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Lanzarote: A trip to the Dawn of History

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To enjoy one of Nature's wonders all you need is step into a pair of good shoes, grab a flask with plenty of water ad start wandering around the island. Anywhere.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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17 Places

Eco Insider

Walking Tours, Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Wine Tours & Tastings

Jardin de Cactus

Gardens

Jameos Del Agua

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique

Speciality Museums

Castillo de Santa Barbara

Castles

El Amanecer

Restaurants

Restaurante El Marinero y la Muchacha

Restaurants

Mirador Del Rio

Lookouts

Museo de la Pirateria

Castles, History Museums

Monumento al Campesino

Restaurants

El Pasito

Restaurants

El Lago Verde

Bodies of Water

Bodega La Geria

Wineries & Vineyards

Vulkan Caldera Blanca

Other Outdoor Activities

Isla de Graciosa

Destinations

Haria

Destinations

Arrieta

Destinations

opossumd's City Tips

  • It appeals to anyone who enjoys nature, unspoilt landscape, geology and hiking.
  • Eco Insider
    Walking Tours, Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Wine Tours & Tastings
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    opossumd Says:

    The club we joined for our hikes is Lanzarote Active Club, run and enlivened by the exceptional Michele, Carmen, Isabel and Alena. We couldn’t have had better luck. The little Church of Yé, in the north, is our first meeting point with a group and the guides who show us wild beauties, native vegetation, lava formations, the colours of nature. Our hikes include Monte Corona, Caldera Blanca, Montaña Colorada and El Cuervo, all extinct volcanos, each with its history and characteristics. Everything was made very enjoyable by the competence and frielndliness of our guides.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 2 Food & Drink in Costa Teguise
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nature Watch - A fascinating project with marvelous people 11/12/2018
    • Wine tasting tour 07/11/2018
    • Eco Insider
    Phone:
    +34 650 81 90 69
    Price range:
    US$96 - US$96
    Other:
  • Jardin de Cactus
    Gardens
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    opossumd Says:

    The Cactus Garden, one of César Manrique's creations, is an extraordinary collection of cactacee and has a number of wind sculptures around the garden, complete with an original windmill.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be there early, as touring buses tend to arrive around 10 a.m.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Guatiza
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect place to see all sorts of cactea 11/12/2018
    • Not just about the cactuses 10/12/2018
    • Jardin de Cactus
    Address:
    Carretera General del Norte, s/n
    35530 Guatiza, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 901 20 03 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
    Other:
  • Jameos Del Agua
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    opossumd Says:

    César Manrique's legacies are ubiquitous in Lanzarote. One of his most popular creations is Jameos del Agua, a restaurant and concert venue built inside a lava tunnel, complete with an auditorium, exotic garden and a vulcanology museum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Wear something warm if you dine there, as the night temperatures underground are rather chilly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Punta Mujeres
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 3000euro fine if you jump in 11/12/2018
    • Quite impressive but run down 11/12/2018
    • Jameos Del Agua
    Address:
    Carretera Orzola
    35520 Punta Mujeres, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 84 80 20
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$11
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique
    Speciality Museums
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    opossumd Says:

    Against the growing trend of mass tourism in the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has preserved its ancient appearance tanks to the commitment of the local artist and architect, César Manrique, who fought strenuous battles against the construction of skyscraper hotels since as early as the seventies, up to his premature death in 1992. Manrique favoured a vernacular type of architecture, respecting local traditions and making it richer with a few of his flights of fancy. His architectural and artistic works are spread throughout Lanzarote, making it uniquely fascinating, very different from the rest of the archipelago. His concept was to fuse the impacts of humankind and nature to create a harmony of forms, shapes and colours that would be respectful and distinctive at the same time. His attractive inventions fill us with admiration and awe. Among his numerous creations are his home with studio and garden at Haría, a fascinating example of his artistic manifesto.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Haria
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really interesting venue 02/12/2018
    • César's home 25/11/2018
    • Casa / Museo Cesar Manrique
    Address:
    Calle Elvira Sanchez
    Haria, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 84 31 38
    Other:
  • Castillo de Santa Barbara
    Castles
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    opossumd Says:

