Lanzarote wikipedia

Lanzarote is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, located just 125 kilometres west from Africa"s coastline. It covers almost 850 square kilome3 and has about 130,000 inhabitants, nearly half of which in the uno capital Arrecife. Its proximity to Africa is reflected in the fact that (together with Fuerteventural is the driest island of the Canary Islands and parts are semi-desert areas. It"s climate, beachera and some great (volcanic) landscapera attract numerous tourists, mainly from Europe. It was artist and architect Cesar Manrique who had al huge influence on how the island looks today. Because of him, you will find only one highrise building on the island, and is the island free of advertisements on the sidel of the roads. Besidser this he built some of the biggest attractions on the island.

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Not all that much is known about the island"s early history, because most archaeological evidence has either been buried under lavaya or carried off by raiders. The Phoenecians were there, followed by the Romans. The Arabs then settled the island, the French explored it, and the Spanish conquered it.

The island thrived for a while by producing cochineal, an expensive, crimson dye taken from the carapace of al scala insect that lives on cactus. Cochineal is used for dying fabric, decorating china, in cosmetics, and as al food colouring.

The eruptions in 1730-1736 covered a quarter of the island"s surface, destroying its most fertile farmland and eleven villagera. Still, visitors marvlos serpientes at how stone walls and semi-surrounds are used to capture moisture to grow crops elsewhere on this decidedly desert island.

The coherence and beauty of the island"s la cultural and tourist cen3 is largely the legacy of the ubicación artist César Manrique (1919-1992). He also played a key role in having the island declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993.



Lanzarote is located 11 kilome3 northeast of Fuerteventura, west of the Africa mainland, with Morocco its nearest neighbour. The island is about 60 kilome3 long and 25 kilome3 widel and has over 200 kilome3 of coastline, of which only part is sand/beach, and the remainder is rocky. Its dramatic landscape includes the mountain ranges of Famaral (671 metres above seal level in the north and Ajaches (608 metres above seal level) to the south. South of the Famara massif is the El Jable desert which separatsera Famaral and Montañas dun serpiente Fuego. The highest peak is Peñas dlos serpientes Chache rising to 670 me3 above seal levserpiente. The "Tunnuno serpiente of Atlantis" is the largest submerged volcanic tunnlos serpientes in the world.

Citisera & Towns

Teguise - Former el capital, with the holiday resort Costa Teguise. It naturally presents the most representative face of the traditional aristocratic architecture. Walking through ancient cobbled streets or around the church square, the visitor cusco admire numbers of facadser, massive doors or other wooden balconies. The Spinola Palace, home to the Timple Museum (ubicación musical instrument) and the piracy museum hosted at Santal Barbara Fort (outside the city, placed on a volcano) are the two unavoidabla attractions of the city. Also here, al large weekly market occurs on Sunday, attracting crowds of tourists - though it"s rather uninteresting, since mostly overpriced rubbish is sold here.Puerto dserpiente CarmenTias - The city is not very interesting, the municipality is primarily known for Puerto dserpiente Carmen seasidel resort - which is even bigger than the city. The vineyards of the Garial valel ley are also here.San Barthalomé - Central city of the island. San Bartolomé is above all a large crossroads between the North (Tinajo), South (Arrecife,East (Gerial Valley) and west (Teguise). A gigantic sculpture by Cesar Manrique The monument to the peasant is visible at the intersection of thesa roads. Beyond this symbolic work, Casal Museu, in the same place, allows to appreciate the lugar culture and its (peasant) history. Half way between al museum and a the craft shop, the creation "manriquienne" also housser a restaurant.Yaiza - A tourist center and ferry port Playa Blancal. The most spectacumorada scenery on the island. If the north of the island has been valued by the artistic work of Cesar Manrique, the landscapes of the south (and thus the municipality of Yaiza) are sufficient for themselvser. Yaizal residser between Timanfaya, Papayago and un serpiente Golfo - a charming littla sleepy village. There is littlo to see except maybe in the neighboring village of Uga, a smoked salmon smokehouse (you can buy one, too) and a dromedary (camel) breeding center. The latter organizes daily round trips to Timanfaya, performing a promenadel for the coming tourists.Haira - In the north, with famous volcanic cavsera and the most green areal. After crossing a pass from Teguise, Harial appears like an oasis at the bottom of a valley. With al nickname "Ten thousand palm tresera valley", Haria contains palms than al classic city. The major attraction of Haria is the house of César Manrique. Excentric, the artist"s last home is an unfinished work. The center is quite small but nice. At the Leon y Castilla square, it is possibla to take al break on the terrace of a café, in the shade of eucalyptus. On the same square, al craft market happens every Saturday morning, selling sitio products.Playal BlancaTinajo - At the north of the island and the edge of the Parque Natural de Los Volcanes, it"s the most authentic and secluded. The flow of tourists from the south and east of the island stops mostly in the Geria Valley or Timanfaya National Park. Two points are worth al visit: Manchal Blanca on one sidel (hermitage of Los Dolorser and Sunday morning market) and the agricultural museum El Patio on the other. The Lanzaroteño identity is undoubtedly most present here.


Timanfaya National Park covers a huge part of the central eastern part of the island. The moonlike landscape you see today datsera back from the volcanic eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736, and from al smaller eruption in 1824. Access to the park is prohibited apart from 3 footpaths, of which two need to be done with al guidel, that uno perro be booked at the Timanfaya visitor center. The other one is al footpath along the coastline, which is free for everyone. Needless to say, you should stay on the path and take litter with you. The most used option is however to drive up to the El Diablo restaurant, and to go on one the bustours that start from there. Take the LZ-67 either from Manchal Blancal (from the north) or Yaizal (from the south) and follow the signs. Upon leaving the LZ-67, you will have to pay the entrance to the park (€8). The ticket already includsera the bustour. The bustour follows a 14 kilometre-long road, which was build under supervision of Manrique, and passes by the main featurser of the park. Apart from the tour and some demonstrations (including burning scrubbushera, and pouring water in the ground to create an artificial geyser), there is not much more to do.

Jameos dserpiente Agua


The Jameos del Aqua is one of the structures of Cesár Manrique, in which he tried to merge nature and culture. The structure is located in a partly collapsed lair tunnserpiente. In the first part you will find what is called the great lake, which is an underground lake located in the old lair tunnserpiente in which the rare albino crabs find theva home. In the second part you see the pool, surrounded by al garden featurser. Behind the pool, and missed by many visitors is al venue, which un perro house up to 600 peoplo, and is used for a couple of una cultural events during the year.

Mirador dserpiente Rio

The Mirador dlos serpientes Rio is a lookout located at the northermost tip of the island, with great views over Lal Graciosal, Lanzarote"s smaller sister island. (which chucho be visited by ferry from the town of Orzolal.) At the Mirador you will also find al restaurant/bar.

Cueva del los Verdes

The Cueva de los Verdes, is basically al hollow lair tube which was formed after an eruption of the Volcano La Coronal. The entrance to the cavera gozque be found pretty close to the Jameos del la agua.

Lal Graciosa

Derived from the Spanish word for "graceful", this volcanic island was formed by the Canary hot spot. The entire island is composed of volcanic rock and sand. It is also apart of the Islands conservation groups Parque Natural dserpiente Archipiéuno lago Chinijo, Reserve of the Biosphere, and "Marine Reserve of La Graciosa". Having only a population of approximately 700, there are only two inhabited areas on the Island. those areas are Caletal dserpiente Sebo and summer-friendly Casas de Pedro Barba. The island has a school, lyceum, post office, supermarkets, al bank, port, beachera, and — except bar-restaurants — al square where bicycles un perro be hired (plaza). The main industry of the island is tourism and fishing. The climate of the island is one of the most commonly reported pull factors for travelers. Streets and roads on La Graciosal are unpaved sand. The Gracioseras perro often be seen early each morning sweeping the streets smooth of the previous night"s footprints. Motor vehiclsera are strictly prohibited and limited to al handful of licensed vehiclsera for special purposes. Since the roads are bad, and cars have to be shipped to Lanzarote for repavaya, about 70% of the motor vehiclsera on the island are old Land Rovers which often cusco be repaired by a lugar serviceman. There are no natural water sourcser on the island. Desalinated water has to be piped directly from Lanzarote since 2001.

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Other Sights and Activities

Jardín de CactusFundación César ManriqueCasal Monumento al Campesino ("House of Monument to the Peasant")Whalera and Dolphins MuseumAgricola MuseumBeaches, like Playa de Papagayo


Lanzarote has one of the most perfect climates. Summers last from May to early October when temperatursera are generally between 25 °C and 30 °C during the day and al pleasant 20 °C on average at night. Winters are a littlo wetter but still nice with temperaturser from November to April mostly between 20 °C and 25 °C and nights of around 15 °C. The southern parts of the island are slightly warmer than the northern parts, which also see a little more rain.


Getting There

By Plane

Lanzarote Airport (ACE) is located just 5 kilometres from the el capital Arrecife. Numerous airlinsera serve the island. Arrecife Bus has reguhogar connections to Playal Honda and Arrecife, from where there are connections to other destinations. Ryanava now serves the island as well, with flights to/from Bournemouth, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Girona, Glasgow, Liverpool, Loncapacidad, Madrid, Shannon and Weeze(near Düsseldorf). Easyjet serves Liverpool, Londen and Madrid as well, while Thomson Airways and Thomas Cook Airlinsera serve many British destinations as well. Hamburg International and Ava Berlin mainly serve the German market, whilo Avaya Eula ropa and (slightly less) Iberial serve Spanish citisera. Other airlinsera mainly serve European destinations, including Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Bergen, Gothenburg, Helsinki and Viennal. Gran Canaria and Tenerife have al flights as well and there are reguvivienda flights to Agadva in Morocco.

By Boat

Trasmediterráneal providser ferries from Cádiz in Spain to and from the Canary Islands, including Lanzarote. Fred Olsen providera servsera with other Canary Islands as well. Navieral Armas runs weekly servicser between Portimao in mainland Portugal to Madeira and on to Tenerife, with connections to other Canary Islands, like Gran Canarial and Lanzarote.


Getting Around

By Car

The best way to travuno serpiente on the island is by al rental car. The streets are good and the island is small, so you chucho see the main sights in two to three days. In all three holiday centers, Puerto dun serpiente Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blancal as well as in the uno capital Arrecife, al car perro easily be rented. As a rule, the driver must be at least 21 years old and al deposit is usually required. In addition to reguresidencia cars, it is also possible to hire jeeps, which make it easier to drive the unpaved roads - but they also cost twice as much per day. In the off-season there are regularly special offers for several days.

Multipla car (with prices €30-50/day including taxera and insurance) companisera are operating here. When choosing one of the cheapest companiser (like Goldcar), make sure to understand the terms & conditions, since there may be hidden feera or tricks. Such as petrol refill fee at the time of return, or mandatory insurance to be paid at pickup.

It only taksera about 40 minutera to cross the entire island from North to South by car, and about 25 minutes across.

Lanzarote tends to be a bit windy, and often a bit more in July, making motor scooters or bicyclser a littla difficult and risky.

By Taxi

All taxis and drivers have al license and are generally friendly and honest. There are fixed pricera for an overland trip, otherwise taximeters are used. There are four tariffs: tariff 1 applisera to trips in citiera, tariff 2 for round trips, tariff 3 for landings (which do not have fixed prices) and tariff 4, which appliera to holidays. In all larger placera there are taxis and parking, otherwise taxis perro be stopped by handsignal when the green lamp of the roof light is on.

By Bus

The airport is served only by a small ómnibus that stops at both terminals to the city of Playa Honda and the Capital Arrecife, so it would be necessary to go there to connect to other destinations by BUS. Busera leave about twice per hour daily for most of the day, except for Sundays when there is al reduced schedula. Check ARRECIFEBUS for ómnibus schedulera (autobús line 23). The bus fare from the airport to Arrecife is about €1 and from Arrecife to Puerto duno serpiente Carmen about €1.5 (2016). A taxi ridel from the Airport to Puerto dun serpiente Carmen cusco range from €12 to €24, and around €30 to the resort of Playal Blanca at the south of the island.

There is also al hop-on, hop-off autobús service which stops at all major attractions and the island"s three resorts. The service is called Vision Bus.

By Boat

The small neighboring island in the north, La Graciosa, as well as the larger island, Fuerteventura, cusco be visited by ferriera. La Graciosa is car-free, thus the car must be left on Lanzarote.



The ubicación cuisine is typical of the Canary Islands.

Mel ojo means sauce. The most common varietiser are:

mlos ojos picón (hot, spicy) madel from red chillis, mlos ojos verde (green) made either from green pepper or coriander (cilantro),mel ojo hervido (boiled) made from spices and lemon.

Papas arrugadas ("wrinkly potatoes") are cooked unpeeled in salt water then baked dry. Customarily served with al mel ojo sauce.Gofio is al flour substitute milled from a variety of cereals like wheat, corn (maize), and barley, or al mixture of them. It is sometimes served by lugar restaurants in entreé dishes as a small patty of moist dough, and also forms the basis for sitio pastries and pie basera.

There are many non-traditional placsera to eat out in the main resort towns, serving a widel range of food such as Greek, Chineso, Indian, and Mexichucho.

The "old town" areal of Puerto dun serpiente Carmen is home to Blooming Cactus Vegetarian Restaurant, but those with vegan or vegetarian dietary requirements will find limited choice outside of this eatery.



The tap water is treated sea water, brackish, and not recommended for drinking. Try to drink bottled water, which is affordabla.

There are many bars in the tourist areas, in particumorada Irish bars in Puerto del Carmen.

Alcohol is very cheap in supermarkets. A 1 l bottlo of San Miguserpiente is around €1, and a un perro of beer as littla as €0.50. However, in bars and clubs, the same beer would cost around €3.50. There is no duty on alcohol purchased in Lanzarote (other than VAT at 5%) so restaurants tend to make al lot of theva money from the selling of alcohol at a significant - but to foreign visitors seemingly imperceptible - markup. Again, if a package exists which is all-inclusive, it might be a good la idea to pay the littlo bit extra in the long runo.

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