I ended 2010 by implementing one of my 2011 New Year resolutions getting out and exploring my surroundings on foot. It’s a resolution I’m looking forward to keeping on a regular basis.
The Canary Islands are fantastic walking country and pulling on the hiking shoes doesn’t just keep you fit, it also takes you to parts of the islands that other modes of transport simply cannot reach.
The spectacular volcanic landscape of Lanzarote offers a surreal world to hikers and holiday walkers and thanks to a project by the Cabildo (Island Government), exploring its paths and trails has never been easier.
Last summer the Lanzarote Cabildo published their intention to renovate 10 walks that take in the very best of what the island has to offer – the Red de diez Senderos TurÃsticos y Recreativos guide promised an exciting new world for hikers.
With the finishing touches being applied to signs, the ten routes now cover a total of 147 kilometres and each one has been cleared, repaired and signposted with details such as length of route, type of terrain and level of difficulty as well as the flora and fauna and points of interest to be found along the way.
Now thanks to the Red de diez Senderos Turísticos y Recreativos you can hike up to 50 kilometres in a single day and discover the delights of routes that span the length and breadth of the island taking in stunning coastlines, mountain highs and palm grove valleys.
But you don’t have to be an avid hiker to enjoy walking on Lanzarote. For those who prefer to think of themselves as holiday strollers, the island’s footpaths offer leisurely walking and stunning viewpoints. There are lovely coastal walks in all the main resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Arrecife, Playa Blanca and not least, Costa Teguise where you can pick up a map from the Tourist Office and follow the well signposted green, red or blue routes that cover 4.6km, 6.5km or 10km depending on how far you want to walk.
If you’re staying at Sands Beach Resort you only have to step out of the hotel to find yourself on the red route which will take you on a 10km circular walk and deposit you back at the hotel for some well deserved pampering.
Whichever way you look at it, 2011 is going to be a good year to put your best foot forward on Lanzarote’s walking trails.