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​​GR131 – 8 – days hike on Lanzarote

The GR131 on the Canary Island of Lanzarote is an amazing hiking route that crosses the heart of the island. The trail runs from coast to coast along the 7 Canary Islands and has a total length of 560 kilometres, divided into 32 stages. During your 8-days hike GR131 on Lanzarote, you will discover the volcanic wonders of this island, pass authentic villages, admire César Manrique’s unique architecture, enjoy panoramic views and watch the waves crash against the rocks.

Thanks to the red and white markings of the trail called ‘Camino Natural’, you can walk the entire route on the, mostly, unpaved paths. So plenty of time to enjoy panoramic views, enchanting volcanic landscapes, surreal craters, unusual vineyards, delicious gastronomy and lively towns along the way. The GR131 on Lanzarote lets you enjoy it to the fullest while hiking!

In this blog, we give you 8 reasons why you should consider walking and exploring this Canary island.

Costa De Papagayo Lanzarote Gr131

The GR131 on the island of Lanzarote

Lanzarote is an island that is part of the Canary Islands, as well as Tenerife and Gran Canaria, among others. It is a popular destination for those who need a break and a sunny beach holiday. But the island of Lanzarote offers more than that and is also definitely ideal for the adventurous hiker. While hiking the GR131 on Lanzarote, you will discover its ruggedness, beauty and delight in about 72 kilometres. So, a route for the avid hiker we would say.

Lanzarote, the island with a fiery air. The island with a stark beauty associated with the inner sweetness of the locals. Walking around the island, the blackened lava fields, surreal craters and vast lunar landscapes tell the story of tempestuous eruptions that have taken place.

The GR131 route is known for its volcanic landscapes and contours. A hike with a total of 560 kilometres that crosses all, 7, Canary Islands. The starting point is on Gran Ganaria and the hiking trail ends on the island of El Hierro. On the island of Lanzarote, five stages of this route can be hiked, averaging 15 kilometres a day. During this hiking trip, you will be amazed by all that the island has to offer. Think vineyards you’ll pass between. Authentic villages you’ll pass through.

Unique architecture thanks to César Manrique. The delicious local cuisine. The secluded coves with azure seas where you can take a swim. And, of course, sleeping in beautiful, authentic locations where you are warmly welcomed by the locals.

So your hike of the GR131 on Lanzarote starts in the coastal town of Órzola. Here you can prepare for the walk of the next few days in peace and comfort. Be sure to taste the tastiest dishes from the local cuisine. A freshly caught fish, with the local dish ‘papas arrugadas’ (which is also called wrinkled potatoes), accompanied by a side, local wine and sea views. A better start to your first evening could hardly be possible.

From Órzola you head inland and walk into the La Corona Natural Park. Between the vast and rocky areas, you will find green areas as a variation. The La Corona volcano is central and you will be able to enjoy it from several views. Before reaching Haría, you will pass the village of Máguez where you can see typical, Canarian building styles.

The picturesque town of Haría is the starting point of the second stage and is known as the hometown of César Manrique at the time. He is the artistic artist who left his footprint on the island. Definitely worth a visit to feast your eyes and enjoy unusual architecture.

Where you definitely are going to feast your eyes as well is at the highest point of the hike, at Peñas del Chache. Here, after the climb, you can enjoy the breathtaking view you have. The contrast could hardly be greater. From the black, rugged moonscape to the white waves crashing against the rocks, the flora and fauna and, in the distance, the island of Fuerteventura found in the azure sea.

Along the way, you pass villages with typical Canarian architecture. You will feel part of the life of the locals, taste the delicious cuisine, visit vibrant markets, modern shopping streets and boulevards. In fact, what many people don’t know is that Lanzarote also has several bodegas. The vineyards surrounded by lava make for a strange sight. Although you will soon forget this when you take a sip of one of the many, delicious local wines.
Yaiza, one of white houses stuck against black lava backdrops. Whimsical nature as a setting and yet creating an oasis of calm. And village where there is life to be found. The lives of the residents who show that you can live among those volcanic landscapes.

