Also known as Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains), this area affords an interesting variety of geological phenomena and contains a particular endemic flora due to the high subterranean temperature. All this makes Timanfaya a living laboratory for biological research and one of the most exceptional natural habitats in Europe. UNESCO designated the Timanfaya volcanic field as a national park in 1993.
Low, sugar-lump houses and over six kilometres of golden sandy beaches: welcome to Lanzarote’s luxury tourist centre. Puerto del Carmen has much to offer when it comes to restaurants, nightlife and shopping. With good wines and evening strolls on the beach promenade, it is a life-affirming experience.
The house of world-renowned architect César Manrique is located in the northern part of Lanzarote, more precisely in Harìa. In this little village, where people maintain the traditional way of living, the architect found the right inspiration for his impressive works and decided to make it his home. The house is today a museum dedicated to Manrique's life and work.
27 kilometres north from Arrecife you will find some of the most spectacular caves in the world. When the Corona volcano erupted 3,000 years ago, the Jameos del Agua subterranean complex was formed. Here you can see all manner of volcanic formations, from lakes to caves, and even courtyards and a subterranean auditorium where concerts are often held. Cueva de los Verdes is adjacent, with its 7 kilometre-long tunnels and a subterranean lake in its largest cave.
This modern art gallery is housed in the old military fortress of San José, built in the 18th century to protect the island from pirate attacks. The historical building, combined with the contemporary artworks on display, create a particular contrast which makes this museum unique.
Just outside Playa del Carmen, this park hosts and protects exotic animals of all sorts, such as white tigers, cougars and various reptiles. It is the ideal place to spend a fun and instructive day with the entire family. Animal shows and horse riding are just two of the many activities that you can enjoy here. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit so as not to miss out on the water park.
The Los Hervidos pathways, built on cliffs overlooking the ocean, give you the opportunity to admire as waters stream with dramatic power into volcanic caves. If the ocean is particularly rough, the sound can be deafening. Enjoy also the spectacular scenery from the pathways.
Lanzarote, like the rest of the Canaries, is an island with perfect surfing conditions. The peak season with the best waves is normally between November and late March, but surfing can be done all year round. One of the best beaches is Las Cucharas Beach, where it is also possible to practice and learn wind-surfing and kite-surfing.
Aquapark Costa Teguise provides fun for the whole family. Waterslides and pools for all ages, but also Adventure Park and paintball, make this a perfect place to visit. Inside the park, you can also find restaurants and shops, and shows of all kinds are held at night.
This big garden boasts more than a thousand different types pf cactus. It is of great interest for both children and adults for being educational but also fun. César Manrique is the man behind this project. For this reason, you will see his works scattered all around the garden.
This unique viewpoint is one of the most renowned works by César Manrique. From the decks hanging off the cliffs, you will have a great view over the north western coast of the island and the nearby Isla Graciosa. And if you are afraid of heights, don't worry! You can also enjoy the view from the indoor room.
Pardelas Park is a traditional Canarian farm where children can learn to come into contact with nature, thanks to various activities thought out especially for them. They can ride donkeys, feed and pet animals and try making pottery. And for the rest of the family, the farm has its own restaurant where it is possible to enjoy a lunch with local tapas and wine.
All of the Canary Islands have a history of pirates. This castle from the 16th century was not only built to protect Lanzarote from intruders, but also to be a refuge for the locals in case of attacks. Today the Piracy Museum is housed in the amazing Santa Barbara castle.
This small museum shows the history of life on Lanzarote. Indeed, its location in San Bartolomé de Ajey is not a coincidence: this village was one of the first settlement on the island. You will find the museum in a malmsey laboratory built almost 300 years ago. In addition to the permanent exhibition, it also hosts varied expos on a regular basis.
This beach, adjacent to Papagayo, is characterised by its white sand and the atmosphere of a genuine fishing village. It is the ideal for place families and water sports enthusiasts. From here it also possible take the ferries to Fuerteventura and the other islands of the archipelago.
Playa El Reducto is the largest beach in Arrecife, capital of the island. This bay has a circular shape, which protects the coast from the strongest oceanic flows. For this reason, it is the perfect beach for leisurely swimming with the entire family. On the seafront you will find plenty of bars and restaurants.
