Although it is known for being a resort haven, there’s much more to Lanzarote than just sea, sand and sunshine (although it wouldn’t be a holiday without the big SSS). Its volcanic terrain accredited UNESCO heritage, it pays homage to its artist son Cesar Manrique and the local cuisine and wines make for some delightful meal times. So when you are looking to book your next holiday here are five things to see and do in Lanzarote.
1. Timanfaya National Park
Over 100 volcanic eruptions created this moonlike landscape in the 18th-century. You can wander around on foot or even go on camel back! Demonstrations also take place to show you just how fascinating this part of the world is.
The island has a vine-growing tradition that dates back to the15th century. La Geria is the main wine-producing region that sits at the foot of several volcanoes. Here you can learn about production methods used to cultivate and protect the vines at the El Grifo Wine Museum. Popular wines with the locals include Malvasia and Moscatel, so be sure to try a tipple.
3. El Mirador
Head to this cliff top visitor centre to gain views from its 479-meter observation deck. Spot the island of La Graciosa and ancient salt plains of Las Salinas del Rio in the Atlantic Ocean.
Take to the waters and enjoy a diving safari, where you can swim with manta rays and colorful fish. You can find activity operators on popular beaches like Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. If you prefer to stay on the sand, you’ll find wonderfully white ones at Los Charcos.
5. César Manrique
Visitors can pop into the artist’s home in Taro de Tahiche, an architectural delight in itself with five giant lava bubbles! It also houses the Manrique Foundation, which is surrounded by lush gardens and palm trees. You’ll spot dedicated monuments dotted around the island.
6. Puerto del Carmen
If you’re in the mood for a party, Puerto del Carmen is a popular resort where you can find like-minded partiers! From cocktails to casinos to dance floors, you’ll find plenty of ways to let your hair down.
7. Visit a theme park
There are plenty to choose from! See exotic at Guinate Tropical Park, dare yourself to go down the slides at Aqua Lava, go go-karting at San Bartolomé or look at the sea horses at Costa Teguise aquarium.
8. Eat like a local
Seafood is the main star on any restaurant menu in Lanzarote, great for lovers of tuna, swordfish and monkfish. It’s all perfectly fresh, which makes it all that much more delicious. Restaurante El Lago and Restaurante Bogovante are both highly reputable choices.
Whether you’re going for a few days or a couple of weeks, there is so much to do in Lanzarote. Take is leisurely or up the activity factor, you can take it at whatever pace you want to and the sun will still keep on shining here.
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