Lanzarote Guide And Things to do
TAHICHE Cesar Manrique Foundation
GUATIZA Cactus Gardens
LOS JAMEOS DEL AGUA
MIRADOR DEL RIO
MONUMENTO EL CAMPESINO
PUERTO DEL CARMEN
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!
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.