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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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,
Food and drink stalls
Grand fireworks spectacular starts at midnight on the last day.
There is a gay scene on the island. A good starting point is:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Puerto Calero has a spanking brand new Marina, where millionaires "park" their magnificent yacht's. There are Lot's of boats to drool over .
Why not take a trip on the Yellow Submarine, which takes you out to sea, were you can see fish feeding from the boats glass bottomed, befor you set off you have to sit through a safety video. You can also hire a yacht and be a millionaire for a day.
The harbour front is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants, all of which are of good value.
This is a very nice place to just sit and people watch.
Just back from the front, you will find a nice range of designer shops....................
Timanfaya (fire mountain), tells the sad history of this magical Island, when, some 100 years ago it experienced Volcanic eruptions lasting up to 6 years. There are around 36 volcano's in the National Park and to throw up it's fiery, bubbling mass of lava for all that time, has left it's scars on the Island, and changed the landscape for ever.
The area looks very much like the moon surface, and I understand moon landings were practiced here on the Island, in this very baron, vast wilderness that is called Timanfaya.
Before you set off on the trip round the National Park, you are treated to a demonstration of how hot the Earth below really is ,water is poured down a hole in the lava rock, and only seconds later it erupts like a geyser into the air, you feel the hot ash and see straw set alight by the heat.
Only buses are allowed around the Park, so park your car near the restaurant and take the guided tour bus and listen to the atmospheric music that plays on your trip round the Volcano's.
There's a restaurant and toilets, BUT ,don't forget to take plenty of water with you, as it can get very hot.
They also do Camel Rides for the not so faint hearted at certain point's in the park.
The Restaurant El Diablo, is where you start your journey ,the restaurant was designed by Cesar Manrique. BBQ are held a couple of evening's a week, with the food being cooked by the heat from the Volcano.
Just a word of warning here, CHECK that the food from the BBQ is cooked through, as we had some that wasn't cooked properly cooked through.
Unique to the Canaries the traditional multi-coloured salt carpets or alfombras de sal. They are lovingly created, for Corpus Christies, the day before the process around the church of San Gines in the island's capital. Many are 26 - 32 foot long, apx 16 ft wide.
Procession from the church at mid-day. Although Corpus Christi is celebrated throughout Lanzarote it is not a fiesta day (bank holiday).
Please, please, dont forget this is not fiesta. It is a serious religious occasion, (Corpus Christi). Respect the local traditions of this island and do not come in beach wear!
Every Wednesday and Thursday 9-3pm
Mens, women's / children's clothes, handbags, jewelery, artisans items, toys, beachwear, local wines
Arrecife itself is bustling with shops, restaurants and bars and of course the gorgeous beach near the Grand Hotel.