Máguez – Yé – Máguez
Difficulty: Medium. Distance: 15.4km.
Duration: Approximately 3 hrs 30 minutes.
Route: Circular. Car or Bus: Own transport or the local Arrecife Bus route numbers 7 & 27 & 26, the latter arriving and departing from Yé (for those of you who only wish to do a linear walk).
Additional note: This walk can be partaken in three different ways. 1. A circular walk with a difficult descent down a volcano face on the return leg. 2. A circular walk with a gentle amble on the return leg. 3. A linear walk to Yé using the public bus service, or second car, from the centre of the village to return you to Máguez on the return leg.
Caleta del Sebo – Playa las Conchas – Pedro Barba – Caleta del Sebo
Difficulty: Easy. Distance: Approximately 18km.
Duration: Approximately 3hrs 40 minutes.
Essentials: Suitable clothing (depending on the time of year), walking shoes or trainers, water, suncream, mobile phone, snacks and/or picnic, swimwear, towel, hat.
This hiking adventure starts from the small fishing village of Orzola in the north of the island where you will catch one of the ferries making the 20 minute crossing from Lanzarote to its neighbouring island of La Graciosa. La Graciosa is one of a group of islets making up the ´Chinjio Archipielago´, the others being Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste. All of the islands make up the largest protected marine reserve in Europe, this also means no hotels and huge tourist areas. The journey is a short one along the northern tip of Lanzarote and across the straight to La Graciosa. This journey can, at times, be choppy along the first part.
With numerous walks starting from, or passing through, this village, I thought that it would be nice to give you an insight into one of the local restaurants located here. The village of Femés lies at the top of one of the two mountain ranges here on Lanzarote, Monumento Natural de Los Ajaches (608m). The village, from its elevated position, offers spectacular views down towards the resort of Playa Blanca, and across to our neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.
The village houses several restaurants, a favourite being Casa Emiliano. The restaurant itself is set back slightly from the road, and has a wonderful garden area in its front featuring rose bushes and a multitude of colourful flowers and plants. The outside terrace behind the garden is well shaded with some tables located under the cover of its wooden roof and others sitting under umbrellas providing welcome shade. The inside of the restaurant is very rustic with wooden tables and chairs in two rooms. We were lucky enough to get a table on the outer terrace where you can sit and see along the coast towards Montaña Roja close to Playa Blanca.
Papas Arrugadas (Canarian wrinkly potatoes) is a traditional dish served here on the island. The dish is made from small new potatoes which are cleaned, but not peeled, and then boiled in salt water before being dried to shrivel their skins. They are then served warm with mojo sauces which are garlic based dressings, one red, (more spicy), and one green (corriander based).
small new potatoes
course sea salt
1. Add the potatoes to a pan of very salty water (in the past Canarian´s used to use seawater).
2. The potatoes should float in the water, if they don´t add some more salt.
3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes.
4. Drain off the majority of the water and reduce the heat to allow any liquid to evaporate.
5. Shake the pan to enable the salt to crysalise.
6. Turn off the heat and cover the potatoes with a tea towel for about five minutes to enable the potatoes to dry and turn ´wrinkly´.
2-3 dried chillies (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 garlic bulb
200ml olive oil
150ml white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon of cumin
½ teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of sea salt
Haría – El Bosquecillo – Haría
Difficulty: Medium. Distance: 8.5km.
Duration: Approximately 2 hrs.
Route: Circular. Car or Bus: Own transport or the local Arrecife Bus route numbers 26 & 27.
Essentials: Suitable clothing (depending on the time of year), sturdy walking shoes/boots, water, suncream, mobile phone, snacks and/or picnic, hat.
Following our recent hike though La Geria, and the discovery of heavily laden, wild fig trees, I thought I would post this recipe to give you an idea as to what you can make with figs if you are lucky enough to get a bag full. It is very simple to make, tastes wonderful and is a great accompaniment to cold meats and cheeses.
