Despite being the smallest of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is certainly one of the most popular with many amazing things to see and do. Whether you’re looking to soak in the local culture, exploring the stunning landscape or a variety of family outings, Lanzarote is a place that caters to everyone.
Timanfaya National Park
Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) makes the Timanfaya National Park a must see destination. After you witness how hot the area is from several demonstrations, you can take a coach trip around the park, exploring the “Martian” style landscape, and you can also take a camel ride across the volcanic surface. The “El Diablo” restaurant is also open to those that take part on the tour, where you can watch your food cooking on a cast iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground, being cooked by the geothermal heat. Tripadvisor reviews have described the tour as an out of this world experience, and the only way to really appreciate the landscape of Lanzarote!
Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park
Rancho Texas Park is an animal park featuring a variety of birds and mammals, and sealife. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained, ranging from pony rides to canoeing to enjoying the American style cuisine in the park restaurant. Interact with sea lions in their daily shows, be amazed by the breathtaking birds of prey exhibition as eagles, speedy falcons, vultures and even a condor (the largest of birds) fly over your head at very low distance. You can also have a laugh while the clever parrots and cockatoos entertain you with their demonstrations. They also have wild west theme nights where you can enjoy sangria and beer all night long and join in with the “American Parade”!
Lanzarote Submarine Safaris operates in the beautiful marina of Puerto Calero, and enables you to experience the underwater sea life on board a yellow submarine. Tripadvisor reviews describe the underwater safaris as a fabulous experience and a great chance for a close encounter with the marine life without getting wet.
Catlanza Catamaran Excursions
Enjoy a day on board a luxurious catamaran while you sail to the golden beaches of Papagayo. Lunch, drinks and even a jet ski ride is all included in the price! You might even have a chance at seeing some dolphins or pilot whales during the day; what a way to take in the beauty of coast. Find out more about Catlanza Catamaran Excursions here.
Whether you are a qualified diver or want to learn to dive, Lanzarote offers some of the best dive sites and with water temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees it is the perfect location for all year round diving. A must see is the Museo Atlantico, Europe’s first underwater museum. British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor chose this site for the underwater museum because the “amazing seascapes” will provide a “gateway to the Atlantic and encourage people to love the planet more through an understanding of marine life”.
Lanzarote Segway tours
Explore the island in a slightly different way by segway, enjoy the scenery of the Papagayo beaches or alternatively you can climb ‘Montana Roja’ where you can see inside an ancient volcano. With Segway Tours Lanzarote you can have a 5 minute try out on the segway before beginning your tours and you can choose from a city tour or maybe be a bit more adventurous and go off-road to enjoy the various landscapes of Lanzarote.
Take the Ferry to Fuerteventura
From Playa Blanca you can be in the Fuerteventura town of Corralejo in under 30 mins. The ferry runs regularly from Lanzarote. When you arrive you can explore the resort, sample the delicious local cuisine in one of the many restaurants, or just simply relax and soak up the sun on the stunning sandy beach.
Lanzarote’s famous Cactus Garden (Jardín de Cactus), is located toward the north of the island in Guatiza, and is one of the Lanzarote’s most popular attractions all year round. It was developed under the guidance of César Manrique and it holds over 10,000 different plants, making it a very interesting trip for all ages.
César Manrique Foundation
Pay a visit to the amazing house that has been created within a series of volcanic bubbles by local born artist and architect, César Manrique. After Manrique returned home from America in 1966, it was around this time that the tourist industry on Lanzarote began to take off. César was determined to avoid his beloved island becoming buried beneath a sea of five star concrete, so he decided to build a house on land that had been buried under a sea of lava.
Cueva de los Verdes
Discover Cueva de los Verdes, that was created around 3,000 years ago by lava flows from the nearby volcano Monte Corona. It is one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world, and has been protecting locals on Lanzarote for hundreds of years and more recently delighting visitors since it was opened to the public in 1964.