For a small island Lanzarote is big on tourist attractions. The most popular sights are the Centres of Art and Culture that were created by César Manrique - most of which fuse the island's amazing volcanic landscape with the artist's own aesthetic. But Lanzarote is also home to a number of natural wonders too - such as the Green Lagoon at El Golfo and the Valley of 1,000 Palms. Lanzarote is a small island - making it easy to explore. So we recommend that you take the time to discover some of its many treasures.
Timanfaya National Park - Montañas Del Fuego
The Volcano Park at Timanfaya is Lanzarote´s most popular tourist attraction. Every year close to one million people visit this unique lava-scape. Which is home to a sea of colourful dormant volcanoes and spent cones. The volcanic region covers about one quarter of the island´s surface area and is Lanzarote´s 'must-see´ attraction.
The Jameos Del Agua
The Jameos del Agua is arguably César Manrique´s most impressive creation. Described as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' by the Hollywood movie legend Rita Heyworth the Jameos was first opened in 1966 and really helped to put Lanzarote on the map as a new and exciting tourist destination at that time.
The Green Caves - Cuevas de los Verdes
The Cueva de los Verdes are part of the same collapsed lava tunnel that forms the Jameos del Agua - a 6km long volcanic tube which was created about 5,000 years ago by the eruption of the nearby volcano Monte Corona. This 2km long underground pathway has been brilliantly lit and houses one of Lanzarote´s best kept secrets.
The Mirador del Rio
Enjoy a real natural high and visit the Mirador del Rio at the northern tip of the island. The Mirador is another amazing Manrique creation and was formerly a naval gun battery. Today however it grants visitors spectacular views down to the small neighbouring island of La Graciosa, whilst boasting all of the usual Manrique design flourishes.
The Cactus Garden - Jardin de Cactus
The Cactus Garden in Guatiza is a celebration of the plant world's spiniest species and is located in a former quarry in what was once the heart of Lanzarote's cactus growing country. Where locals still harvest the cochineal beetle which is used to create red dye. There are over 10,000 plants and 1,400 different species of cacti to discover here.
The César Manrique Foundation
The former home of the famous island born artist and architect has been built over five inter connected bubbles in the lava flow - and never fails to blow visitors away. This ingenious feat of architecture was Manrique´s first major project on the island and today showcases his many paintings and sculptures as well as the works of contemporaries such as Picasso and Lasso.
Museum of International & Contemporary Art (MIAC)
Housed within the thick walls of the Castillo de San José in the island capital of Arrecife, the Museum of International and Contemporary Art provides a real feast for the senses. As it is home to a small but top quality collection of Canarian art as well as an uber stylish restaurant designed by the ubiqitous César Manrique.
Monumento & Museo del Campesino
Designed by César Manrique the Monumento is symbolically located in the heart of Lanzarote´s countryside and essentially pays homage to the resilience of the island's farmers. Visitors can enjoy watching local artisans creating tradtional craft items and visit the excellent tapas bar or more formal restaurant.