Day 2: Suso picked me up at the appartment and headed up to the LZ-56 road. We left the car between Montaña del Cuervo and Montaña Negra and had to find our way through deep black picon fields (picon: small granules of porous lava) shaped by lava granules mining to reach the foot of the volcano.
We took one of the many footpaths spiralling up the maintainside. The climb was not easy, our feet sinking deeply at each step in the instable picon ground.
After 15 min of grueling ascent we finally reached the top of the mountain, which is relatively small and absolutly flat. The former crater is completly covered with thick, black picon.
The terrasse-like mountain top was edged with wild geraniums and stonecrops., thanks to the moisture of the prevailing north-east trade winds kept by the fertile volcanic soil.
The view from the 509 meters high top of the volcano was outstanding, covering the whole of Lanzarote and granting a look inside the double crater of Montaña del Cuervo (385 m) far below.
The descent was far less strenuous than the climb. 4 km
Back in the car we followed the LZ-56 to Mancha Blanca and took the Camino de la Montaña de Tenesa towards the coast, first passing the typical picon fields framed by lichen-covered stone walls to immerse in the bizarre, rugged basaltic lava fields.
The first houses of the “wild” settlement Tenesar appeared just before reaching the coast. We drove down the narrow streets of the village and left the car close to the black beach. Apart from a few cars parking in the village, there was no sign of life to testify that the village was not abandoned. The air was filled with the salty spray of the Atlantic.
We left the village towards the west and soon came across a signboard of the municipality of Tinajo. We walked a bit over lava rock on the footpath along the coast, but made a U-turn before haven reached the Playa del Raisado. 5 km
Ob the way back to Playa del Carmen, we made a detour to La Santa, well-known for its holiday and sport resort.