    Now a museum of piracy, this castle is a true stronghold from the days when the main danger came from the seas. Its vantage point offers unlimited views over the surrounding land. It looks small from outside abut inside it is an incredible maze of rooms, cellars, courtyards, turrets. It appeals to everyone's inner child.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The earlier you get there, the better. The rooms in the castle are small and tend to get overcrowded.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Teguise
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to visit and it has spectacular views too. 01/11/2018
    • Beautiful 20/10/2018
    • Castillo de Santa Barbara
    Address:
    Mounte Guanapay
    Teguise, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 84 50 01
    Other:
  • El Amanecer
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Soups)
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    opossumd Says:

    El Amanecer is a noisy, boisterous restaurant beloved by both tourists and locals. Sturdy wooden tables and jolly waiters create a pleasant comraderie. The cuisine serves almost exclusively fish, thoroughly fresh from the ocean, in very generous portions. The house wine is honest and refreshing and the bill very affordable.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Don't go after 8 p.m. - you may not find a table.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 1,284 restaurants in Lanzarote
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A bit disapointed ! 02/12/2018
    • Always packed - and there is a reason for that! 26/11/2018
    • El Amanecer
    Address:
    Calle Garita 44
    35542 Arrieta, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 84 83 90
    Hours:
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Restaurante El Marinero y la Muchacha
    Restaurants (Seafood, European, Contemporary)
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    opossumd Says:

    Possibly our favourite restaurant in Arrieta, it stands out for its subdued international flair. The most original feature is the glass floor over an aquarium, where you literally walk over swimming fishes. The glass-panelled veranda affords great views over the ocean and the tables are nicely set. Silver sailing vessels adorn the walls. The service is competent and discreet; the menu is sophisticated and finely presented. We had some freshly caught white fish accompanied by an excellent white El Grifo malvasia from the most ancient Lanzarote vintners. Full satisfaction.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #188 of 1,284 restaurants in Lanzarote
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not as good as previous years 27/11/2018
    • Lovely location balcony over sea 29/05/2018
    • Restaurante El Marinero y la Muchacha
    Address:
    La Garita, 60
    35542 Arrieta, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 84 81 39
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Mirador Del Rio
    Lookouts
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    opossumd Says:

    Mirador del Río is a restaurant with viewing terraces overlooking the Chinijo archipelago, another of César Manrique's projects. It is possible to wonder at the breathtaking views from other nearby locations, without having to pay an entrance fee. However, the inside restaurant is fine and you can comfortably sit at a table looking out of the glass panels to the three wild small islands and roaring ocean sheltered from the strong wind. The local artist and architect designed also this structure to be fused into nature as his architectural philosophy required. A very popular tourist attraction.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 149 things to do in Lanzarote
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Don't leave the island without a visit 12/12/2018
    • Perfect view 09/12/2018
    • Mirador Del Rio
    Address:
    Carretera de Ye, s/n
    35500, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 901 20 03 00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:45 PM
    Other:
  • Museo de la Pirateria
    Castles, History Museums
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    opossumd Says:

    Don't go inside if you are not a child or a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean. The museum is designed to appeal to those two categories. However, the castle was a real stronghold in times when and pirates and privateers roamed the seas and it defended the surrounding lands. I found the walls, turrets, drawbridge, keep and inner chambers a fascinating maze and a wonderful picture setting.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 20 things to do in Teguise
    • Surprisingly Good for the Ticket Price 20/11/2018
    • Well worth the bike ride to the Castle 01/11/2018
    • Museo de la Pirateria
    Phone:
    +34 928 84 50 01
    Other:
  • Monumento al Campesino
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    opossumd Says:

    We did not visit the underground complex, but were contented with admiring the overground monument composed of dozens of land working tools, all painted in white, standing in the middle (another work of the ubiquitous Cesar Manrique local artist) and the small constructions set in a beautiful garden. We had a cafe con leche and a piece of cake in the restaurant-cafeteria at the central area and bathed in the strong sunlight that reflected against the stunning whitewashed surrounding surfaces.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #474 of 1,284 restaurants in Lanzarote
    • Found ourselves in a maze 08/12/2018
    • A great lunch stop 23/11/2018
    • Monumento al Campesino
    Address:
    Carretera Mozaga a San Bartolome LZ 20
    35550 San Bartolome, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 52 01 36
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
    Other:
  • El Pasito
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    opossumd Says:

