Walk from Puerto del Carmen (Old Town) to Puerto Calero
“El Varadero de la Tinosa”, is the original village of what is now the thriving Old Town centre of Puerto del Carmen. Today it is still a centre for fishing and there is a very strong seafaring tradition in the area. It is a centre for tourist trips and there is a regular hourly ferry plying between the port and Puerto Calero – the destination for our walk. We begin the walk in the port itself near the very distinctive Casa Roja restaurant at the beginning of the recently developed Boardwalk.
Leaving Casa Roja we walk to the end of the boardwalk and take the steps at the end turning right. At the top we turn left along by the Aqua Marina apartments and go to the end where we again ascend some steps and veer left before ascending the recently constructed twenty switch-back steps to the newly paved area at the top. There are lovely views out to sea and many viewing areas along this stretch of the walk.
Leaving “El Valadero de la Tinosa”, we walk south-east along the coast. The distance is 2.2 kms. approx and the walk, taken at a nice brisk pace, will take you about thirty minutes. The path now changes to a dirt track and runs above a small cliff that permits a glimpse from above, of the intertidal area, it’s coves and small inlets.
We arrive at “The Barranco (ravine) del Quiquere”, of interest because it’s volcanic sides contain engravings from the indigenous world of the island of Lanzerote. We can get a close look at them by taking the track just 50 metres to the north on the right side of the ravine as you walk from Puerto del Carmen. We cross down into the gorge and up the other side. It is also to be noted that this area is one of the two recognised nudist areas on the island so this may add some spice to your evening’s ramble!
The views of the sea and islands of Lobos and Fuertaventura to the south enhance the beauty of the landscape in this area and eventually we arrive at the newly man-made marina of Puerto Calero. This beautiful port and marina is a fitting ending after our cliff walk and a ramble around the upmarket shops and outlet stores is highly recommended. There are also numerous high quality restaurants and at least two hotels nearby. Puerto Calero is renowned as a headquarters for some round the world yacht crews also and after a brief look around you will see why.