Isla de Lanzarote Things to Do

  • Bus tour throug volcanos
    Bus tour throug volcanos
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    Yellow submarine

    by 1tricky3 Written Feb 27, 2014
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    For the sheer experience of being in a submarine with windows this 45 minute trip is a must for kids. Costing approx $5 million,this marvel in modern engineering silently glides through the water among the fish as the commentator keeps you informed on your progress past submerged wreck whilst a diver swims around the boat. As you can imagine it's not cheap and if you only want to see fish then a trip in a glass bottomed boat is about 10 times cheaper. The submarine is designed to give you a long lasting memory but personally the fact a turtle so prominently featured at the booking shop was conspicuous by its absence, dulled the trip

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    Moon-like landscape

    by 1tricky3 Written Feb 27, 2014

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    No trip to this volcanic island would be complete without visiting the interior, specifically the National p#Park. These trips are usually organised through hotels/tourist agents and start off with an optional camel trek, once beasts of burden for the islanders, brought over from the mainland they now bring tourists pleasure. At the tourist centre on top of the volcano you're treated to displays of how hot it is just under your feet. The piece de resistance is the coach tour around the volcano along tracks and past collapsed lava tunnels, going into too much detail would spoil the hairy experience!

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    Jameos del Agua

    by CDM7 Updated Feb 1, 2014
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    You enter via a huge cavern,which is also used as a restaurant.Steps take you down through a section of tube with an underground lake.Small albino crabs which live on the dark rocks can be spotted in the lake,and on a clear day a beam of light is projected into the water from a hole in the roof of the larva tunnel.If you carry on through you will then find a decorative pool of azure blue with a brilliant white surround.From here you can enter a huge underground concert hall,which hosts events on a regular basis.

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    Visit the Fire Mountain- Timanfaya National Park

    by CDM7 Written Feb 1, 2014

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    Timanfaya National Park with its 'Martian' landscape and rare plant species is well worth a visit when on the island.After arriving at the visitors car park you can then witness and learn something about geothermal energy.At a depth of just 10 meters the temperature has been measured at 600c.Barbecues which use volcanic heat,provided by the geothermal energy cook the meat over nothing more than a hole in the ground.Other demonstrations involve pushing dry vegetation down a shallow hole and the vegetation then bursts into flames.The best demo is when an attendant pours a bucket of water down a pipe set in the ground.The water is then ejected high in the air as a column of steam.

    Open 10am - 6pm
    Admission 8 euros

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    Beaches

    by Madasabull Updated Dec 5, 2013
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    These islands have some stunning beaches, and on this one there are some beautiful sandy beaches, as well as volcanic sand beaches. The water is beautiful and clear too and there are many safe swimming beaches.

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    Welcome to local Mars... Timanfaya National Park

    by Tripack Written Oct 2, 2013

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    Timanfaya means Moutains of Fire. This volcanic area is the product of many eruptions in 1730-1736 and in 1824. It is possible to visit the volcanic visitor center where you could experience the high surface temperatures due to geothermal anomalies produced by a residual magma chamber relatively close to the surface at a depth of 4-5 km, so that temperatures of up to 610ºC are recorded at a depth of only 13 m and between 100 and 200ºC at surface level (see my BBQ tips).

    The visit of the park is only possible by coach from the visitor center on a winding road beetween craters and even trough a collapsed lava tunnel offering some stunning views with great volcanic colors.

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    International Musem of Modern Art (MIAC)

    by lomi Updated Oct 1, 2013

    Located in the Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife. The castle was renovated by César Manrique, the islands favorite artist in 1975s. It was developed especially to house a modern art collection.

    Most of the exhibits are by 20th century artists. There is an upper gallery a lower gallery and the Pancho Lasso Room. The basement overlooking the ocean is now an elegant restaurant.

    The castle was originally built in a semi-circular style in 18th century in the reign of Carlos III and is a worth a visit in its own right. There is a lovely town walk from Arrecife along the coast to the Castle. Exceptional views from the roof.

