Lanzarote – A walk from Femes   17 comments


Time to explore the mountains. Again, Lanzarote’s diminutive size was handy. Just a 10 minute drive to the pretty village of Femes in the mountains behind the resort and a start at over thousand feet. There were lots of walkers paths and it looked good for our first look at the islands mountains and old volcanos. We left the Funsters to go shopping and headed for the mountains


We headed up from the village and a short steep climb to a goat farm and cheese making facility


The path traversed across eastern flanks of Pico Aceituna. It looks a bit exposed but it was easy and safe


A view down the Barranco de la Higuera to the sea


And back towards the goat farm and the peaks above the Femes valley


It was a short walk out and back to the summit of Pico Aceituna so we thought we’d bag our first summit. Grand views across the Rubicon Plain to Playa Blanca and Fuerteventura in the distance


The Femes valley and the rest of the island


Atalaya de Femes, second highest point on the island and one of what I liked to call the “Three Peaks” of Lanzarote. There are four summits over 600m although you can’t access the highest point as its covered in military paraphernalia. They like to do this in Spain. The highest peak in Mallorca is similarly inaccessible. We only managed one of the three peaks so good reasons to go back



Panorama looking NE along the spine of the island


And the expanse of the Rubicon Plain, Montana Roja in the centre of the shot



The path then cut across the flanks of Pico Redondo, this time on the western flank, seen in the photo below. Again it looks exposed but again it was perfectly safe and easy


The route we were following was doing a complete circuit of Pico Redondo but I wanted to climb it. It looked ok, if a bit rough going. TJS wanted no part in such a risky plan (he likes to stay on paths) so we agreed to meet around the far side. It was an easy climb in the end and the summit had a nice, narrow, rocky summit with extensive views. The mountains on Lanzarote are not especially high but their prozimity to the coast gives them a real sense of height and the views are excellent and of course unusual



This is Hacha Grande, the highest point on this side of the ridge. One to save for another day




The descent was on pathless terrain and pretty tedious. The photo tries to give some scale to the uniformity of the slope. All loose volcanic dirt and rubble


I just took my time and despite losing my footing numerous times managed to avoid falling on my backside. We arrived at the broad col below within a few seconds of each other, barely breaking stride as we headed up to the top of the small peak below, Lomo del Pozo for some lunch


The stunning views of our route and the rest of the island more than made up for possibly the worst pre-packed sandwiches it’s ever been my misfortune to eat. Luckily we had Paprika crisps, cookies and chocolate donuts to soften the blow




Time to head back and a very pleasant stroll along the Barranco de la Higuera


And a steep climb through the volcanic rocks to the Goat Farm where we started


One of the many volcanic dikes on the island. Nature’s dry stone wall


A view back down the Barranco de la Higuera to Lomo del Pozo



Last views of Femes before we reached the car and headed back down to Playa Blanca


A short route and short drive gives time to pack in some more activity. Nothing better than finishing off a day in the mountains with a stroll along the coast.


And an hour on the beach to catch some rays and take a cooling swim at Playa Dorada



Obligatory lazing on the beach/feet shot




Nice time to be on the beach while the sun starts to go down


Excellent way to finish the day


17 responses to “Lanzarote – A walk from Femes

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  1. You certainly packed a lot in!
    Those paths do look very exposed.
    What to do about TJS – perhaps you could pay him to smile?
    Were you able to sample the cheese? I now goats will eat almost anything, allegedly, but was there any vegetation for them to eat, or were they being fed?
    The military instillation even looks like the one on Mallorca, if memory serves me right.


    • Packed a lot in! – Loads more to come, haven’t even reached Xmas day yet
      The paths were fine, its the bare open slopes that are hard work, its like walking on loose scree everywhere. We should have tried the cheese, the goats were being fed I think, it was especially arid and barren in this corner of the island.
      That’s not the summit of the island, which has a huge military installation on it, all those golf ball radar domes etc. I don’t think I got a picture. TJS smiles when he’s had a beer or two – well sometimes he does. He’s a teenager, they never smile


  2. Would imagine that sort of terrain would be hard on the feet? Mind, it looks quite stunning in its own way.


    Brenda-Dawn Linney
    • The steep slopes are a bit tedious. As there is no soil its all loose dust and rubble so its quite slippery. Otherwise is walking on chunky lava which is an experience (especially descending a couple of thousand feet of it on Mount Teide). You get used to it though 🙂
      I think its beautiful, what it lakes in greenery it makes up for in stark weirdness and odd shapes and curves. Plus you can always see the ocean, never a bad thing on a hike


  3. Now your talking. Love the goats, the views, and the mountain ridges- my kind of holiday. I’ve heard there’s a small rain forest on La Gomera. Hard to imagine every island being very different vegetation wise with such barren terrain here on this one..


    Blue Sky Scotland
    • We did some really fine walks (another few posts to come), its a great place for walking as its mostly very quiet, I only saw two other people on this walk. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are very barren but the other islands have lots of vegetation and forests, especially La Palma which is supposedly an amazing place for walking and has no mass tourism development. My guess is that Lanzarote is much further east and nearer the African coast and much lower in terms of altitude which might explain its aridity.


  4. Love seeing scenery that’s nothing like what we have here 🙂


  5. We drove through Femes several times during our stay in Lanzarote in February. There are some pretty spectacular views there, I think next time we will have to stop and do some walking though. This time we were far too interested in heading off to Papagayo and the great beaches there.


    • Thanks Tony. The walking on Lanzarote is pretty rough and loose but on a clear day the views are superb. The beaches at Papagayo were superb, and less crowded than I thought they’d be


  6. Hello! Nice blog!
    Is the trail marked/easy to follow without a map/gps? Thanks!


    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. The route is easy to follow as the paths are obvious although signs are few and far between. Useful resources for walking in Lanzarote are:
      Lanzarote Tour and Trail Map by Discovery Walking Guides
      Lanzarote Car Tours and Walks by Sunflower
      Walking on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura by Cicerone
      All easily available online through Amazon. This walk is well describe din both guidebooks and marked on the map. My extra excursion to the top of Pico Redondo is not marked or on a path, relatively easy but you need to be comfortable on rocky/loose slopes and have a head for heights. The rest of the walk is very easy. Its a really great walk with superb views and Femes is a lovely spot.


      • Hey! thanks for your answer! I think I will go for this hike after your comment!:) I was a bit worried about getting lost as I’m leaving this weekend already (and haven’t bought any maps), but I guess I should be fine.
        Do you maybe remember if the hike has a specific number/route number to follow?


        • I don’t think anywhere on Lanzarote has official routes or numbers but the paths are very obvious (anything that isn’t a path is just loose gravel!). I don’t recall any point on this route where you could get lost providing you have a good sense of direction. Very briefly:

          From Femes, walk up the gravel road you can see towards the Goat Farm up on the ridge to the south.
          Once there turn right and follow the path across the flank of the first mountain (the summit up to your right)
          At the col the path moves to follow the flank of the next mountain which this time will be on your left
          The path then curves round to the left descends gradually to the base of a valley and then up again to, and across a very broad saddle
          Path the continues into another valley which you follow all the way along climbing steadily back to the Goat Farm

          You can buy the map out in Lanzarote (I saw it in a couple of shops)


  7. Great pics – and thanks for mentioning our Lanzarote Tour & Trail Map (in Lanzarote BookSwop shops as is our Walk! Lanzarote guidebk).


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