Visitor Attractions in Lanzarote:
Timanfaya / Montañas del Fuego
During your time in Lanzarote, a MUST visit is the Timanfaya National Park. Walk on a volcano, watch your food cooked on the heat from it, or water turned into a gyser, you can even take a camel trek. The mountains glow stunning reds and browns in the sunlight; the landscape is like nothing you’ve seen before – it’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto Mars.
Jardín de Cactus
Visit the Cactus garden in the north of the island, boasting 4,500 specimens of 450 different species, of 13 different families of cactus from the five continents. This is another centre designed by the Lanzaroean César Manrique, which opened in 1991, utilising an old cochineal cactus growing area. Keeping a watchful eye over the gardens is the restored Molino (windmill) that was used to grind gofio back in the 19th Century.
Cueva de los Verdes
Visit the stunning Cueva de Los Verdes in the north of the island. The cave is part of a much larger underground lava tunnel, that is one of the single longest lava tubes in the world. You may have to wait for a while to join a tour (usually every 20-40 minutes), with all guides speaking a number of languages, all of whom are very well informed and make the tour interesting. Not recommended for the infirm, as the ground is uneven and there is limited light. If you’ve already been, don’t spoil the secret of the Caves for other visitors 😉
Fundación César Manrique
This was the home that César Manrique designed and lived in. In constant dialogue with the natural landscape, the house cleverly utilises the shapes and platforms left over from 5 lava bubbles, all interconnected with tunnels, curved white plastered walls contrast with the sharp and harsh volcanic stone and lava. The entrance ticket to the Fundación César Manrique also gives you access to the Cesar Manrique House Museum in Haria for free.
Jameos del Agua
Jameos del Agua was the first Art, Culture and Tourism Centre ever to be created by César Manrique. Jameos del Agua is part of the same lava tube as Cueva de Los Verdes. The word Jameo comes from the collapsed sections of the tube that Manrique used to create the auditorium area. A natural pool area is host to a unique albino crab, found only here, called ‘Jameitos’.
The newest installation on the island is the underwater museum in Playa Blanca. Featuring pH neutral cement figurines installed 12 meters down, the ‘museum’ was designed and created by Jason deCaires Tayor. Over time, the figures will help biomass flourish in the area which up until now has been a relatively lifeless sandy bottomed area. Scuba Divers and Snorkellers will love the influx of marine life, as smaller fish will use the figurines for shelter.
Mirador del Rio
Designed by César Manrique, the Mirador del Rio (viewpoint) re-uses a 19th Century military base, dug high into the cliff top of Riso de Famara. Almost completely hidden from view, the Mirador is camouflaged so well, if it weren’t for the signs you’d probably miss it. Ceiling to floor windows offer spectacular views over to La Graciosa island and the other small islets that make up the Chinijo Islands Natural Park.
Salinas de Janubio
Salinas de Janubio is largest remaining working salt flats in the Canary Islands. The amazing pink colours make it a regular stopping point for island tours. You can buy salt direct from the warehouse or from the Mirador de las Salinas cafe. Salt collection generally takes place between May and October when evaporation and crystalisation work at their best in the summer sun.
Situated in El Golfo, Lago Verde sits in the remnants of a half submerged volcanic cone. This crescent shaped green lake is so intensely coloured due to the high presence of Ruppia-Maritima algae.
This is the famous wine growing area in Lanzarote. With its vast lava fields it would seem to be the strangest place to grow grapes. The most common grape grown in the area is the hardy Malvasia, used to make stunning crisp dry and semi-sweet wines. Drive through this stunning landscape, of semi-circular dry stone walls and stop of at any one of the many vineyards that dot the winding La Geria road. Drink and run? Yes, that right, once a year the ‘Wine Run’ is held in this area. If you’d rather take it at a slower pace there are a number of coach and private tours available, allowing you to sample as much of the local Vino as you’d like.