Sights & Points of Interest on Lanzarote
One of the most famous sights on Lanzarote is the house of Cesar Manrique and his art. His name also appears in many other places of interest. It is fair to say that no one has influenced Lanzarote like him. However, there are still interesting places to discover where he did not participate. Numerous wine cellars, including a wine museum, impressive vantage points and crazy rock formations can be discovered on the Canary Island. And although most of the tourism is in the south, the best places of interest are further north.
Cueva de los Verdes
The Cueva de los Verdes is a lava cave. In my opinion, it is one of the best points of interest a must sight to see for every visitor on Lanzarote. Its total length is more than 7km, whereby one gets to see about one kilometre during the guided tour. In addition, classical concerts regularly take place in a larger room of the cave. More information about prices and events can be found on the official website*. Cueva de los Verdes is located almost to the north of Lanzarote, on LZ-204 and is well signposted from LZ-1.
Mirador del Rio
The Mirador del Rio is a viewpoint in the north of Lanzarote. Designed by Cesar Manrique, it offers a magnificent view on La Graciosa. At least when it’s not cloudy. Unfortunately the building with a cafe was closed during my holidays, but also from the outside you have a wonderful view.
Jardin de Cactus – The Cactus Garden
The cactus garden was also designed by Cesar Manrique. In its circular wall it is home to over 450 different species from 5 continents. There is also a restaurant and one of the last gofio mills on the island. The only thing missing is a little more information about the cacti. If you are interested in nature and flora will like to see this sigth.
Timanfaya National Park or Montañas del Fuego
Timanfaya National Park covers 51km² and is characterized by volcanic eruptions between 1730 and 1736. Far and wide it is black with ochre tones in between. And no wonder, Cesar Manrique has a finger in the pie. He designed the restaurant El Diablo. The special thing about it is that it is cooked over holes in the ground, because temperatures of 300°C and more are only a few meters below the earth’s surface.
Timanfaya National Park Visitor Centre
One thing is for sure, in the visitor centre of Timanfaya National Park you have a lot of reading material. There is information about volcanism, flora, fauna, marine life, the traditional way of life in the region, the typical climate and more. The whole thing is supported by a lot of pictures, but also video material. If you really want to read everything here, you should definitely prepare for a longer visit. The full name of the monument is Centro de visitantes e interpretacion de Mancha Blanca. It is located on LZ-67 between Mancha Blanca and Yaiza.
Monumento al Campesino
Cesar Manrique here, Cesar Manrique there. What can I say, it’s just the way it is, but always a little different. This is a statue in memory of the farmers of the island. Lanzarote is very dry and actually offers hardly any cultivation area. Nevertheless, there are some winegrowers here who grow their vines. A more interesting sight than the statue is the Museo del Campesino.
El Golfo – Lago or Charco de los Clicos
The Lago de los Clicos is a small lake on the southern edge of the village of El Golfo. A small strip of black sand separates it from the sea. It can be reached from the car park in El Golfo via a short footpath through lava landscape. Its green colour is due to excessive algae growth. It is also a top spot to enjoy the sunset. In the restaurants of El Golfo you can also enjoy fresh fish.
Just five minutes by car, south of El Golfo, are the cliffs of Los Hervidores. Created by the eruption of Timanfaya, which poured into the sea here, bizarre rock formations and small caves have formed. Especially impressive is the spectacle at rough sea. Then the waves break at the rock meters high and from the caves a loud thunder rumbles. In extreme situations even the ground vibrates. The place is ideal for a short hike along the coast of Lanzarote.
Salinas de Janubio
The Salinas de Janubio salt pans can be completed together with Los Hervideros and the Charco de los Clicos. All three are located along LZ-703 in the south of Lanzarote. Unfortunately, there is no guided tour threw the salt pans. But you can see the salt farm from the road. In addition, depending on the position of the sun, one can observe beautiful plays of colour here. Furthermore, the salt is comparatively cheap to buy! You will get an impression with the title picture of this page.
Castillo de las Coloradas
Castollo de las Coloradas is located a few meters east of Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca. It is the only preserved fortification in the south of Lanzarote. It is certainly not a spectacular sight, but during a coastal walk you can definitely stop by here. Although you cannot enter the complex, it is nice to look at and in good condition. An information board is very close by. The tower is also known as Torre de Aguila.
Of course there are other places of interest on Lanzarote, but all in connection with the CACT had, due to a strike, unfortunately closed during my holidays. In addition, there are several museums worth seeing on the Canarian Island.