You’ll also discover Lanzarote’s history on your hiking trip on the GR131. Teguise, the island’s former capital, is a good example. Its tiled streets wind past historic buildings and religious churches. If you are there on a Sunday, don’t miss the vibrant market where your senses will be stimulated and you will be overwhelmed with a nostalgic feeling.

You end your walking holiday in the south of Lanzarote, in Playa Blanca. This former fishing village is now a seaside resort surrounded by calm waters, secluded coves and rugged cliffs. At the still unspoilt Playa de Papagayo, located in a natural park, you can enjoy the underwater world, a refreshing dip in the turquoise sea or a bite to eat and a drink at one of the restaurants.

The magical setting sun, which gives the rocks a red glow, really completes your hiking trip. And because you can never get enough of this view, you will sleep an extra night in this breathtaking place. Or maybe you have another preference of your own to spend an extra night…..

Lanzarote - Architectuur - Palmbomen

 

Day-to-day programme on the GR131 in Lanzarote

Day 1: Arrival in Lanzarote

Your trip of the GR131 on Lanzarote starts in Arrecife, the island’s vibrant capital. We pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation in town. There, two ancient castles, Castillo de San Gabriel and Castillo de San Jose proudly await you, each on a weather side of town. Apart from history, this city also offers a vibrant life. So behave like a real local does.

Take a stroll along the picturesque Charco de San Ginés, a charming lagoon where colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down await you. Have a drink, taste dishes from the local cuisine and enjoy this beautiful, and peaceful picture. Soak up culture in the cultural scene, El Almacén. Here you will find art, exhibitions and cultural elements take place. You will often find artworks by both local and international artists.

Do you like shopping? Then head to Calle León y Castillo, where you can indulge your shopping heart out in the boutiques, fashion and souvenir shops. Take an (evening) stroll along Avenida Marítima, the coastal promenade. There, you can enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and be surrounded by palm trees, sculptures and terraces. This mix between history and the daily life are just a few examples of what your first day of the walking holiday could look like.

Day 2: Stage from Órzola to Haría – 12,2 km

Today begins your hiking holiday on Lanzarote and you will walk the first stage of the GR131 route. A transfer will take you to the port of Órzola. A unique start of your hike from where you walk straight into the La Corona Natural Park. This first stage still features green plains. Something that is soon replaced by the moon-like, black landscapes of which the La Corona volcano is a part. Along the way, you also pass the village of Máguez, where you can experience the authentic character of Lanzarote. Is it a Sunday? Then you can visit the market, along with the locals.

Otherwise, a stop to taste the local cuisine, in peace and quiet, is also definitely a good tip. The walk ends in the village of Haría, located in the ‘Valley of a Thousand Palms’. Here you will find the influences of the artist César Manrique, who left his creative mark on the island of Lanzarote.

Haría Lanzarote Architectuur

Day 3: Stage from Haría to Teguise – 12,3 km

You start the second stage of GR131 hike on Lanzarote at the town hall in Haría. Two climbs will take you to the highest points on the island where you will be rewarded with stunning, panoramic views. However, as you walk to these highest points, Peñas del Chache and Las Nieves, don’t forget to look back once more and catch a glimpse of beautiful Haría. Through the volcanic landscapes and via the agricultural terraces you will reach your final destination for today, Teguise. A vibrant town full of history where you can also be sure to sample the local delicacies.

Are you there on a Sunday? Then pay a visit to the market. It is the largest in the Canary Islands. You can spend time strolling among local products, souvenirs and other handmade crafts.

Day 4: Stage from Teguise to San Bartelomé – 9,3 km

Today, a short stage is scheduled. So you can wake up slowly in Teguise, wander around some more, have a coffee or enjoy some cultural activities. Afterwards, the hiking trail on the GR131 continues to San Bartelomé. A walk that goes through the plains of El Jable, the island’s former granary. This is an agricultural area where you will encounter the characteristic white houses dotted in the landscape.

Dag 5: Stage from San Bartelomé to Yaiza – 23,3 km

After yesterday’s short walking stage, a longer hike is on the programme today. But this path, with several kilometres anyway, is rewarded with beautiful and different views. For instance, you literally swing through Monte Guatisea and Montaña Blanca where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of La Geria. Volcanoes that serve as your companions today. If the weather is clear, you’ll have amazing views of Fuerteventura. Then the volcanic vistas give way to another view: The vineyards of Lanzarote. Something you don’t immediately expect on this island and so can make for a somewhat surreal image.

