In Lanzarote you can enjoy a wonderful mix of nature, culture and just simple relaxation. Experience the UNESCO Timanfaya National Park, visit the home of the world famous architect César Manrique or spend your days at the beach.
UNESCO designated the Timanfaya volcanic field a national park in 1993. The 200 square kilometre area affords an interesting geological phenomena and contains 180 types of plants. Only ten meters below, in the Earth’s interior, the temperature reaches 600 degrees Celsius! Timanfaya is a living laboratory for biological research. The area was completely destroyed by repeated volcanic eruptions between 1730 and 1736, and later in 1824. Not surprisingly, one of the peaks is called Fire Mountain.
Low, sugar-lump houses and over six kilometres of sandy, golden beaches: Welcome to Lanzarote’s tourist centre. Water sports such as windsurfing, diving and angling are popular here. There is much to offer when it comes to restaurants, nightlife and shopping. Good wines and evening strolls on Puerto del Carmen’s beach promenade – with a gentle sea-breeze, the sound of laughter and the start of nightlife – a life-affirming experience.
The world-renowned architect César Manrique’s (1919-1992) studio and home house both his foundation and a fine art collection with works by, among others, Picasso, Miró and Chillida. The house is a perfect example of César Manrique’s art. Volcanic bubbles are incorporated into modern architecture. The building and garden were built on a lava pile from the period of volcanic eruption from 1730 and 1736.
One of the world’s most interesting cave formations is to be found 27 kilometres north of the capital, Arrecife. When the volcano Monte de la Corona erupted 3,000 years ago, a subterranean complex of caves and lakes was created – Jameos del Agua. One of them is 62 metres long and 21 metres high. Here you can find everything from courtyards to subterranean auditoria.
Cueva de los Verdes is adjacent with its 7 kilometre long volcanic tunnel. There is a subterranean lake in the largest cave.
This modern art gallery is housed in an old military fortress, built to support the island against Pirate attacks in the 18th century. The historical building combined with the contemporary artwork give this museum an exciting contrast.
Just outside Playa del Carmen you find this park with exotic animals such as white tigers, cougars and different reptiles. There are many activities for the whole family. Animal shows and horse riding are just a few and bring your bathing clothes so you do not miss the waterpark section.
The Los Hervidos pathways, built on cliffs inside underwater caves, give you the opportunity to watch the amazing show when water stream with a dramatic power into the cave. If the water is really rough the sound effect will be deafening.
Lanzarote is an island with perfect surfing conditions. The peak season with the best waves is between November and late March, but surfing can be done all year round. You find the best spots on the west coast and this is also where you will find several surfing camps and schools. One of the most popular ones is Surf School Lanzarote: