PLACES OF INTEREST
TIMANFAYA NATIONAL PARK
The importance of protecting an area of valuable ecological significance led to the declaration of Timanfaya as a national park through the Decree of August 9th, 1974, and this was confirmed by law in 1981.
After this, the autonomous Canarian Government, in an effort to preserve this natural space, initiated a new protection policy that led to the the declaration of the Natural Spaces Law in 1987, which was enforced in 1994 by the Canaries Natural Spaces law. In total, it occupies an area of 51.07 km² in the south west of the island. The entire park is of volcanic origin – the Timanfaya volcanoes. The most recent eruptions took place between the years of 1730 and 1736, in the 18th century.
Among its most famous volcanoes are the Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains), la Caldera del Corazoncillo (Little Heart Cauldron) and the Montaña Rajada (Cracked Mountain).
Within the area there are numerous sites of particular scientific, geological and geomorphological interest, as well as sites of idyllic beauty. High temperatures, close to 600°C, are measured at just 10 metres under ground.
CÉSAR MANRIQUE FOUNDATION
The César Manrique Foundation is the island’s cultural centre par excellence that has won international recognition not only because it houses some of the works of the world famous artist, but also because it exhibits Manrique´s private collection of some prestigious artists such as Picasso, Miró, Chillida, Klee… etc.
The César Manrique Foundation (FCM) was inaugurated on March 27th 1992 in the presence of its founder, César Manrique, and the then Minister of Culture, Jordi Solé Tura.
On April 1st of the same year, its offices, located in the former living of the artist, in Taro de Tahíche, Lanzarote, where opened to the public.
The premises on which the headquarters the César Manrique Foundation are now situated consist of the artist’s house, the former servants’ quarters and the garages.
The house is built on an 30,000 m² estate, spreading over an outflow of volcanic lava from the eruptions occurring on the island in the period from 1730 to 1736. César Manrique chose this site on his return from New York, when he decided to settle in Lanzarote for good. In 1968, he began to build this, his own domestic architectural work.
The building, erected on five very large, natural, volcanic bubbles, has an inhabitable surface area of 1,800 m², distributed at two levels.
In addition, there are terraces and gardens measuring 1,200 m² and a parking lot with a surface area of 2,900 m².
The entire area just described was renovated by César Manrique for the purpose of adapting it to its new function as a museum and administrative and services infrastructure.
Almost, all the activities organised by the FCM are free of charge. The César Manrique Foundation is a non-profit-making private cultural institution operating on a self-financing basis. The two main ways in which it raises resources are the sale of tickets for admission into the museum and merchandising.
JAMEOS DEL AGUA
One of the most interesting galleries of connecting caves and underground grottos in the world lies to the north of Lanzarote, at the foot of the volcano Monte de la Corona which erupted around 3.000 years ago.
A jameo is formed when a tunnel ceiling collapses, most often occurring when its width exceeds twenty meters, or when gases accumulate and explode.
Only a jameo reveals the presence of volcanic passages and allows their routes to be traced. The Jameos del Agua was artistically developed for viewing by César Manrique in 1968. Through a winding staircase visitors enter into the Jameo Grande, a roofless volcanic bubble 100 m. long and 30 m. wide, and from there into a magnificent garden with a large swimming pool.
A dance floor and two bars built into the niches formed by the rocks create and exciting night club.
A concert cave opens up towards the end of Jameo Grande. This astonishing hall with its wonderful natural acoustics offers an unique setting for concerts and ballet performances. At the foot of this cave is a large stage that extends into the next volcanic bubble called Jameo de la Cazuela, the latest to be made accessible to the public.
A few native and non-native species of animals live here some permanently, others temporarily. The most emblematic is the blind albino crab, a rare and delicate marine crustacean. The final touch sought by César Manrique to impress the visitor is the incorporation of a small number of extra elements, like the plants and the pool, that have now become an intrinsic part of Jameos.
CUEVA DE LOS VERDES –THE GREEN CAVES
La Cueva de los Verdes, in the northern part of Lanzarote, to the south-east of the volcano Monte de la Corona, forms part of a spectacular system of underground grottoes (the jameos). It is not only one of the most interesting volcanic formations on the island, but is also one of the longest volcanic galleries in the world (6 km long).
The caves and galleries were created as a result of a prehistoric eruption from the volcano Monte Corona between three and five thousand years ago when a major stream of lava was ejected toward the east coast into in the sea.
