Much like its close Canarian cousin of Tenerife and considerable natural beauty.
Located just 100km away from the shores of North West Africa it enjoys a similar spring like climate all year round whilst also boasting sensational beaches and loads of interesting attractions. As well as a large selection of good quality accommodation options – with thousands of villas and holiday apartments in Lanzarote available for rent.
Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park is Lanzarote´s volcanic region and bears many resemblances to the area around Mount Teide. On Lanzarote however the eruptions took place as recently as the 1730´s, so this 200km square area is still relatively pristine and untouched by erosion – creating a surreal lunar landscape that attracts over one million tourists every year.
Visitors are not allowed to walk or drive through the Park and instead tours are conducted on specially designated coaches which offer commentaries about the sights and events that created them in three different languages.
The Timanfaya National Park is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 and admission costs €8 for adults and €4 for children.
Jameos del Agua
The Lanzarote born artist César Manrique had a huge influence on the development of modern day tourism on the island before his death in 1992. Helping Lanzarote to secure the status of a UNESCO protected biosphere reserve. Manrique helped to maintain a delicate balance between expansion and ecological preservation, securing a ban on high rise hotels and buildings that is still in place on Lanzarote to this day.
At the same time he also designed and created a series of unique visitor attractions that work in harmony with Lanzarote´s volcanic terrain – and the Jameos del Agua is arguably the most impressive example of this philosophy at work. As here the artist totally transformed a huge collapsed lava tube into an amazing underground auditorium and tropical gardens.
The Jameos del Agua is open daily from 10.00 to 17.30 and admission costs €8 for adults and €4 for children. Tourists can also dine at the Jameos del Agua on selected nights of the week, contact 0034 928 848024 for more information.
Mirador del Rio
If you have a head for heights and enjoy breathtaking views then the Mirador del Rio should definitely feature on your itinerary. Here, Manrique turned a gun battery into an amazing lookout spot, with visitors able to drink in the amazing views of the small neighbouring island of La Graciosa which is located some 460 metres below.
The Mirador was originally designed as a restaurant, but only serves snacks and drinks today. But this doesn’t detract from the visual impact of both the attraction and the scenery it frames and is one of the most popular attractions on Lanzarote as a result.
The Mirador del Rio is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 and admission costs €4.50 for adults and €2.25 for kids.
The Cactus Garden
This celebration of the spikiest species in the plant world is another Manrique marvel, sensitively located in what was once Lanzarote´s cactus growing country. Visitors can view over 10,000 different cacti and agave specimens, making this one of the finest collections of its kind in the world, with the entire garden laid out in what was once a quarry.
The Cactus Garden is open daily from 10.00 to 17.45 and admission costs €5 for adults and €2.50 for children.