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20 Must See Attractions in Lanzarote

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Lanzarote is certainly one of the most beautiful islands in the Canary Islands, not surprisingly named a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. Connected to the rest of Europe by low cost flights, it is characterized by a warm and windy climate almost all year round, therefore it is a favorite destination for young people and especially for surfers. In addition to the beaches, what makes this land peculiar are the volcanic landscapes and the wonderful works of César Manrique, an important Spanish artist from the island who has created some interesting spaces in which art and nature coexist in perfect harmony.

Lanzarote is not the classic island where you can relax on the beach and nightlife, rather it is a land to discover and in which to get in touch with nature. Here 20 things to see absolutely in Lanzarote.



Index

  1. Mirador del Rio
  2. Cueva de los Verdes
  3. Jameos
  4. Cesar Manrique's house
  5. Caleta de Famara
  6. Cactus Garden
  7. Teguise market
  8. Monument to the Peasant
  9. MIAC Museum of Contemporary Art
  10. Arrecife and Casa Amarilla
  11. Cellars and vineyards of the Geria
  12. Parque Natural Los Volcanos
  13. Timanfaya National Park
  14. Green beach of El Golfo
  15. Los Hervideros and Faro Pechiguera
  16. Janubio Salt Flats
  17. Playa Blanca
  18. Atlàntico Museum
  19. Papagayo Beach
  20. La Graciosa
  21. User questions and comments

Tips for itineraries: we recommend renting a car to get around and divide the attractions into two itineraries, the north itinerary between art and nature at the scopeta of the works of César Manrique, the south / west itinerary to immerse yourself in the parks and explore the most famous beaches .



1 - Mirador del Rio

located 400 meters high, on the Risco de Famara, the Mirador del Río is a lookout made by César Manrique. It is located near the remains of an ancient military base from the late th century and is well camouflaged with the rock in a way that only a genius like Manrique could have conceived.

If no particular evidence is found outside, the interior of the architecture hides impressive stained glass windows designed to increase the effect of the panoramic view, but also monumental sculptures hanging from the ceiling defying gravity.
From here you can see the eighth Canary Island, La Graciosa, and the group of islets that are part of the Chinijo Islands National Park. At the bottom of the cliff stand out the reddish shades of the Salinas del Rio, also known as Guza, the oldest in the Canaries. The mirador can be visited on a combined organized tour which also includes the Cactus Garden, the Monument to the Farmer, the Jameos Del Agua or the Cueva de los Verdes.

Admire the view for free: the Mirador alone justifies a trip to Lanzarote, so you can't miss the visit. However, if you really do not want to pay the ticket, you will find a path on the right that if followed offers views similar to those seen from the structure.

  • there is no public transport that goes to the Mirador, so it is better to move around with a rental car. 30 min from Costa Teguise, 35 min from Arrecife, 42 min from Puerto del Carmen, 1 hour from Playa Blanca - Get directions
  • 10:00AM - 17:00PM
  • € 5,00

2 - Cueva de los Verdes

Cave formed by two superimposed galleries, in which corridors, labyrinths, underground lagoons and apparently bottomless abysses follow one another, all skilfully lit to bring out the shapes and colors of the solidified lava.
Las Cuevas de los Verdes are a cultural and natural heritage of Lanzarote, a place full of legends and characterized by scenarios of extraordinary beauty.

Formed following the eruption of Volcán de la Corona, were used as a child by the locals to shelter from the attacks of pirates from North Africa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Commissioned by the Cabildo of Lanzarote, in the sixties, the artist Jesus Soto, in close collaboration with Manrique, transformed this particular place into a tourist attraction, working on thelighting, taking advantage of the play of light and shadow to highlight the shapes left by the lava in its path.
One of the larger galleries houses a auditorium where musical events are held, which can hold up to a thousand people.



Advice for those who suffer from enclosed spaces: in general the cave is quite wide and never overwhelming, however there are some short passages where you have to go down.

