people, animals and vegetation had to adapt to this horrific catastrophe in order to continue to survive on the island. Termesana Route is a short and easy starting point for anyone wanting to explore further with hiking in Lanzarote on more difficult routes.

Ruta del Litoral - Coastal Route in Lanzarote

This route is open for individuals as well as guided tours.

Minimum age to participate in the Coastal Route: 16 years

Length: 9 km

Difficulty: high

Language: Spanish and English

Meeting point: Centro de Visitantes e Interpretación de Mancha Blanca - 15 minutes prior of the starting time

Schedule: only one Wednesday per month

Duration: ~ 3 h

This routes takes you along the only coastal path located in the Timanfaya National Park. 

This route goes along the coastline that was formed as a consequence of the lava from the eruption that came in contact with the ocean water, forming a new smaller coastline. The Coastal Route is ideal for bird watching, as you will get to see different species such as: shearwaters, seagulls, plovers and terns.

Along the coastline you will witness how life has started blossoming again in Lanzarote after the destructive eruptions in the past.

lanzarote timanfaya park
View of Timanfaya National Park and the volcanoes in Lanzarote

 

Further info about trekking in Lanzarote

For more details about guided walks in Lanzarote and trekking you can contact the Visitor's Center of Timanfaya National Park directly or via the website linked above in our page.

TIMANFAYA National Park - Centro de Visitantes de Mancha Blanca
Address: 35560 Tinajo Palmas (Las)
Tel.: 928 118042

How to make an online reservation for one of the guided walks inside Timanfaya National Park

In order to make a reservation for one of the guided walks in Lanzarote you have to go to their website, choose TIMANFAYA park from the list, then choose the route that you want to participate in. Be careful at all the details and requirements regarding the age of the participants and the equipment needed.

After you choose the desired route you will see a button in the upper part of the page - Reservas - and after clicking the button you will have a calendar where you can choose the desired day from the ones that are available. You will have to complete the number of people that you want to make the booking for then click on the Paso Siguente button. You will have to complete a form with the identification details of each person participating in the tour and you will have to have on you an identification document when you participate in the tour.

Tip: since there aren't many tour days available during each month and the groups aren't large either, you have to book well in advance if you want to be certain you'll find a spot.

You can also do the Coastal Route on your own, without a guide, in case you can't make a reservation.

Just be informed before you go on a long walk and keep in mind to verify the meteorological conditions before going.

You can contact the Visitor's Center for details in case you have any questions or doubts.

Other walks in Lanzarore

Lanzarote is a beautiful island that can be discovered by walking and if you have a rental car you can go to different areas where you can explore further.

Other options available besides the routes in Timanfaya National Park are:

 

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