Lanzarote

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Fishing boats at the Laguna Charco de San Gines in Arrecife

Lanzarote, the most northeasterly and fourth largest of the Canary Islands, has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It has an arid volcanic landscape and there are about 300 volcanic cones on the island. The island has a low-key approach to tourism and the traditional architecture of island’s interior is taken into consideration. It has a surface of 845.94 km2 (326.62 sq. mi.), and a population of 139,506 inhabitants, including the adjacent islets of the Chinijo Archipelago. The capital is Arrecife, with 56,834 inhabitants.

How to Get There

The island’s only airport is just to the west of Arrecife. In addition to the charter flights that serve Lanzarote from Northern Europe, there are scheduled flights operated to some of the other Canary Islands, to the Spanish mainland and to a few international locations, most notably London (Gatwick).

The Airport is served only by a small bus that stops at both terminals to the city of Playa Honda and the Capital Arrecife, so it would be necessary to go there to connect to other destinations by bus.

There are also ships and Ferries to communicate with La Graciosa and Lanzarote with the other islands in the Canary archipelago.

Getting Around

Bus and taxi are good value on the island. Car hire is also relatively cheap and is the best option for discovering the remote wilderness regions. It only takes about 40 minutes to cross the entire island from North to South by car, and about 25 minutes across.

Accommodation

Lanzarote has a broad selection of hotels and other forms of holiday accommodation. Most hotels are clustered in and around the major resorts of Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise.

Tourism

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Jameos del Agua Pool – Lanzarote

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Although only a small island, Lanzarote has much to offer the tourist, whether exploring the rugged landscape or national parks, practicing the varied water sports and fishing on offer or simply relaxing on some of its secluded and beautiful beaches.

  • Timanfaya National Park is a volcanic landscape that has barely changed since its eruption in the 1730s and covers a quarter of the island’s surface. For many, the highlight of their visit to Lanzarote.
  • Montañas del Fuego (Mountains of Fire) is located within the park. Every day, 9AM-5:45PM (last tour at 5PM). Restaurant, open every day, 12PM-3PM. Entrance is by bus or car leading to the Islote de Hilario, where a sloped car park leads up to a shop, bar and restaurant which were designed by César Manrique. The admission fee includes a bus tour around the interior of the park with a narrated history in Spanish, English and German. The restaurant has a panoramic view of the park, and the meat is roasted over the underground heat of the islote, which reaches hundreds of degrees at a depth of only a few metres.
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Tidal pool in the El Golfo Crater – Lanzarote

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  • Timanfaya National Park Visitors’ Centre, located just outside the northern limit of the park, on the road to Mancha Blanca and Tinajo. The permanent display and audio-visual presentations explain the origins of the island, the recent volcanic activity that formed the park and the flora and fauna of what appears at first glance to be a dead landscape. Admission is free.
  • Jameos del Agua, located in the Malpais de La Corona in the north of the island. Open every day, 10AM-6:30PM, and Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 7PM-2AM. A jameo is a volcanic formation formed when the ceiling of an underground lava tunnel collapses, exposing a section of the tunnel to the sky. A bar, restaurant, swimming pool, and concert hall were all built within one such formation near the coast under the guidance of César Manrique, and opened to the public in 1966.
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Cueva de los Verdes showing the ceiling reflected in the water of the lava tube

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  • Cueva de los Verdes (“Green’s Cave”) is located a few hundred metres inland from the Jameos del Agua, and is part of the same tunnel. Open every day, 10AM-6PM, last entry 5PM. A guided tour takes you through a succession of caverns and tunnels formed by an underground river of lava. The melted rock and mineral formations are well lit, and the demonstration of their acoustical qualities is truly surprising.
  • Mirador del Rio is a lookout located at the northernmost tip of the island. It has a comfortable bar and lounge offering a magnificent panoramic view of the small islands to the north of Lanzarote.
  • Whales and Dolphins Museum, Puerto Calero. The Museo de Cataceos de Canarias is a very informative museum with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Ideal for family holiday trips in Lanzarote located in Puerto Calero’s attractive marina space. It’s certainly an appropriate museum for the Canary Islands, as dolphins and whales abound in the surrounding Atlantic waters. Outside the museum is a giant skeleton of a whale – giving you an idea of what to expect inside. The museum explores the evolution of whales and dolphins in detail through life sized reproduction models, skeleton collections, sounds and interactive displays, photographs and biological samples.

Lanzarote Beaches

Lanzarote has many beautiful beaches and a rugged, fabulous coastline to explore.

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Papagayo Beach – Lanzarote

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Try Scuba Diving from Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca or Puerto del Carmen. Lanzarote offers some of the best diving in the EU. Sport Fishing is also a popular activity, with several boats departing from the different harbours on a daily basis. There are many Dive Centres throughout the island.

Yacht Charter and Sailing

Various International companies provide yacht charter throughout the Canary Islands and can take care of all your charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed. Make a Google search to find companies operating on the islands and book in advance.

Theme Parks

There are various Theme and Water Parks on the island: Aqualava and Dino Park at Playa Blanca, Aquapark Costa Teguise and Aquarium Lanzarote, both in Tesguise, Pardelas Park in Órzola, Guinate Tropical Park in Guinate, horse riding in Yaiza and Rancho Texas in Puerto del Carmen.

Golf

There are three golf courses on the island: Costa Teguise Golf, Lanzarote Golf Resort at Puerto del Carmen and ‘Pitch & Putt’ Hesperia Playa Dorada in Playa Blanca.

Surfing

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Caleta de Famara is a famous surfing destination. It is a small village located on the north-east of the island, right in a bay. There are three small groceries shops, a couple of bars and a good dozen of surf-shops, renting equipment surfers, kite-surfers as well as providing lessons for those keen to learn. Local bus L20 goes to Famara from Arrecife on weekdays, and a bus from Costa Teguise on weekends.

Spa

Lanzarote offers a great variety of Spa and Wellness hotels and centres where you can recharge your batteries by taking advantage of these natural healthy remedies.

Tourist Office – Lanzarote

Calle Triana, 38, 35500, Arrecife de Lanzarote, (Las Palmas) España. Tel: (+34) 928 81 17 62. Fax: (+34) 928 80 00 80. Email: info@turismolanzarote.com. Official Web.

Lanzarote Travel Video Guide

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