Lanzarote >> Places of interest in Lanzarote
Here’s the place, if you’re looking for the most interesting tourist sites in Lanzarote. The following links will get you to all the information you’ll need to decide where you’d like to visit.
The most symbolicl sights on Lanzarote are, undoubtedly, those created by the dynamic union between lava and sea. This unique "lunar"landscape, ringed by beautiful beaches, has been featured in several well-known movies because of its unusual visual impact.
Many of the island’s more interesting places and buildings were created by the painter, sculptor, architect and artist, César Manrique, a native of Lanzarote (called a conejero). These places are part of the CACT – Centres for Art, Culture and Tourism – administered by the Lanzarote government. Entrance fee required. For opening hours, prices and descriptions, click on the image or on the button marked "More Information".
Timanfaya was declared a National Park on August 9, 1974. It occupies an area of 51.07 km² in the south west of the island and the entire park is of volcanic origin. The most recent volcanic eruptions took place in the 18th century, between the years 1730 and 1736. Among its most well-known volcanoes are La Montaña de Fuego (Fire Mountain), la Caldera del Corazoncillo (Little Heart Cauldron) and Montaña Rajada (Cracked Mountain). There is still a great deal of volcanic activity, with hot points that can reach up to up to 100-120°C on the surface, and 600°C at a depth of 13 metres.
This volcanic lava tube extends to the sea and connects with the Cueva de los Verdes, passing through the Cueva de los 7 Lagos (this cave is closed to the public). The volcanic tube has been converted by renowned Lanzarote artist, painter, sculptor and architect, César Manrique.
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.
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.
The Cave (Cueva) was used as a shelter by the Majos Guanches (Canarian aborigines) against the threats of the many Berber pirates that were constantly devastating the Island
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 of time.
The historic quarter of the island is found in Teguise. Teguise’s long history dates back to the pre-hispanic period, (the indigenous people of the time were called Majos), with the ancient town situated around the present day Villa la Gran Aldea de Acatife, and which was one of the main population centres of the Majos.
The Castillo de San José, a fortress built between 1776 and 1779, was commissioned by the king of Spain, Carlos III, and today houses the International Museum of Contemporary Art. The castle is popularly known as La Fortaleza del Hambre (The Fortress of Hunger). The people of the island experienced a lot of hardship during these difficult years with disease, thirst and hunger the main causes of death.
The Peasant’s Monument and the Casa Museum were created to immortalize the difficult labour of Lanzarote’s rural community whose endeavours to extract bounty from the arid earth can be seen in the landscape of La Geria – unique in the world.
An extraordinary collection of utensils and implements used by the peasants throughout time give the visitor a sense of a great part of the island’s history and traditions.
The fortress that stands at the top of Guanapay volcano is the result of a series of architectural changes which started in the middle of the 15th century when Agustín de Herrera y Rojas decided to build an impenetrable fortress against the constant attacks upon Lanazrote at the hands of pirates.
However, the castle not only served as a vantage point from which to scan the sea in search of danger, but also as a refuge for the local population and as a jail for prisoners. Santa Bárbara Castle was built upon the foundations of Lancelotto Malocello’s building constructed at the beginning of the 14th century. It was in around 1571 when Gaspar de Salcedo added the two towers which completed its rhomboid shape.
El Grifo Wine Museum, is housed in ancient bodegas that date back to 1775 and were built on top of the solidified lava issued from the volcanic eruption of that century.
A true example of local architecture, the cellar is marked by the simplicity of its constructing materials: extraordinary thick walls made of volcanic stones and plaster combined with ceilings supported by long wooden beams, mainly coming from ships derelicts. The exemplary ethnographic collection dating from late XIX and early XX century.
In El Patio, you will be able to appreciate an ancient farmer’s house dated from 1840.
In our wine cellar you may savour the different types of wine (Malvasía, red Wine and Moscatel), as well as goat cheese, all produced in our farm. We invite you to taste some excellent homemade products in our typical Canarian snack bar, where you will be able to purchase the same.
The historical records of the Salinas (salt pans) de Janubio tell of the existence of a wasteland, where wheat, rye, barley and corn were cultivated. No evidence of this exists at the current salt pans, which began to be worked as such in 1985. Today, the Padrón Lleó family continues working these salt pans as they have for the past 50 years. With the decline of fishing and increasing competition from elsewhere, the production of salt has decreased considerably.
Visit Bodega Stratvs with its spectacular architecture, that has been specifically designed to blend into the surrounding unique landscape. It has the most modern plant and equipment, allowing us to extract the very best qualities from the grapes and to produce wines with personality and prestige.
Led by our guides, you will learn first hand all about the processes involved in making Stratvs wines. After the visit you will have the opportunity to taste some of them together with a cheese-degustation of our Finca de Uga.