Burning of the Sardine, Teguise
In the old capital this ancient festival is re-enacted every year in honour of the importance of fishing to the island.
Procession of carnival proportions with mourners... every March starts: 21.00 hrs followed by the burning of an enormous paper maché sardine and later fireworks. Best wear black... And bring a hanky!
Location: The Plaza
Many, many tapas bars and restaurants here. We love Aguacate, La Cantina and Churingitos.
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Every Saturday in the north of the Island. 10am -2pm.
Stalls selling art works, textiles, contemporary art, souveniers, craft products, local fruit & vegetables, organic produce, German speciality bread, jewellery, woodwork, toys etc etc
In Haria town plaza, the market under the shade of the trees is a thriving place along with small shops, bars & restaurants all around. Parking around the streets nearby.Lovely drive into this palm tree lush village.
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La Graciosa is the smallest inhabited Canary Island, just about 2Km to the North of Lanzarote, it's made totally of Volcanic rock. It has around 700 inhabitants who live in the two villages of Caleta del Sebo and Casa de Pedro Barb.
Caleta has a busy little harbour, ferries arrive from Lanzarote (Orzla) and other Canary Islands, tourism and fishing are it's main source of income. Here you will find the tourist office, a restaurant and some tapas bars, there is just one supermarket on the Island.
Once on the Island you can,walk or hire bicycles to get round the Island or go on a Jeep safari. Be warned the roads are unmade. There are some beautiful beaches a camp site, but as this a Parque Natural you need a permit, I'm not sure where from maybe try the tourist office.
Windsurfer from all over the world come here
People from all over the world visit Lanzarote for its windswept beaches.Professenal windsurfers and surfers have competitions here.Ive never tried windsurfing before,i must give it a try.You can do windsurfing courses here for around £200 for a week with a tutor.
Arrieta is a small town of small white washed houses on the northeast coast.It is not well known so thats why its off the beaten path.Its on the way to Jameos del Agua so a good place to stop on the way.It has some great beaches and a delightful harbour.Its quay is actually made from volcanic rock.There is a red and blue house over looking the water front which is set in a walled garden and it is a museum for african art and culture.Worth seeing as i enjoyed looking round here.
- Museum Visits
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
Timanfaya on foot
There are three ways to discover Timanfaya: by bus, on camel and by foot. The first and second are well known but not many tourists know that it is possible to walk in Timanfaya. Yes, it is possible!
Mancha Blanсa Visitor and Interpretative Center organizes walking tours in Timanfaya Volcano Park. Three times a week in two small groups of 8 people each. Access to the park is only allowed with guide from the center. The tour starts and ends in the Center. And it is completely free. Surely, one has to book it way in advance. I recommend to call at least two months in advance by phone +34 928 840 839 (from 9 to 17 of local time) and book you a wonderful trip.
The path is very easy but sun can be strong - take plenty of water and a hat.
http://reddeparquesnacionales.mma.es/parques/timanfaya/pdf/timan_folleto.pdf - on the map the path is marked by green line and named Ruta Tremisana.
Another path - along ocean - is available in any time but it is very long and not so interesting since volcanos are quite away.
If you missed the opportunity to book the trip in advance, you can buy a tour from Canary Trekking Lanzarote http://www.canarytrekking.com/ruta1.asp?lang=ing - it is not in Timanfaya but near it and I was told that it is also good and the guide use to work in the Visitor Center before.
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Once upon a time...
There are a lot of stories about ancient people on Canary Island. Those from Tenerife are called Guanches and their pyramids were officially recognized only a few decades ago. Officially Lanzarote does not have a lot of signs from ancient people but there is a group of local enthusiasts who have already made several amazing discoveries which sooner or later would take their place in history of the island.
Those ancient sites which are recognized officially are Quesera de Zonzamas and Quesera de Bravo (their coordinates can be found with some little efforts). Nobody knows what these places were meant for originally. Official explanation is that this was something for making cheese... Other findings like an ancient proto-pyramid and constructions in an volcano crater which, by some very convincing indications could be an ancient observatory, are not recognized by officials yet, so it is not wise to place their exact coordinates openly in order to avoid their demolishing. But it was so amazing to see all of this and to realize that the signs of old civilization are all around the island, even in such touristic places as Jardin de Cactus or Jameos del Agua...
The people discovering and investigating the traces of old civilization are not professional archeologists or astronomer, they are guiding excursions for living and making the research in their own fee time giving their best. If you have experience and ideas on how to make the research more fruitful, you are welcome to contact Augustin and Victoria in offering your help.
+34 654 575 621 (Victoria) or +34 609 291 736 (Agustín)
Hiking on La Graciosa
I have spend one day hiking on the neighboring island and had a very good time. Spend an hour on the Playa de las Conchas - it is a great place for those who like strong waves, yellow sand and clear water. Swimming suit was unnecessary on this fest of life.
While hiking from Playa de las Conchas to Pedro Barba - there is a nice path from the beach on the foot of volcano with little steps which can only be used by hikers. But then, crossing desert, follow the truck road and don't trust guides which promise shortcuts - I had tried one and it ended in a half of an hour in a middle of nowhere! A part of hiking from Pedro Barba to Caleto de Sebo was great with a small path on the edge of steep (not for bikers), small quiet sand beach... Sleepy villages - if one day I would need to hide from the world, I would come here for a week.
