What to do in Lanzarote
Lanzarote is a beautiful island offering something for everybody:
Sun, sea and sand - Relax and drink in the sun. It is a wonderful place to do nothing if you so wish!
Watersports - It is a popular water sports destination offering great diving and snorkeling; the sea is clear and the fish are incredible. Windsurfing, jet skiing and paragliding are also available. On shore and off shore fishing expeditions are available from Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero.
Other sports - There are now two golf courses on Lanzarote; one in Costa Teguise and another has just been built between Puerto del Carmen and Tias. More are being planned.
You can hire bikes and tandems to explore the island yourself or how about a quad bike or buggy safari?
There is a go-kart track and if you are a true sports addict, try Club La Santa.
For the family - Camel safaris, jeep safaris or have a memorable day on a catamaran. Why not try a submarine tour. The Rancho Texas Lanzarote Theme Park is a great day out as is the Aqua park.
Eating & drinking - Lanzarote has many varied restaurants, catering for all tastes. Bars and pubs are usually open until late.
Culture - Plenty of this available. Lanzarote is probably the most "arty" of the Canarian Islands. Certainly very cultured.
Lanzarote has seven "official" Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism:
El Mirador del Río - From here, at an altitude of 475m, you can see one of Lanzarote's most spectacular panoramas. The viewpoint has spectacular uninterrupted views over the island of La Graciosa and amazing salt ponds in various shades of red. There is a visitor centre with an outdoor observation terrace and a cafe for refreshments.
La Cueva de los Verdes - Formed from volcanic eruptions some 3000 - 5000 years ago. They are named after the former owners; The Green's caves. The eruptions formed one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world and these caves represent a section of the 7.5 kilometre tunnel. There is a guided tour which takes you through the network and is definitely worth a visit. Nearby is Jameos del Agua.
Los Jameos del Agua - These are located inside the same volcanic tunnel created by the eruption of La Corona Volcano as are La Cueva de los Verdes. César Manrique turned this volcanic feature into one of the island's most interesting sights and reflects one of the cornerstones of his creative work: harmony between nature and artistic creation. Originally formed when a stream of molten lava met the nearby waters of the Atlantic, the cavern contains an underground lake with albino crabs that are unique in the sea world at this depth. There is an outdoor pool area with lush sub-tropical vegetation and a concert hall located amid an underground volcanic cavern. Volcanic history is depicted in the upper level. Breathtaking by day, folklore entertainment with buffet dinner takes place three nights a week.
Jardín de Cactus - Lanzarote's famous Cactus Garden is found in the north of the island in Guatiza. César Manrique created the gardens as one of his last works and they contain an amazing number of varieties of cactii.
El Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo (MIAC) - The International Museum of Modern Art is situated in the old military fortress of the Castillo de San José. Another César Manrique initiative. Contemporary art in an historic location.
La Casa-Museo del Campesino y Monumento a la Fecundidad - (Museum-House and Monument to Fertility). It is made up of a series of buildings which are inspired by typically traditional Lanzarotean architecture. A monumental sculpture designed by César Manrique and known as "Fecundidad" ("Fertility"), is dedicated to the Lanzarotean farmer and stands alone on the horizon. There are shops selling traditional local artisan products and a restaurant.
Las Montañas del Fuego - (The Fire Mountains). The National Park of Timanfaya is the clearest exponent of the volcanic origins of the island. Its reds, ochers and blacks form a lunar landscape and will leave you mesmerised. You can take a guided tour through this magnificent landscape and there is a restaurant here where you can eat food cooked over a still live volcano!
There are plenty of other activities you take take part in and dozens of other interesting places to visit on the island. Among the more popular ones we have visited on several occasions are the following:
La Fundación César Manrique - The house where the island’s famous artist and architect César Manrique used to live. The incredible house was created over a lava river and within a series of volcanic bubbles to create some very interesting living areas.
Lagomar - Famous restaurant/café situated in the village of Nazaret. Once owned by Omar Sharif. It is built into the volcanic hillside, best to go for coffee on a Sunday afternoon when there is usually live music. We did not think the food was fantastic, it is also very difficult to find but well worth a visit.
Puerto Calero - This gorgeous port, just down the coast from Puerto del Carmen, is one of Europe's most beautiful marinas. You can go on the yellow submarine or you can go in to “Lani’s Restaurant” and have wonderful ice cream and just watch the world go round. There are many other restaurants and cafés.
Puerto del Carmen - This is the liveliest and probably the most popular resort on Lanzarote. Full of "English" pubs and the like. Very busy. There is a large selection of shops, restaurants and bars. Also a centre for water sports and sea excursions.
Teguise Sunday Market - Fun if you like wandering around markets.
Ikarus Restaurant - in Teguise, Plaza del 18 Julio: One of the best restaurants in Lanzarote. Great for a special treat.
Giorgio’s Restaurant - Near the golf club in Costa Teguise (street is called Las Piteras) – lovely restaurant, quite expensive but a real treat. We usually get a taxi there and back and go on our last night as a special treat. Recommend booking a table as it is quite small (928 346 348). Only opened in the summer of 2006 but the chef used to work in Ikarus restaurant that we have been going to for years. Closed Sunday pm and Monday all day.
Tex Mex - The bay which is about a five minute walk from the resort is called Las Cucharas. There is a Tex Mex there behind the commercial centre, which is brilliant: The steaks are amazing.
Churrasqueria El Buey Bueno - We have been recommended to eat at a meat restaurant in Playa Honda called El Buey. Apparently all their meat is fantastic with large portions. “Churrasqueria El Buey! Lomo La Higuera, Subida Playa Honda, San Bartolome, Lanzarote tel: 928 821 921.
The resort itself – The pool bar (Mai Tai) does good English breakfasts and lovely ice cream. The evening restaurant, La Hacienda, make good pizzas; you can phone through a take away and they call you when it is ready to collect (nice and hot when you collect it). The supermarket sells lovely bread and croissants, loads of English food for sale.
Aqua Park - Situated in Costa Teguise, this is a great day out for the kids and family alike. Here you will find some of the best water rides and slides imaginable.
Aquarium de Lanzarote - The largest aquarium in the Canary Islands, where hundreds of marine species can be observed and enjoyed. There is even a "touching pool" where the kids can touch some of the sea life. Located in Costa Teguise.
Rancho Texas Park - A great theme park for all the family in Puerto del Carmen. Ride back in time and get the feel of the "Wild West"!
Canary Trekking - Guided walks and tours around Lanzarote.
Beaches - In Costa Teguise the main beach, Las Cucharas, is a large crescent-shaped bay with fine‚ clear waters for swimming and has been awarded a Blue Flag for cleanliness. Costa Teguise also boasts four other, smaller beaches. There is a small private beach at the front of the resort.
Famara - This is a very different place to Puerto del Carmen. It is a surfer's paradise and has what seems to be an endless beach. Very beautiful place to visit.
La Graciosa - La Graciosa forms part of a small group of islands to the north of Lanzarote. It has fabulous deserted beaches and the lack of tourist development make it well worth a visit. You can get there via a ferry from Orzola.
Diving - Aquatis diving is a short walk from the beach front. They are a very experienced diving school and offer all sorts of levels of diving tuition. My brother uses them all the time and they are really good.
Centro de Ocio, Costa Teguise - This is a new leisure centre and offers all sorts of activities for the kids including bowling and PlayStations (in case they can't live without them!).
The above are only suggestions; there are plenty of excursions you can go on to soak up Lanzarote. The reception staff will help you out whenever they can.