There are infinite places to visit in Lanzarote , an island that has one of the best climates in the world, paradisiacal black sand beaches, a lot of culture and a delicious gastronomy. The island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO , which gives a clear idea of its rich biodiversity.
It would take a lifetime to get to know the millions of fascinating corners of this Canary Island, but it is possible to get to know the best of Lanzarote in 3 days if you follow the route below.
Timanfaya National Park
Visiting Timanfaya is a must when you are on a trip to Lanzarote. In Spain you will not find any other geological national park, and its geomorphological structures will leave you amazed.
These structures took shape after the volcanic eruptions that occurred on the island in the 1730s, 1736 and 1824. The landscape is practically devoid of vegetation, with the only presence of lichens, which gives it an aspect of another world. The black, red, orange and ochre colors of the volcanic cones give the place an incredible beauty.
In Timanfaya you can visit the Fire Mountains and do interesting trekking routes.
Lanzarote Cactus Garden
This wonderful cactus garden has more than 14,000 such plants, belonging to some 1, 400 different species . It covers more than 5000 square meters.
This original garden is located in the municipality of Teguise, and in addition to its cactus is very recognizable by the perfectly preserved windmill that crowns it.
Another fascinating place to visit in Lanzarote is the Cueva de los Verdes, located in the municipality of Haría, in the north of the island. The cave is part of the volcanic tube that originated after the eruption of the La Corona volcano.
Since 1964, the Cueva de los Verdes has had interior lighting to make visits easier, as well as an auditorium and different corners with different names: Puerta Mora, Garganta de la Muerte or Sala de las Estetas.
In addition, the cave has the most important geodynamic station on Lanzarote.
The Jameos del Agua
Volcanic cave located in the north of Lanzarote that has an atmosphere full of magic and tranquility . Inside the cave itself there is a natural lake that receives a little sunlight and is the habitat of a species of albino crab that is unique in the world.
The interior of the cave has a cafeteria that is a must stop for a snack while enjoying the wonderful surroundings.
The auditorium in the Jameos del Agua is the work of César Manrique, the most international artist from Lanzarote, who hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year, taking advantage of the magnificent acoustics of the place.
Next to the cave is a volcano museum that offers interesting interactive activities, as well as a palm garden with an artificial lake.
Located in Yaiza, Los Hervideros are integrated in the Natural Park of the Volcanoes , and are one of the best places to visit in Lanzarote.
Los Hervideros is the name given to the coastal sector of the island where you can see the waves hitting the solidified rock . The force of the sea is such that the water rises to the surface through the cavities and holes in the rock, causing an impressive spectacle . It looks as if the water is boiling, hence its name.
This place can be visited free of charge at any time of the day; it has a very large parking lot and good signage.
This viewpoint provides some of the best panoramic views of the island of Lanzarote, with incredible views of Alegranza, Montaña Clara, the Salinas, La Graciosa and other islands belonging to the Chinijo archipelago.
A work by César Manrique, it is located on the summit of the Risco de Famara, almost 500 metres above sea level.
Although access is not free, it is worth going up to the Mirador del Rio, if only to admire its romantic sunsets.
House-Museum of César Manrique
Located in the middle of an exotic palm grove in the picturesque town of Haría, in the northern part of the island, where you can still observe the most traditional way of life on Lanzarote.
Manrique chose this place to live because of its closeness to nature and its tranquility, two of the things the artist most appreciated.
The house museum has a traditional style adapted to a modern vision , in which both comfort and aesthetics prevail.
Visiting Manrique's former residence allows you to tour his rooms and the workshop where the artist worked. In its two courtyards there are a large number of handcrafted pieces, utensils and objects that Manrique gave an aesthetic function.
Another place to visit in Lanzarote that you can't miss are the salt mines of Janubio. This is a visit that you can combine with the Charco de los Clicos and Los Hervideros, as they are all within walking distance.
The best time of day to visit the salt flats is at sunset , when the setting sun creates magical reflections on the flats.
The salt flats have been declared a Protected Natural Area by the EU and a Site of Scientific Interest by the Canarian government.
One of the favourite places in the Canary Islands for wine and wine tourism lovers, as it is considered to be the best vineyard on the island.
The wines of La Geria have a very special taste because of the volcanic sediments with which the vines are nourished.
One of the best known in the area is the Malvasia white wine, exceptional for accompanying fish recipes.
But you don't have to like wine, the contrast of the black volcanic soil with the green vineyards creates by itself a unique landscape worth visiting and admiring.
One of the most touristic places to visit on Lanzarote. A place to enjoy its beaches, its water park, its nightlife and its magnificent and varied gastronomic offer.
Lovers of water sports will find Costa Teguise a real paradise for diving, snorkelling and windsurfing. Places you can't miss are Las Cucharas beach and the Pueblo Marinero, the work of the omnipresent César Manrique.
There are many more places to visit in Lanzarote, an island that perfectly combines the absolute tranquillity offered by its lunar landscapes with the animation of its most touristic and lively areas.