This lovely beach located between Tías and San Bartolomé is well-known by naturist and nudist travelers. It is characterised by fine white sand, and windy weather, which makes this place perfect also for kite surfing. Playa de Guacimeta is one of the nearest to the airport, and for this reason is always livened up by the presence of tourists and visitors.
This beautiful beach with golden sand is located between Arrecife and the airport. Even if it is not among the largest beaches of the island, the allure and the tranquillity of this place attract numerous locals. If you want to spend a day away from the crowd of Lanzarote's most tourist areas, this beach can be the ideal spot.
Caleta del Mojon Blanco is located in Punta Prieta, the northern part of the island. This particular beach is formed by several little coves with white sand where you can relax being sure to find some privacy. It is also frequented by local fishermen early in the morning.
This restaurant is considered to be one of the Canary Islands’ best with regard to service. Furthermore, it is rated best for food and ambience in most surveys. La Cañada Restaurant can host up to 100 people, but they manage to make each and every guest feel well taken care of.
Located in Caleta de Famara, El Risco brings a taste of elegance and authenticity. The location of this restaurant is beautiful, in particular thanks to its terrace on the ocean. Fresh fish and local recipes are served to customers by the friendly and professional staff, who will make you feel at home. Don't miss the seafood patè, fried goat cheese and crepes filled with seafood and spinach.
This Spanish chain became a reference thanks to its unmistakable "montaditos". These are little sandwiches filled with typical Spanish specialties, both salty and sweet. You can choose whatever you prefer from a list of (of course) 100 montaditos, and accompany them with a cold beer or wine.
Located in the Timanfaya Reserve, this restaurant specialises in grilling on real volcanic embers. You can choose between meat and fish dishes, but the real strength of this eatery is the location. El Diablo is situated on a real volcano, which is why the atmosphere here is both romantic and thrilling.
Call La Cabaña Restaurante and make a reservation in good time, as it tends to fill up pretty fast. This eatery is considered one of the best in Lanzarote. Here, the combination of fresh quality products, superior service and passion for cooking creates a special dining experience.
With a spectacular view of the north western part of the island, this bar/grill offers tasty food from the grill accompanied by fresh side orders. Besides being the ideal place for meat lovers, at the Grillen even vegetarians won't be disappointed with the wide array of dishes designed especially for them.
At Casa Cabaña, the menu gives you a choice of various freshly made dishes and desserts. If you come here twice you will probably see that the menu might have changed. As a matter of fact, the owners do their best to update it on a regular basis. However, the restaurant's two signature dishes that you will always find here are the popular Beef Wellington and Calves Liver and Bacon.
The Atlantico Bar Restaurant is a tiny eatery in Playa Blanca. It is not the easiest place to find, but it is well worth the try. The restaurant is all about Portuguese gourmet food, which you can get to know thanks to its varied menu. Final touch: a friendly and prepared staff, who can accompany you in the discovery of this particular cuisine.
In the Old Town of Puerto del Carmen you can find the only genuine Mexican restaurant on Lanzarote. The eatery's owner and chef are native Mexicans, so all the dishes served here are the result of traditional recipes collected in Mexico. It is the perfect place for a real taste of Mexico.
Friends Bar & Restaurant serves delicious homemade food at reasonable prices. Pizza, burgers, salads and pastas are some of the dishes you will find on the menu. If you happen to visit the island during the weekend, make sure not to miss their popular Sunday dinner.
Caffè Aroma is a small snack bar serving fresh sandwiches made on request. They are famous for their artistic baked creations, which you can accompany with a wide range of coffees and teas. A speciality of the house are Aroma's homemade scones with jam and cream; they will certainly make your mouth water.
This ice cream parlour is located in Playa Blanca, on the southern part of the island. Here you will find dozens of ice cream flavours, but also pastries and other desserts. Special offers are available for take away cones and child portions. It is not a coincidence that it is a favourite among children of all ages.
This family-run café can boast imaginative pastries baked to perfection, but if you are more one for salty snacks, you can choose from a wide variety of products, as well. Jonnie Bakes is very popular in Lanzarote for its modernity and creativity, and you will always find something new to try.
