National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Q // I’m looking to visit Lanzarote this winter but would like to discover a dierent side to the island. What do you suggest?
It might oer the usual beach experience, but Lanzarote, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, has many other natural advantages, too. There’s all that dramatic frozen lava: a striking backdrop to any hike or trail run, particularly if you’re used to running in green countryside. To immerse yourself in the eeriest landscapes, book a guided walk along the volcanic Tremesana Route in Timanfaya National Park. You can even cross the island from top to toe by following the 44-mile Órzola to Playa Blanca Nature Trail, part of the GR131 trail that runs across the Canary Islands.
If cycling is your thing, you’ll be in good company: elite athletes train here, particularly in the north, home of the Ironman Lanzarote. The clear, breezy air lends itself to watersports and stargazing, too. Caleta de Famara is perfect for surfing, and the Peñas del Chache lookout in Haría has mind-blowing views of the Milky Way aer dark.
To seek out the quietest, prettiest beaches, try the gnarly north east, between Órzola and Jameos del Agua; the coastline here is dotted with appealing little bays, where black rocks contrast with dazzling, white sand.