Paragliding : Spain: Lanzarote
Lanzarote is one of the canary islands west of Africa. The
climate is mild when the weather in the rest of
Key for choosing the right site on a given day is the direction and the strength of the wind:
That's why I made this page, and listed the best flying spots here, so at
least you have a starting point where
The Famara ridge is certainly the most
impressive flight on the island, but the other areas also have their
Famara Ridge ____
Training sandhill __________
El Cuchillo ______
______ Caleta del Sebo
Farion de Afuera __
______ Salinas del Rio
Mirador del Rio ______
___ Pargue Tropical
Villa Near Torecilla __
______Fuente de Gayo
Typical beach along
Risco de Famara __
Galeria Famara ______
___Barranco de la
______ Start for Hanggliders
______ Start for Paragliders
Soaring on a wind-compression of the (in this area prevailing) NE passat winds Wind: NE-N Start: Easy: flat then getting steeper, Wind is calmer at the starting point than at the cliff. Landing: The football field near the center of the town Orzola is the best place to land.
Never land in the black fields (at none of the sites!), as they take a lot of effort in preparation!
Access: Drive right on gravel road just before the Mirador del Rio parking for ~500m Photos:
The higlight of Lanzarote! Soaring NW winds with smaller thermics along a breath-taking 20km volcanic cliff
See Map directly beneath overview-map for more details
Wind: NW-W Access: Drive small dirt roads going NW from the center of Teguise Start: There is 4 different places, depending on the wind. The stronger the wind gets the further South you must go.
1) HangGliders starting place (often difficult, because wind is strong & the cliff steep -> Rotor!) (see Waypoint S-HANG)
There is also a better chance to start 200m to the north-east of the Hanggliders in the first depression on the rim.
2) Water Reservoir (med) inbetween 1) and 2) little concrete platforms mark the water reservoirs.
3) Hill south of that (easy) Typical place where you see many Paragliders starting (somewhere around Waypoint S-EJOS)
Usually almost the same strength as 1) but completely laminar
4) The bottom of that hill (often used for landing!): pull up glider and walk up the hill until you are lifted away!
usually 10km/h less wind then at 3)
Landing: Toplanding is usually dangerous at 1) and sometimes at 2). Better to topland at 3) and best to use 4) as most people do Photos:
Soaring and strong thermic. With good thermic you can fly W around the corner and continue. Wind: E-NE (usually +10km/h compared to Mirador) Access: Drive up from Mala where you see the Dam of the water reservoir Start: Easy: walk across the dam to the wind-indicator Landing: There is a good landing place north-east of the start in the lower plain. Photos:
Training Sandhill near Soo
Soaring on a little hill, if the wind is too strong at the Famara ridge. The name 'sandhill' should not be confused with a dune, you will only find the sand at the bottom, the starting place. Not very useful for HGs Wind: W-NW (usually ~10km/h less wind than Famara 4)) Access: Drive NW on sandy road right after the last fence leaving Soo towards La Caleta
See Waypoint SANDHL to find the exact place.
Start at the bottom: Put the wing on the cleared sandy area, then pull up in a calm moment and continue to walk up the hill until you are lifted away! That landing place is the only place cleared from the evil hooking plants: Tear some more out if you have some time! Photos:
Soaring and sometimes strong thermic (Black fields below) The site looks like a half-circle Wind: N like in Mirador, strength is approx the same as there. Access: Directly north of El Cuchillo, see Waypoint CUCHIL in List Start: Easy, there is a start at the top and another one a little ways west and ~20m down (black field) Landing: Easy to find: at the center of this half-circle Photos:
Macher (also called 'Tinasoria')
Soaring and thermic. With a paraglider you can jump to the next 2 hills north, the next one is more difficult. Great for training Toplandings! Look out for the many power-lines in the valley below. If you sink below a certain altitude, proceed to land instead of fighting too long. Wind: E-NE Access: Drive up from Macher to a ridge where you can see the ruins of some buildings
Use the waypoint MACHRS
Start: Easy Landing: There is 2 places: One better suited for Paragliders (Waypoint MACHLP) the other better for Hanggliders
You can orientate at the traffic circle.
Soaring on a rather low ridge (~70m high) nice, because you are so close to the water and can wath the costline in detail. if the wind comes directly from the front, you can do many Not well suited for HGs Wind: E : if it is just too strong in Macher (35km/h) it is just starting to get right in Quemada! Access: P. Quemada is on the SE-coast just south of the largest Tourist town on the island: Puerto del Carmen. Start: Tricky: Walk from the little town up the hill and start on the first ridge before it goes down to the sandy beach again.
If the wind is not to strong, you must immediately turn right after lift-off and keep very close to the rim or you will get too low fast
Landing: There is 2 places:
1) Toplanding on the place you started
2) Often used when things go wrong: the first sandy beach just south of the starting point.
Soaring and some thermic Wind: S-SW Access: The town in the very south of the island and easy to find on the map Start: Easy. Walk up the lower hill W of Femes. You can start ~30m below the ridge because the wind is usually to strong directly at the ridge if conditions are good enough for soaring. We have clear the lower place from bushes and the gravel there is gentle to your glider. Landing: The area near east of the traffic circle is ideal for landing. Fly into the valley to Femes and land towards the sea. Watch out for the power lines! Photos:
More Maps of the starting sites: /www.skyfly.cz
Flying info: /www.aladelta.de
The local Flying Club: www.zonzamas.com/zonas.htm
General info on Lanzarote: www.lanzarote.com
A German school that organizes trips to Lanzarote :www.paragleiter.de/lanzarote.htm
Fight Gravity - go Paragliding !