Timanfaya National Park: riding, hiking and cycling
Lanzarote is known for its luxury resorts, all-inclusive hotels and vibrant night life, which is why it’s such a popular destinations for families and party animals alike. But the fourth-largest island has much more to offer than sea, sand, sun and clubs. Thanks to the volcano Timanfaya, a quarter of Lanzarote’s landscape is a volcanic wasteland with its own harsh, fascinating beauty. This area is interesting for adventurous families and active travellers, as the area is brilliant for cycling, hiking, rock climbing and other sports.
Even families with young children can take a trip to the top of the volcano Timanfaya by rented car, by bus or even by camel, which makes for a lovely Lanzarote experience. Camels can carry two people and walk up the mountain in a row. Originally, the islanders used them for agriculture and transport because they could handle the local lack of fresh water very well. These days, they’re a great example of eco-friendly tourism.
The Timanfaya Visitors Centre offers two free guided walks through the National Park. You can either go for the 3km long Termesana route or the 9km long Coastal route. You have to book in advance through reservasparquesnacionales.es if you’re interested.
Whether you’re an advanced cyclist who has been around the block for a couple of years or want to have your first crack at cycling, Timanfaya National Park won’t let you down. The roads are ideal for road bikes, which makes cycling one of the best ways to explore the stunning volcanic landscapes of the Timanfaya National Park. Rent a bicycle, grab a map and hit the road!
With an average annual temperature of 22 degrees Celcius, it’s not difficult to guess why Lanzarote’s nickname is “Island of the Eternal Spring”. The climate is perfect for an active holiday. So If a cocktail of adrenaline, overwhelming views and a sun tan sounds like a good vacation you, book your flights to Lanzarote now!