But when you literally walk among the vineyards, you can no longer deny it. If all this hasn’t provided enough variety, just before the end you come across a herd of dromedaries. Something typical of the village of Uga. You can let all these impressions sink in again in Yaiza, today’s final destination, as you enjoy a food and drink in the centre of the village.

Wijngaarden Lanzarote Vulkanen

Day 6: Stage from Yaiza to Playa Blanca – 13,8 km

Today is the last stage of your walking holiday in Lanzarote. A not too long walk will take you to the final point, Playa Blanca. But before you get there, you’ll pass the rugged area of Las Breñas and you can take a look at the salt flats, Salinas Janubio, which you can see in the horizon. You also enter the Sensitive Bird Area, where you can spot the Houbara Bustard. One of Lanzarote’s most famous resident bird species. Apart from birds, you may also come across a herd of goats with its herder. A stage where you should definitely keep your eyes open.

Your journey ends in the old town, near the port of Playa Blanca. The reward is a magical sunset that gives the jagged rocks a soft, red glow while you sit on the golden sand, with a drink, watching the sun sink into the calm, lapping sea.

Day 7: Extra day in Playa Blanca

After your hiking adventure on Lanzarote, you can enjoy this extra rest day in the southern coastal paradise of Playa Blanca. As a beach lover, you can have a great time at the pristine Playa Papagayo beaches. And if you want to enjoy the magical sunset of the night before again, this is the place to be. Be sure to taste the delicious, local dishes and don’t forget to drink a delicious glass of (local) wine. Review all the impressions the GR131 on Lanzarote has given you. From the volcanic landscapes, to the flora and fauna, the gastronomy, history and the friendliness of the locals.

There, in Playa Blanca, where the sea still laps peacefully and the sun sinks back into the Atlantic, the impressions of the past few days will continue to flow into your head for a while. Or would you prefer to enjoy this oasis of calm somewhere else for an extra day? Then feel free to contact us. WAW.travel will be happy to customise the walking trip to your wishes!

Playa Blanca Lanzarote

Day 8: Back home

After your GR131 hike, it’s time to go home again. You enjoy another delicious breakfast, have another cup of coffee, a pastry at a local bakery and then it really is time to return home.
Or maybe you still feel like hopping to another Canary Island to enjoy a (hiking) holiday. Feel free to ask about the possibilities, we are happy to think about your options!

Good to know is that the prices of this trip vary per season. The high season for this trip is between November and April.

 

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Highlights

  • Walk through the wonderful lunar landscape right through the heart of the island of Lanzarote. On the day of arrival, you will be picked up at Arrecife airport and transferred to your accommodation in Arrecife.
  • Walk through the volcanic wonders and pass authentic villages such as Haría and Teguise. Enjoy panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, while you can see the Canary Island of Fuerteventura in the distance. Taste the local cuisine with a matching wine while the sun sinks into the gently lapping sea.
  • The kilometres to be walked per stage vary between 10 and 23 kilometres. After you have hiked all 5 stages, it is time to take an extra day of well-deserved rest. Don't worry about your luggage, it will be taken from accommodation to accommodation. During the cold, wet and bleak winter months, Lanzarote is an ideal hiking destination.

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DAY 1 Arrival in Lanzarote

DAY 1 Arrival in Lanzarote

Your walking holiday on Lanzarote starts in the lively capital Arrecife. We pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation in the city. There you will find a mix between history and contemporary life. Visit the two old castles, soak up culture and stroll along the charming lagoon where colourful fishing boats bobbing up and down await you. In the evening, have a drink, sample dishes from the local cuisine and enjoy the beautiful, and peaceful picture to get your first day off to a good start.