The surface of the lava cooled rapidly and hardened, whilst steaming lava continued to flow underneath the petrified basaltic
Hollowed out spaces were created which subsequently exploded once inflated by gases. This was not an isolated phenomenon since there are two superimposed galleries connected to one another by random vertical cavities.
In 1964 a 2 km long path-way was opened to visitors. Sophisticated lighting was added to lend theatrical effects to this wonder of nature.
During the XVII century the caves offered refuge to local people from pirates and slave hunters.
El Golfo is truly one of the rarest examples of hidrovolcanism, volcanic activity that takes place at low altitude. The lake that emerged in the area was given the name Laguna de los Clicos. The tiny seaside village of El Golfo is famous for the Charco de Los Clicos (green lagoon), the delicious fresh fish lunches enjoyed overlooking the sea.
Translated to “The boiling pots”- this is a fantastic display of force and energy. Found on the road to El Golfo, this cliff lined coast with a cascade of tangled shapes and deep clefts into which the ocean surges and roars, creating the sound that gives it this strange name.
MIRADOR DEL RIO
A Mirador is a constructed viewing point, and the Mirador del Río is the most important of the many built by the Lanzarote artist, architect, painter and sculptor, César Manrique. The Mirador provides a breathtaking view of the entire Chinijo archipelago, in particular the view of the island of La Graciosa, and a visual effect that would normally only be seen by parachutists.
CACTUS GARDEN “JARDIN DE CACTUS”
In this Cactarium, all of the species are cultivated in a volcanic stone (volcanic pebbles or shingle) that the locals use for their planting, as it remains damp for a long period. César Manrique found the site of the old disused quarry (el antiguo rofero) and mill (el molino) in Guatiza in the seventies and although work began in 1976, the Jardín de Cactus wasn’t inaugurated until much later in 1990, this would be César’s last project in Lanzarote before his untimely death in 1992.
You know you’ve arrived at the Jardín de Cactus when you pull off the road through Guatiza and park in the shadow of the awesome cactus sculpture. The metal gates have been forged into spikey cactus’s and its impossible to glimpse past the “taro” (shepherds style hut) at the entrance to see what lies beyond.
The Sunday market in the village of Teguise. An early start is advised as the stalls start to pack up early afternoon. If you can endure the hustle ‘n’ bustle then you may pick up a few bargains – not forgetting in many cases you can do quite a bit of bartering on the first offered price!
RANCHO TEXAS PARK
Rancho Texas Park is an excursion that is fun for all the family, located in Puerto Del Carmen, this park offers a spectacular bird show, crocodiles and a parrot show. You will find a large selection of tropical birds and some very large lizards within the grounds. The latest addition to this park is the white tigers which is a must see.
Rancho Texas also offers Country and Western Nights. This is a all inclusive night with an eat as much as you like western BBQ, free flowing beer, sangria and soft drinks. Live music and entertainment Cowboys, indians and saloon girls Line dance show, horse riding and a bouncy castle for the kids.
Why not read our indepth guide on Rancho Texas? You can also read our Rancho Texas theme night Guide.
Below are some Pictures of Rancho Texas Park.
Visiting Hours: 09:30 to 17:30
You can also contact via Phone
Phone: 928 84 12 86
Aqualava Waterpark Relaxia – Playa Blanca
There is an water park located at the end of the road at The Paradise Island Hotel. The water park is home to many different slides and pools (including child slides / pool) making it a great family day out.
There are many different rides from the very fast to the more relaxed rubber rings. There are lifeguards on duty meaning you should feel safe leaving your children to adventure around on there own.
Avenida de Gran Canaria S/N | Parcela 26, Montana Roja, 35580 Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain
MegaFun is an excursion that will take your around Lanzarote on a Quad Bike. This excursion is not for the faint of heart, you are quickly taken around some of the most stunning parts of the Island on road but 80% off road.
Through out the excursion you will be able to stop for a drink and to take pictures of the Island. The main trip will last around 3 hours from start to finish and it can be quite tiring.
Drivers MUST have a valid driving licence.
You can contact via Phone.
Phone: 928 51 28 93
10:30 am and 14:00 pm
DEEP SEA FISHING
Deep Sea Fishing on the Blue Delfin Uno is a popular fishing excursion that leaves from the old harbour in Playa Blanca.
The trip leaves at 10:00 in the morning and you will arrive back around 17:00. The boat which is ideal for everyone (including children) is very well equipped with all the latest fishing equipment (rods, reels, fish finder) and bait to ensure you will catch something.