  • by car it is 23 min from Costa Teguise, 27 min from Arrecife, 36 min from Puerto del Carmen, 53 min from Playa Blanca. Bus 7 leaves from Arrecife and stops 2,5 km from the site (€ 4,00 - 40 min) - Get directions
  • 10:00AM - 16:00PM
  • € 10,00

3 - Jameos del Agua

Natural space and artistic, cultural and tourist center designed by César Manrique. It is located in Haría, in the north of Lanzarote, and is one of the most popular destinations for visitors.

The word "jameo" refers to a hole produced by the collapse of the roof of a lava tunnel. The Jameos del Agua, like the neighboring Cueva de Los Verdes, is located right inside the volcanic tunnel caused by the eruption of the volcano de la Corona.
The Jameos del Agua are located in the section of this tunnel closest to the coast and consist of at least three "jameos": the "Jameo Chico", the "Jameo Grande" and the "Jameo de la Cazuela".
From these tunnels, the local artist and architect César Manrique, has pulled out a real gem, in order to show visitors one space for the contemplation of nature.
It is the first Center of art, culture and tourism created by Manrique and reflects one of his creative pillars: the harmony between nature and artistic creation. The ideal is to take part in a tour that takes you in the footsteps of César Manrique and that shows you how, from natural accidents, this artist has been able to create a trend that has conquered the world.



CACT of Lanzarote: Jameos del Agua, together with the Mirador del Rio and the Timanfaya Park, are centers of art, culture and tourism (CACT) born from the vision of César Manrique. We recommend that you visit cactlanzarote.com for more information on the 9 CACTs on the island.

  • By car it is 23 min from Costa Teguise, 29 min from Arrecife, 36 min from Puerto del Carmen, 55 min from Playa Blanca. Bus 9 leaves from Arrecife (€ 4,00 - 50 min - 3 trips a day from Estación de Guaguas) - Get directions
  • 10: 00-17: 00. Special opening on Friday from 19:00 to 00:30
  • € 10,00

4 - Cesar Manrique's house

The house where César Manrique, an important local artist, lived until 1992, the year of his death.
In 2013, the mansion was opened to the public as House-Museum. It is located in the middle of a lush palm garden in the picturesque town of Haría, in the northern part of Lanzarote, where the traditional life forms of the island are still preserved today. Here the artist found the tranquility and contact with nature who loved so much.
In 1986 Manrique started the construction of this house by adapting a ruined farmhouse. He used the language of traditional architecture reconsidered in a modern key, giving importance to comfort and aesthetics.
In addition to the private rooms, the tour includes a visit to theworkshop where the artist worked and where everything (pigments, tables, easels, unfinished paintings) has remained exactly as Manrique left it before he died.
The dwelling is inserted in a context of exuberant vegetation which amplifies the sense of welcome and serenity. Interesting is the guided tour on César Manrique that will make you discover all the peculiar places of Lanzarote linked to the artist, including the house-museum.

  • By car it is 26 min from Costa Teguise, 32 min from Arrecife, 39 min from Puerto del Carmen, 54 min from Playa Blanca. Buses 7 and 26 leave from Arrecife and stop at Plaza de Haria, 1km from the entrance (€ 4,00, 50 min) - Get directions
  • from 10:30 to 18:00. Ticket office closes: 17:30 pm. Closed on January 1st
  • € 10,00

5 - Caleta de Famara

Old fishing village remained anchored to his fish tradition to the point of being a backward place, which seems to have stopped in time, so much so that the streets are covered with sand.
Caleta de Famara is known throughout the world as a paradise for surfers. Thanks to what looks like an endless beach with steep cliffs Rising straight from the ocean, San Juan Beach hosts international surfing competitions.
On a tourist level, the country is structured with a series of bungalows, arranged in a semicircle and built about 18 years ago, conceived as a luxury resort. This specific area is located under the Risco de Famara and enjoys a splendid view of the ocean.
Stands out small port, mainly used by locals to launch their own private boats, as opposed to the small commercial fishing vessels that were once the lifeblood of Famara.

  • by car it is 24 min from Costa Teguise, 24 min from Arrecife, 28 min from Puerto del Carmen, 40 min from Playa Blanca. From Arrecife (Estación de Guaguas) bus n.20 leaves (€ 2,00 - 45 min) - Get directions
  • always
  • free

6 - Cactus Garden

This garden is located in the Guatiza village, in an agricultural space characterized by extensive plantations of cacti intended for the cultivation of cochineal, in an ancient quarry where volcanic sand was extracted to spread over cultivated areas to retain humidity.
Covering an area of ​​over 5.000 square meters, cacti from different parts of the world are housed, forming an unparalleled variety of species and colors. About 4.500 specimens of 450 different species, belonging to 13 different cactus families of the five continents.

