Five things you must do when you visit Lanzarote

November 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Lanzarote Attractions

Lanzarote is one of the most stunning and geologically diverse islands in the Canaries. With a unique, rich history it makes visiting the well worth your while.

Interestingly, the island also has been a popular filming location for years. One Million Years B.C. starring Raquel Welch was filmed here in the sixties, as were the films Enemy Mine and Broken Embraces.

Here are five things that you should do on a trip to Lanzarote:

1) Visit the Museum of International and Contemporary Art

This museum not only has a wide variety of art, it also has a great restaurant with a stunning view of the main port. Local artist and architect Cesar Manrique was given the task of renovating and rehabilitating the site for tourism purposes.

Located in the Castillo de San José, the museum was built in 1774 as a public works project. The old fortress is charming and beautiful – a great place to spend the day while you’re in Lanzarote.

2) Rancho Texas Park

This American-themed amusement park is well worth dropping into for a few hours. There’s a Native American village, animals ranging from alligators to prairie dogs, and a ‘Lilliput’ farm straight from the pages of Gulliver’s Travels.

The park remains open during the evenings, and there is accommodation if you’re interested in spending the night there.

Lanzarote3) Timanfaya National Park

Marked as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Timanfaya National Park is absolutely gorgeous and should be a priority for anyone visiting Lanzarote.

Volcanic activity still occurs here and nearly the entire park is made up of volcanic soil as a result. Tour guides can even help you ‘create’ your own artificial geyser by pouring water down a magma chamber – plunging to depths of 3 km underground.

4) Cueva de los Verdes

These utterly magnificent caves are located in the north of the island. Formed by volcanic activity around 3,000 years ago, a tunnel now stretches out under the ground for four miles.

There are also six miles of lava-constructed tunnels that lead from the crater to deep below the ocean surface.

5) Mirador del Rio

Located nearly 500 metres above sea level, the Mirador del Rio is found in a spot where a battery of canons was located during the Spanish-American conflict over Cuba in 1898. It has a restaurant and terrace that offers the most stunning view that you can find anywhere on the island of Lanzarote.

The interiors of the café were also used in an episode of Doctor Who in the 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

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