Lanzarote Guide and Things to do.

Lanzarote Guide And Things to do


ARRECIFE

The political and commercial capital of the island. Banks, restaurants, shops, bars and cafés are found along the seaside promenade, in the pedestrian street Calle Leon y Castilla and in calle José Antonio.

ARRIETA

A delightful fishing village at the north end of the island. Excellent fish restaurants abound.

TAHICHE Cesar Manrique Foundation

Home of the world famous artist, Cesar Manrique. Built on the site of five volcanic bubbles.

GUATIZA Cactus Gardens

Designed by Cesar Manrique, these gardens contain over I,420 different species of cacti. This area is home to the cochineal beetle whose cultivation provides a red dye.

EL GOLFO

The black beach and deep green lagoon formed by a volcanic crater blown sideways into the sea make a spectacular sight. Numerous restaurants that provide excellent, fresh seafood grace this village.

FAMARA

This village and its beach lie on the west coast. Although swimming is not recommended here due to its strong currents, both wind surfing and surfboarding are popular here. The village has many excellent fish restaurants with striking views of the cliffs, ocean and the island of La Graciosa.

HARIA

This village is in a valley set deep in the mountains. This valley is known as the "Valley of a Thousand Palms" and is the greenest place on the island. It is definitely a change of scenery and is well provided with a number of good restaurants. The reason that there are so many palms here is that there once was a tradition that when a daughter was born one palm was planted, if a son were born two palms were planted.

LA GERIA

This is the wine-growing region of Lanzarote, the largest in the Canaries. One of its wines "malvasia" is even mentioned by Shakespeare. Visit the "bodegas" (wine cellars) for tastings and see the unique way the vines are cultivated.

LA GRACIOSA

This is one of the smallest islands in the Canaries and is a wild life reserve. The island has a number of fresh fish restaurants is generally less than 30 minutes from the village of Orzola by passenger ferry.

LOS JAMEOS DEL AGUA

A prehistoric lava flow created a series of caverns, many whose ceilings are composed of burst ( and therefore roof less ) lava bubbles (jameos). Within this cavern is a beautiful lake that is connected to the waters of the Atlantic by an underground passageway and contains a species of blind albino crab that is said to exist nowhere else.

MIRADOR DEL RIO

Another of Cesar Manrique’s creations. The view toward the island of La Graciosa from this enclosed café/bar lookout point, perched on the cliff hundreds of meters above the ocean, is nothing less than spectacular.

MONUMENTO EL CAMPESINO

Yet another of Cesar Manrique’s creations. Located in the geographical centre of the island, this monument is dedicated to the farm worker and his animals. At the monument is a restaurant, museum and shop.

PAPAGAYO

Located at the extreme south of the island just north of the town of Playa Blanca. This beach is noted for its wide sandy shores, crystal waters. The road is unpaved and there are no services.

PLAYA BLANCA

Once a sleepy fishing village, it is now a major resort area with a scenic seafront walk, excellent restaurants of various cuisines and bars, all with views to the sea. Ferries for Fuerteventura leave from here.

PUERTO CALERO

A beautiful Marina, with shops and Restaurants to the South of Puerto del Carmen.

PUERTO DEL CARMEN

This is the main tourist area of Lanzarote. Once a small fishing village it now has one casino, 12 kilometres of beaches, shops, bars and restaurants in profusion.

TIMANFAYA

"The Fire Mountain" - The 51 square kilometres of lava fields and volcanic craters has been made a national park. On the top of one of the volcanoes there is a restaurant where the meals are cooked on the heat emanating from its interior. An air conditioned bus takes visitors on a short, multi-lingual tour of the park.

TEGUISE

The former capital of the island has many beautiful buildings dating from the colonial period of Spain’s history. The church of San Miguel, the Castle of Guanapay and the Palacio Spinola number among them. On Sundays the town hosts a lively market.

YAIZA

This town, lying in the interior of the island, was winner of a contest for the most beautiful village in the Canaries. There are a number of traditional cafes and restaurants as well as a number of architecturally appealing buildings.

ORZOLA

A quaint fishing village is located at the northern most tip of the island at the end of a scenic drive. This is where the ferry departs twice daily for the island of La Graciosa and where the famous fish restaurant "Charco Viejo" is located.

High summer and high season are here, and the island is fuller than ever with families enjoying their summer break on Lanzarote. Many of them will have come here for just one thing, so here’s the guide to the best family beaches on the island. Remember that this is just our opinion, though!