DAY 2 Stage from Órzola to Haría – 12,2 km

DAY 2 Stage from Órzola to Haría – 12,2 km

Today you start the first stage of your walking holiday on Lanzarote. A transfer will take you to the port of Órzola. A unique start to your hike from where you will walk straight into the La Corona Natural Park. This first stage still features green plains. Something that is soon exchanged by the moon-like, black landscapes and which include the volcano, La Corona. Along the way, you also pass the village of Máguez, where you can experience the authentic characteristics of Lanzarote. The walk ends in the village of Haría located in the 'Valley of a Thousand Palms'. Here you will find the influences of the artist César Manrique, who left his creative imprint on the island of Lanzarote

DAY 3 Stage from Haría to Teguise – 12,3 km

DAY 3 Stage from Haría to Teguise – 12,3 km

You start the second stage of GR131 hike on Lanzarote at the town hall in Haría. Today's two climbs will take you to the highest points on the island where you will be rewarded with stunning, panoramic views. As you walk to these points, Peñas del Chache and Las Nieves, don't forget to look back once more and take a glimpse of beautiful Haría. Through the volcanic landscapes and via the agricultural terraces you will reach your final destination for today, Teguise. A vibrant town full of history where you can also be sure to sample the local delicacies.

DAY 4 Stage from Teguise to San Bartelomé – 9,3 km

DAY 4 Stage from Teguise to San Bartelomé – 9,3 km

Today, a short stage is scheduled. So you can wake up quietly in Teguise to wander around, have a coffee or sniff some culture. Afterwards, the hiking trail continues on the GR131 to San Bartelomé. A walk that goes through the plains of El Jable, the island's former granary. This is an agricultural area where you will encounter the characteristic white houses here and there in the landscape.

DAY 5 Stage from San Bartelomé to Yaiza – 23,3 km

DAY 5 Stage from San Bartelomé to Yaiza – 23,3 km

After yesterday's short stage, a longer hike awaits you today. But this path, with several kilometres anyway, is rewarded with beautiful and different views. For instance, you literally wander through Monte Guatisea and Montaña Blanca where you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of La Geria. The volcanoes that serve as your companions today. On a clear day, you'll have stunning views of the island of Fuerteventura. Then the volcanic vistas give way to another view: The vineyards of Lanzarote. If all this hasn't provided enough variety, just before the end you come across a herd of dromedaries. Something typical of the village of Uga. You can let all these impressions sink in again in Yaiza, today's final destination, as you enjoy a snack and a drink in the centre of the village.

DAY 6 Stage from Yaiza to Playa Blanca – 13,8 km

DAY 6 Stage from Yaiza to Playa Blanca – 13,8 km

Today is the last stage of your walking holiday in Lanzarote. A not too long walk will take you to the final point, Playa Blanca. But before you get there, you'll pass the rugged area of Las Breñas and you can take a look at the salt flats, Salinas Janubio, which you can see in the distance. You also enter the Sensitive Bird Area, where you can spot the Houbara Bustard. Apart from birds, you may also encounter a herd of goats with its keeper. So keep your eyes open this stage. Your journey ends in the old town, near the port of Playa Blanca. Rewarded by a magical sunset that gives the jagged rocks a soft, red glow while you sit on the golden sand, sipping a drink, watching the sun sink into the calm, lapping sea.

DAY 7 Extra day in Playa Blanca

DAY 7 Extra day in Playa Blanca

After your hiking adventure on Lanzarote, enjoy this extra rest day in the sultry coastal paradise of Playa Blanca. As a beach lover, you can indulge yourself at the pristine Playa Papagayo beaches. And if you want to relive the magical sunset of the night before, this is the place to be. Be sure to taste the delicious, local dishes and don't forget to sip a delicious glass of (local) wine. Revisit all the impressions that the GR131 on Lanzarote has given you. From the volcanic landscapes, to the flora and fauna, the gastronomy, history and the friendliness of the locals. There, in Playa Blanca, where the sea still quietly ripples on and the sun sinks back into the Atlantic, the impressions of the past few days continue to flow into your head for a while.

DAY 8 Departure

DAY 8 Departure

Included/Excluded

  • 7 nights' accommodation in hotels, boutique hotels, fincas or casa rurals
  • Breakfast at each accommodation
  • Luggage transport: your luggage will be taken from hotel to hotel during your camino (one piece of maximum 20 kg per person)
  • Transfers to and from the route (if necessary)
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day of arrival
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport on the day of departure
  • Detailed information about the route
  • Return flight from Amsterdam/Brussels to Arrecife airport
  • Tourist tax to be paid at each accommodation

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