    Open
    Museum: daily from 10:00 h to 20:00 h
    Restaurant: from 13:00 h to 16:00 h and from 19:00 h to 23:30 h
    Gifts shop: 10:00 h - 20:00 h

    Price: Adults: 4 Euros; Children 7-12: 2 Euros
    Resident in the Canary Islands: Adults, 3,20 Euro; Child, 1,60 Euro

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    Lava bubble tunnel!

    by lomi Updated Oct 1, 2013

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    Jameos del Agua

    Some people call the Jameos caves! They are a series of walk-in lava bubbles without roofs, beneath ground level, created by volcanic activity. Down a dark twisting rock staircase you feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. The ground opens below into a lava bubble, where there is an arty cafe/restaurant and an Aladin's cave of hanging plants.

    From the cafe you can see a second lava huge bubble with an underground lagoon with hundreds of tiny blind white crabs - their only known habitat.

    An open air swimming pool next, and finally an auditorium with wonderful acoustics where classical concerts are occasionally held.

    Did I mention the volcanology centre is also located here? - go upstairs and see lots of volcano related stuff and watch a volcano explode in slow motion!

    Three evenings a week, the restaurant lights the candles and serves meals with Canarian music and dancing. Enchanting and very romantic!

    Tip : visit late when most of the tourists have gone! Then you might see more of the tiny blind white crabs in the lagoon that appear at dusk.

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    Puerto del Carmen Fiesta July , August

    by lomi Updated Jul 14, 2013

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    Fiesta!

    Fiesta De Ntra Sra Del Carmen is a 2 week long fiesta usually July or August, in Puerto del Carmen.

    Program: from 9.00 - 23.00 most days

    Location: Old Harbour in the Plaza or above Playa Chica

    Events:
    Rock concert, salsa & African-Cuban & Merengue dancing (tuition free),
    open-air evening dances in town square, folklore singing and dancing,
    timple playing (typical Canarian stringed instrument),
    Canarian wrestling (in teams), soccer contest, talks and lectures,
    beach-handball contest.
    Fun fair
    Food and drink stalls
    Grand fireworks spectacular starts at midnight on the last day.

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    Gay Lanzarote

    by lomi Updated Jul 14, 2013

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    Carnival Time

    There is a gay scene on the island. A good starting point is:

    http://lanzarotegayguide.com/lanzarote-gay-forum/8-island-events

    One of boldest noisiest events of the year is in February. The Gay Carnival Queen Competition in Arrecife's Recinto Ferial near the beach. This year it takes place in Feb, starting 9pm. It is one of my favourite things to do in February. This is followed on with the Grand Carnival Parade.

    Lanzarote has three gay bars, all in Puerto del Carmen. Black & White, Rainbow's End and Punto.

    July sees the Pride Parade in Puerto del Carmen.

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    El Papagayo

    by Twan Updated Jun 25, 2013

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    The best beach to go for waves and a sandy beach! The Papagayo beaches are considered the most beautiful beaches of Lanzarote are located next to the holiday center of Playa Blanca in the south of the island.

    The white sandy beaches are 100 to 400m in length and separated by rock formations.

    Papagayo has 6 beaches nml. Playa Mujeres, Playa del Pozo, Playa de Papagayo, Playa de La Cera, Caleta del Congrio and Puerto Muelas.

    On one of the beaches located a campsite, this is the only place where you can be camped on Lanzarote legally.

    Nudism is the most gepractiseerd Papagayo beaches. Of course no one need feel obliged to walk naked and especially in the more remote beaches nudist find an ideal place to get naked to enjoy the nature.

    The beaches can be reached by an unpaved, bumpy road and oddly enough this one must also pay an entrance. Car rental companies also report that your car is not insured on this road.

    The hikers below you can also reach the beaches on foot from Playa Blanca.

