Spain : The Canary Isles

Contrasts of Lanzarote

Trip code: W07LZ

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

18.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • A year-round destination with a temperate climate and other-worldly terrain
  • Designated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1993 for its commitment to sustainability
  • Enjoy birdwatching at Chinijo National Park with the chance to see many protected bird species, endemic to the island
  • Take a visit to the little-known island of La Graciosa, with its unspoilt, sandy beaches and coastline
  • Explore the wonderful Cactus Garden, established by the renowned artist Cesar Manrique

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Car hire

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Often described as the place on earth probably most like Mars, Lanzarote is the result of millions of years of volcanic evolution and eruption. One of the first destinations in the world to be awarded the special certificate as a Biosphere Reserve, the landscape is unique and awe inspiring, with magnificent volcanic craters, stark lava fields displaying a myriad of different colours, and beaches, ranging from white sands to volcanic black dust. Easy to drive around, the journey from the northern tip of Orzola to the beaches of Papagayo in the south takes just over 1 hour drive, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore this most special Canarian island.

Some of the best food and wine in the Canaries can be found here, so make sure you try the local specialities, Canarian potatoes, mojo sauce, estofado stew and the delicious boquerones, (anchovy fillets), perhaps accompanied by a locally produced wine, the widely regarded Malvasi - again the result of the rich volcanic soil.

This self-guided, single centre holiday highlights the best of Lanzarote; from its pretty inland villages with verdant terraces and fields, to the varied coastline and beaches, the exquisite volcanic landscape, and the gently pervading influence of Cesar Manrique. Whatever you decide to do either taking a slow and relaxed tour of some of the best locations, or a varied itinerary of walking, swimming and cycling on La Graciosa, there is something for everyone here.

Your week is based at the Rural Finca La Florida in San Bartolome. Originally a family home, the 15 spacious rooms of this delightful hotel with its superb on site restaurant, provide the perfect base for your holiday. The hotel has everything you will need including a fabulous restaurant, swimming pool , sun terrace and even spa treatments for a bit of downtime!

Terrain

Walks on this holiday are on village streets, country lanes, farm tracks and rural paths. Walking boots are essential. Walking poles are recommended. As the walks do not start directly from the hotels, a hire car is required.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Lanzarote

Arriving at the airport, pick up the hire car and travel to the Rural Finca la Florida for your stay on Lanzarote.

You stay at Hotel Rural Finca la Florida or Hotelito La Era.

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Hotel Rural Finca la Florida, San Bartolome

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Finca de la Florida was originally a home built in the 1970's, and converted to a hotel in 1995. It is located on a large plot of land full of vineyards and fruit orchards with 15 spacious rooms all with walk-in showers. Whilst feeling delightfully rural, the hotel is only a short 15 minute drive from the airport, and so is a fantastic base for this holiday. The hotel features a gym, sauna, terrace with swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, spa treatments are available and there is an a la carte restaurant on site.

Please note from 1 January 2025 we will be using the Hotelito La Era in Yaiza.

Room upgrades: Please contact us for details.

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Hotelito la Era, Yaiza

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The Hotelito La Era Bed & Breakfast It is the perfect location for your walking trip in Lanzarote. Located in Yaiza, and near one of the most wonderful beaches in Lanzarote “Papagayo”. This small and cosy rural hotel has lots of quiet corners to relax in, beautiful gardens in a house of traditional architecture with all the comforts you will need. There is a great restaruant on site - Jardines La Era Restaurant offering the best Canarian gastronomy since 1968.

César Manrique set his eyes on this old house with traditional architecture, reforming it into what is today the Jardines La Era Restaurant.

Day 2: Femes - Pico de la Aceituna - Playa del Pozo (10km/6.2mi)

Your exploration of Lanzarote starts with a short drive to the village of Femes, where the walk begins with an ascent to the Pico de La Aceituna, the summit rising above the village at 450 metres above sea level. These ancient mountain ranges were once the seat of aborginal tribes and provide a perfect vantage point from which to see the islands of Fuerteventura and Lobos, as well as the Papagayo National Park, located in the south of the island. From here the path continues until it reaches the next peak: the Pico Redondo and after enjoying the incredible views, you will begin to descend towards the sea. Upon reaching the coast, enjoy a break and a swim if you like at Playa Quemada, a quiet fishing village before your walk back to your car.

