Action-Packed Archipelago: Hiking on the Canaries

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From the island of Graciosa and the barren stretches of land in Guatiza to the coastal routes around Playa Blanca, the Canary Islands are a hiker’s paradise, ripe with both well-trodden and lesser-known routes for walkers of all abilities.

Today, we’ll be exploring some of the most impressive Canary Islands and bringing you some top tips for tackling their various trails.

Volcanoes and vistas

Lanzarote view from mountain

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The Canary Islands are home to some of the world’s most incredible views – particularly when it comes to volcanoes. Whether you’re hiking up them or simply admiring their beauty from afar, there’s no denying the dramatic profile of these natural giants – and you’ll be guaranteed some Insta-worthy snapshots of the incredible surrounding vistas.

Hikers can take off alone or, for those less experienced, you can book onto a hiking tour – where you’ll be able to walk across lava flows and could be lucky enough to explore volcanic cones, craters and lava lakes.

Challenging terrain

Lanzarote timanfaya lunar landscape

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If you’re exploring Lanzarote, beware that the island is made up of some quite rocky landscapes, so stumbling across some challenging terrain is inevitable. To make sure you’re ready to conquer even the most treacherous routes, you’ll need to lace up some sturdy hiking boots and leave yourself plenty of time to complete the trail.

The weather on Lanzarote stays fairly hot all year round – maintaining around 17ºC even in the first few months of the year – so it’s also important to protect yourself against the elements. Unless you’re visiting in December, rain shouldn’t affect your hikes too much, but you’ll need to make sure you’re protected against the heat – and this means packing plenty of sunscreen and water, even when heading out on short hikes.

Adventures for the whole family

When it comes to holidaying with the family, the Canary Islands truly do offer something for everyone – and with hikes suited to all kinds of abilities and preferences, you can embark upon a group day out that everyone can enjoy.

If you’re travelling with young ones, you can get them in on the action, too, by exploring caves and shorter trails. As evening falls, Lanzarote villas provide the perfect place for adventurers to rest and relax after an exciting day spent out in the sticks. Scattered across Lanzarote, you’ll find an abundance of well-equipped home-from-home accommodation – meaning you needn’t choose between your love of the great outdoors and your desire for creature comforts during your stay.

So, whether you’re strolling by the coast or taking on some intimidating volcanoes, the Canary Islands have plenty to offer when it comes to hiking. What are you waiting for? Backpacks at the ready!

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