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    Monument al Campesino.

    by mustertal Updated Jun 23, 2013

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    The Campesino, is a monument standing 15m- high, designed by the artist Cesar Manrique.
    The monument is dedicated to the hard working farmer's of Lanzarote. The sign is said to depict a farmer, his cat and a rat.
    It is built at the entrance to a group of old farm building's, which now house's craft's shop's and locally grown produce, along with a gift shop.
    There's also a restaurant that serves Lanzarote dishes and Lanzarote wine.
    The construction was built in 1968,made from farm debris, water tanks and old fishing boats.
    There are a few steps so may not suit a person with mobility problems. There is free parking on site.

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    Costa Teguise

    by mustertal Updated Jun 21, 2013

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    Costa Teguise has recently undergone a massive re vamp. Tree planting, children's play areas and is looking smart and clean.

    Costa Teguise to the East of the Island is often referred to as "Breezy Teguise" which makes it a wonderful surfing place, is the second largest of the 3 most popular resorts on Lanzarote. This is a purpose built resort, designed by the famous architect Cesar Manrique, and is now unrecognizable to the little fishing Village it once was.
    The place is relatively easy to get round and quite flat, the new walkway along the sea front now stretches for about 3 miles from Las Cucharas beach to the Kings house south of Teguise.
    The beaches of which there are 3 are clean and with 2 sandy, deck chairs and umbrellas can be hired on the main Las Cucharas beach, the other 2 are little coves and often very quiet brilliant for scuba diving in the warm blue waters
    There is a 4th beach, Playa Bastion which has is mainly pebbled and with little areas for you to sunbathe and shelter from the warm wind.
    Because Costa Teguise if often windy, it makes it an ideal place to wind surf, and, there are many surf schools around as well as diving school's, so there are lots of water sport on offer.
    There are plenty of shop's, bars and restaurants all of which are of a good standard and reasonably priced.
    A craft market held in the Pueblo Marinero every Friday night.
    Costa Teguise is not a large resort, it's very laid back and night life is casual, not a party place, good for family's.
    The resort is well spread out, having groups of hotel's apartment's, shop's and restaurant/s round each complex.
    it is an all year round resort.

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    Arrecife

    by mustertal Updated Jun 21, 2013

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    Arrecife is the Capitol of Lanzarote, at one time the old town of Teguise used to be the Islands capitol.
    Here you will find the only airport on the Island.
    Arrecife has a small sea port, where cruise ship's call in on a regular in basis's, and now a new larger dock is being built to accommodate the larger cruise liners.
    There is a small shopping centre in the town, and a larger shopping complex called Dielander on the outskirts of Arrecife.
    The beach is long and sandy also very clean and often quite empty.
    The Park on the sea front , has a skate boarding area and cafe, the buses stop here and you can get buses to other parts of Lanzarote.
    A walk way runs along the front of the sea and takes you into the town. A little inlet creates a small lake in the town centre.
    Arrecife has the only high rise building in Lanzarote, which was demolished by fire some years ago, but has been rebuilt and is now a 5* Hotel. Try the cafe on the 17th floor, wonderful views.
    This beach is clean and deserted.
    The town has now been updated, and is looking nice and stylish, well worth a visit, the beach is clean and often deserted.

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    Largest Resort on the Island

    by mustertal Updated Jun 21, 2013

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    Puerto del Carmen is the largest resort on the Island.
    It has recently undergone re development of the promenade, and some development is still going on (2013). It's looking much smarter now.
    The old harbour has a multitude of bar's and restaurants, you can take a glass bottom boat trip to see the underwater world, or a water Taxi to Pueto Calero.
    You can also go out to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, and if you are lucky you will see dolphin's and flying fish .
    For watersports, go a little further along from the old harbour, there you can go diving, fishing, paragliding and ride the banana.! There are plenty of diving schools in Puerto del Carmen.
    The walk along the sea front is covered in flower's and palm tree's the beaches are mostly sandy.
    There are bar's, gift shop's, cafes and restaurant's all along the sea front, stop for ice cream or call in at the German coffee shop for cakes n kuchen.

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