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Day 3: Ascent to the Caldera Blanca (10km/6.2mi)

Today's hike is to the widest volcano on the island, the Caldera Blanca, a memorable walk with a gradual ascent. Situated close to the Timanfaya National Park, the crater is believed to have been caused by a single eruption millions of years ago and is 1.5km in diameter. Reaching the crater rim, the view is quite breath-taking, as you try to imagine the powerful eruption that caused this natural phenomenon. Very windy at the top, you can walk into the crater itself or trek along the rim and then head back through the lava fields to the National Park, where you should still have plenty of time for a visit. The most significant volcanic eruptions here were in the 18th century, shaping this landscape with huge geomorphic structures and providing the variety of colours which can be seen in the rocks.

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Day 4:The Volcanoes of Soo (13km/8.1mi)

Travel north today until you reach Soo, a village in the Chinijo National Park, in the northwest of Lanzarote. After a quick break for refreshment or to pick up a picnic for lunch, leave the car and begin to ascend towards the Pico Colorado (206m) located behind the village. This whole area is protected as a 'Special Protection Area for Wild Birds', so be on the lookout for some of its residents, the white-faced petrel, Scopoli's shearwater, western osprey and Eleonora's falcon, all endemic to Lanzarote. From here you climb to the Caldera Trasera, a steep volcano almost 300 metres high, with incredible panoramic views over the volcanoes below. The return journey provides vistas of the islands of Alegranza and the tiny Montana Clara. These uninhabited islands feature huge volcanic craters and are also part of Chinijo Archipelago Nature Reserve, providing refuge for marine birds and other wildlife.

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Day 5: On the North Coast (11km/6.8mi)

Your day begins with a visit to the final project of one of Lanzarote's most famous inhabitants, the artist Cesar Manrique. Drive to Guatiza and first visit the Jardin de Cactus, a botanical paradise created by the Canarian artist to help preserve the islands rich biodiversity. With its huge collection of some 4500 cactus species, you can see works of art dotted amongst the sculptured paths in the extensive gardens, well worth a couple of hours visit. Leave the village and head towards the Caldera de la Montana Tinamala (old mouth of the volcano) to the coast at Los Cocoteros, with its natural swimming pool providing a welcome break on a hot day. After your break, head up the coast towards the further natural pools at La Olla, and the quite magical Cueva del Agua, before turning inland back towards the cactus gardens at Guatiza and your drive back to the hotel.

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Day 6:Biking on La Graciosa (23km/14.3mi)

The choice is yours today, as you can choose to relax by the pool at the hotel, explore another part of Lanzarote by car or enjoy a day trip to the beautiful and unspoilt island la Graciosa. Drive to the port of Orzola, where the short ferry trip of about half an hour takes you straight to the main town, Caleta del Sebo. Pick up your bicycle and route map, not forgetting to stock up for the day, as this is the only settlement on the islands with shops and restaurants. With no asphalted roads on the whole island, you will feel like you have stepped back in time, enjoying a relaxing ride with hardly any traffic, discovering hidden spectacular beaches such as Pedro Barba, Playa de Las Conchas in the north or the Playa Francesa in the south. These golden sand beaches are perfect to spend some time relaxing, or jump into the turquoise waters for an idyllic swim, far away from the crowds. Later, if you can bear to tear yourself away, return to the town for your ferry back to Lanzarote.

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Day 7:The Famara Cliffs (9km/5.6mi)

Starting at the northern village of Haria, your final day begins at one of the oldest villages on the island. Tucked away in a green and fertile area known as the Valley of the Palms, the legend says that a palm was planted for every child that was born in the village. You can visit the Cesar Manrique Museum, as he used to live in the village and was buried in the local cemetery. From here the path takes you towards Risco de Famara, 15km of volcanic cliffs situated on the northern coastline and with fantastic views over the sea and towards La Graciosa. The path runs southwards along the edge of the cliff with a spectacular panoramic view towards the Beach of Famara. A must - see is the restaurant at the end of the cliffs called Mirador del Rio, another of Cesar Manrique's creations, it was once an old artillery position until being transformed into an example of surrealist architecture and is now a restaurant and breath-taking viewpoint. Amble back towards Haria and enjoy some time in the village at the beautiful, shaded plaza, with plenty of shops and cafes for you to while away the hours, or if you are lucky enough to visit on a Saturday, be sure to check out the market full of local hand crafts. Journey back to your hotel for your final evening.

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Day 8: Leave Lanzarote

Depart Lanzarote for your onward journey home.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £490.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £490.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

friendly and informed service

8 Feb 2024

The website is very informative and the advisor was extremely helpful.

6 Feb 2024

Very efficient and friendly

28 Oct 2023

Years ago we took a headwater trip and I know it was a good trip. Once again we are going on a headwater trip. Our contact, Helen Hodson was professional, friendly and very helpful to us. She answered our questions and wrote a wonderful itineraries for us. Best of all, she was very thorough and very prompt with her responses.

Julie Gardinier, 21 Jul 2023


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

18.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £919

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