On your bike!
In Costa Teguise there are several bike hire shops and you can either cycle around the tracks in and around the town or join an organized route to discover the island's more hidden attractions off the beaten track. Or pick up a map of cycling routes in Lanzarote from the Tourist Office.
Wander round Teguise,
the old capital of Lanzarote, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns on the Canary Islands and only a short drive from Cortijo Cabreron. Its whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and delightful little squares are enticing.
Touch a sea cucumber....
in the aquarium at Costa Teguise. There are special 'touching pools' for children with starfish and sea urchins too. See the fish up close through special magnified viewing bubbles and watch the sharks swim above your head!
Pop along to a market.
In Costa Teguise on Thursdays there's the Craft and Produce market (with locally grown veg) and a general one on Fridays. But the not to be missed market is in Teguise, where you can buy anything and everything and be entertained by traditional dancers, musicians and even take the children on a donkey ride!
Call in to Omar Sharif's house
Near Teguise in the village of Oasis de Nazaret is the former house of actor Omar Sharif. He so admired Cesar Manrique's house that he had one built for himself, but lost if a few days later in a card game. Built into the side of a cliff, it is now a recommended restaurant, museum and tourist attraction with guided tours of the house available in English.
In the Cactus Gardens in Guatiza, not far from Cortijo Cabreron, 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 Cesar Manrique, this is a plant lover's paradise.
Visit another island
Catch a ferry from Orzola in the north of the island over to the Isla de Graciosa, the Graceful Isle. You can truly relax here and enjoy a lovely meal overlooking the port, or go in a 4 wheel drive taxi to some incredible almost deserted beaches. The ferry ride itself is lots of fun!
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 - about 20 minutes' drive from Cortijo de Cabreron
Yo ho ho, visit the pirate museum
in the old fortress, the Castillo de Santa Barbara, which was built in 1586 as a defence against the constant attacks by pirates that the island suffered. (Lanzarote was an important trading post for Spain after the discovery of the the New World in the 15th and 16th centuries). In addition to a wealth of pirate paraphernalia, there is a reproduction of Teguise village showing how it looked in those times.
Visit the picturesque town of Haria
Especially pleasant in Spring when the roadsides and meadows are covered in wild flowers, the village is in the 'Valley of a Thousand Palms' and is quite a contrast to other parts of the island. It's best to explore Haria on foot so you can call in to the numerous craft shops where you can see artisans at work. Cesar Manrique loved the town so much he decided to retire here and is buried in the churchyard.
For the aficionados of Golf
there is a great course just outside Costa Teguise, with 18 holes and golf clubs available for hire. Surrounded by tropical plants and views of the Atlantic too.
Cuddly meerkats and wallabies...
If your children (or you!) love fluffy animals visit the Tropical Park at Guinate a little to the north of Haria. They have parrot shows and penguins too - try not to miss the feeding time. All set within a beautiful tropical garden.
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