Luckily for you, in this post, our friends from the island of Lanzarote, Optima Villas, will be providing some practical tips on what to take when embarking on an excursion to the Canary Islands – leaving you fully prepared for all these incredible islands have in store.
Invest in hardy footwear
First things first, let’s talk footwear. While flip-flops may be your go-to choice for relaxing poolside at your luxury Lanzarote villa or heading to the beach, you’ll need something a little more robust on your feet if you want to experience the Canaries’ true beauty off the beaten track.
From craggy cliff faces and rugged lunar landscapes to sandy deserts and lush forests, one thing your walking shoes will need to be prepared for is a varied terrain. Flimsy plimsolls and sports trainers won’t cut the mustard if you’re planning to explore on foot, so be sure to pack some trusty walking boots – wearing them in before you travel to avoid being hampered by blisters.
Alongside your walking boots, you’ll need to pack the right pair of socks for warm weather. With a mild climate all year round, proper walking socks made from breathable fabrics will ensure feet stay cool when hiking on those hot, sunny day.
Don’t forget your pack
Any keen hiker knows that your backpack is your best friend when exploring the great outdoors, allowing you to carry a myriad of essentials – so make sure it’s one of the first things you pack. A rucksack like the Indio Daypack is ideal for a day’s hiking, with plenty of capacity and handy pockets for everything you need while out and about.
Certainly, you should be prepared for the elements. While the Canary Islands are typically sunny throughout the year, the Atlantic Ocean can quickly blow in clouds and cool winds, so it pays to be equipped to cope with these conditions. Naturally, sunscreen is a must in hot climates, but stowing away a waterproof jacket, spare socks, water, hat and a first-aid kit will ensure you have everything to hand for a safe and comfortable trek – whatever the weather decides to do.
We’d also advise keeping a torch and map of the local area tucked away, just in case you do get lost while schlepping up one of the Canary Island’s iconic volcanoes.
Much of a seamless hiking trip is about planning for every eventuality, so as with your rucksack you may want to be extra prepared with some back-up kit of your own.
Spare phone batteries or charging banks will give you peace of mind that you can stay in touch with the outside world as and when you need to; while a hammock will give you a comfy place to relax wherever you go.
An alternative bed or an outdoor shelter is particularly handy if you plan to camp on one of the islands. The Canaries offer some stunning camping spots allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors up close and personal, with balmy evenings gazing up at the stars. But, as with any trip be sure to do your research on where to camp as not all islands permit wild camping, so you’ll need to book accommodation in advance.
Whether you’re a novice hiker or a seasoned pro, the Canary Islands are ripe for exploring with diverse landscapes at every turn. From gentle ambles along the beautiful coastline to tougher climbs on mountainous trails, with the right gear with you, we’re confident you’ll experience the best these islands have to offer – creating unique and lasting memories along the way.
Nick Ball is Marketing Manager at Optima Villas and has lived on the island of Lanzarote since 2001.