Post by Gemma
Lanzarote is a Spanish Canary Island, popular with holiday makers. It is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. The island is around 60km long and 20km wide, meaning it’s relatively easy to get around and see the sights in a car.
My husband and I spent a week in Lanzarote in late November 2019 and hired a car for the day so we could do some exploring around the island.
Holidays have not really been on anyone’s agenda this year, but if you’re thinking of a trip to Lanzarote in the future, keep reading to find some areas of interest and places to visit.
Mirador del Rio
Mirador del Río is a viewpoint, designed by Cesar Manrique, and is located high on the Risco de Famara in the north of the island.
Cesar Manrique is probably Lanzarote’s most famous resident and he is well known for a number of attractions and projects on the island.
On arrival to Mirador del Río, you enter into the cafe seating area, which has floor to ceiling windows. There are also outdoor viewing areas on two levels.
From the vantage point, visitors can see the hard to reach beach of Playa El Risco and the Salinas salt pans, which date back to the Roman times.
Entry to Mirador del Rio is currently 5 euros for adults, 2.50 euros for children. There is plenty of parking, a cafe and a gift shop.
Jameos del Agua
Jameos del Agua is a reflection of Manrique’s aesthetic ideals: the harmony between art and nature.
The Jameos del Agua are part of a 6km long lava tube which formed around 4,000 years ago following a volcanic eruption. The lava continued to flow as the surface hardened, which in turn led to the formation of the tubes.
The word ‘Jameo’ refers to the large openings in the tube which were created when parts of the top collapsed following a build-up of pressure from the volcanic gases. It is these openings which Manrique used as the centrepiece for this attraction and which gives it its name.
On arrival, you enter the Jameos via a staircase into a cave, which has been turned into a bar and restaurant, with views over a small lake.
The lake is home to a species of blind albino crabs known as ‘Jameitos’ which can only be found In Lanzarote.
You can cross the lake via a narrow footpath, before walking out into an open-air cave lined with tropical plants and a swimming pool (unfortunately you’re not able to swim in it!).
Behind the swimming pool is an auditorium, which is used for classical concerts and film screenings.
Entry to Jameos Del Agua is currently 10 euros for adults, 5 euros for children.
Jardín de Cactus
Jardín de Cactus was the last intervention work Manrique performed in Lanzarote and has around 4,500 specimens of cactus from around the world. It is based toward the north of the island in Guatiza. There is a small windmill you can go inside, as well as a café. Be sure to check out the cheeky designs on the toilets!
The cacti in Jardin de Cactus are all displayed to ensure they are shown in their finest glory, with the garden being situated in somewhat of a giant bowl, lined with steep terraces.
Entry to Jardin de Cactus is currently 6.50 euros for adults, 3.25 euros for children.
Timanfaya National Park
The Volcano Park at Timanfaya is Lanzarote’s most popular tourist attraction.
Manrique is credited with having determined the prime route through the park. He also designed the restaurant which sits on top of the Islote de Hilario, where the car park and coach pick up points are.
The raw landscapes of Timanfaya gives visitors an insight into what earth might have looked like when it was first formed.
Visitors to Timanfaya are not permitted to walk through the park so there has been little erosion. Instead, visitors are picked up by coaches and taken around the park, where the coach drivers navigate the tight bends, and sometimes hair-raising narrow roads, with ease.
The coach drivers stop at various points along the route so that visitors can get a proper look at the park and take photographs. There is also commentary throughout the tour, provided in a number of different languages.
In addition to the coach tour around the park, there are several demonstrations, performed just outside the restaurant. Staff pour water down holes in the ground, and a few seconds later, the water bursts back up. They also demonstrate how quickly straw can catch fire when exposed to the heat coming from beneath the earth.
The restaurant at Timanfaya uses an opening in the ground to grill all their meat and fish. Visitors are allowed into the grill room to experience the heat for themselves.
There are also camel and walking tours, which need to be booked in advance.
Entry to Timanfaya National Park is currently 12 euros for adults, 6 euros for children.
Lanzarote Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism
In addition to the four attractions listed in this post, Lanzarote has a lot more to offer to keep you occupied during your holidays.
Lanzarote’s Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism offer multi-centre tickets, which allows you to combine and visit a number of attractions for a discounted price.
A choice of 3 attractions will currently cost 23.50 euros for adults, 11.75 euros for children.
A choice of 4 attractions will currently cost 29 euros for adults, 14.50 euros for children.
A choice of 6 attractions will currently cost 35 euros for adults, 17.50 euros for children.
Individual and multi-attraction ticket prices, along with opening times, can be found on the Lanzarote tourism website.
The multi-attraction tickets are a great idea, and if you’re on a quest to save money like I am, they are definitely the most cost effective option if you know you’ll be visiting at least 3 of the sites.
Lanzarote is a fabulous island, and if you get the chance to visit, you’ll have a great time. In addition to the various attractions, you’ll get to experience some amazing sunsets, which Linz is a big fan of – visit her gallery to see some of her favourites.
I hope you found this post insightful. Drop a comment below if you have visited any of the attractions in this post – which was your favourite?
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My name is Gemma, and I am from Leicester, UK. I have been happily married for 5 years and have a pet tortoise. I am a recovering spendaholic on a quest to develop a new money mindset – save more, spend less. I enjoy reading thrillers, watching crime documentaries and listening to house music. I also love to travel – constant state of wanderlust.
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