Are you heading off to the lovely lands of Lanzarote anytime soon – or wondering if you should add it to your cruise itinerary? Well, here’s a look into how a day in Lanzarote can be made memorable from start to finish. We’ve found out the hotspots for food and the must-visit places for the perfect snaps – so take your pick!
Things to do
Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park is also called Montañas del Fuego by the local people. The landscape as it is now formed in the 18th century during a period of eruptive volcanic activity – there’s a restaurant inside the park called El Diablo, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, so make sure to head here for a bite to eat!
This unique martian-looking landscape is home to rare plant species and you can even witness several demonstrations of how hot the area is – temperatures just a few metres below the surface reach between 400°C and 600°C! Dry brush thrown into a hole in the ground catches fire immediately, while water poured into a bore hole erupts seconds later in the form of steam – like a mini-geyser. It’s a fascinating place to visit.
Mirador del Rio
This magnificent viewpoint over the small island of La Graciosa was also designed by the island’s favorite artist and architect, César Manrique. It’s situated above sea level and built in the architect’s own style, in harmony with the surrounding natural environment of lava rock. There’s even a boutique shop and a café up there too, from which you can enjoy the views while sipping your favourite hot drink. Or visit the restaurant, which features a panoramic window that lets you enjoy your lunch with some truly spectacular scenes.
If you didn’t know already, Lanzarote produces some excellent wines. The grapes benefit from the warm sun by day, and the condensation formed in the sand at night gives the plant the water it needs. Everything in the wine-making process is done by hand here, and it’s a fascinating process to learn about. Catch an organised tour, and depending on the site you head to, you’ll even find museums, shops and rustic restaurants where you can taste your favourite flavours. You might just head back to the ship a little tipsy!
Volcan El Cuervo
Playa De Papayago
Playa de Papagayo is actually made up of a series of little beaches nestled between lava rocks. The sand is fine, the water crystal blue, and there’s a small beach house restaurant that’s perfect for refreshments. This is a great place to go walking or snorkelling – and the views are so rewarding! This beach is a must-visit if you’re looking for plenty of fun in the sun on your day in Lanzarote.
This incredible building was designed and built by artists and architect César Manrique and Jesús Soto. It’s actually built in and around a cliff of hardened lava rock, which explains its unusual architecture – featuring tube corridors and cave-like rooms. Many people have even named this location a ‘perfect James Bond setting’, which is quite fitting, seeing as though this house was once owned by famed actor Omar Sharif. If you can, stay and watch the sunset paint the rocks red. It’s magical!
Places to eat
Lomo Alto, Puerto Del Carmen
Lomo Alto is a warm family restaurant in Puerto del Carmen, serving up amazing views over the ocean. A perfect place for meat lovers, their steaks and mixed grills are seriously succulent, and the staff will make you feel right at home. Puerto del Carmen is popular with deep-sea-divers, so you might be able to spot a head or two bobbing in the water from the restaurant as you relax with a cold beer or a glass of wine.
El Diablo, Timanfaya Park
El Diablo is located in the centre of Timanfaya Park, a massive area that was buried under the lava and ash from the huge eruptions that took place during the 18th and 19th century. The restaurant was built by the famous architect César Manrique and offers a panoramic 360° degree view of the surrounding volcanoes and rock formations. The restaurant provides the truly unique experience of eating meat cooked by the rising heat of the volcano – which you’re welcome to watch! This is definitely a must-visit.
Slightly off the beaten track, Casa Emiliano is located in the isolated village of Femés to the south of the island. Since the restaurant is very popular with the locals, it’s best to stick to an early lunchtime hour if you don’t want to fight for a table. The food served is typical of the Canary Islands, including goat meat, stews, potatoes, fish and soups. The restaurant offers a lovely view of the surrounding Femés mountains and the ocean – and on a clear day, you can even spot Fuerteventura.
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