4th Jun 2020 @ 10:00 am

Llanos means plains or flatlands, so as you’d expect, this walk is one of the simplest on the island, a circular stroll through grass meadows, farmland and a minor road with splendid views. There’s nothing wildly spectacular here, it’s just a pleasant, deeply relaxing way to spend a couple of hours in rural northern Lanzarote.

Máguez nestles between the Monte Corona and Haría, one of those typical rural Lanzarote villages where time seems to stand still. Like many other villages on Lanzarote, it has a surprisingly large Sociedad (village hall) called the Centro Democrático, where you can get a drink or a meal, and a couple of other bars, too.

Most schoolchildren on Lanzarote also know Máguez well, as it is the location of the island’s Nature Centre, where generations have come to learn about the wildlife and plants of the island.

Our short walk starts on C/ Ramírez Cerda, towards the top of the hill that Máguez sits on. It’s easy to park here before the road forks into two roads, and we set off on foot on the right-hand one, listed as C/Cuervo on Google maps.

This is a dirt path lined with dry stone walls upon which tabaiba plants, cacti and Canarian aeoniums thrive. Like much of the north of Lanzarote, it’s immediately evident that there is far less farming activity here than there was in the past – the landscape is littered with ruined, tumbledown walls, the outlines of long-abandoned terraces and old, overgrown cactus patches.

At a fork, we bear to the right – keeping right on every road we meet in order to circle the ridge. Shortly you crest a hill and see the plain laid out in front of you, a gently rolling landscape dotted with a patchwork farms and fields that sweeps down towards the unfarmable malpais (badlands) caused by the eruption of Monte Corona, and the sea and surf of Punta Mujeres and beyond.

This is typical Lanzarote rural walking – the sun on your head, strangely attractive plants, tumbledown walls and the constant scurrying of lizards, On the right there’s a natural grass meadow – a little parched this year, but still a rich habitat, and on the rocky ridge above you may see kestrels or, if you’re very lucky, the unmistakeable white and black barred wings of a huge Egyptian vulture.

You’ll continue top pass well-kept small plots, and perhaps meet a farmer or two, until you reach a narrow tarmac road… Turn right and follow this road all the way round the ridge until palm trees guide you back into the lower part of Máguez again. Then it’s either back up C/Los Llanos to where we started or head a little further into downtown Máguez in search of a bar.

David’s Detours

Lanzarote Tour guide David Penney shows us an alternative route to the Llanos de Maguéz path. While you are in the village of Maguéz you may want to continue to the northern edge of the village and start another short walk. Or it can be an easy walk for another day.

You can park in front of the Depósito Estación de Bombeo (water pumping station ).You can now follow the GR 131 trail which is part of the Camino Natural which runs from Órzola to Playa Blanca.

This is a linear walk of 3km each way. A walk of 6km return should only take about 90 minutes, although it is not a race.

It’s not totally flat but it certainly is an easy and non-challenging short walk. Just simply stay on this track as you can’t get lost as it is well sign posted with the burgundy markers.

After less than 1km into your walk you will see a large aljibe on your left beside the track, an aljibe is an Arabic word which means an underground or man made water holding tank. It is a very common sight in the farming regions of Lanzarote as it is used to collect rain water. I opened the hatch on this one and it is less that 1/4 full.

The view to our right is spectacular as we look back over to the east coast.

You are deep into farming territory here, with the land being worked by several different families, some grow their own produce to support themselves and others supply the local farmers markets.

Many of the fields are filled with local produce of maize, figs, onions, prickly pear cactus, and vines displaying the early growth of the malvasia grapes.

Continue along the track as it passes by the base of Monte Corona on our left, until we reach the LZ 202 road in front of us. Here we get a good view looking up to the Torrecilla de Domingo, this is the “castellated house” – a well-known landmark to thousands of tourists who drive up to Mirador del Rio. At this point we turn round and follow the same track back to the car.

This walk could be combined with a stop off for tapas at the nearby local places or a nice drive to get you out of the tourist resorts and walk in an area away from the crowds without the probability of seeing many other people.

Contact DAVID Penney, lanza888@yahoo.com or WhatsApp message 0034 649389888.