Lanzarote — Attractions
Lanzarote is more than just a beach escape with thousands of years of almost untouched lands. From the stunning rocky shores and bays that dot the coastline to the eerie, volcanic landscape that blanket the northern reaches, Lanzarote can be described as an island of contrasts. Timanfaya National Park in the west is the main attraction, boasting a magnificent mountain and volcanic hills. Manmade sites like the intriguing Agricola Museum in the town of Tiagua are also popular.
Timanfaya National Park
This reserve makes up most of the Lanzarote Biosphere that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. The landscape of the park is quite unique, as it entirely consists of volcanic soil which blanketed the region following the great eruption of 1730 and has barely changed since. The main attraction is the Mountain of Fire, which can be toured by buses with guides in several languages. There is a restaurant at the top of the mountain, so you can enjoy delectable cuisine with a great view.
Address: Crta. de Yaiza a Tinajo, km 11,5 35560 Tinajo
Although not actually on the island of Lanzarote, Alegranza is an uninhabited island off the coast of the Teguise province, so it is officially part of the district. It is the most-northerly part of the Canary Islands, and a section of the Chinijo Archipelago National Park. One of the main features is the Lighthouse of Punta Delgada. First built in 1865, it was made an historic national monument of Spain just over a decade ago.
Address: Alegranza, Lanzarote
A fantastic place for history enthusiasts and an off-the-beaten path attraction, the Agricola Museum is located in the town of Tiagua and takes visitors back to the bygone years of Lanzarote. The museum focuses upon the farmers of yesteryear, offering an in-depth look at the tools used by original inhabitants of the island. In addition, an operating farm which uses techniques from early civilizations can be explored Monday through Saturday.
Address: Calle de Echeyde, 18, 35530, Teguise, Lanzarote
Whales and Dolphins Museum
The Whales and Dolphins Museum is found within the marina zone of the town of Puerto Calero, and is perfect for families visiting Lanzarote. Due to the abundance of marine mammals found in the Canary Islands, this museum is quite popular especially during migratory seasons. Learn about their skeletal structure, migration habits, feeding, and more.
Address: Marina Puerto Calero, Edificio Atiguo Varadero, Lanzarote
In Spanish, the caves are called Cueva de los Verdes, but the English version is commonly used. The site is a lava tube that was created about 3,000 years ago, and in the 1960’s, the local government saw the potential for tourism, illuminating and developing it for visitors. The cave extends about four miles above ground and another mile or two below sea level. The 500-seat concert hall is one of the main attractions.
Address: Carretera de Orzola, 35542, Haria, Lanzarote
Vineyards of La Geria
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the beautiful vineyards are among Lanzarote’s most visited spots. Nestled in the hilly region of La Geria, this wine-making area famous for the way it’s operated as much as the product itself. Traditional farming techniques which include individual, curved walls for each vine are still implemented, which are designed to capture as much water from rainfall as possible to create a lush growing environment.
Address: La Geria, Lanzarote, Canary Islands