Costa Teguise has five beaches, all of which are perfectly suited for families. Playa Cucharas is the largest, and is a hive of windsurfing and nautical activity, as well as a bustling leisure beach close to many of the resorts’ best bars and restaurants. Charcos beach nearby is popular with local residents, Further west, Playa Bastian is a popular, relaxed beach with BBQ facilities and lovely coarse sand, and the gorgeous lagoon at Playa de las Caletas (behindthe Occidental Oasis Hotel) is also well worth discovering. However, our vote for the best family beach goes to…
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Playa Jablillo

One of the best family beaches on the island, and one that can get pretty crowded as a result. While the Jablillo Beach is smaller than Cucharas just around the corner, it has everything that a family beach could require. Hot, golden sand; little rock pools occupied by prawns, tiny blennies and crabs that toddlers can explore happily; a sheltered lagoon which is full of small and not so small fishes, making it perfect for snorkelling, bathing or just paddling; a couple of showers that are generally in good working order and plenty of sun loungers.

Mile upon mile of golden sands explain the appeal of the island’s most popular resort. Playa Grande at Fariones is where it all started and is still one of most popular beaches on the island. Further east you’ll find small, sheltered coves before arriving at Los Pocillos, another spectacular stretch of sand and sea. At the other side of Fariones Hotel you’ll find the tiny Playa Chica- a beautiful natural inlet with perfect bathing opportunities. They’re all perfect for families, but our nomination for best beach goes to…
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Matagorda

It’s hard to pinpoint the special attraction of Matagorda. Perhaps it’s the endless views of the horizon, maybe it’s the relaxed bustle of the promenade and shopping centres that border the beach, or it could be the fine sand – perfect for sandcastles – and the occasional rockpools. Whatever it is, it’s the place to spend long, lazy hours just mucking around on the beach.

Playa Blanca’s town beach has a Blue Flag and, despite it’s size and the occasional wash from ferries, is popular. Playa Dorada boasts magnificent sands, safe bathing and various activities, and the gorgeous beaches of Papagayo are, of course, essential (for families the Papagayo beach itself, situated to the right of the rock with the bar on top, is probably the finest, but don’t forget to pack everything you will need). But our recommendation is:
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Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo lost its status as one of the best family beaches in the south six years ago, when Tropical Storm Delta destroyed the breakwater, causing the ocean to strip the beach of its golden sands. Now, however, the breakwater has finally been rebuilt,the sand replaced and Flamingo is once again a magnet for families. With views over to the distant volcanoes of Fuerteventura, safe bathing and plenty of facilities just yards away, Flamingo is perfect for a lazy day in the sun.
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Caleton Blanco

It can be hard to spot the turn off for this beach just south of Orzola, but it’s worth trying. The beach is made of blinding white, coarse sand made of coral and, if you arrive early enough you can nab one of the stone windbreaks for privacy and, maybe, protection from breezes. The main attraction, however, is the lagoon. The tide comes in over heated sand creating a vast, warm and shallow lagoon where children and adults can paddle, wade and mess about to their heart’s delight. There are no facilities, so don’t forget to pack a picnic and plenty of sun protection, but a day out here is one you are likely to remember for some time.


Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park


I really enjoyed my visit to Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park yesterday and will definitely return to spend a full day there with the family later in the summer.

The exciting news is that there is a whole new section to the park where you can cool off and chill out whilst the kids play. The new zone is called El Corral del Agua, there is a splash pool with play area for children, this has buffalos standing in the water, a play house, slides and water jets everywhere, it was a big hit with the kids trying it yesterday. Next to that was a small pool with slide for toddlers, and along from that a large swimming pool for all to enjoy. It was a warm but fairly cloudy day when I visited, there were plenty of people in the water and lounging around on the plentiful sunbeds.

The park also has some new arrivals, I was lucky enough to spot Titan, the baby sea lion who was born 21st June, he was with mum in the pool area next to the main arena for a short time after the show. The park also has a new baby white tiger, he’s only a few months old, the son of Langaia, called Drago.

I absolutely loved the sea lion show! There were lots of people taking the opportunity for a photo of them with the sea lion who either put his head on top of your head or shoulder to pose for the camera. I thought the antics between trainer and sea lions were excellent as too for the commentary, the crowd loved it and there were big rounds of applause.

The gardens are fabulous at the park, everywhere is beautifully planted with paths meandering around, there were several play areas for the kids to explore, one is Chaman – the stone face that you walk into where you can look over the park and down to the crocodiles below. The kayaking was popular with several children paddling around, there are also very cute ponies offering rides, there is a small additional charge for either of these activities.

Apart from the sea lions the visit to the white tigers was my next favourite, these magnificent animals were very chilled with the male tiger coming right up to the glass to meet the visitors. The baby tiger Drago was on show but in an indoor pen close by.

The park has lots to explore, with the birds of prey, parrot and sea lion shows and the new splash and pool zone it really is a full day out and worthy of a visit.

Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park is situated on Calle Noruega in Puerto del Carmen, just off the main road from the airport, during the summer months there is a daily bus service which is free from Puerto del Carmen, €3 from Costa Teguise and €4 from Playa Blanca, the bus collects at various times throughout the resorts with a return service in the afternoon or evening.

Entrance fee for the park is 17€ adults & 12€ for children aged 2-14 years (NB. discounted prices available for residents with proof). The park is open from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, there is also a restaurant and souvenir shop. Tel: 928 84 12 86.