Do you like hiking or cycling? If you are visiting Lanzarote for a few days we suggest a trip to La Graciosa , as despite it not being a very big island, it has some amazing trails to hike or cycle. It is also a Natural Park where you can discover some wonderful landscapes among all of the native flora and fauna.
Take your bike (or hire one in Lanzarote if you would prefer) and make the journey across to La Graciosa to cycle some of the most spectacular cycle routes in the Canary Islands. We suggest three routes of differing lengths and difficulties:
Northern Route – Towards Playa Las Conchas and Pedro Barba
This route is around 14 km long, it starts in Caleta de Sebo and is one of the most famous routes on the island. The first section, heading towards La Mareta between La Montaña El Mojón and Las Agujas, has a slight incline. If you keep going, you will eventually reach your final destination: Playa Las Conchas.
Once there you can go back the same way or take a circular route along Playa de Ámbar, passing through Pedro Barba and heading up towards Las Agujas.
Southern Route to Punta del Pobre
The final destination on this route is Punta del Pobre, which is at the northeast point known as Montaña Amarilla. This southern route is roughly 14 km in total, with no difficult inclines nor any sections that are too sandy. The first part of the route is the same as the Northern Route, however, once you get to the crossroads you need to take a left to go around the so-called Montaña del Mojón.
Once you pass the Morro de los Dioses and start the decline, you will cycle along the coast until reaching your final destination: Punta del Pobre. There you can enjoy some spectacular views of the beach and mountains.
Southern Route towards Playa de La Francesa
Despite this route being 5 km long in total (there and back), it is by no means easy. However, despite being the shortest, it certainly compares to the other routes in terms of beauty and landscapes as you will cycle along the top of the Famara cliff and will venture across the Salado beach. It is important to bear in mind that, due to the amount of sand in some parts, you may need to get off your bike and walk certain sections.
Once at Playa de la Francesa, you will have to leave your bike in the carpark and continue the rest of the way by foot.
Hiking routes in La Graciosa
If you are more of a fan of hiking, trekking, or long walks, the island of La Graciosa is the perfect place too. We suggest three routes which will take you into the heart of the island’s wilderness.
From Corral to Punta del Pobre
This is a circular route that starts at the Baja del Corral and the Llano de la Mareta and takes you back via the Llano del Corral and the foothills of El Mojón. If you like, you can extend the route to Punta del Pobre, on the island’s northeast coast. You can carry on for 6 km more until you reach the bottom of Montaña Amarilla, where you can enjoy some unbeatable views.
Las Conchas and Pedro Barba
This is the same circular route that you can cycle in the north of the island. On this route you will find Playa de Las Conchas, Playa del Ámbar, and Pedro Barba. Despite being 15 km long, it is not too difficult as it does not have many inclines nor much uneven terrain.
There are also two different routes to choose from: one short one that ends up at Playa de Las Conchas, and another one which goes all the way to Playa del Ámbar and the village of Pedro Barba, heading back along the route that leads to Caleta de Sebo.
Playa de la Cocina and Montaña Amarilla
This route is roughly 6 km long and takes you to the south of the island taking in Playa del Salado and Playa de la Francesa to reach the final destination of Montaña Amarilla. It is a simple and easy linear trail that starts in the south of Caleta de Sebo and follows the coastline opposite the island of Lanzarote.