From Orzola to Graciosa you can take a ferry. There is two companies - Lineas Romero, which has a lot of adds and Biosphera Express, which is not so well advertised. First run in round hour, second in half hours. The prices are the same (11 euro for one way, 20 euros for both ways) but the tickets are not compatible. I used both and liked Biosphera Express better - they were making something like a little tour on our way back and giving passengers candies and water.
- Hiking and Walking
Not everybody would be interesting in this, of course. But I found it quite amazing. There is a big shipwreck in the neighborhood of Costa Teguise.
The ship was build in 1954 in England and was named Temple Hall, then it was sold/renamed several times and finally sunk under Greek flag during a storm just a few meters from the coast. Actually, the ship was damaged during the storm but was not allowed into the Arrecife port because the port management was afraid that this monster would block the small port completely.
After nine days at warm and friendly Lanzarote, it is hard to believe that there could be so strong storms but there is the prove... There is also a board with history of the shipwreck can be found somewhere on the promenade in Costa Teguise. At the moment the shipwreck is a home for a lot of sea birds.
To find - follow direction of the water factory, there is a place to park your car just across the road. The shipwreck can also be seen from the local highway.
Olivine is a green semiprecious stone. You can buy cheap jewellery from the stones or just a little bottles of the stones almost everywhere on Lanzarote. But I fount it more interesting to search for a nice stones myself. I have heard about this but, honestly, did not believe much. But then I come there, grabbed a handful of sand and there they were - little green sparkles in black sand.
Good places for this are Playa de Janubio or even El Golfo. On the latest, you can actually see a lot of people looking something in sand in vicinity of the green lake. This is it, olivine fever :)
Camino de las Vueltas: Hike to a deserted beach
You can combine this hike with some sights in the environment. Suggested day-trip (see my other tips as well):
1) Jardin de Cactus
2) Cueva de los Verdes
3) Mirador de Rio (next to it, for the mirador itself you have to pay a too high entrance fee)
4) Camino de las Vueltas, enjoy the beach, and go back...
Camino de las Vueltas (also called Camino de Guatifay) brings you via a steep path down the cliffs to a deserted beach. The view along this hike is magnificent!
Follow the road from Las Rositas to Mirador del Rio. After the last houses of Las Rositas you will find a small hidden parking opposite to a traffic sign and close to the last pole of the telephone wire. If you passed the white ruins of a house you went to far!
Just walk past the parking and go downhill. Don´t forget to breath if you see this superb outlook!
Once you´re at sea level, follow the road to the right until you are at the beach, probably the best of Lanzarote...
Too bad you have to walk all the way up again after a swim in the blue sea :-)
This hike is described in the hiking guide mentioned in the general tips.
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The Hoopoe Bird
Upupa epops or the hoopoe bird, is a fairly common site in Lanzarote.
Of the 35 bird species on the island The Hoopoe is a bizarre creation of art. It has crazy black and white banding across its wings and tail, an eccentric black-tipped crest, a long, curved bill and an orange coloured body. Its dramatic plumage is best seen when the bird flies with floppy, rounded, fingered wings, flicking like a big moth.
Fiesta de los Dolores, September
On September 15th up to 45,000 visitors make the pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin of Los Dolores in Yaiza in the wine growing area.
Volcanic explosions on the edge of Timanfaya in 1824 signalled a dangerous level of lava flowing to the village of Yaiza and Mancha Blanca. Many villagers fled, but some remained and the frightened villagers carried an image of the virgin along the streets. The mass of molten lava heading their way is said to have turned suddenly towards the ocean instead of wrecking the village.
Today, most Lanzaroteans dressed in traditional costume, make a pilgrimage on foot from their village and towns.
During the 3 days of the fiesta, the pilgrims enter the Ermita (church) de los Dolores, for the service, then a folklore festival with representatives from all the Canary Islands, lucha canaria (wrestling) competitions and other traditional island sports. Market, tapas bars and eating and drinking of local wines & cheeses, and over a hundred Canarian stalls with contemporary art & furniture pieces.
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Mala is a nudist village on the north coast. Don't be surprised.
It's no good going to the bar or supermarket there, people still have no clothes on.
If you want to participate, take the LZ 3 road from Arrecife, then the LZ1 & follow signs for Arrieta, turn off at Mala, just after the Catcus garden. And watch those spikes!
No true "off the beaten path" activity
Lanzarote is so small and tourism so well organized that it is probably impossible to find an off the beaten path activity.
Perhaps you'll chance to meet old locals in the little towns of the North Coast.
[beaches: LA CALETA - small piece of pleasure]
Why piece of pleasure? Because La Caleta is situated between big field of black lava stones. This part o f island is called Malpais de la Corona and "malpais" means badland - kilometres of rugged volcanic rocks. And between it this small piece of sand :)
"Pleasure" also because La Caleta is totally uncrowded place. There is nothing unusual when you are lonely here.
"Pleasure" because this good place for snorkeling - underwater rocks creates good territory for many colourful fishes. Residents say that one can meet even octopus here.
You can find this beach between Jameos del Agua and town of Orzola (road LZ1).
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