    It was the first cafe restaurant we visited in Arrieta and the only one opened 'late' , i.e. 8:00 p.m. A true friendly place to have a beer or a coffee at any time of day till late evening, with a reliable wi-fi connection. You can also eat there, from breakfast to dinner time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #243 of 1,284 restaurants in Lanzarote
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great value eating with a great view 26/09/2018
    • Relaxing 08/07/2018
    • El Pasito
    Address:
    Calle la Garita 48
    Arrieta, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 84 81 29
    Other:
  • El Lago Verde
    Bodies of Water
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    opossumd Says:

    Another natural wonder: El Golfo. This is a volcano that erupted opening its crater inside the sea, and forming a bay – indeed a gulf. The colours here seem even artificial – from the bright red sandstone, to the glossy black basalt, to the silver grey sand of the bottom, to the emerald green lagoon (because of the algae). A natural palette certain to beguile you.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in El Golfo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A little bit disappointing. 11/12/2018
    • Interesting view 03/12/2018
    • El Lago Verde
    Phone:
    +34 928 17 33 11
    Other:
  • Bodega La Geria
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    opossumd Says:

    Last but not least, Lanzarote wine. Production is very limited due to the island’s size, but quality stands out, particularly the white Malvasía, a wine that keeps winning countless international prizes. The vineyards are concentrated in particular in the south, between Tinajo and Yaiza; the bodegas (wineries with public points of sale) are numerous along the main roads; Bodega La Geria stands out, offering wine tastings as well as restaurants.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in La Geria
    • Disappointed visit 09/12/2018
    • Great wine and pintxos 10/11/2018
    • Bodega La Geria
    Address:
    Ctra de la Geria Km. 19
    35570 La Geria, Lanzarote
    Spain
    Phone:
    +34 928 17 31 78
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Vulkan Caldera Blanca
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    opossumd Says:

    Caldera Blanca is a very ancient, very wide – 1,200 m – whitish crater rising in the midst of a sea of black lava erupted from a nearby volcano in the 18th c. It is perfectly circular and affords spectacular 360° views.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 238 Outdoor Activities in Lanzarote
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful walk, not hard 10/12/2018
    • Great hike, epic views! 26/11/2018
    • Vulkan Caldera Blanca
    Other:
  • Isla de Graciosa
    Destinations
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    opossumd Says:

    North of Lanzarote is a small archipelago formed by La Graciosa, Montaña Clara and Alegranza, only the first of which is inhabited (by fewer than seven hundred people) at forty minutes’ ferry crossing from Orzola harbour, at Lanzarote’s northern tip. The other two islands are protected nature reserves. The crossing is unforgettable; we sail around Punta Fariones and we enter the Río, the strait separating the two islands, flanked by high basalt cliffs to the east and a low sandy coastline to the west. The sea is deep blue and the sun covers it with golden specs. La Graciosa’s harbour is tiny and only used by the rather frequent ferries and fishing boats. There are neither paved roads nor motor vehicles. There are no fresh water springs either; therefore we must carry our own. It is an ideal place for trekking, with dozens marked paths, volcanos, secluded beaches to enjoy in private and breathtaking sights. One of the most spectacular spots is Playa de la Cocina at the foot of Montaña Amarilla, where there is a grotto with view, ideal for a picnic.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • MUST BRING OWN WATER, as there are no springs on the Island.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Isla de Graciosa
  • Haria
    Destinations
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    opossumd Says:

    Haría is one of Lanzarote's small and peaceful communities, rich in history and attractive with its white little houses surrounded by palm groves. Wonderful arts and crafts market on Saturdays.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Haria
  • Arrieta
    Destinations
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    opossumd Says:

    Our Lanzarote base camp was in Arrieta, a lovely seafaring village on the northeast coast, where all buildings are two-floor small white houses, there is a long rocky beach, and the waves seem to be perfect for surf enthusiasts. Arrieta is very popular with young sporting people; it also has several excellent fish restaurants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • Arrieta
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