The Cactus Garden was created by the artist César Manrique who, in this scenario, saw the possibility of converting a residual space into a curious area divided into terraces.
The complex, which possesses the unmistakable Manrique brand, the unbreakable combination of art and nature that you breathe, is presided over by a windmill formerly used in the mill of corn and now functioning for educational purposes.
The green shade of the plants that stands out against the blue of the sky and the dark volcano creates a harmonious explosion of color that strikes visitors.

  • By car it is 14 min from Costa Teguise, 19 min from Arrecife, 27 min from Puerto del Carmen, 44 min from Playa Blanca. Buses 7 and 9 also depart from Arrecife (€ 4,00 - 30 minutes) - Get directions
  • 10:00AM - 17:00PM
  • € 6,50

7 - Teguise market

Local markets are a typical attraction of the island, frequented by both tourists and the islanders themselves.
to Teguise is the largest and most important market on the island. Every Sunday, from 10.00 to 14.00, the quiet "pueblo" is transformed into a colorful multitude of stalls where the undisputed protagonist is craftsmanship.

We advise you to be accompanied to the market by a local, ready to clarify any curiosity on the spot. This market, in fact, is a real institution: it attracts people from all over the island and there are even special bus rides used to reach the market.
Here you can buy unique handmade pieces, ceramic works, but also natural and gastronomic products. Do not miss the taste of exquisite cheeses and local wines. Finally, this is the place to meet artists, both Canarian and foreign, who have decided to live in Lanzarote and practice their art here.

  • by car it is 16 min from Costa Teguise, 16 min from Arrecife, 23 min from Puerto del Carmen, 35 min from Playa Blanca. Buses 7, 26, 9, 52 1 also depart from Arrecife (€ 4,00 - 16 min) - Get directions
  • Sunday 10: 00-14: 00
  • free

8 - Monument to Campesino

Recovering the original idea of ​​the artist César Manrique, the Casa-Museo del Campesino (peasant) is an immersion in the popular culture of Lanzarote which offers an overview of what is architecture, agriculture, crafts and traditional gastronomy.

To top it all off, the Monument to la Fecundidad, an avant-garde work of art used by César Manrique to pay his own tribute.
A journey into local folklore to understand the beauty of an island and the ways in which men and women have managed to create their own lifestyle to face adversity.
There is also one in perfect theme canteen and restaurant Where to enjoy traditional dishes: Millet soup, goat meat stew, octopus served with green Canarian mojo sauce and the renowned Canarian Sancocho with sea bass, based on market products, all perfectly paired with the widest selection of wines from Lanzarote.

  • by car it is 12 min from Arrecife, 15 min from Costa Teguise, 16 min from Puerto del Carmen, 30 min from Playa Blanca. From Arrecife (Estación de Guaguas) bus 32 (€ 2,00 - 20 min) leaves for Africa Mar 2 km from the site - Get directions
  • 10:00AM - 18:00PM
  • free

9 - MIAC Museum of Contemporary Art

Il International Museum of Contemporary Art (MIAC) is located in the ancient military fort of San José Castle, in the port of Arrecife. The museum was established to promote, collect and exhibit the most significant works of modern artistic creation.
Of particular interest is the collection of the artist Pancho Lasso, permanently exposed.
The castle that houses the museum was built between 1776 and 1779 on top of a cliff to defend Arrecife and its port from the threat of modern states in conflict with the Spanish Empire. When its defensive purpose failed, it was then abandoned for almost a century.
Caésar Manrique then convinced the authorities of the island to transform the ancient fortress into an art gallery and this is how the MIAC was inaugurated in 1976. The artist from Lanzarote started the 1st International Competition of Visual Arts, giving rise to one of the best collections of abstract art from the second half of the th century in the Canary Islands.

