We recently went to Lanzarote for 10 days. Especially in winter it is particularly pleasant in terms of temperature. In addition to excellent dive sites, there are plenty of nice villages and other attractive locations to visit on this volcanic Spanish island. You will often come across the name Cezar Manrique.
We have been on the road with a rental car every day. Our 11 nice places on Lanzarote are (in random order):
Puerto del Carmen
This is a very elongated holiday resort with an old center near the harbor where you will not be bored. The boulevard, Avenida de las Playas of over 4 km, is very suitable for taking a wonderful walk or bike ride. When hungry or thirsty, you will find plenty of food and beverage outlets. The beaches are among the most beautiful on the island and if you like diving then we can recommend you an address!
The marina is central in this village near Puerto del Carmen. You will find many cozy restaurants and every now and then even a real submarine sails in and out of the harbor.
Originally this was a small fishing village, but is now a real tourist attraction. We found the lighthouse on Punta Pechiguera a wonderful location to view the violence of the ocean.
The old center is cozy and the harbor is attractive, because there are plenty of restaurants and shops and the boats leave for Fuerteventura and Playa Papagayo here.
Marina Rubicón is a newer part and is a large luxury marina with the necessary entertainment. You will find plenty places to eat and shop expensive.
This former island capital has a colonial past and you will find cozy streets with cobblestones and squares with all white buildings. On Sunday morning, the normally oh-so-quiet town seems to be a large tourist magnet because of the market.
From the Castillo de Santa Barbara you have a great view of the city and the surrounding area.
This small village has some fish restaurants and a striking building on the pier. The blue house or Casa Juanita was built in 1919 and a huge number of photos have been taken of it.
This beautiful white town that is worth walking through is surrounded by numerous palm trees.
Just outside the village lies a mirador at height that offers a beautiful view of this part of the island.
Orzola is a quiet village where the boat to the small island of La Graciosa departs. The village itself we found not so interesting, but the ride to and from it itself sure is. On our way there we passed the lava tunnels of Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Aqua, the last of which we visited. Manrique helped a hand here and the white little lobsters were worth a visit.
After Orzola we enjoyed the breathtaking view from the Mirador del Rio. The originally military observation post on a steep mountainside now offers a wide panorama of El Rio and La Graciosa.
This place is an authentic fishing village. For athletes, the nearby Club La Santa complex is the location for training.
Surfers can indulge in the Playa de Famara, which is approximately halfway between La Santa and Haría.
The current capital of the island was originally the natural harbor of the old capital of Teguise. Arrecife means “reef”. This place is particularly suitable for a wonderful walk on the boulevard and along the ports.
Our route started at the beginning of the artificial beach Playa del Reductor. From a distance you can already see the large and highest hotel on the island and then we passed by locals playing dominoe. The tourist information is located in the large kiosk on Avenida La Marina. The oldest building, Castillo de San Gabriel, is a feast for the eyes and houses a museum. If you stroll further down the boulevard you suddenly see the natural and shallow harbor, Charco de San Ginés, with many colorful fishing boats near the church. Further east you will come to the commercial ports and the Castillo de San José. The city center itself did not really appeal to us. We do not recommend parking in the city. Tricky and pricey! We parked for free on the outskirts of the city.
From this high altitude village you have a beautiful view over Playa Blanca, the small island of Lobos and Fuerteventura. You will also find one of the oldest churches on the island here.
You can drive a loop to visit this small coastal town. It is certainly worth taking a break at Salinas de Janubio. From the restaurant you have a beautiful view over the salt pans. Then you drive along a rugged coast towards El Golfo. Just in front of the village you can park and take a walk to a viewpoint. From there you have a great view of the green crater lake Charco de los Clicos. On the other side of the village, where you will find many restaurants, is the Timanfaya National Park that is certainly worth a visit. However, the official entrance is on the road between Yaiza and Tinajo. Here you can walk along the sea and in between the lava rocks.
The volcanic eruptions in the 18th century have formed a lunar landscape. There is still some volcanic activity. When you enter the park you come to a visitor center. Here meat is cooked using the volcanic heat.
It is not possible to further visit this park by car, but buses run through the landscape over the narrow roads. The bus will take you through the moon landscape in just over half an hour. This ride is included in the entrance fee.
Do you afterwards feel like a glass of wine….
At La Geria you will even find viticulture on the black lava soil. Basalt walls provide shelter for the plants and that the dew benefits the plants.
Do you know any nice places that we didn’t mention here, let us know!