8 Things to Do in Lanzarote That You Shouldn't Miss

January 15, 2018 Yuk Petri

Ahhh, Lanzarote: The Canary Island paradise where you can ride a camel into the sunset and then dine inside a candlelit cave. The rock formations of Los Hervideros will take your breath away, as will the views from the Mirador del Rio lookout point. Legend has it that locals would hide from pirates in the underground caverns of Cueva de los Verdes, which are now open to curious visitors. Above ground the Jardin de Cactus will teach you all about the spiny desert plants.
Restaurants in Lanzarote

1. Timanfaya National Park

Crta. de Yaiza a Tinajo (LZ 67), km 11, 35560 Tinajo, Lanzarote, Spain +34 928 11 80 42
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Timanfaya National Park

An awe-inspiring stretch of volcanic wasteland: a desolate and bleak monument to the power of Mother Nature.

Reviewed By Gary F - Fareham, United Kingdom

Hired a car and drove to Timanfaya, arriving just before 11:00. There was a short queue to get tickets (Euro 10 per adult) and then get into the car park, which was full and seemed to be operating on a 'one-out, one-in' basis. Plenty of staff around so all was organised though.
From the car park we boarded a bus for the 'lunar drive' and were very impressed. As well as the fantastic scenery afforded by the altitude of much of the drive, the volcanic nature of the landscape is very much in evidence. The bus had pre-recorded commentary in a number of languages playing, so some information but not a great deal. Certainly didn't detract from the experience though - and I admire the bus drivers as that drive is high, narrow and with some VERY tight turns!!
As a final note, as we left the queue of cars coming into the park was very long, I suspect those visitors had a 90 - 120 minute wait before they could park.

2. Casa Jose Saramago

Calle Topes 2 | First house off the Jose Saramago roundabout before going down to Puerto del Carmen, 35572 Tias, Lanzarote, Spain +34 928 83 35 26
Excellent
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5 based on 239 reviews

Casa Jose Saramago

Reviewed By sdmmb

A relaxing spot. Saramago lived the last part of his life in Lanzarote and his modest but beautiful house gives you a good introduction and sense of the man and his works. Allow a good hour.

3. Volcan El Cuervo

Carretera LZ-56, 35570 La Asomada, Lanzarote, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

Volcan El Cuervo

Reviewed By Phil25 - UK

Having failed in our quest to visit the "main" volcano attraction on the island (due to the pesky strike) we found this alternative which more than made up for it by being a lot less touristy and FREE!
From the free car-park on the LZ-56 the path winds it's way towards the volcano (via a series of information boards), then take the right fork and it takes you right inside!
Then come back out, turn left and you can walk all the way around (via more boards), back to the fork.
The walk is easy and mainly flat, takes anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on how long you want look and take photos for. No shade and pretty hot so remember to take some water.
We learnt that this was the first volcano to erupt on the island in the 1730s...also that Raven's Volcano is a translation from the local "Volcan El Cuervo" (there is actually another TA listing in this name - anyone know how to combine them?)
Definitely a higher recommended visit!

4. Fundacion Cesar Manrique

Taro de Tahiche 5km norte de Arricife, 35507 Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Spain +34 928 84 31 38
Excellent
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Fundacion Cesar Manrique

Home of a famous Spanish artist

Reviewed By FandangoEspanol - Wales

What a treat to visit this place, it reminds you of Gaudi in Barcelona or Friedensreich Hundertwasser in Vienna). A must whilst in Lanzarote. Don't bother about the other house in Haria. This is the best one. I will not buy it because it is not practical.

5. Walk from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero

Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain +34 646 90 84 46
Excellent
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4.5 based on 911 reviews

Walk from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero

Reviewed By SeahorseWales - Wales

This walk is fairly easy and after the initial climb flatish. Lovely views all the way, I eould advise wearing trainers and expect to get dusty legs and feet. Great views of the sea and the volcanic background. You can either walk back or take a water taxi which run regularly.

6. Montana Roja

Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Montana Roja

Reviewed By aahimenaah

This is well worth a visit if you don’t mind climbing a short but steep hill to get there. You can reach the start of the path by walking up the road marked Montana Baja (opposite the entrance to the Hotel HL Paradise Island) - this also looks like a good place to park if you have a hire car. The steep part of the walk is fairly short and when you’re at the top you can walk around the rim of the volcano and/or right down into the crater. Amazing views of Playa Blanca, the whole of the southern tip of Lanzarote plus Fuerteventura in the distance. We also saw some beautiful plant and bird life including the Barbary Partridge living in the scrub at the bottom of the crater.
All for free and, in my opinion, better than most of the paid for attractions we visited during our holiday. Take a small bottle of water, a hat and wear sunscreen because there is no shade. An extra layer might be a good idea on a cool or windy day. Don’t worry about walking boots, trainers are fine.

7. Playa Dorada Beach

Avenida Maritima Playa Blanca S/N, 35580 Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Spain +34 928 51 87 20
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Playa Dorada Beach

Reviewed By Keith H - Saint John, Canada

This is a nice beach that is fairly long for walking. We did a few km in each direction. There was a fair amount of sea weed and garbage. Resorts work to clean it up. The surf is strong and often under red flag for swimming. There are lots of vendors all day.

8. Marina Rubicon

Urbanizacion Castillo del Aguila, s/n, 35570 Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Spain +34 928 51 90 12
Excellent
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Marina Rubicon

Reviewed By David W - Ilkley, United Kingdom

Lots of choice of restaurants from simple tapas to fine dining. Live music in some establishments. You can eat overlooking the boats in the Marina as the sun goes down. Large market on Saturdays, worth a visit,even if you are not a shopper. Live sports bar.

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