Here is our list of things to do and places to go in Lanzarote!
Seven Official Attractions
The Mirador del Río visitor centre has been built into the top of the magnificent Risco de Famara cliffs close to the village of Yé on the Northern tip of Lanzarote. When you arrive all you can see is the stunning coast road leading off to the left and a semi circular building made from traditional stone walls at the rear of the car park. You can always find great flight deals via Expedia
A visit to the Cueva de Los Verdes is a chance to go underground and take a guided walk along a 1km section of a lava tunnel. This tunnel system was a refuge for lanzaroteños during the pirate attacks, there is a well kept surprise too. The cave also includes a natural auditorium there are a range of concerts performed in this location through the year.
The Jameos del Agua was the first site to be created by César Manrique as a cultural centre in Lanzarote which opened back in 1966 and is part of the volcanic tunnel formed with the eruption of the Volcán de la Corona. The Túnel de la Atlántida stretches from la Corona to the sea a distance of 6 km in length and one of the longest tunnels of its kind in the world. Its name “Jameo” refers to the sections where the roof of the tunnel has collapsed leaving an opening in the ground, there are three such openings at the Jameos del Agua they are Jameo Chico, Jameo Grande and Jameo Redondo.
César Manrique found the site of the old disused quarry (el antiguo rofero) and mill (el molino) in Guatiza in the seventies and although work began in 1976, the Jardín de Cactus wasn’t inaugurated until much later in 1990, this would be César’s last project in Lanzarote before his untimely death in 1992. You know you’ve arrived at the Jardín de Cactus when you pull off the road through Guatiza and park in the shadow of the awesome cactus sculpture.
Arrecife has two castles on the waterfront, the Castillo San José sits overlooking Puerto Naos. Now home to the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo (MIAC), this castle was built between 1776 and 1779 as ordered by King Don Carlos III. It was positioned at the port to look out for pirates and known locally as the ‘Fortress of Hunger’ because the construction helped to provide employment and alleviate hunger for the Conejeros who were struggling against thirst, hunger and disease following the volcanic eruptions.
César Manrique designed the Monumento a la Fecundidad for the geographical centre of Lanzarote which stands at the entrance to the Monumento de Campesino centre. The centre is a museum dedicated to Lanzarote farmers and agriculture. A focal point for Lanzaroteños during their annual pilgrimage to Mancha Blanca in September.
The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) are the most popular of the Lanzarote attractions for it is here, in the Parque Nacional Timanfaya (National Park Timanfaya) that you will start to understand the true beauty of Lanzarote and the effect that the eruptions in the 1730 – 1736 made to the island.
Other Places To Visit
The Museo Tanit (Ethnographic Museum Tanit) in Lanzarote is fascinating! Set in the heart of San Bartolomé this traditional Canarian house dates back to 1735. The house has a series of rooms that hold incredible artifacts dating back over the centuries, there is so much on display you really need to take your time to look in the display cases.
Arrecife has two castles, Castillo San Gabriel is the one situated right in the centre of town on the end of the main shopping street Leon y Castillo. The castle was originally a wooden fortress, built in 1573 to defend Arrecife from pirates and attacks from North Africa, unfortunately it was destroyed by fire a few years later by the pirate - Morato Arráez.
The Castillo de Santa Bárbara sits high up on Mount Guanapay overlooking Teguise, the old capital and the island of Lanzarote. King Felipe II ordered the castle to be built by D. Sanco de Herrera in the 16th Century as a watch tower to help protect the islanders from pirates and privateers such as Sir Francis Drake who was known as El Draque (The Dragon) to the Spanish.
The Fundación César Manrique is based in Taro de Tahíche, the building was the former residence of César Manrique from 1968 until it became their headquarters in 1992. This property really reflects the concept that Manrique created, a wonderful mixture of the natural environment and modern design.
The Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise is the largest in the Canary Islands. There’s lots of individual tanks where you can find Nemo, walk through the shark tunnel, look through the shark eggs to see a tiny embryo growing, watch the seahorses and more.
Lanzarote's only waterpark is in Costa Teguise - take the main road out of town towards the golf course and you'll see the park on your left. There are three main slides, of varying steepness, which plunge into the main pool area, and there's a terrific "rapids" ride which you do on a large rubber ring and which takes you all around the park.
LagOmar has a fascinating history, it's a museum, art gallery, bar and restaurant built into the hillside at Nazaret, close to the old capital of Teguise. Discover this house which was built into an old quarry with it's myriad of caves, tunnels and pathways through the gardens.
There's plenty to see at this free visitor centre, discover lots of interactive information about volcanoes or take a guided walk through the Timanfaya National Park.
Probably one of the most overlooked attractions but worthy of a visit, this bird and animal park has penguins, meerkats and over 1,000 birds set in 11 acres near the Mirador del Río.
Previously the Palacio Spínola, this beautiful old house has been converted into the Timple Museum and open to the public. Worthy of a visit if you like Canarian architecture or music.
The original airport for Lanzarote which was founded in 1946 and used until 1970 is now home to Aeronautical Museum. There's lots of information to fascinate people interested in the history about Lanzarote and the aviation industry in general.
The Museo Agrícola El Patio was the best developed farm in Lanzarote and dates back to 1840. The museum has some wonderful Canarian buildings including a windmill and animal mill as well as lots of history and artefacts.
The Museum of Religious Art is situated in the beautiful Convent of San Francisco in the old capital of Teguise. Each exhibit is detailed with information in English and Spanish giving an explanation and the orgin.
César Manrique's House Museum is situated in the valley of a thousand palms. Preserved as the artist left it on the day of his fatal accident, the property offers a fascinating insight into the private life of Manrique.
Where else do you like to visit in Lanzarote?