This ice cream parlour, located near Las Cucharas beach, is considered one of the best in Lanzarote and the Canary Islands. It offers a great variety of haute cuisine ice cream products, often made of unusual ingredients such as foie gras, sea urchin, truffle oil and wasabi. If you are a sweet tooth try to accompany your ice cream with a fresh waffle.
In the heart of the island's capital, this cafe offers a sweet Spanish specialty: churros. No matter the season, this delicacy is so delightful that you can never really get enough of it. Though churros are the house speciality, you can also find sandwiches and lunch menus of various kinds.
It is not always easy to find a good brunch in southern Europe, but Yum Yum, in Playa Blanca, solves this problem offering delicious breakfasts, brunches and meals in perfect English style. Despite its tiny dimensions you can smell the delightful aromas from the street, tempting you to come in and give it a try.
El Cafè de Manny is renowned for its lively atmosphere and varied activities. Besides the numerous parties organised during festivities, you can also join weekly meetings for cultural exchanges and live concerts. Even the location is ideal for a relaxing break near the ocean.
This cafe/bar/pizzeria, located among the shopping streets of Playa Blanca, is one of the most popular meeting places of Lanzarote. The Italian staff will delight you with their experience and affability, just as they do with the locals. It can be crowded at peak hours, but there's a reason for that.
Brown Deli is a stylish deli shop located in Costa Teguise. If you want to have a healthy and energizing breakfast, this is the place to come. Tasty fresh salads, rolls and daily meals, to take away or to enjoy on the terrace with free Wi-Fi access, in a friendly and chatty atmosphere.
This lovely bar serves great food and delicious drinks. It is well-frequented all day long thanks to its amazing cuisine, and the frequent screenings of live sports events. On warm nights you can even take a dip in the pool. Since it is quite affordable, it tends to be busy and animated.
Wax Bar is a good place if you feel the itch for sports. It stands out from the crowd as a British-owned bar, which attracts both locals and tourists of every nationality. Every night there's something going on here: from karaoke contests, to quiz nights to themes parties of every kind.
In an intimate bay, near Playa Blanca, you can find the Marina Rubicón harbour. In the amazing surroundings of one of most important tourist destination in Spain, you will find plenty of elegant bars and restaurants, often offering live music or other kinds of entertainment.
Bluebells is a sports pub dedicated to the Glasgow Rangers. Of course, you can see all of their games here and the entire place is decorated in the team's blue paraphernalia. In addition to the ice-cold beers, you can order great food from their pub menu, in a lively and friendly atmosphere typical of a Scottish sports pub.
If you a looking for a nice and calm venue, where you can simply relax with an ice-cold beer or a colourful cocktail, you can count on Lounge Bar. It is ideally located in the heart of Faro Park, right in the middle of the wilderness of the island, which gives the place a peaceful and lovely atmosphere.
If you are a philosopher drinker, and you prefer places where you can linger over a drink, go to the Dickens Cocktail Bar. It offers a cosy atmosphere, perfect for late-night conversations, but it can also accommodate sports enthusiasts, since it also shows some of the best games on its large TV screen.
This classy estate is situated within La Geria National Park, which is the main growing region of the famous Malvasia and Moscatel grape. Besides the cantina, where you can try the delicious local wines, you will also enjoy interesting live concerts of every genre: from jazz to funk and soul, and even classical music.
Heineken Harbour boasts an amazing terrace, located in the city of Puerto del Carmen. Enjoy the impressive varieties of cocktails and beverages available here, while dancing to music videos from every decade. Being well-frequented by both locals and tourists, it's sure to be one hell of a party.
This club rules Playa Blanca's nightlife, right in the tourist centre of Lanzarote. Thanks to its ideal location between the city and the seafront at Playa Dorada, Jungle's terrace is always crowded with youngsters ready for a party, running wild on the jungle-themed dancefloor.
The only question is when to visit: lunch, night or sunrise? Indeed, this bar is ideal for any moment of your holiday. At night, La Ola is full of people enjoying their cocktails and beers in its relaxed and unique ambience, furnished with hammocks, beanbag chairs and sofas, all in an Oriental style.
