Most people visit the island for its beaches but if you get bored lying in the sun there are many other interesting things to do in Lanzarote. Whether you choose to go on organized excursions or make your own way there by hire car or local transport here are some places you may like to visit.
There are all manner of activities such as horse and camel riding, the aqua park, boat trips, submarine trips, a day out fishing and excursions to the capital town but for something a little different have a look at a few suggestions below.
The Cesar Manrique Foundation
Cesar Manrique is an architect and artist who, after travelling around the world, settled on the island of Lanzarote. He wanted to enrich the beauty of the island and prevent it from being spoilt and his works of art now cover several parts of Lanzarote including the caves in the north and the Mirador del Rio.
This man is responsible for the much welcome laws about how high a building can be erected in Lanzarote, the colours the buildings have to be painted and the fact that there are no huge advertisement boards, all factors towards keeping the island as unspoilt as possible.
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When you travel from one end of the island to the other you will see many of his huge steel structures known as “wind toys” and you will know instantly that these are his works. His home, which is where his creations and many other famous artists such as Picasso and Miro’s works are exhibited, is located at Taro De Tahiche and the house itself is built into the natural cave bubbles from volcanic eruptions of many years ago.
El Golfo is a volcanic crater. Today it is reduced to half of its original size and filled from underneath with water from the sea, a splendid lagoon of emerald green. The greenness of the water comes from the algae living there and makes a fantastic contrast against the black sands of the beach. Make sure you stop off on your way to El Golfo to take a look at Janubio and its salt flats.
Los Jameos Del Agua
Created almost 3000 years ago, the bubbles of lava from volcanic eruptions left these stunning caves beneath Monte de la Corona. Cesar Manrique developed these caves and now parts of them are used to house all manner of concerts and ballet performances with a seating area for over 600 people.
The Mirador del Rio
The Mirador del Rio is located in the north of Lanzarote and is 500 metres above sea level. This area throughout history has served as a look out post for the island, ever on guard for invading pirates. On a really clear day you can spot two smaller Canary Islands, Montana Clara and Alagranza. The not so small island of Graciosa is always visible as it is only one kilometre away. In this area there are more than twenty varieties of plant which are only found on the island of Lanzarote.
La Cueva de Los Verdes
Theses caves are part of the extensive underground tunnels, one of which is over 7 km in length, and throughout history and invasions of pirates they provided the perfect shelter and look out points for the natives of the island, known as Guanches. The caves are now open to the public and a clever lighting system makes for a vision of a stunning secret within the caves ….. You will have to go and see this for yourself.
The Guinate Tropical Park
The Guinate Tropical Park is shadowed by the Monte Corona in the northwest of the island. The park consists of beautiful gardens, waterfalls, lagoons, exotic birds and other animals. With all this to see and a play area for the children close by to a bar for the adults a visit to this park is a great day out for all age groups.