  • 7 min drive from Arrecife, 9 min from Costa Teguise, 16 min from Puerto del Carmen, 33 min from Playa Blanca - Get directions
  • 11:00AM - 18:00PM
  • € 4,00

10 - Arrecife and Casa Amarilla

Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote as well the largest city on the island (half of the island's population lives here). Originally a small fishing village, it grew in importance to become the island's capital in 1852. Today it is a paradise for lovers of the Shopping: there are countless shopping opportunities, especially along the pedestrianized Calle Léon y Castillo and at the large shopping center.

Among the attractions that are worth a visit we mention
Yellow house, known as the Yellow House. It was headquarters of the Cabildo (island government) of the island. Declared an asset of cultural interest in 2002, the ground floor houses temporary exhibitions on the ethnographic memory of Lanzarote.
It is one of the best known buildings in the city and is an example of eclectic architecture for administrative use. It was built in the late s, in the heart of the historic center of Arrecife, the island's capital. Externally, the building consists of three facades covered with green and ocher glazed ceramic (hence the name). Above the entrance is a balcony and, at the top of the facade, a cubic structure with clocks on three sides.

  • by car it is 13 min from Costa Teguise, 15 min from Puerto del Carmen, 32 min from Playa Blanca - Get directions
  • Casa Amarilla is open from Monday to Friday 10 am-00pm; Saturday 20: 00-10: 00; closed on Sunday
  • free

11 - Cellars and vineyards of the Geria

Lanzarote is known all over the world for its wine production. Among all the productions the volcanic Malvasia stands out, much appreciated for its balance and quality. During a holiday in Lanzarote, wine connoisseurs must visit the Geria, a particular wine production area characterized by a surreal landscape. The area takes its name from the "geria", which is a traditional conical-shaped hole carved into the volcanic gravel and bordered by rock, inside which vines are grown. The best way to visit this area is via a guided tour of the vineyards and cellars.

  • by car it is 13 min from Puerto del Carmen, 17 min from Playa Blanca, 20 min from Arrecife, 26 min from Costa Teguise. Alternatively, arrive via a guided tour with transfer included - Get directions
  • according to the chosen tours
  • visit to the vineyards and cellars from € 40,00 per person

12 - Parque Natural Los Volcanos

Volcanic landscape which presents strange and interesting formations emerged from the solidification of the lava: volcanic cones, tunnels, lava lakes and hornitos (small cones of welded slag). It is found at Tinajo, in the western part of the island of Lanzarote.
The landscape it offers is simply breathtaking. The vegetation in this area is very scarce, and is present only in the areas with the oldest lava solidification, where there are about a thousand different species of lichens.
From the faunal point of view, different species of reptiles and birds stand out, which have been able to adapt perfectly to the harsh and strange conditions of this natural park. The park was in fact declared Special Protection Area for Birds.
Declared a park on 19 June 1987, it has an area of ​​10.158 hectares that belong to the municipalities of Tinajo, Tías and Yaiza.

  • by car it is 22 min from Puerto del Carmen, 22 min from Playa Blanca, 28 min from Arrecife, 31 min from Costa Teguise. From Arrecife (Hospital General) buses 16, 52, 53 leave (44 min, € 3,00, 5 trips a day) which stop 400 m from the park - Get directions
  • 9: 00-19: 00. From 15 July to 15 September: 9: 00-17: 45
  • free

13 - Timanfaya National Park

Without a doubt, the biggest attraction on the island of Lanzarote.
With its volcanic landscape, the park offers a truly breathtaking panoramic view of the whole island.

All Timanfaya volcanoes are inactive, but under each of them the earth is still alive.
Inside the park there is an area of ​​about 14 km specially prepared to be visited by tourists. The route runs along the main core of the eruptions, where there is a concentration of elements of geological and geomorphological interest: furnaces, caves and castings.
Due to the extreme fragility of the environment, the area cannot be explored independently but it is possible to move around it in about 30-35 minutes, aboard specially equipped buses, we advise you to take part in a guided excursion that includes the transfer from the hotel, so that you do not have to think about anything and can fully enjoy the landscape that surrounds you.
The Park also hosts restaurants that offer dishes cooked directly with the volcanic heat: one of the most famous is El Diablo Restaurant.

