Just 700m from the house, in Guatiza's famed Cactus Gardens there are hundreds and hundreds of different, weird and wonderful varieties of cactus of all shapes and sizes - one of the best collections in the world. Laid out in beautiful gardens designed by César Manrique, this is a plant lover's paradise.
Arrieta and La Garita beach
Away from the beaten track, Arrieta is a delightful town with a very Canarian feel. It has a jetty, a working fishing port and some excellent harbourside restaurants. The beach, La Garita, is a blue flag beach great for paddling and so very popular with families - and only a 10 minute drive from Casa Antonio!
Find time to visit the island of La Graciosa
Ferries leave regularly from Órzola to this incredibly beautiful and laid-back island where there are no tarmacked roads. You can hire a bike to explore the deserted beaches or just enjoy a relaxing meal in one of the many restaurants around the harbour.
Cueva de los Verdes
The Cueva de Los Verdes is part of a 7km long lava tube formed about 3,000 years ago when the La Corona volcano erupted. A 2km pathway leads through the tunnel which is carefully lit to produce a beautifully atmospheric tour. The caves used to be an excellent place for locals to hide from pirates. Combine this with a visit to Jameos del Agua - they are both part of the same volcanic tube.
Jameos del Agua
An underground lagoon inside a volcanic tunnel is populated by innumerable albino crabs, tiny and white and unique to the lake. The attraction is full of surprises, as you emerge from the underground cave into another open air one lined with tropical plants and dominated by an opulent white swimming pool. The steep sides create great acoustics and frequent concerts are held here. An attraction not to missed!
Visit the Valley of a Thousand Palms
The pretty white-washed village of Haría sits in a beautiful verdant oasis known as ‘The Valley of a Thousand Palms’. Here you’ll also find the home of the famous artist and architect César Manrique, Lanzarote’s most famous son.
And for a breath-taking drive…
Take the LZ-10 from Teguise and drive to Haría via Los Valles. The journey and the views are absolutely spectacular!
A not to be missed shopping sensation, this market attracts visitors from all over the island. You can buy practically anything here as the charming former capital of Teguise is transformed by hundreds of stalls every Sunday. There's folk music and street entertainment too.
Take a bath!
On the coast south of Órzola you’ll find a series of unspoilt little coves. So shallow and warm are the waters you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the bath! The crystalline waters along this stretch of coastline make it ideal for snorkelling.
Get a bird’s eye view of La Graciosa
In the north of the island, pick up and follow signs to the Mirador del Río to get a stunning view over La Graciosa Island. Whilst this look out point has been used for varying purposes for hundreds of years, the current structure was created in 1974 by César Manrique with architects Jesús Soto and Eduardo Caceres. At the time of its construction, it was considered one of the most important modern buildings in the world.
Visit the house of César Manrique
In beautiful Haría you’ll find the home of the famous artist and architect César Manrique, Lanzarote’s most famous son. It gives a fascinating insight in the artist’s life and work which has been so influential on the island.
Get Volcanic at Timanfaya National Park
The number one attraction on the island, this national park still has active volcanoes and you will see demonstrations which prove just how hot the earth is! A bus tour shows you the amazing but eerie result of the last volcanic eruption from 1730-36, with craters, colourful molten lava flows and ash - a landscape little changed over the intervening years. For a close-up view, book a guided walk around one of the two routes in the park (bookable 48 hours in advance).
After touring the Timanfaya national park
Have a leisurely lunch in their restaurant "El Diablo", where food is cooked using geothermal heat in an outdoor barbecue.
Visit La Geria
Visit a bodega or two in the breath-taking La Geria region to learn about Lanzarote’s ingenious wine production.
Try some tapas in several of the tapas bars in Tías
Some say La Ermita has the best tapas on the island! Try crab stuffed peppers, pastries filled with goat's cheese or ham, or pork in apricot sauce. There are vegetarian options too. Happy eating!
Eat wrinkly potatoes
You will see 'Papas Arrugadas' on every menu! Tasty locally grown potatoes which were traditionally cooked in seawater, now just sea salt, and then baked to produce a salty wrinkly skin. They are served with two types of tasty sauce called 'mojo'; a mild green sauce and a spicy red one. Delicious!
The town of Yaiza is well worth a visit
- a beautiful and tranquil village that has won prizes for being 'the loveliest village in Spain'. With its pristinely-kept square, 17th century church of Nuestro Señora de los Remedios, wonderful well-kept gardens, intriguing souvenir shops and tapas bars, it's a real gem.
A Casa José Saramago
Join a guided tour around the house of Portuguese Nobel prize-winner for Literature José Saramago who lived in Tías in Lanzarote for the last 18 years of his life (in exile). Even if you have not read his books, the house is a fascinating museum offering an insight into the great writer's personal life.
Dive at the Museo Atlántico
It took British artist Jason deCaires Taylor two years to create this stunning underwater museum which is situated just off the coast of Playa Blanca. At a depth of around 14 metres, the museum consists of over 200 figures, a 300 ton/30-metre-long wall, a botanical garden and a ring of statues. Everything has been constructed using a PH neutral concrete and already sea life is beginning to appear on the artificial reef. Divers, accompanied by licensed guides from local dive schools can now visit the museum and at just 14m, it is suitable for beginners.
The perfect day....
Take a picnic and spend a day snorkelling and lazing on one of the beautiful coves at Papagayo, then round off the evening with a delicious fish dinner by the sea in the little town of El Golfo. The fish will have been freshly caught that day.
Relax in Puerto Calero
The luxurious marina is backed by a wide range of bars and restaurants and in the streets behind the promenade you’ll find designer shops such as Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Hugo Boss and Desigual. After a spot of shopping why not enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.
Go on a submarine safari
With daily departures from the marina at Puerto Calero, this fascinating submarine trip gives you the chance to discover a variety of marine life and see why Lanzarote's unique volcanic ecosystem has earned itself 'Protected Biosphere Reserve' status.
Cinema and stars
Lanzarote’s first open air cinema is located at the Biosfera Commercial centre in Puerto del Carmen. Enjoy nightly screenings of blockbuster films in comfy seating with a push button waiter service offering food and drink from a full bar and snack menu.
Cruise along the coast
Chillout cruises offer a range of excursions which leave from the harbour at Playa Blanca, cruising along the coast to Papagayo. You can take a dip from the boat and there are two Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards and a selection of fins and snorkels for guests to use. The longer, more expensive cruises include food if you want to make a day of it. You can book online at chilloutcruise.com or by phoning (0034) 649 023 013.
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