National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Q // I’m looking to visit Lanzarote this winter but would like to discover a diƒerent side to the island. What do you suggest?


It might o”er 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.


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