You’ve seen them in car ads and science fiction movies. Now you can cycle among them. We’re talking about the landscapes of Lanzarote. Volcanoes, lava, Martian natural phenomena and the Atlantic Ocean with cycling routes for all tastes. These are the best ones:
Southern Lanzarote is one of the most popular areas thanks to its fine sandy beaches. Playa Blanca stands out, an area with many hotels and restaurants. Highway LZ-2 starts at Faro de Pechiguera, passes through Salinas de Janubio (better at dusk) and ends at the village of Yaiza. This route, which runs for 8.7 miles next to the sea, can be done in under 40 minutes, since it is mostly flat and suitable for all cyclists.
This route starts at the inland town of Mozaga, where you can combine the three great pillars of tourism in Lanzarote: culture, sport and nature. The starting point is the Farmer House Museum designed by César Manrique. It continues towards the hamlet of La Florida, providing access to the volcanic zone of Tinguatón, one of the best for hiking thanks to the contrasts of the landscape that passes through Highway L-46. If you follow the LZ-67, you’ll find the Mancha Blanca Interpretation Center, where there is an exhibition on the nature of Timanfaya National Park. There you’ll discover the Canaries’ most Martian landscape: arid red lands with no vegetation. The route, which runs for some 9 miles, can take you 40 minutes if you cycle at a steady pace.
You’ll be able to visit the best sandy areas of Costa Teguise by bike—Playa de Las Cucharas, Playa Bastián and Pueblo Marinero—by following the boardwalk. Totally flat, this route is one of the most pleasant.
If you’re someone who is always looking for greener pastures, you’ll find Lanzarote’s most luxuriant area in Haría, since, thanks to its characteristic microclimate, it has the densest vegetation on the entire island. In fact, it’s known as the town of “a thousand and one palm trees.”
Plan your route on a Saturday so you can visit its traditional market in the historic center (from 10 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.), where ecological agricultural products (including aloe vera, of course), arts and crafts and the famous mojo sauces are sold. At sunset, the town’s lights depict the legend of the “Haría witch,” and she can been seen on her broomstick from afar.
Downtown Haría is where another route starts to Barranco de Haría, where the grapes that make one of the best local wines are grown. From there, the route takes us up to the iconic Las Nieves Hermitage along the LZ-10. The route, which runs for 6 miles, has a gradient of over 1,140 feet.