Get on the main LZ1 arterial road heading South. First stop Puerto Calero the islands most prestigious marina. Lots of bars, restaurants and excursions. Two five-star hotels and a Michelin restaurant. Home of Catlanza and Submarine Safaris. Have breakfast and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Check out luxury yachts or go on one of the sea fairing excursions.
Take in the traditional Canarian beauty of the towns of Yaiza and Uga. Uga being the home of the dromida of the island. These little towns give a good insight of typical Canarian life. Head over to the lake in El Golfo, stunning iridescent green lake towards the back of an old volcanic crater which appeared right on the coastline, half of which is under the Atlantic ocean. Then further south down the coast road to the crashing waves at Los Hervidores. Experience the raw power of the sea. Small walkways weave around the volcanic rock formations and waters edge close to the crashing waves. Check out the salt flats at Las Salinas and the black beach of Playa Janubio. Head back to the main road and on to Playa Blanca on the southern tip of Lanzarote.
Maybe have lunch on the promenade in town or in the marina Rubicon. Choose between the town beach of Playa Flamingo or the unspoilt beauty of Papagyo. Then its back north via Femes and to the quiet fishing village of Playa Quemada a super relaxed village with a mainly stoney beach and a secluded beach or a walk along the cliffs or sunbathing.
The most unusual and stunning feature of Lanzarote are the fire mountains in the national park. Start the day with a camel ride about 2 km from Timanfaya Park. These 30 minute rides are unique and a traditional way to see the national park. Then a few kilometers north to the fire mountain. Pay at the entrance or use your Bono ticket and enter a different moonscape world. Get a real feel for the primeval power of mother nature. The moon like landscape endured the islands most recent eruptions in 1824. Entry fee includes a guided coach trip into the most untouched area of the park. Visit the restaurant powered by volcanic heat and see other displays of how hot it is just below the surface.
Head North again along the same road towards Tinajo. The centre is dedicated to volcanology and some interesting facts and information about the history of Lanzarote. Take headphones for the audio-visual presentation. Have a tapas lunch in the old capital of Teguise. Then take a stroll around this cultural towns galleries, historic churches and shops. Overlooking the town is the old castle of Santa Barbara, now a pirate museum. Head to the geographical centre of the island to see, monument El Campinsino, a Cesar Manrique creation celebrating the farming roots of Lanzarote. Drive South into the famous wine region. See how wine was made hundred of years ago in thousands of small shelters or Zocos. First stop the El Grifo wine museum for a historic look into wine production. Along this road are the main wine bodegas. Turn north on the LZ56 heading to Tinajo and you can walk into a volcanic creator.
Head North on the LZ1. If you want to explore the island of La Graciosa head to Orzola early to catch the ferry. Ferry times start around 10am and go approximately every 2 hours. Journey times 15 minutes.
Travelling North on the LZ1 the views are spectacular from old volcanos, quarries, a dam and cactus lots and lots of Cactus. Keep a lookout on the right for the abandoned quarry which is situated next to the road just after the new petrol station. You’ll see the old equipment which was just abandoned.
Guatiza is the home of the Cactus Gardens the last creation of Cesar Manrique. Built on the site of an old mill and mine. Restored to a wonderful cactus garden housing thousands of types of cactus surrounding an old windmill. A great place to stop off, relax and have a drink.
The roundabout at Arrieta is one of Cesar Manrique’s wind toys and worth a photo stop. Arrieta is also home to the unusual Chinese House built for the daughter of a wealthy Chinese family who was going reside in Lanzarote due to the spring like climate.
Further South along the main road is Jameos Del Aqua located on the end section of the worlds longest lava tube. A magical setting in which you can find the worlds only blind albino crabs, water filled caves, sculptured pools, restaurants and a museum. La Cueva De Los Verdes is a large underground cave system formed 3000 years ago and is part of the longest lava tube. Guides take you on a 1km tour through these amazing caves. The caves have a very interesting history dating back to Lanzarote’s turbulent past, used by locals to shelter from eruptions, pirates and slave hunters. Both not to be missed and can be seen one after another.
On the North East coast there are some amazing white sand beaches. When you see the beach you like from the road just pull up nearby. There are no facilities so bring your own food and drink. Caleton Blanco is one of Lanzarote’s hidden jewels. This idyllic beach is safe to bathe, has shallow water lagoons and beautiful white sand. Worth a trek, wait for a good day with light winds. There are some other beaches even more secluded about 2km before.
Head up to the truly amazing Mirador Del Rio on the cliff edge at the top of Lanzarote. Designed by Cesar Manrique and sights which will astound you. Drive along the single track road on the top of Famara cliff LZ 22 situated by the entrance.
For lunch pack up a picnic and head to the cliff top picnic area. Also known as El Bosquecillo (the little forest) Amazing views, swings, benches and a BBQ area. On the way back at Tahiche go to see the actual house and art gallery of Cesar Manrique. Situated on an old lava flow the house integrates the landscape into it’s design. Have a look around the house of Lanzarote’s most famous and influential artist. Situated on an old lava flow the house integrates the landscape into its design. See his artwork and home. Get to know the grandfather of modern Lanzarote.
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