  • through organized tours with transfer included or by rental car. Located 17 min from Playa Blanca, 34 min from Costa Teguise, 27 min from Arrecife, 19 min from Puerto del Carmen - Get directions
  • 9: 00-17: 45 (last visit at 17: 00). From 1 July to 30 September: 9: 00-18: 45 (last visit at 18:00)
  • € 10,00

14 - Green beach of El Golfo

One of the Lanzarote's most unique attractions. This is the Green Lake, one lagoon which was generated by an ancient volcanic crater sunk under its weight, in whose cavity sea water has flowed.
Marine plant organisms and algae have been able to thrive in the small space of the lake thanks to the presence of mineral salts of volcanic origin. This plant presence has given the lake its characteristic color intense green. The contrast between the surrounding dark volcanic rock and the deep green of the lake is almost an iris, a green eye that fascinates and captivates.
Due to the delicacy of the place and the unstable balance between the two creative and destructive forces of volcanic and marine origin, the place is protected reserve, it is not allowed to bathe or touch the water.
While not being able to access it, the area can still be admired. From the parking lot there is a dirt path leading to the viewpoint, and from here you can admire the lake and take the best photos.

  • 17 min by car from Playa Blanca, 31 min from Puerto del Carmen, 39 min from Arrecife, 44 min from Costa Teguise - Get directions
  • 24 hours on 24
  • free

15 - Los Hervideros and Faro Pechiguera

On the west coast of the island, Los Hervideros is one of the most impressive landscapes of Lanzarote, unique for its ability to fascinate and amaze.
The landscape consists of several caves dug into the lava, similar to an intricate labyrinth where the ocean waves come to shatter the walls of the caves, flooding them and creating a magnificent, but frightening landscape. there are several viewpoints.
The best time to enjoy a truly extreme show is during thehigh tide or on the windiest days when there are big waves.

25 km away (by car via LZ-2) you reach the Pechiguera lighthouse or Punta Pechiguera, a active lighthouse on the island. It is the second lighthouse built in Punta Pechiguera, on thesouthwestern end of Lanzarote. With a focal height of 55 meters above the sea, its light can be seen for 17 nautical miles and consists of three flashes of white light every thirty seconds. In conjunction with the lights of Tostón and Punta Martiño, it marks the narrow strait of La Bocayna that separates Lanzarote from Fuerteventura.

  • 18 min by car from Playa Blanca, 26 min from Puerto del Carmen, 34 min from Arrecife, 40 min from Costa Teguise - Get directions
  • 24 hours on 24
  • free

16 - Salinas de Janubio

Series of natural lagoons located in the southwest of the island of Lanzarote, in the municipality of Yaiza, 12 km from Playa Blanca.
Operating since 1895, and still in operation, in its heyday they produced 13 million kilos of salt annually, but over the course of the twentieth century they lost part of their importance, reaching an overall yield of only 15%.
But theirs remains unchanged landscape value, which is why the area is considered a 'protected natural area.
In the Salinas del Janubio they have been cataloged up to 70 species of migratory birds who use the lagoon to rest and feed as they exploit the many microorganisms that proliferate there.
There is also one small black sand beach, called Playa del Janubio, especially recommended for walking, as it is absolutely unknown and heavenly.

  • by car it is 15 min from Playa Blanca, 28 min from Puerto del Carmen, 36 min from Arrecife, 40 min from Costa Teguise. Buses 6, 13 or 60 (€ 4,00 - 40 minutes) leave from Arrecife, stopping 1km from the salt pans - Get directions
  • 7:00AM - 17:00PM
  • € 12,00

17 - Playa Blanca

Delightful town in the south of Lanzarote from which ferries leave for Fuerteventura.
In recent years it has become the third tourist area busiest on the island.
The beauty of the place is widely recognized and it is a peaceful destination ideal for the relaxation of the whole family. The locality is indeed full of services: has a wide range of hotels, surrounded by numerous bars, restaurants, businesses, shopping centers and is also one of the best marinas in Lanzarote.
The waterfront area is very lively, with many shops and clubs.
In Playa Blanca there are wonderful, calm and protected beaches, with crystal clear waters and natural beauty around. Despite the heavenly appearance, they offer good services for entertainment.
The beaches, which are all within one nature reserve, are easily accessible by bike or on foot.

  • by car it is 27 min from Puerto del Carmen, 34 min from Arrecife, 40 min from Costa Teguise. Connected to Arrecife by bus line n. 60 (€ 4,00 - 49 min)
  • 24/24 - Get directions
  • free

18 - Museo Atlàntico

L'the only underwater museum in Europe. Opened in 2016, the Atlantic Museum of Lanzarote consists of ten underwater installations which suggest a reflection on contemporary themes and on the use of natural resources.
The sculptures by artist Jason de Caires Taylor, who specializes in underwater art for the defense of the oceans, are spread over an area of ​​100 square meters of sandy seabed. All the statues have been designed to adapt to the endemic marine life and facilitate the reproduction of the species of the island of Lanzarote.
To visit the Museo Atlantico you need a certified to dive at a depth of 15 meters, which can be obtained after attending a basic course of one or two days.
The collection of statues is located in a sheltered area near Coloradas, Playa Blanca, at a depth of 12-15 meters. A visit to the Museo Atlántico is a magical experience that is meant to lead to a better understanding of the need for enhance and protect our marine environment.

  • the museum is located in the Bay of Las Coloradas, in the Playa Blanca area, in order to make visits you must contact a certified company
  • generally there are two diving shifts, at 9:00 and 12:00. The dive lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • approximately € 150,00 (includes equipment rental, instruction, boat trip, insurance for the day and museum entrance ticket).

19 - Playa Papagayo

Playa Papagayo is the most beautiful in Lanzarote.
It is part of the Los Ajaches Natural Park, within which there are a series of pristine beaches characterized by soft white sand, turquoise and crystalline waters, protected by inlets. Among these we point out Playa Mujeres, Playa Caleta del Congrio, Playa del Pozo, Playa de la Cera.

The Beach of Parrot it is perfect for escaping from the chaos of the most touristic places. The best way to enjoy this stretch of coast is through a relaxing boat excursion that takes you to discover these fantastic beaches! From these beaches you can see, on the horizon, the sand dunes of Fuerteventura.

  • reach Playa Blanca, then continue towards the Ajaches Natural Park (about 4 km - 10 min by car). The path is unpaved and there are holes, be careful if you are traveling by scooter - Get directions
  • 24 hours on 24
  • entry to Los Ajaches Natural Park costs € 3,00 per vehicle

20 - La Graciosa

Small populated island north of Lanzarote. Preserved as a natural area, it is part of the Marine Reserve of the Chinijo Archipelago.
Given the conservation of its environment and poor urban development, La Graciosa is one natural wonder where found heavenly beaches, all with white or golden sands and clear, turquoise waters. All beaches are located in natural environments, with the exception of Caleta de Sebo, the small urban beach.

Being very small, the island can be easily explored from every corner. Among the possible activities: catamaran excursions, scuba diving to admire the richness of its underwater flora and fauna, walking, cycling (rental service at the port) and surf.
Last but not least, taste excellent dishes of fresh fish local. Opt to take part in a lunch cruise to discover the coasts of the island in complete tranquility.

  • it can be reached by ship. Ferries are very frequent; they depart and arrive from the port of Órzola. There are two companies covering the route: Líneas Romero and Biosfera Express. 25 min, average price € 26,00 round trip - Get directions
  • 24 hours on 24
  • free

Plan your stay in Lanzarote: Flight, Hotel and Tour

Getting to Lanzarote is quite simple, you can land directly at Lanzarote Airport (ACE) or at the nearby airport Fuerteventura island (FUE) and from here then take the ferry (the journey takes 25 minutes, cost € 28,00 round trip). Both islands are well connected to the main Italian cities through companies such as Ryanair, Iberia, Vueling, Alitalia, and others.
There is no shortage of solutions for accommodation. Between the areas to sleep we recommend Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca.
The various parts of the island are served by a good bus service, however, for total independence, especially in terms of timetable, the car rental to be able to move freely. Car rental cost for a week starting from € 95,00.

  • From € 84,00 -
  • hotel & b & b from € 60,00 per room -
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