850g fresh figs
150ml balsamic vinegar
100ml red wine vinegar
300g soft brown sugar
zest & juice of 1 lemon
250g red onions
2 teaspoons of mixed spice
10g of fresh ginger OR 1 teaspoon of dried ground ginger
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 1 hour
Serves – 3 jars
Situated on the main LZ30 road that runs from Uga to Teguise through the La Geria wine region of Lanzarote, Bodegas Stratus is the newest winery here on the island with an impressive, state of the art cellar covering an area of 2500 square metres. As you drive or walk in the area you will notice the bodegas two large red wine bottles indicating its car park and entrance.
The main house, has been meticulously transformed into a wine bar and gourmet shop as well as serving as a reception area where you are able to book your tour of the cellar which cost 10 euros per person. This price includes a 40 minute tour of the the production area and cellars followed by 20 minutes of wine tasting which is accompanied by a selection of local goats cheeses.
The gourmet shop offers a complete selection of their prestigious wines sold in two sizes of bottles, 50cl priced at 8 euros per bottle, and 75cl priced at 12 euros a bottle. The shop also offers a full selection of local goats cheeses produced by the Finca de Uga as well as more interesting gifts, including wine soaps and shower gels. Here there is a patio area with tables nestled under a large tree where you are able to sit with your glass of wine and admire the views across the surrounding vineyards.
Montaña Negra – Parque de los Volcanes – La Geria – Montaña Negra
Difficulty: Easy. Distance: Linear: 7km, Circular: 13.2km.
Duration: Linear: Approximately 2hrs, Circular: Approximately 3hrs.
Route: Linear or Circular.
Car: Own transport. If you choose to opt for the linear option of this walk, TWO vehicles will be needed or alternative transport used to return you to your one vehicle.
Taxi: Yaiza taxi (who cover this area) 928 52 42 22
Costa Teguise – Los Cocoteros – Charco del Palo
Difficulty: Easy. Distance: 10km.
Duration: Approximately 3hrs 30 minutes.
Route: Linear. Car: Own transport. For this particular walk, TWO vehicles will be needed. Bus: Local bus Arrecife bus routes number 7 and 9 both stop in the village of Mala. Taxi: Teguise taxi (who cover this area) 928 845533.
Essentials: Suitable clothing (depending on the time of year), sturdy walking shoes/boots, water, suncream, mobile phone, snacks and/or picnic, hat, swimwear and snorkel (optional).
Before commencing this coastal hike, you will need to leave one vehicle in the small village of Charco del Palo on the eastern side of the island. This small village is located on the coast, behind the village of Mala. On entering Mala, heading in a northerly direction, you need to turn right at the ´Don Quijote´ restaurant and follow the winding road down to the village. Park your car in the car park situated on the right and then head, in your second car, back to Costa Teguise, where you will need to park in the car park at the Los Charcos beach. This is located next to the Melia Salinas hotel.
Mancha Blanca – Caldera Blanca – Mancha Blanca
Difficulty: Medium. Distance: 12km.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.
Route: Circular. Car or Bus: Own transport or the local Arrecife bus route number 16 .
Essentials: Suitable clothing (depending on the time of year), sturdy walking shoes/boots, water, suncream, mobile phone, snacks and/or picnic, hat, walking poles & binoculars (if you have them).
Warning: This walk is not recommended to those who are afraid of heights, or who suffer from vertigo. This walk can be windy at times as there is no shelter as you walk around the rim of the crater. Although it is not hazardous, extra care should be taken.
The start of this walk, begins on the outskirts of the village of Mancha Blanca, at the northern side of Timanfaya National Park. If you are arriving by public bus, you will need to alight here in the village. There is a road which is signposted to Timanfaya National Park and Yaiza (LZ67) with a small football arena and running track on its corner. Whether driving or walking, you will need to proceed down this road. If you are driving, there is a carpark that you can use at the start of the trail. As you leave the village, you will come across a road leading off to your right and dirt track proceeding straight ahead towards the volcanoes which are clearly in view. You will need to take this track up to the small carpark where you will find a signpost referring to the walk.