In Lanzarote’s old capital, Teguise, there is a market every Sunday from 8:30am to 2pm. Here you can find everything from jewellery and paintings to local wines. Furthermore, locals normally go there to do their weekly shopping, as it offers fresh and local products of all sorts.
On Friday evenings Pueblo Marinero is animated by an arts and crafts market. Despite its fairly small size, you can find a great variety crafts, which makes it the perfect place to find nice souvenirs while taking a relaxing walk in this lovely village.
Esennia offers a wide range of high-end cosmetic products and perfumes, from all the major international brands. Moreover, you can also find the prêt-à-porter collections of some of the main Spanish chains. It is only possible to visit the shop in person on the Canary Islands, but you can easily enjoy their affordable prices online from all over the world.
On the main road just outside Ye you can find this family-run shop. Visitors are made to feel very welcome by the friendly staff and invited to sample some of the products on offer. The selection of wines, spirits and cactus liquor is impressive, as well as local cheeses, jams, gifts and much more.
Quesería El Faro is a family-run enterprise founded more than 45 years ago by a couple of cheese makers. Today their work is continued by their sons, operating in the same way as their parents used to. Tradition and passion make this shop and its products well-known in Lanzarote.
This little place is both a shop and an art gallery. Certainly, you will find the perfect souvenir here among artworks and refined wines. The owner and creator of a great part of the watercolours presented here will welcome you in his small studio and guide you through his works.
NAO is a relatively new brewery which produces a wide variety of special and exclusive beers. The aim of this company is to employ the best Canarian raw materials to create tasty and unique beers, which can actually be called Canarian. NAO is located in Arrecife, and before to buy some delicious beers to take with you, you can also sit down at the bar to try them all.
Born out of the encounter of two enthusiasts of good drinks and food, Territorio Sibarita is a fascinating gastro-shop offering local excellence, both in gastronomy and wine production. This is one of the top three wine houses in the entire archipelago, so if you are looking for some typical quality products, this is the place to go.
This tiny shop, located in the centre of Haria, offers a wide choice of purses, belts, handbags and many other leather goods. Everything is handmade and colourful, according to Spanish custom. Since everything created by the owners, you can be sure to find truly unique items, different from those sold in the many souvenir shops around the island.
The Centro Comercial Biosfera Plaza, located in the very centre of Puerto del Carmen, can offer the perfect shopping experience for the entire family. In it, you will find not only the best clothes shops on the island, such as Zara, Levi's, Guess and Bianco, but also many bars and cafes where you can take a pleasant break from shopping.
Lanzarote Airport (ACE) is located near the island's capital. The local bus (n. 22) stops right outside the Arrivals Hall, and the journey to Arrecife takes around 15 to 25 minutes. The shuttle service runs to the airport from 6.55am to 10.30pm, and to the city from 7am to 10.40pm. Taxis and car rental companies, like Avis and Europcar, are represented at the airport. It is strongly suggested to avoid taxis from points other than the official taxi rank.
Distances on the island of Lanzarote are not great, and getting about by local bus is easy. Most places of interest are accessible by local transport, and all resorts are reached via Arrecife. Information about prices and lines are available on the website, where you can also find out about discounts and passes.
There are plenty of taxis in the large tourist resorts, but remember that public transport is good and often significantly cheaper, and that you can easily rent a car here. It is strongly recommended to use only official taxis, recognisable by their white and red cars. You can always find some of them in their ranks, usually located near the central station of the city. Each part of the island has its own company. You can find all contacts at www.lanzarote.com/taxis/
Post offices are generally open only during the morning and early afternoon, and they are closed on Sunday. Stamps are also available from tobacconists and newsstands. The contact information below refers to the main post office in Arrecife, but you can get information about the other offices on the Spanish postal service's website.
Country code: +34 Area code: 0928 All of the Centres of Art, Culture & Tourism in Lanzarote have free WiFi available. Furthermore, Teguise city council added free WiFi hotspots in its municipality, currently including Playa Las Cucharas, the Pirate Museum and various points in the old capital.