DAY 5 Great Walk Lanzarote - La Graciosa: Caleta de Famara - Máguez
7h30min (4h 45min in movement) 20km +800m/-570m
Salimos de Caleta de Famara por la carretera, a la izquierda nos queda la playa de Famara, muy bonita y larga, debajo del majestuoso Risco de Famara.
And we have already reached day 5!
After sleeping with full bellies due to the big feast the day before in Caleta de Famara restaurant, see Hiking Route Lanzarote – La Graciosa: DAY 4, we start the day today.
We leave Caleta de Famara along the road, on the left we have Famara beach, very long beautiful, below the majestic Risco de Famara.
Starting the day at Famara beach
And here we go! Towards the ravine of La Poceta
The day is a bit humid, in fact small drops condensed by the fog stuck in the cliff. We start by going up a track towards the Barranco de la Poceta and in a short time the track becomes a slightly narrower path.
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Start of the climb up La Poceta ravine
Views towards Caleta de Famara and El Jable, behind us
Down here you begin to see a different vegetation, greener, with more open cacti and birds like the Shrike singing in front of us, how fantastic! 😊
Going up through Poceta ravine
Shrike, when climbing the ravine of La Poceta
We admired this nature in silence for a while and we continued climbing, now with the fog the atmosphere is cooler, how good!
The landscape is surprisingly more and more beautiful, greener, more full of life. With cacti and lichens in whimsical shapes it is truly impressive. And you have to walk because from afar the mountain looks brown and bare, without being able to appreciate this great beauty.
Arriving at the top of the Poceta ravine
And more comfortably than we expected we arrive at the top of the ravine (about 2 hours since we started).
We turn left and go to the Peñas del Chache viewpoint (640m), the highest point on the island of Lanzarote accessible on foot. From here you can see the entire Risco de Famara, La Graciosa island and the other small islands very well. Famara and El Jable also look very good. But since it’s quite windy up here, we quickly take photos and keep going.
Views of the Famara cliff and the islands behind: La Graciosa, Montaña Clara and Alegranza, from the Peñas del Chache viewpoint
Views of El Jable and Famara, from the Peñas del Chache viewpoint
We pass behind the military radar station (it looks like an observatory), it is a building with a large ball, at the highest point of Lanzarote, but it cannot be visited.
Further on, we pass a goats farm and then we take the GR 135. It is a paved track until we reach the Ermita de las Nieves (a very easy and flat path).
From here we also have very good views of all the Jable and Famara ravine that we have just climbed, which surprisingly looks brown! The green color that we saw is not appreciated. Now it looks brown and dry instead of green with lichen and full of life … how curious!
Ermita de las Nieves
Views of the Poceta and Famara ravine and El Jable, from the Ermita de las Nieves
We have been here for approximately 3 hours so we took the opportunity to rest and eat a little with these beautiful views.
Next, we go back the way we came, and after the goats farm we take a dirt track that indicates ‘El Bosquecillo’, which is a picnic area in a viewpoint.
It is called ‘El Bosquecillo” (the grove) since it is effectively a green area where there are actually trees. And we are at the tip of another ravine, the Malpaso ravine, where we have already seen that ravines form green ecosystems by themselves and different from each other. This is busier than La Poceta, which we climbed this the morning.
We stopped at one of the tables simply to admire the area and the great views of La Graciosa, the other small islands and the cliff. And what great luck that we are alone contemplating this great landscape, it is fantastic.
Picnic area ‘El bosquecillo’
After this break, we go down the second ravine of the day, which, as we have mentioned, is very different from this morning.
We find a lot of green, pines, palms and tall trees, as well as plants similar to those of the Poceta ravine, where here they are so green and splendid, cacti with open flowers, really nice!
Although it is a more humanized ravine; we see cultivated fields on the side and side of the ravine. And so we go down through this rural environment until we reach Haría (it takes us approximately 1h20min down).
Going down the Malpaso ravine
Indicative signs of the ‘Natural Roads’ of Lanzarote
Haría is a small town with white houses in Lanzarote where we see a lot of movement. It is famous for its arts and crafts and yes, indeed we see many art houses, patios with crafts and sculptures, .. All very clean and creative, with lots of decoration with plants and flowers, all very cheerful. It is really very different from the towns we have visited so far.
We stop at a supermarket, buy a little and rest in a downtown square where we see tits birds, flitting through the park’s trees.
Rural road surrounded by crops, towards Máguez.
After the break, we head towards Máguez, a very small town that is 1.5km from Haría (it only has 2 restaurants) with white houses. It is very quiet.
Arriving at the town of Máguez
We stayed at ‘la sal de Maguez’, which surprises us how beautiful it is. Every detail is taken care of, with works of manual crafts and rustic country decoration very in tune with the area.
The apartment has access by stairs from the patio and the owner lives downstairs. The house has a garden with a swimming pool, so we end the day with a good swim in this beautiful environment and good views of the cliff.
Apartamento ‘La Sal de Máguez’
Apartment kitchen ‘La Sal de Máguez’
Apartment pool ‘La Sal de Máguez’
Very happy with today’s day and with the different landscapes that we have seen. Lanzarote surprises us even more every day, with different environments and landscapes, it is fantastic.
Continue reading our adventure in the Travesía de Lanzarote – La Graciosa DÍA 6