Lanzarote Information Guide
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The political and commercial capital of the
island. Banks, restaurants, shops, bars and
cafés are found along the seaside promenade,
in the pedestrian street Calle León
y Castillo and in calle José Antonio.
A delightful fishing village at
the north end of the island. Excellent fish
César Manrique Foundation
– Home of the world famous artist,
César Manrique. Built on the site of five
Cactus Gardens – Designed
by César Manrique, these gardens
contain over I420 different species of cacti.
This area is home to the cochineal beetle
whose cultivation provides a red dye.
The black beach and deep green
lagoon formed by a volcanic crater blown
sideways into the sea make a spectacular
sight. Numerous restaurants that provide
excellent, fresh seafood grace this village.
This village and its beach lie
on the west coast. Although swimming is
not recommended here due to its strong currents,
both wind surfing and surfboarding are popular
here. The village has many excellent fish
restaurants with striking views of the cliffs,
ocean and the island of La Graciosa.
This village is in a valley set
deep in the mountains. This valley is known
as the "Valley of a Thousand Palms"
and is the greenest place on the island.
It is definitely a change of scenery and
is well provided with a number of good restaurants.
The reason there are so many palms here
is because there was once a tradition that
when a daughter was born one palm was planted
and if a son were born two palms were planted.
This is the wine-growing region
of Lanzarote, the largest in the Canaries.
One of its wines "malvasia" is
even mentioned by Shakespeare. Visit the
"bodegas" (wine cellars) to taste
the wines and see the unique way the vines
This is one of the smallest
islands in the Canaries and is a wildlife
reserve. The island, which has a number
of fresh fish restaurants, is generally
less than 30 minutes from the village of
Orzola by passenger ferry.
A series of caverns
and open roofed caves created by the lava
flow of a prehistoric eruption. A natural
lagoon, which is connected to the sea underground,
gave the grotto its name. Here you can see
small, white crabs; which are completely
blind. These albino shellfish, about 3cm
in length, are designed to live deep in
the sea - about 1000m down; it is therefore
unclear why their presence should be encountered
here. César Manrique used his artistic skills
to transform some areas of the lava bubbles
into a concert hall with incredible natural
acoustics and also a restaurant and night
Another of Cesar Manrique’s
creations. The view toward the island of
La Graciosa from this enclosed café/bar
lookout point, perched on the cliff hundreds
of meters above the ocean, is nothing less
Yet another of
César Manrique’s creations.
Located in the geographical centre of the
island, this monument is dedicated to the
farm worker and his animals. At the monument
there is a restaurant, museum and shop.
Located at the extreme south
of the island just north of the town of
Playa Blanca. This beach is noted for its
wide sandy shores and sparkling crystal
waters. The road is unpaved and there is
just one bar.
Once a sleepy fishing village,
it is now a major resort area with a scenic
seafront walk, excellent restaurants of
various cuisines and bars - all with views
to the sea. Ferries for Fuerteventura leave
A beautiful Marina, with
shops and Restaurants to the South of Puerto
This is the main tourist
area of Lanzarote. Once a small fishing
village it now has one casino, 12 kilometres
of beaches, shops, bars and restaurants
TIMANFAYA "The Fire Mountain":
- The 51 square kilometres of lava fields
and volcanic craters have been made a national
park. On the top of one of the volcanoes
is a restaurant where the meals are cooked
on the heat emanating from its interior.
An air -conditioned bus takes visitors on
a short, multi-lingual tour of the park.
The former capital of the island
has many beautiful buildings dating from
the colonial period of Spain’s history;
the church of San Miguel, the Castle of
Guanapay and the Palacio Spinola number
among them. On Sunday the town hosts a lively
This town, lying in the interior
of the island, was winner of a contest for
the most beautiful village in the Canaries.
There are a number of traditional cafes
and restaurants as well as a number of architecturally
A quaint fishing village is located
at the northern most tip of the island at
the end of a scenic drive. This is where
the ferry departs twice daily for the island
of La Graciosa and where the famous fish
restaurant "Charco Viejo" is located.